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Part-time solons get full-time bennies 

Amazingly, the part-time Republican Idaho legislators who steadfastly refuse to close the Medicaid gap to provide coverage for the working poor enjoy full-time health benefits, courtesy of Idaho taxpayers. Bill Dentzer of the Idaho Statesman spells out their coverage in a report today.

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Did You Know? 

Did you know that picking huckleberries with the intent to sell them is considered commercial gathering and, therefore, illegal on the Idaho Panhandle National Forests? SR Outdoors blogger Rich Landers tells you all about it in a post. BTW, the fine for commercial harvesting of huckleberries starts at $250.

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Idaho Lottery returns $49.5M dividend 

Director Jeff Anderson announced Tuesday that the state’s lottery saw a 10 percent increase over last year’s dividends. The previous lottery dividend record of $49 million was reached in 2014. Yet a year later, the state’s lottery dividends dropped for the first time in 11 years.

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Labrador, Crapo traveling state 

1st District Congressman Raul Labrador has launched a “Conversations with the Congressman” tour that he says will hit all 19 counties in Idaho’s 1st Congressional District; he’s in Wallace at the Books Hotel this morning. Meanwhile, Sen. Mike Crapo is continuing his series of town-hall meetings in tiny towns throughout the state.

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Perv gets 55 years in co-worker attack 

A Coeur d’Alene sex offender was sentenced Tuesday to 55 years in prison for an assault on a co-worker last fall. Jason A. Edwards, 45, who worked at the Coeur d’Alene Press, was sentenced in 1st District Court for attempted kidnapping, battery with the intent to rape, and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

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Former President Bill Clinton speaks during the second day session of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Tuesday, July 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Hillary Clinton makes history 18 

Taking on the role of devoted political spouse, former President Bill Clinton declared his wife Hillary Clinton an impassioned “change-maker” as he served as character witness on the night she triumphantly became the first woman nominated for president. (Question: What did you think of Bill Clinton's speech?)

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County delegate joins walkout protest 18 

A.J. Konda, of Coeur d'Alene, the only Kootenai County delegate to the Democratic convention in Philadelphia, joined a walkout of Bernie Sanders delegates after Sanders called for a unanimous decision to give the nomination to Clinton. He tells the Coeur d'Alene Press about the experience.

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County solves courthose parking woes

Commissioners have resolved a long-time parking problem at the Kootenai County Courthouse by reserving space on city-owned property for 146 spaces for cars and 7 spots for RVs. The new parking lot would be built across Northwest Boulevard, just to the north of the lot just built as part of the Four Corners project.

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TUESDAY, JULY 26, 2016

Wild Card/Tuesday -- 7.26.16 41 

Early yesterday, I thought the Democrats would have trouble uniting behind Hillary Clinton going forward from their national convention. After listening to First Lady Michelle Obama and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders last night, I'm not so sure they won't. Michelle Obama simply hit a home run, as far as speeches go.

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CdA reopens former Mullan Ave, sorta 

The big Mullan Avenue rebuild next to City Park in downtown Coeur d’Alene is done and reopens Wednesday. Except it’s not Mullan, it’s now named Fort Grounds Drive. And it’s not reopening to through traffic - not yet. It’s complicated. SReporter Scott Maben reports on the reopening.

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Cutline Contest -- Time2Vote 14 

The Cutline Contest today features a disappointed supporter of former Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., holding a sign at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Monday Winner: No one received the minimum required 3 votes to win. The Cutline Contest needs votes as well as entries to be meaningful.

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Carlson: Only guvs should be president 14 

In his weekly Carlson Chronicles column, Chris Carlson has a radical recommendation for furture presidential elections. Chris is calling for a constitutional amendment "which would require each major political party's nominee for president (to) come only from the ranks of that party's governors." See why below.

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Calling Sheriff Ben ... 14 

After hours of waiting with her daughter, Eden Irgens busted out a Facebook post wondering why the lines are so long and move so slowly at the DMV office. Only 2 worker bees were handling the windows. "If a business were run this poorly," fumed Eden, "it would go under." Coincidentally, my brother and his son were waiting in the office, too.

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Lake City schedules more public art

The city of Coeur d'Alene already has circulated two "calls for artists" for public art projects in the ignite cda River District, one piece to be located near Riverstone Park and the other to be a mural to be placed under the Seltice Way overpass, along the Riverstone section of the Prairie Trail.

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Photographer Don Sausser caught this moose grabbing lunch along a water way near Murray last week.

Blogos: Moose takes lunch break

North Idaho Blog roundup features photo of a moose munching grass near Murray, Idaho. Also: Show & shine/Bay Views, Zucchini warnings/Dogwalk Musings, Around the world in 503 days/Fort Boise, Watching the conventions/Randy Stapilus, INW better than many people realize/Grip, Centennial Trail bicyclists exceed 15 mph/Outdoors ...

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"I had brain surgery in December so maybe I hallucinated the white liberals booing white liberals on the most liberal night in DNC history" -- Author Sherman Alexie @Sherman_Alexie.

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Police: Man threatens to shoot up store 

A 71YO man was arrested Sunday after witnesses said he threatened to come back with an AK-47 and shoot everyone in the downtown Spokane Apple Store. Employees told police that the man became upset when he was told that no one was available to help him immediately but that he could make an appointment and return in 2 hours, according to court docs.

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IFF honors Sims w/Clements award 

The Idaho Freedom Foundation awarded its 2016 Maurice Clements Legacy of Freedom Award to State Rep. Kathy Sims to honor her dedication to liberty, according to a news release from IFF official Fred Birnbaum. The award was presented to Sims in Coeur d'Alene Saturday night.

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City may spruce up Antelope site 

The Spokane River site of the statue honoring Chief Morris Antelope of the Coeur d'Alene Indian Tribe could be in line for landscaping, after a recent meeting of the ignite cda board. ignite cda Commissioner Mic Armon and Coeur d'Alene Mayor Steve Widmyer both said landscaping is needed. HucksOnline agrees.

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I Did Not Know That ... 10 

I learned recently that the city of Coeur d'Alene will keep the new Fort Grounds Drive shut to through traffic until after Labor Day. That's the new stretch with all the Four Corners work that bisects City Park and Memorial Field, west of Northwest Boulevard.

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Cat in the Hat ... for president?

Voters dissatisfied with the choice of either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton for president have an alternative — the Cat in the Hat. The Cat announced his candidacy Tuesday in Springfield, Massachusetts, outside the childhood home of Theodor Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss.

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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.

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