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Patano: Time to vote in GOPrimary

January 22, 2016 - 10:43am

Sandy Patano, a long-time congressional aide, urges moderate Republicans and Independents to take part in the GOPrimary process:

Have you ever missed the start of a much-anticipated sporting event and tuned in late, only to find that by the time you tuned in, the game was a blowout win for one side or the other? Even if it’s your team that is winning, it can be disappointing to miss out on all the spectacular plays and the drama that led to your team putting the game out of reach. Today in Idaho politics, voters who vote only in general elections in November are experiencing much the same phenomenon. They are essentially showing up in the fourth quarter of a blowout game. The contest is over. In fact, the real game happened months ago, in what has become known as Idaho’s closed Republican primary. More here.

Question: Isn't it time you got off your duff, and started voting in the Kootenai County Republican primary?

Poll: Palin hurts Trump

January 22, 2016 - 10:01am
  • Thursday Poll: A plurality of Hucks Nation said Sarah Palin's endorsement of Donald Trump this week hurt Trump more than  it helped him. 91 of 198 respondents (45.96%) said the endorsement hurt Trump. 46 of 198 respondents (23.23%) said it helped Trump. 43 (21.72%) said it had no impact 18 (9.09%) were undecided.
  • Today's Poll: Do you support permitless carry of firearms?

Scott airs 2nd permitless carry bill

January 22, 2016 - 9:54am

Reps. Heather Scott and Ron Nate have released a second draft bill on “constitutional carry,” or allowing Idahoans to carry concealed guns without a permit. The new version doesn’t replace the previous version, they said; it’s just an alternative approach. “We’re going to put ‘em both out there and see which dog hunts,” Nate said. The previous version simply added this line to the list of places where concealed-weapon permit rules don’t apply: “Outside the confines of any building within city limits.” Under a 2015 law, Idaho already allows people to carry concealed guns without a permit outside city limits/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: Do you support permitless carry?

Fillios to challenge Commish Stewart

January 22, 2016 - 9:21am

Republican Chris Fillios announced he will seek the District 2 Kootenai County Commission seat in the May 17 primary election. The district includes the southern part of the county, areas around Lake Coeur d'Alene and most of Coeur d'Alene. "I’ve had numerous people ask me to run for this seat," Fillios said. "It’s an honor to have the support, but at the same time, very humbling to know so many are willing to place their trust in me to make the right decisions for Kootenai County"/Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

DFO: I know some of the uber-cons who support Stewart the first time around aren't as happy with him this time. Fillios is a solid conservative. This could be an interesting race. Thoughts?

Otter softens Sagebrush stand

January 22, 2016 - 8:56am

No one can say Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has enthusiastically embraced the collaborative process that has spread across the West over the past 25 years. As a congressman, he rejected both Rep. Mike Simpson’s Boulder-White Clouds wilderness bills and Sen. Mike Crapo’s Owyhee initiative, which led to creating 517,000 acres of desert wilderness. But Otter didn’t stand in the way of passage in 2015 when Simpson’s Central Idaho wilderness bill was approved unanimously in Congress. Had he been intransigent — which is his instinct on designating wilderness, closing land to mechanized travel and resource development — neither would be law/Rocky Barker, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Do you agree/disagree that Butch Otter has accomplished much to protect Idaho values by softening his stance in dealing with the federal government?

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Minimum-wage activist Nesse moving

January 22, 2016 - 8:53am

In a comment last night, minimum-wage activist Anne Nesse announced: "I'm starting my move to Portland, Oregon then so I will not be able to bid adieu at blog fest. I wish you all well. I will be closer to family when located on the coast, and a different sort of activism."


Cruz doesn't have health insurance

January 22, 2016 - 8:49am

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz on Thursday said he does not have healthcare insurance because of ObamaCare. “I’ll tell you, you know who one of those millions of Americans is who’s lost their healthcare because of ObamaCare? That would be me,” Cruz said at a rally in Manchester, N.H. “I don’t have healthcare right now.” As a member of Congress, the Texas senator is eligible for a 75 percent employer subsidy if he enrolls through the ObamaCare exchanges/The Hill. More here.

Question: Are you surprised that a major candidate for president is without health care?

