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Hump Day Wild Card -- 4.20.16 24 

A reader asked me the following question via email today: "Would you please tell me who to vote for in the election. I'm familiar with our Sheriff and plan on voting for him but we have no idea who to vote for in the other elections." I will answer that question privately. I've debated whether I should get into the endorsement game on this blog.

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Parting Shot -- 4.20.16

A woman smokes marijuana during the annual 4/20 marijuana gathering at Civic Center Park in downtown Denver, Wednesday, April 20. Public consumption remains illegal under the state's recreational pot law, which was passed in 2012. Fans of the drug have long marked April 20 as a day to enjoy pot — especially at 4:20 p.m.

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Friends Courtney Huffaker and Jesyca Baber were hospitalized with broken bones after they and another friend fell 25 feet from a downtown Coeur d’Alene rooftop Saturday night. The three had been sitting on a decorative cap above the “Antiques” sign when it gave way. (Scott Maben / The Spokesman-Review)

Women describe downtown fall 

Courtney Huffaker remembers hitting the pavement. Jesyca Baber doesn’t. Both women were hospitalized with broken bones after falling about 25 feet from a downtown Coeur d’Alene rooftop Saturday night. Huffaker, 22, was released Wednesday from Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

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Mainstream GOP group endorses 

North Idaho Political Action Committee, a mainstream Republican PAC, has endorsed five candidates in a statement released today: Sen. Shawn Keough, Peter Riggs, Rep. Luke Malek, Paul Amador and incumbent Sheriff Ben Wolfinger. You can see the reasons for the endorsements below.

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Dean Grafos delivers the 2015 State of the City address, May 6, 2015, at the Spokane Valley Mall. Grafos was the city’s mayor at the time. (Dan Pelle /SR photo)

Spokane Valley councilman quits, cites Far Right ideology 

The Kootenai County "Republican" Central Committee isn't the only elected body in the INW infected with Far Right ideology. Seems the Spokane Valley City Council has a good dose, too. Spokane Valley has them, too, according to Councilman Dean Grafos, who is resigning because he's tired of dealing with people blinded by ideology.

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Blogos: And then there was one ...

The daily roundup of posts from the HucksOnline blogosphere: Redirected role/Randy Stapilus, Seneacquoteen Cemetery/Simple Mind, Sun makes spring sports scene fun/Grip, Country spring scenes R us/Slight Detour, Demise of papers produced by li'l kids/Slice, Spring derby to start on Pend Oreille/Outdoors + more ...

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Ignore AG opinion, pay $280K more 

Idaho’s top state elected officials agreed Wednesday to pay $280,000 in attorney fees and costs to a group of unions who successfully challenged an anti-union bill passed by the Idaho Legislature in 2011. ... When lawmakers were considering the measure in 2011, the Idaho Attorney General’s office warned that it likely would be overturned in court.

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Has this happened to you? 

An unnamed friend of mine asked her sister if she had seen her phone? She was talking on it! Multi-tasking to the max ... too much stress ... space cadet? -- Darrell Kerby, via Facebook. (Question: Has something like this ever happened to you?)

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Poll: NIC zones gerrymandered

In Tuesday's poll, a supermajority of Hucks Nation believes the North Idaho College Board of Trustees gerrymandered new trustee zones to protect incumbents Ron Nilson and Todd Banducci, who live a mile apart, from being forced to run against each other this fall. Today's Poll: Who is your choice for Idaho Supreme Court justice?

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Cindy models her new red dancing shoes for her Facebook followers.

Cindy's new red dancing sandals 11 

I'm probably going to get in trouble for writing this (Editor's Note: Stop now, don't proceed!). But I can't figure out why women posts shots of their feet on Facebook. Today, Cindy Facebooks her new red dancing sandals. I've never had the inclination to post a photo of my Size 10 feet on Facebook or anywhere else. And they look decen for man feet.

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Gingrich: Trump presumptive nominee 

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich says Donald Trump’s blowout victory in Tuesday’s New York primary makes him the presumptive Republican presidential nominee that the party should unite behind. “Every analysis of the next few weeks indicates Trump’s margin will widen and he will move steadily closer to 1237.” Gingrich wrote in an op-ed.

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Resident doesn't want political door hangers 14 

A Coeur d'Alene resident was miffed to return home and find campaign literature hanging from the front door, which is clearly marked to warn solicitors and political operatives from approaching. The resident found this flier from the campaign of state Rep. Kathy Sims. And wrote to Huckleberries Online to complain.

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KHQ interviews Pastor Remington

KHQ's Liz Burch conducted an exclusive interview with Pastor Tim Remington of The Altar church of Coeur d'Alene recently re: the shooting that left him severely wounded outside his church. You'll find a YouTube video of part of the interview below.

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Idaho tyke gets left on bus, wanders off 

It sounds like a parent's worst nightmare, but this one has a happy -- although unexpected -- ending. On Tuesday, a local preschooler went missing for hours on his way to school, and he ended up finding his way to a completely different preschool -- on foot and alone.

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Harriet Tubman to grace $20 bill 24 

The U.S. Treasury has decided to put African American abolitionist Harriet Tubman on the front of the new $20 bill, replacing former president Andrew Jackson, who will be moved to the back of the bill, Treasury officials told the Washington Post Wednesday.

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AM Scanner Traffic -- 4.20.16

Scanner Traffic for Wednesday AM (20 items & counting) includes 30ish female who passed out at Chase Bank/CdA and continuing search for fugitive who fled ISP officer in stolen vehicle and may have shot at him ...

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CPD: Text chatter no threat to CSD

Some parents in the Coeur d'Alene School District are upset after hearing rumors of a possible school shooting on social media, expressing frustration the district didn't let them know that rumors were false. The district, however, said they take every threat or rumor of a threat very seriously.

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AM Headlines -- 4.20.16

The daily roundup of AM Headlines begins with a story re: 11YO Post Falls STEM student who won an international competition. Also: Idaho Records/Press, Bomb squad destroys dynamite/KREM, Rathdrum considers urban renewal/Press, Athol to stage commissioner forum/Press, Social media chatter no threat to CSD/KXLY ...

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Who is Turns to the East? 10 

I love a mystery, esp. in politics. So I was hooked when Turns to the East threw his hat into the ring to run as a Democrat for the House District 4A seat now held by state Rep. Luke Malek, R-Coeur d'Alene. It's not so much his positions. It's the name. What do you think the original name of Turns to the East was?

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Green's 'law enforcement experience' 32 

I've been trying to figure out how "constitutional sheriff" candidate John Green, who is running against incumbent Sheriff Ben Wolfinger in a Kootenai County GOPrimary race, can say he has 39 years of Law Enforcement experience in political ads -- and be only 56 years old. That would mean that he was 17 when he began his law enforcement experience.

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Cindy: Better than Netflix 

You got your Netflix, your HBO, your Amazon Prime, but by golly for sheer entertainment value, nothing beats watching your 21 year old son try to use press and seal cling wrap! -- Cindy Hval, via Facebook.

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A candidate for Dumb Driver Award

A driver who didn't heed the warning of a grave yard Post Falls police officer after being caught and cited for lack of insurance and two minor drug crimes is sitting in the cross-bar hotel today. Seems he didn't think the officer was serious when he was stopped and told specifically not to drive or he would be arrested.

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton celebrates on stage after winning the New York state primary election Tuesday, April 19, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Trump, Clinton cruise to easy wins in New York 13 

Front-runners Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton swept to resounding victories in Tuesday’s New York primary, with Trump bouncing back convincingly from a difficult stretch in his Republican campaign and Clinton pushing tantalizingly close to locking up the Democratic nomination.

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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.