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TUESDAY, APRIL 12, 2016

Wild Card/Tuesday -- 4.12.16 

Why am I glad that I didn't take time to turn on the sprinklers last weekend? I suspect these are the April showers that bring May flowers. OTOH, I don't mind not adding to the water bill just yet. My garden is weeded and ready to plant. Now, I have to decide when to gamble with the tomatoes and other warm-weather plants.

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Here's a photo of Tina Kunishige, taken by Duane Rasmussen during Hayden Days, and posted on her candidate Facebook page.

TinaK: Why I'm best sheriff's choice 

On her campaign Facebook wall, Democrat Tina Kunishige posts that she will end the practice of the Sheriff contracting for security duties with private corporations such as Walmart, Best Buy and Stateline Speedway. Quoth: "(I) feel this is not the duty nor proper role of the Sheriff's Office/deputies."

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Beware of 'constitutional' sheriffs 

If there isn't enough to worry about, Barrett Rainey, writing for the Ridenbaugh Press, offers the growing "constitutional sheriff" movement in the West. This movement, launched by former Arizona "Sheriff Richard Mack," claims the sheriff should enforce the law as well as determine which laws are constitutional. Rainey denounces that belief.

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Cutline Contest -- Time2Vote 

The Cutline Contest today features Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio at the 94th annual Inner Circle Dinner in New York, where a racially insensitive skit in which they participated backfired. Monday Winner: Phaedrus.

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Blogosphere -- 4.12.16 

The daily roundup of posts from the HucksOnline blogosphere includes: By process of elimination/Fort Boise, Another summer of same old M's?/Grip, Will you grow Stanley Cup beard?/Slice, Friday's openings: Straight from jungle/7 Blog, Asian bear chases snowboarder (video)/Outdoors, Recalling Dad & his Appaloosa legacy/Slight Detour ...

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IFF emailer slams 'legacy media' 

In an emailer this afternoon, executive Wayne Hoffman of Idaho Freedom Foundation slammed the "legacy media" for "parroting an incredible number of myths, distortions and deceptions about the Idaho Freedom Index." Hoffman said the index is the only scorecard that separates "phony conservative legislators from the real deal."

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David Nye received the nomination for the Sixth District judge vacancy left by Randy Smith's mover the federal bench. (Doug Lindley/Idaho State Journal photo)

Crapo pleased with Nye nod 

Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo weighed in today on the selection process for Idaho’s next federal judge and the prospects for getting nominee Judge David Nye confirmed this year. “The White House is strongly in support of their nomination, and Sen. Risch and I are strongly in support on the president’s nomination," he told Eye on Boise.

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Tim Komberec and John Young, chairs of the NIC Foundation’s Building the Future Campaign, react Monday in the Edminster Student Union Building as students finish uncovering a display showing what the campaign has already raised for the Career and Technical Education Center in Rathdrum. The goal of the capital campaign is to raise $5 million. (Courtesy photo via Coeur d'Alene Press)

NIC celebrates $2.7M CTE fund-raising 

Tom Greene of North Idaho College sent Huckleberries Online a video of the announcement that $2.7M had been raised for the Career Technical Education facility. The clip, less than a minute long, shows the unveiling of the numbers that showed how much was raised. Nice video.

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Kahn criticizes Barbieri's session 

Democratic candidate Kathy Kahn is critical of state Rep. Vito Barbieri's performance during the 2016 Legislature. She charged that Barbieri “did nothing but raise most peoples’ property taxes,” adding that he ought to return his paycheck. “Name one bill he passed, name one constructive thing he did in Boise,” she said. More below.

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Laura Sable will sing Patsy Cline music at a benefit for the Coeur d'Alene Public Library Foundation Friday, April 29. (Courtesy photo via Coeur d'Alene Today)

Library benefit to feature Patsy Cline music 

A biography concert featuring the music of Patsy Cline will benefit the Coeur d’Alene Public Library Foundation Friday, April 29. Tickets are $25 per person or a table for eight can be sponsored for $300. Ticketing is through brownpapertickets.com. “The Life and Music of Patsy Cline” will feature the talents of singer Laura Sable.

