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Huckleberries: Campaign coincidence has Seymour’s number

In spring 2011, there was a minor flap about the post office box number for the Coeur d’Alene School Board campaign supporting candidates Tom Hamilton and Terri Seymour. Inadvertently, the campaign was given the same number as a defunct one that had been used by the Aryan Nations. That caught the attention of some, including The Spokesman-Review. We investigated and found there was no connection between the two groups. Seymour hasn’t let the matter go, however. On Monday, Seymour asked applicant Christa Hazel during public interviews to fill a vacant school board trustee spot whether she’d said Hamilton and Seymour were members of the Aryan Nations.

Huckleberries: Kennedy slims down by ‘Running from Recall’

Coeur d’Alene City Councilman Mike Kennedy didn’t shrink from appearing at the Idaho Supreme Court hearing for Jim Brannon’s challenge of his three-vote 2009 loss to Kennedy last week. But Kennedy is shrinking. Sixty-four pounds and counting since this time last year – from 245 pounds to 181 pounds.

Huckleberries: The Big One got away from birthday tracker

Kerri Thoreson was keeping track of everyone’s birthdays in Kootenai County before Facebook arrived and wanted to be friends. Kerri, a woman of many hats (Post Falls councilwoman, Coeur d’Alene Press columnist, KVNI morning host), rarely misses wishing the best to locals in print and on the radio show she co-hosts with “North Idaho Joe” Paisley. So Kerri was embarrassed when she missed the Queen Mother Of Local B-Days last week. Anna Pearce turned 65 Wednesday. Mebbe you know Anna by her screen/stage name: Patty Duke. Who wrote the New York Times best-selling autobiography “Call Me Anna.” Patty’s 65th birthday makes her eligible for Medicare benefits to go with those Social Security bennies she’s been touting in public service announcements. Curses, foiled again

Stereotype lecture hits home

At A Family Runs Through It, local blogger Phil Corless has had it up to here with negative stereotypes aimed at home schoolers. Phil is a home schooler. Also, Phil has talked to his two kids about stereotypes “and how unfair it is to label a person based on misplaced assumptions.” Seems that talk hit home with his daughter. Earlier this month, Phil was driving his kids down a residential street when he spotted three or four teens throwing rocks at a cat that was trying to escape up and over a wooden fence. Phil, who brakes for cat abuse, spun his van around and roared back to the scene of the crime. The punks scattered, Phil explained in a blog post, “like cowardly rats before I could even roll down my window to chew them out.” Watching from the back seat, Phil’s feline-worshipping daughter piped up: “That was really mean of them. They must go to public school.” Hats off to Junior

Human-rights conference gets hand from Hattiesburg

That cross-the-border press conference staged to oppose local racists circulating hate literature was felt all the way down in Mississippi. Seems Jackie Bland and her family from Hattiesburg, Miss., visited the area shortly after the Aryan Nations wannabes conducted their literature drop. About that time, Mayor Sandi Bloem, Police Chief Wayne Longo, human- rights activist Tony Stewart and others met with mayors, police chiefs and other dignitaries from Spokane and Kootenai counties at the state line to denounce the material. In a recent letter to the editor of the Hattiesburg American, Bland wrote: “I thought that this reaction by local leadership was astonishing as I was from the South and had never witnessed leadership calling out such acts. I also thought how wonderful it is for leadership to set the tone to what is and is not acceptable behavior.” And you thought no one noticed? Insert foot

Political assertion has limit

If you think the potential race between incumbent Mike Kennedy and challenger Jim Brannon is your typical City Council race, think again. Linda Cook has been busy soliciting $49 contributions from Repubs for Brannon, to keep them $1 below the spending limit for public disclosure. Meanwhile, leading state Demos, like Congressman Walt Minnick and Boise Mayor Dave Bieter, were part of a Boise fundraiser for Kennedy. In an e-mail intercepted at Huckleberries Online, Cook announced that she was seeking doughnations to “stop the ambitious Mr. Kennedy before his plans for higher office make him too expensive to stop.” After mentioning that Brannon will bring “accountability and transparency” to City Hall, Cook continues: “$49 will keep you from having to be named on the Sunshine Report (I know it’s a small town and sometimes discretions is best).” Kennedy, on the other hand, made no ap-hollow-gies for the Aug. 20 fundraiser hosted by ex-congressional wannabe Dan Williams. Kennedy commented at Huckleberries Online that he wants to be sure he has the money to respond “swiftly and totally” to the smear campaign he expects this fall. Let the games begin. And they’re off