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Cook files response to libel suit over Huckleberries comments

Defending herself against a libel suit, Linda Cook, of Rathdrum, said an anonymous comment she made earlier this year on a Spokesman-Review blog was a question about the accounting of GOP funds in Kootenai County, not an allegation of theft. Cook, who is representing herself, filed her court response Tuesday to the suit brought by Tina Jacobson, who also lives in Rathdrum and is former chairwoman of the Kootenai County Republican Party.

Libel defense: Blog remark question, not accusation

Defending herself against a libel suit, Linda Cook of Rathdrum says an anonymous comment she made earlier this year on a Spokesman-Review blog was a question about the accounting of GOP funds in Kootenai County, not an allegation of theft.

Republican Jacobson pursues lawsuit against online commenter

A Republican Party official in Kootenai County is pressing ahead with her defamation suit against a woman who posted online comments about missing GOP funds. Tina Jacobson, a Rathdrum resident and the former chairwoman of the Kootenai County Republican Party, has named Linda Cook in her suit over comments Cook made anonymously on The Spokesman-Review’s Huckleberries Online blog.

Huckleberries: Beware, or embrace, the donut burgers truck

Restaurant reviewer Patrick Jacobs claims he ate a donut burger after hours from an unnamed food truck in downtown Coeur d’Alene on Saturday, July 21. You read that right – a donut burger. Patrick described it in his Get Out! North Idaho blog the next day: “The glazed Krispy Kreme bun ... was toothsome and sweet. The beef patty was grilled to a nice char on the outside but was meaty-rich and greasy-hot inside. Smoky crisp bacon strips and a slice of tangy cheddar finished out the cast of players in the Donut Burger Show, and no condiments were involved, obviously. Only a loon would ruin this perfect (and perfectly fattening) collision of sweet vs. umami flavors with ketchup.”

Blog commenter reveals identity

A woman who claims to have posted a comment on a Spokesman-Review blog that triggered a defamation lawsuit has revealed her identity. Linda Cook said her suggestion to ask Kootenai County Republican Party Chairwoman Tina Jacobson about alleged missing money in the Kootenai County GOP coffers, which Cook posted under the moniker “almostinnocentbystander,” was based on information she’d heard from a board member.

Huckleberries: The family that opposes the recall together …

Mary Souza, an organizer of the Coeur d’Alene recall effort and bitter foe of Mayor Sandi Bloem and Councilman Mike Kennedy, claims she’s enjoying good vi-vi-vibrations from the community. She contends 80 percent of the feedback to her throw-da-bums-out crusade has been positive, including drivers who wave, honk and give thumbs-up to volunteers collecting signatures on sidewalks. In a recent newsletter, however, Mary castigates the “weird negative vibe from the few Anti-recall folks” – some of whom, gadzooks, have given the Recallers a thumbs-down. Others, according to Mary, have gone further by flipping Recallers off, including a family of five – “both parents and 3 small children … all at once as they drove by.” Huffs Mary: “Great parenting from the anti-recall group.”

Huckleberries: Signature-gathering can be an arresting task

Kootenai County’s deputies regularly respond to the Hayden Wal-Mart and nearby Prairie Shopping Center businesses to roust transients and panhandlers. But not so much to the Hayden Library, farther north along Government Way. Last Monday, however, Deputy Dawgs fielded a call about an “aggressive loiterer” in the Hayden Library lot.