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Best Results Of Election Night

November 5, 2014 - 11:50am
North Idaho Trustee Pos D Christie Wood . . . . . . . . . 28,826 100.00 Total . . . . . . . . . 28,826 North Idaho Trustee Pos E Ken Howard . . . . . . . . . . 28,099 100.00 Total . . . . . . . . . 28,099

DFO: This keeps the North Idaho College Board of Trustees in good hands for two more years. Thoughts?

Impaled On A Toothpick

November 5, 2014 - 11:29am

While walking barefoot through the house, I managed to impale my foot with a toothpick which sank itself almost an inch deep. Yes, this is my life --Trish Gannon, publisher of the River Journal, via Facebook.

Question: Can you think of a dumb way in which you hurt yourself in the last year?

One Word Analysis

November 5, 2014 - 11:25am
How would you describe the 2014 general election results in one word?

AM Scanner Traffic -- 11.5.14

November 5, 2014 - 11:21am
  • 11:58 a.m. Domestic dispute reported on Wesson/Athol.
  • 11:09 a.m. 71YO female is in high degree of distress @ Garden Plaza Court/Post Falls.
  • 10:58 a.m. Small child near disabled vehicle on I-90/Post Falls area is too close to passing traffic.
  • 10:48 a.m. Vehicle is illegally speeding along Prairie Trail, from Atlas to Huetter.
  • 10:45 a.m. Resident reports male lying on Tombstone, near Meyer/Rathdrum, but she doesn't want to check on him.
  • 10:30 a.m. Male at Timberlake High/Spirit Lake is having issues with his older brother.
  • 9:37 a.m. A drunk & disorderly male is causing problems @ Jiffy Stop, 502 W. Appleway/CdA.
  • 9:30 a.m. Athol Elementary reports juvenile problem.
  • 9:17 a.m. CPD officer is at south Coeur d'Alene High lot looking for hit-and-run vehicle.
  • 9:15 a.m. Deputy is stopping @ Mallory Road/Rathdrum residence re: garnishment situation.
  • 8:57 a.m. Driver of black pickup pulling trailer that turned from Honeysuckle onto H95 reckless.
  • 8:33 a.m. 34YO female suffering general illness @ 2075 N Stagecoach/Post Falls.

At The Local GOP Hideaway

November 5, 2014 - 11:20am

At Daanen's Deli/Hayden last night, former Coeur d'Alene schools trustee Brent Regan, left, manned the computer, while anti-tax activist Sharon Culbreth whispered something to Bob Brooke, right. Newly elected legislator Don Cheatham has his back to the camera. (Photo: Duane Rasmussen)

County GOP Celebrate Big Night

November 5, 2014 - 11:15am

At Daanen's Deli in Hayden, the Kootenai County Republican Party enjoyed a clean sweep of their local candidates Election Night. Among those in attendance were (from left): Coroner-elect Warren Keene, county GOP chairman Neil Oliver, campaign organizer Becky Funk and her husband and County Clerk Jim Brannon. (Photo: Duane Rasmussen)

Council Votes To Hire 3 Officers

November 5, 2014 - 11:10am

Three new police officers will soon be patrolling the streets of Coeur d’Alene. In the wake of losing out on a $375,000 federal grant that would have funded the positions, the City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to use savings from a reduction in the contribution rate to the Firefighters Retirement Fund (FRF) to hire the officers. Calling it an “immediate need,” Mayor Steve Widmyer supported using $118,110 from the fund to pay for the new officers. The city will also use $59,055 it had budgeted as matching funds for the federal grant that it did not receive. The retirement funding will pay for the new officers from January through the end of the fiscal year, September 30, 2015. Other funding options will be sought to retain the officers beyond that periodKeith Erickson, Coeur d'Alene Today. More here.

Question: I wonder how Adams voted ...

