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THURSDAY, NOV. 3, 2016

TUESDAY, NOV. 1, 2016

District 1: Scott vs McAlister 

One of the most interesting races in Idaho is taking place to the north of us -- the House District 1 battle between Redoubt sweetheart Rep. Heather Scott and Sandpoint chamber executive Kate McAlister. Betsy Russell/SR provides the profile from the race ...

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MONDAY, OCT. 31, 2016

McKenzie hasn't argued high court case 

One of the two candidates for the Idaho Supreme Court acknowledged in a televised debate Friday night that he’s never argued a case before either the Idaho Supreme Court or the Idaho Court of Appeals. Curt McKenzie said, “My experience has been in front of our district judges or our magistrates.

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Kunishige tries to persuade voters 65 

"Democrat" Tina Kunishige, a constitutional sheriff candidate, talks to John & Gretchen Renning outside the Kootenai County Democratic Club candidates' forum at the Iron Horse restaurant Friday. Kunishige and Republican Sheriff Ben Wolfinger both attended the candidates debate between Republican Paul Amador and Democrat Tom Hearn.

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FRIDAY, OCT. 28, 2016

AM Headlines -- 10.28.16 

AM Headlines today kicks off with a photo of Congressman Raul Labrador wandering into Arizona to support Republican Donald Trump's campaign for president. Also: Public Records (Oct 28)/Press, Schneidmiller is citizen of the year/Press, Co-workers recall Kirk as jokester, family man/KHQ, October 2016 nears rainfall record/Press...

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Press: Vote 'no' on HJR 5 

In an edit today, the Coeur d'Alene Press urges a "no" vote on HJR 5. It begins: "Voter alert: There's a trick question on your ballot." Then: "The question, better known as HJR 5, sounds innocuous enough to evoke a quick “yes” vote and move on. But The Press encourages you to vote “no” on this proposed constitutional amendment instead."

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Trib: Jeers to Rep. Heather Scott 

In his Cheers & Jeers column, Opinion Editor Marty Trillhaase of the Lewiston Tribune JEERS state Rep. Heather Scott, R-Blanchard. Trillhaase points out it has been weeks since allegations surfaced that Scott's supporters were harassing people who support her opponent. Yet, she hasn't uttered a word asking them to stand down.

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2nd Legislative District (Molly Quinn illustration)

Barbieri, Redman seek re-election in HD2 races 

North Idaho’s Legislative District 2 is among the most conservative in the state, and GOP incumbents Vito Barbieri and Eric Redman are hoping to keep it that way. Both face Democratic challengers in November, with longtime area teacher Kathy Kahn challenging Barbieri, and Richard Kohles, a former Post Falls school board member, challenging Redman.

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THURSDAY, OCT. 27, 2016

Statesman picks Demo over Labrador 

The Idaho Statesman has endorsed Democrat James Piotrowski over Republican Congressman Raul Labrador, stating it's time for a change: "we want more from our representative than the frequent “No” votes ... especially on spending bills where there are few other responsible choices than for Congress to vote to fund our government."

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Statesman reluctantly backs Crapo 

The Idaho Statesman Editorial Board gives a reluctant endorsement to U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo: "We are not convinced Crapo is back on track since the DUI. He may be lost, coasting or drafting off a reputation as that fiscal-responsibility fighter best depicted in one of his TV commercials." Yet, the Statesman isn't quite ready to give up on Crapo.

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Poll: Hucks Nation backs Amador

In the Wednesday poll, a solid majority of Hucks Nation said it supports the candidacy of Republican Paul Amador in the House District 4B race. Amador is running against Democrat Tom Hearn. Today's Poll: Who will get your vote in the House District 4A race -- Republican Luke Malek or Democrat Patrick Mitchell?

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Clinton leads in Idaho's 2nd District 

Donald Trump is leading Hillary Clinton 52 percent to 23 percent with independent Evan McMullin running a distant third at 10 percent, a poll done last weekend by Emerson College showed. But Democrat Hillary Clinton is leading Trump in Idaho's 2nd District, according to the Idaho Statesman.