'Virginity' question brings Trib jeers

January 22, 2016 - 8:36am

In his weekly Cheers & Jeers column, Opinion Editor Marty Trillhaase of the Lewiston Tribune offers JEERS to Washington state Rep. Mary Dye, R-Pomeroy:

Put yourself in the place of the five Pullman-area teenagers - four young women and one young man - who visited her Olympia office Monday as members of the Palouse Teen Council of Planned Parenthood. Imagine trying not to feel intimidated by the trappings of the center of state government.Imagine representing an organization that conservative eastern Washington lawmakers do not sympathize with - and one whose Pullman center was targeted by an arsonist. Imagine lobbying Dye to consider supporting a measure that would allow women to purchase a year's worth of contraception at a time - rather than make monthly visits to the pharmacy. And imagine the embodiment of authority stopping you in mid-sentence with: "OK, so we know you're not a virgin," Dye said. "Now how about the rest of you?" More here.

Question: Do you agree with the jeer here?

Old vans threaten food bank mission

January 22, 2016 - 8:21am

The loading bay door rolls up inside the Community Action Partnership food bank warehouse in northwest Coeur d’Alene. Volunteers spring into action, unloading a van stuffed with donations from Albertsons, Safeway, Fred Meyer, Starbucks, Red Lobster and Davis Donuts. In come boxes of cantaloupe, yams, meats, cereal and bread, graham crackers and more – all perfectly good food diverted from the waste stream to help feed Kootenai County families in need. To keep this rescue mission going five days a week, the food bank relies on three aging cargo vans – from 16 to 24 years old – and volunteer drivers. The volunteers are doing fine, but the vans are wearing out/Scott Maben, SR. More here.

Group mulls funding formula change

January 22, 2016 - 8:19am

An informal legislative “working group” will take on a complicated and time-consuming  effort: revamping Idaho’s public school funding formula. News of the working group broke late Thursday afternoon, the 11th day of the 2016 legislative session. But it’s unlikely the group will produce any legislation this year. The idea of revamping the state’s funding formula is not new. The current law, passed in 1994, has been tweaked several times. In 2013, Gov. Butch Otter’s education task force recommended dropping the current formula — based on students’ average daily attendance — and shifting to an enrollment-based model. After two years, however, that discussion has given way to the idea of a more thorough review of the formula/Kevin Richert, Idaho Education News. More here.

Idaho planning Post Falls vets home

January 22, 2016 - 8:12am

Idaho is moving ahead with plans for a fourth veterans’ home in North Idaho, but it likely will be seven to 10 years before it gets the funding approval from the Veterans Administration. “The current population right now of veterans in North Idaho is worthy of supporting a veterans home,” said Idaho Division of Veterans Services Director Col. David Brasuell, who presented his budget pitch to state lawmakers this morning. The state already has been offered 6.1 acres of donated land by the Jacklin family, Brasuell said, though that’s the “bare minimum” needed for a veterans home; he’d like to acquire some additional ground if possible/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Best & Brightest?

January 22, 2016 - 8:05am

Jim Morin/Miami Herald

Wild Card/Thursday -- 1.21.16

January 21, 2016 - 5:09pm

Ten more days, and we can say we've survived long, cold January -- and are moving toward Blogfest 2016 and spring. I've made an executive decision that Blogfest 2016 will be Saturday, Feb 20, at the Fort Ground Grill. Per usual. We'll have a short speech or two. Pulled pork. Beans. Macaroni. Etc. Good conversation. And, of course, we'll unveil the man who has delighted us all these years with his short rhymes -- The Bard of Sherman Avenue. Mark it on your calendar. Here's your Thursday Wild Card ...

Parting Shot -- 1.21.16

January 21, 2016 - 5:08pm

Hannah Harper, left, and Emily Burgess laugh while taking advantage of the fresh snow to make snow angels at Studio 212 Wednesday in Maryville, Tenn., as 1-3 inches of snow was predicted to fall. (Tom Sherlin /The Daily Times via AP)

Oregon guv wants action on Malheur

January 21, 2016 - 4:56pm

In a letter to the country's top law enforcement officials, Gov. Kate Brown pressed for "swift resolution" of the wildlife refuge occupation outside Burns. Brown also wrote President Obama calling for action "without further delay." The U.S. Justice Department and the White House did not respond to requests Thursday for comment. The FBI released a statement Thursday afternoon, saying its response has been "deliberate and measured as we seek a peaceful resolution"/Les Zaitz, Oregonian. More here.

