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UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 2, 2018

Can a non-Republican win a Kootenai County office? Dan Gookin pushes message of independence. Jim Brannon stresses efficiency.

One of the most contentious races in Kootenai County is for one the smaller profile public offices. Coeur d’Alene City Councilman Dan Gookin is running as an independent hoping to …


Huckleberries: Huckleberries: When in doubt, vote for Pedro

If you don’t like the two main candidates for the U.S. presidency in Idaho, you can select one of six other choices on the ballot including Libertarian Gary Johnson and …


Huckleberries: Reader questions CdA’s Sherman namesakes

Dave Chamberlain of Coeur d’Alene wonders why Lake City names things after General William Tecumseh Sherman, the brutal Civil War general who conducted Sherman’s “march to the sea” and herded …


Huckleberries: CdA council race eerily familiar for English

Dan English is experiencing the ultimate “what goes around comes around” moment. Six years ago at this time, as Kootenai County clerk, Dan was about to circulate instructions to local …


Belmont, Brannon square off in Kootenai clerk’s race

Not long ago Jim Brannon was alleging Kootenai County voting irregularities in a lawsuit contesting an election loss. Now he oversees the elections division and is running to keep his …


Huckleberries: After 58 years, Larsen’s perfect game still a wonder

You may have forgotten, but last Wednesday was the 58th anniversary of the only perfect-game, no-hitter thrown in the World Series – by Don Larsen of the New York Yankees. …


Huckleberries: Idaho’s nerd ratio noteworthy

Idaho is doing well in another Estately Blog poll. Remember? Estately named Idaho as one of the states that would survive a zombie apocalypse. After all, most Spud Staters are …


Huckleberries: Tom Malzahn helping to let voters pick next treasurer

Again, Kootenai County owes a debt of gratitude to Treasurer Tom Malzahn for postponing his retirement 21 months to protect his office from right-wing ideologues who control the local GOP. …


Council election fight ends

A Coeur d’Alene man who contested his defeat in a 2009 City Council election, alleging numerous irregularities, has lost on appeal to the Idaho Supreme Court. In a unanimous decision …


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 …


Candidate who lost council race appeals to Idaho high court

The Idaho Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday in a challenge to the outcome of a 2009 Coeur d’Alene City Council election. Jim Brannon, who narrowly lost a council race to …


Huckleberries: Matching views to office sought can be tricky

Let’s play a game. Huckleberries will tell you where candidate John Green stands on issues. And you guess which office he’s seeking. Ready? On his Facebook wall, Green lists his …


Keeping seasonal beliefs aloft

My son, Seth, is a 31-year-old doctor today, in his first year of neurosurgery residency at the University of Florida. But 26 years ago, he was a kindergartner suffering a …


Huckleberries: Air Force ring comes full circle

Tony Smith isn’t a hobbit, dwarf, elf, or any of the other mythical characters that inhabited Middle Earth and coveted the one ring that ruled them all. Yet he has …


Judge upholds CdA election result

The city of Coeur d’Alene and an incumbent councilman emerged victorious Tuesday in a lawsuit that challenged the legality of the November 2009 City Council election and accused Kootenai County’s …


Judge upholds Coeur d’Alene election

The city of Coeur d’Alene and an incumbent councilman emerged victorious Tuesday in a lawsuit that challenged the legality of the November 2009 City Council election and accused Kootenai County’s …


Closing arguments in CdA election case today

In an unusual move, closing arguments are scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. today in a case challenging the outcome of the November election for Coeur d’Alene City Council. Jim …


Lawyers eliminate three votes in trial

The vote count from the Coeur d’Alene City Council election last November changed Wednesday after attorneys in an election challenge lawsuit agreed to eliminate three votes deemed illegal due to …


Trial starts in contested CdA race

The losing candidate in last year’s Coeur d’Alene City Council election on Monday took the city and the councilman who defeated him to court. On Nov. 3, City Councilman Mike …


Political punches fly on the blog

Councilman Mike Kennedy won’t take up Jim Brannon on his challenge to stage a do-over election for Kennedy’s council seat on May 25. If you don’t know what I’m talking …


Election challenge gets zanier

You want to know how far over the top the biggest cheerleaders for unsuccessful City Council candidate Jim Brannon are? Some sincerely believe that there’s a conspiracy to steal votes …


NY Times skewers tea partiers

Charlie Brown never seemed to learn that Lucy always yanked the football before he tried to kick it. And Idaho conservatives never learn that they aren’t going to catch a …


Comments on Benewah sheriff brought Payne to surface

Prosecutor Doug Payne didn’t appreciate the criticism leveled at Sheriff Bob Kirts and Benewah County by outsiders including me recently. In a Handle Extra comment, I said the issue of …


Suit hinges on absentee vote, eh?

Monica Paquin, a former resident of Coeur d’Alene now living in the Montreal area, finds herself the focus of an effort to overthrow the 2009 Lake City elections. And all …


Editorial: Elections should hinge on voters, not judges

Coeur d’Alene City Council candidate Jim Brannon faced a deadline this week. Monday was the last day he could call for a cost-free recount in the five-vote squeaker by which …


CdA election challenged

The losing candidate in a Coeur d’Alene City Council race filed a lawsuit Monday challenging the outcome, naming all council members as defendants, along with the mayor, the city clerk, …


Recount expected in 5-vote CdA race

The losing candidate in a tight Coeur d’Alene City Council race formally asked the city clerk for a recount Wednesday. Jim Brannon lost to incumbent councilman Mike Kennedy by five …


Brannon seeks recount in CdA council race

The losing candidate in a tight Coeur d’Alene City Council race formally asked the city clerk for a recount on Wednesday.


Council races focus on new CdA facilities

The incumbents in three races for Coeur d’Alene City Council regularly point with pride to two projects completed during their last term: the city’s new downtown library and the Salvation …


At church, expect hard questions

After she recovered from a broken hip suffered in a fall at Mass seven weeks ago, John Austin’s mother wanted nothing more than to return to church. So John’s sister, …