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FRIDAY, APRIL 22, 2016

Wayne & Co strike again 

This flier from Idaho Freedom Action, the Siamese sister organization of Idaho Freedom Foundation, was waiting in the mailbox last night. IFF/IFA, Wayne Hoffman, Brent Regan and the anonymous high rollers who back IFF desperately want to extend their brand of rigid ultraconservative ideology even deeper into Kootenai County and North Idaho.

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James Piotrowski is one of three Democrats running in the primary for the opportunity to face Congressman Raul Labrador in the 1st Congressional District election in November (Coeur d'Alene Press photo)

Democrat Piotrowski looks to unseat Labrador

James Piotrowski, a first-time Democratic candidate, has set his sights on Republican Congressman Raul Labrador’s seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, but first he has to beat two challengers in the primary. Piotrowski will face Shizandra Fox and Staniela Nikolova for the Democratic nomination in the May 17 primaries this year.

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Closed primaries, warped democracy? 

In an article for the Christian Science Monitor, Harry Bruinius writes in part: "... At a time when Democrats and Republicans are a shrinking share of the population, closed primaries are shutting more and more of America out. The irony is that America is no less partisan."

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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.