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Voting deadlines approaching 

Two voting deadlines are coming up, according to Kootenai County Clerk Jim Brannon. Voters who want an absentee ballot mailed to them need to submit their request by 5 p.m. Friday, and voters who want to cast their ballots early in person have until Friday, Nov. 4 to do that.

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Otter urges 'no' vote on HJR 5 

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter is urging a “no” vote on HJR 5, the constitutional amendment on the November ballot, and he’s added a new twist to the debate: Otter says a clause in the amendment that says “in whole or in part” actually would vastly expand the Legislature’s current power to review administrative rules. Betsy Russell reports.

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 26, 2016

Prosecutor explains decision to punt 

Bonner County Prosecutor Louis Marshall says he referred the case of alleged harassment of a Democratic Party field organizer by supporters of Rep. Heather Scott to the Idaho Attorney General’s office because of a possible conflict of interest for his office in looking into the matter.

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Poll: We back Independent McLain 

Republican Bob Bingham is lucky that he's not running for the Kootenai County commissioners' office in centrist Hucks Nation cyberspace. A plurality of Hucks Nation favors Independent Russ McLain. Today's Poll: Who will get your vote in the House District 4B race between Republican Paul Amador and Democrat Tom Hearn?

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Demo ad slams Labrador land stand 

Both candidates vying for Idaho's First Congressional District launched new TV ads in the last week, according to Frankie Barnhill, Boise State Public Radio. In his ad, underdog Demcrat James Piotrowski slams Republican Congressman Raul Labrador's public lands stand.

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Trib: Labrador digs hole for himself 

In his editorial today, Opinion Editor Marty Trillhaase of the Lewiston Tribune comments on Congressman Raul Labrador's performance at a recent debate with Democrat James Piotrowski. The question Labrador bobbled? Does he plan to run for governor in two years?

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TUESDAY, OCT. 25, 2016

House District 4: Amador v Hearn 

Democrat Tom Hearn had intended to challenge Republican incumbent Kathy Sims in the race for House District 4 representative. But newly minted Republican Paul Amador upset Sims in the GOP primary and now will face Hearn in the general election. Betsy Russell/SR reports on this race.

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MONDAY, OCT. 24, 2016

Crapo says he'll now vote for Trump 14 

U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo has come full circle, walking back his principled stand by pulling his endorsement of Republican Donald Trump after that seedy 2005 tape surfaced. Then, saying that he might support Trump after the fanatics in his party pulled their support of him. Now, he's back in Trump's camp 100%, reports Betsy Russell/Eye on Boise.

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FRIDAY, OCT. 21, 2016

State Rep Heather Scott, R-Blanchard, holding the Confederate flag at Priest Lake Days last year. (Photo from Scott's Facebook page)

Reuter: Why Heather Scott must go 

In a column for the Inlander, former Sandpoint councilman John T Reuter explains why he thinks Idaho House Distric 1 voters should reject the re-election bid of state Rep. Heather Scott, R-Blanchard, the Tea Party darling who supported the Malheur Wildlife Refugee occupation near Burns, Ore., in January.

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 19, 2016

AG probes claims vs Scott backers 

The Bonner County prosecutor’s office has referred charges that supporters of Rep. Heather Scott, R-Blanchard, stalked and harassed a young field organizer for the Idaho Democratic Party in North Idaho to the Idaho Attorney General’s office, and the Attorney General’s office has opened an investigation.

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 6, 2016

Arizona best chace for a third-party spoiler

If Hillary Clinton carries Arizona in November, there’s a good chance it won’t be because Democrats on their own have flipped a reliable GOP state they hope to win consistently someday. Instead, Clinton and Democrats may have Gary Johnson to thank. How much on an impact do you think Johnson will have on this election? Cindy

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 2, 2016

2016 election not necessarily one for the books 

Some Washington teachers aren't including discussion of the 2016 election in their classrooms this fall. "I don't see a lot of substance or policies or actual plans by either candidate so it's hard for me to set up sort of a debate or discussion," said Dustin Leithold, a high school social studies teacher in the Aberdeen district.

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Trustee Judy Meyer to seek NIC re-election 

Judy Meyer, a long time Idaho education leader and current North Idaho College Board of Trustees, plans to seek another term on the college board: "NIC has great momentum right now and I want to continue the progress," she said in a press release announcing her candidacy.

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.