In the recent Idaho GOPrimary campaign, Wayne Hoffman of the controversial Idaho Freedom Foundation and uber-conservative allies threw everything they had at centrist Republicans Sen. Shawn Keough and Rep. Luke Malek. The net result? Keough of Sandpoint and Malek of Coeur d’Alene won by larger margins in their contested contests this year than they did in 2014. Sen. Keough dispatched tea party candidate Glenn Rohrer 55.7 percent to 44.3 percent Tuesday. In the 2014 primary, Keough beat Danielle Ahrens, another GOTPer, 53.8 percent to 46.2 percent. On Tuesday, Malek defeated Arthur Macomber 58.4 percent to 41.6 percent. In the 2014 GOP primary, he beat Toby Schindelback 52.71 percent to 47.29 percent. So much for Hoffman and the Big Bad Wolf of Idaho’s Far Right.
Poet’s Corner: As sidewalk dining expanded in downtown Coeur d’Alene in spring 2003, the late Tom Wobker (aka, The Bard of Sherman Avenue) took note. He penned “Sidewalk Cafes” on May 14, 2003: “On Sherman it is thought a treat/To have your lunch out by the street, To dine alfresco ’neath the sky/And watch the pickup trucks go by” … Someone with an urge to dig and collect rocks is vandalizing Tubbs Hill in downtown Coeur d’Alene – and Huckleberries has the photos to prove it … Tweetable: “My dog has learned to operate the windows in my car but apparently still isn’t smart enough not to eat trash” – Liz Burch/KHQ @KHQLiz … Fellow who called 911 dispatch from Harrison, Idaho, area Friday morning apologized. He didn’t need help. He was just “tweaking.” P’haps he needs more help than he thinks … Former Coeur d’Alene School District trustees don’t fade away. They get themselves elected to the Kootenai County Grand Old (Tea) Party Central Committee. After helping conservative hard-liners overthrow the school board for a short period, former trustees Terri Seymour, Brent Regan and Ann Seddon now represent Precincts 39, 61 and 66, respectively … Interestingly, current board Chairman Christa Hazel, a moderate who defeated Regan in a 2013 trustee race, won as a write-in in Precinct 47. Should make for interesting gatherings of the local Elephant here.
The homemade chocolate chip cookies handed out in Precinct 24 in Post Falls Tuesday didn’t attract many voters. Councilwoman Kerri Thoreson of Post Falls was only voter No. 13 at 10:30 a.m. But the cookies sure beat the “I Voted” stickers that you usually get. P’haps County Clerk Jim Brannon could encourage a higher turnout than the miserable 22.61 percent Tuesday countywide by ordering all polling places to give out homemade cookies?