PM Scanner Traffic -- 1.21.16

January 21, 2016 - 4:39pm
  • 4:23 p.m. Trespasser -- Male who was trespassed from CdA Albertson's Wednesday night for bothering customers has returned. (Update: Male now trespassed again from Albertson's, plus Starbucks & Walgreens).
  • 4:22 p.m. Injury Fall -- 11100 block of Friar Drive/Hayden.
  • 4:14 p.m. Traffic Hazard -- Tire lying on road @ H95/Mica Hill.
  • 4:07 p.m. Angry Female -- Female who tried to return battery to Smoke Shop/Post Falls became belligerent when clerk wouldn't refund money.
  • 3:51 p.m. Domestic Dispute -- Female yelling at male who's inside vehicle honking horn in Alpine Apartments parking lot, 1127 W Marie Ave/CdA.
  • 3:14 p.m. Unconscious Female -- Caller found unconscious 97YO mother face down in Garden Plaza room/Post Falls.
  • 3:11 p.m. Stomach Pain -- 1919 N Lincoln Way/CdA.
  • 3:02 p.m. Suspicious Package -- Staff finds vile of liquid in package @ 2005 N Kootenai Health Way/CdA.
  • 2:58 p.m. Suspicious Package -- Deputy finds 5-gallon can of hydraulic fluid @ Miles Ave/Boekel Road, Hayden.
  • 2:57 p.m. Loose Dog -- Coeur d'Alene PD reports seeing golden retriever @ 15th St/Garden Ave, CdA, for last hour.
  • 2:39 p.m. Fire Alarm -- Caller fears lethargic sister affected by carbon monoxide @ 2600 block of E Mullan/Post Falls.
  • 2:12 p.m. Domestic Dispute -- Female in Trading Co lot fears for safety of 6YO child who is with her father.
  • 1:48 p.m. Suicide Threat -- Middle-age male on Boot Hill Road reports he has 2 pistols to his head.
  • AM Scanner Traffic with 16 items

Cutline Contest -- Time2Vote

January 21, 2016 - 4:26pm

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, salutes during a campaign stop Wednesday in Hollis, N.H. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Wednesday Winner -- Sisyphus, with 10 likes: "Obscure daughter of a dead actor endorses bellicose xenophobe billionaire for president." You can see Wednesday Photo and all Cutline Contest entries here.

CdA honored for fighting obesity

January 21, 2016 - 4:25pm

Today, Panhandle Health District and the City of Coeur d’Alene celebrated the recent Gold Medal Status award from Let’s Move!. Let’s Move! is a comprehensive initiative, for the purpose of combating our country’s obesity epidemic. The campaign focuses on long-term, sustainable approaches to incorporate healthy eating and physical activity in communities. Coeur d’Alene was awarded Gold Medal Status in the following areas:

  • Goal I: Start Early, Start Smart: Promoting best practices for nutrition, physical activity, and screen time in early care and education settings.
  • Goal II: My Plate, Your Place: Prominently displaying MyPlate in all municipal or county venues where food is served.
  • Goal III: Smart Servings for Students: Expanding access to meal programs before, during and after the school day, and/or over summer months.
  • Goal IV: Model Food Service: Implementing healthy and sustainable food service guidelines that are aligned with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
  • Goal V: Active Kids at Play: Increasing opportunities for physical activity.

Coeur d’Alene is one of just 61 communities to earn this ranking in the United States. Full Panhandle Health District news release here.

Riggs to seek Cheatham's 3B seat

January 21, 2016 - 4:02pm

Peter Riggs has announced his candidacy for the Idaho House of Representatives for District 3B.  He issued the following statement: “As a lifelong resident, I have a deep-rooted passion for this area.  I am a conservative Republican; however, I don’t believe that has to be synonymous with obstructionist behavior.  It is common sense that a vibrant, free economy and quality education are two vital “Pillars of Freedom” that must be protected and enhanced to ensure the success and continuing existence of this country." More from Riggs news release here.