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Hoffman discusses IFA (501c4) role 15 

An endorsement by Idaho Freedom Action was published in the CdA Press last week. Huckleberries Online incorrectly said Idaho Freedom Foundation endorsed the candidates. The two are sister organizations. IFF, as a 501c3 can't endorse candidates. IFA, as a 501c4, can. Huckleberries asks exec Wayne Hoffman about the close relationship b/n the 2.

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Avista Utilities linemen work on a power pole high above Division St. and Hawthorne Rd. Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014. A wind storm torn down lines and threw thousands into darkness Saturday evening and crews are working to get power restored. Avista lineman are the subject of a fine haiku by Wedeln6969 (Jesse Tinsley/SR photo)

Final Call: Haikus anyone?

Alison Boggs, my downtown Spokane online bud, is collecting haikus for a planned page on April 17, National Haiku Day. Wedeln6969 has supplied several swell haikus for Alison's page. Anyone else with a haiku bent is free to run them here, too. Or send them to features@spokesman.com. We have a haiku example below.

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Bonner County: Wheeler? Or Ford?

From Dave Keyes' Facebook wall: "Looks like the Bonner County Sheriff's race is heating up. Incumbent Daryl Wheeler is facing his strongest challenger to date. Retired ISP Terry Ford is also running. Both are running as Republicans so they will face each other in the May primary. I am lucky enough to know both men. ... Who do you support?

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White House comes to Clinton defense 

President Obama’s top spokesman on Tuesday defended the civil rights record of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who have come under fire for making a racially tinged joke at an event last week. “Mayor de Blasio and…

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Ryan: Won't seek presidency 

Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Tuesday definitively ruled out running for president, saying the Republican nominee should be one of the candidates already running. "Let me be clear: I do not want, nor will I accept, the Republican nomination," Ryan said at Republican National Committee headquarters.

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Doubt cast on Idaho 60% goal

Idaho continues to languish well behind its lofty college completion goals, according to a newly released national study. On top of that, Idaho’s numbers rank No. 46 in the nation. In 2014, 37.7 percent of Idaho’s adults held a postsecondary degree or certificate, the Lumina Foundation wrote in an annual report on college completion rates.

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AM Headlines -- 4.12.16

The daily roundup of AM Headlines includes: Autism walk raises $20,400/Press, 8YO CdA boy digs up a mystery/KHQ, CPD holds annual awards ceremony/Press, Editor of Missoulian/Republic quits/AP, NIC raises $2.7M for new tech-ed facility/Press, Idaho drivers test now includes bikes, walkers/KXLY, Penalties mount for alleged attempted abductor/Press.

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Poll: Constitutional sheriff? No!

In Monday's poll, Hucks Nation overwhelmingly (94.51%) rejected the concept of a sheriff deciding which laws are constitutional before enforcing them. Today's Poll: If you voted today, which candidate would you support for House District 4B representative in the local GOPrimary (incumbent Kathy Sims or challenger Paul Amador)?

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Fatal crash victim, survivor ID'd

A man who died when his pickup truck rolled early Saturday morning near Rathdrum was identified Tuesday as Brian L. Messerly, 37, of Rathdrum. His son, Kevin L. Messerly, 13, suffered extensive injuries in the crash and was in stable condition Saturday. Emergency crews responded to the crash site, at East Chilco Road and North Hope Valley Road.

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Regan defends IFF Freedom Index 17 

In an op-ed for the Coeur d'Alene Press Saturday, Chairman Brent Regan of the Idaho Freedom Foundation board defended his organization's controversial Freedom Index: "Critics of Wayne Hoffman and the Idaho Freedom Foundation say that the IFF has an 'agenda.' The critics are right and the 'agenda' is telling the truth."

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Moscow summer theatre closes

After more than 60 years of live summer performances on the University of Idaho campus, the Idaho Repertory Theatre is closing its curtains for good. (DFO: This news makes me either more thankful that Jadd Davis & Co were able to bring back the Coeur d'Alene Summer Theatre from the dead. Thoughts?)

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Huckleberries Online

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.