Poll: Election Results Too Too Long

November 5, 2014 - 10:57am
  • Tuesday Poll: Hucks Nation wasn't happy with the projected 9:30 deadline set by the Kootenai County Elections Department for the first results on Election Night (although the 1st ones weren't actually provided until after 10:30 p.m.). 121 of 200 respondents (60.5%) said 9:30 was too long to wait for the first results in this high-tech age. 75 of 200 respondents (37.5%) didn't mind waiting. 4 (2%) were undecided.
  • Today's Poll: Are you happy with the election results in Idaho?

AM Headlines -- 11.5.14

November 5, 2014 - 10:17am

Former Coeur d'Alene Airport manager Greg Delavan is comforted by Burt Rutan and Greg's son after a meeting Tuesday in which the Kootenai County Commissioners Dan Green and Todd Tondee stood by their decision to fire him. Story here. (Photo: Duane Rasmussen)

Introducing State Sen. Mary Souza

November 5, 2014 - 9:26am
State Senator Leg Dist 4 Mary Souza (REP) . . . . . . . . 7,406 74.61 Ray J. Writz (CON) . . . . . . . 2,520 25.39 Total . . . . . . . . . 9,926

Question: Can you get your mind around the title "State Sen. Mary Souza"?

For Those Keeping Score At Home ...

November 5, 2014 - 9:16am

... (and I was) the final tabulation by the Kootenai County Election Department was provided around 1:20 a.m.

Question: The clerk's office beat the self-imposed 2 a.m. Wednesday deadline for final tabulation by 40 minutes. But the 1st results weren't provided until 10:34 p.m. -- 64 minutes later than the self-imposed deadline. Is that OK with you?

Shriner: Voters Want Same-O

November 5, 2014 - 9:11am

"Thanks to everyone who helped with you time, money and encouragement. We offered an opportunity for better government but the vote was decisive. Despite their many complaints voters want more of the same" -- Jerry Shriner, Democratic candidate for Kootenai County commissioner, on his campaign Facebook page.

Question: It's hard to argue with logic that Kootenai County voters want Republican rule, although there are mixed signals in Coeur d'Alene (mayor/council in good hands, while two legislators were ringleaders of the unsuccessful recall effort). What gives? Is Kootenai County uber-con red? Or simply red?

GOP Election Gains Growing Bigger

November 5, 2014 - 9:09am

In the New York Times, Michael D. Shear writes: "The full magnitude of the Republican Party’s success in reshaping the national political landscape at President Obama’s expense became clearer Wednesday morning as the party seemed headed toward an even longer list of electoral victories in Senate and governor races that had been too close to call before dawn. White House officials, waking to far deeper losses than they had expected in races across the country, announced that Mr. Obama would hold a news conference at 2:50 p.m. Eastern time to address the Republicans’ campaign victories and preview his response to the electorate’s punishing message. More here.

Question: What is life going to be like for President Obama during the last two years of his second term?

Balukoff Concedes

November 5, 2014 - 9:04am

Democrat A.J. Balukoff concedes: "Late last night, I called Gov. Otter and congratulated him for his victory on Election Day, and I wished him all the best in his next term. I told the governor I would be honored to help in any way possible to make our state better, especially our education system. I urge the members of my party and all Idahoans to come together, through our common values, to pursue our shared goals, so that we may rise to the challenges before us. We ran a good race and we brought attention to some very important issues. And in the end, as a nation of free elections, we accept the decision of voters." More here.

Question: In Idaho Reports, blogger Melissa Davlin opines that Idaho Democrats should pay less attention to running -- and losing in statewide races -- and start rebuilding their political bench at the local level. (Click here) Thoughts?

Ybarra Beat Jones In Squeaker

November 5, 2014 - 8:44am

Republican candidate for Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra greets Gov. C.L "Butch" Otter during the Idaho GOP election night event at the Riverside Hotel in Boise Tuesday. (AP Photo/Otto Kitsinger)

Superintendent of Public Instruction   DEM Jana Jones 211,291 49.3%   REP Sherri Ybarra 217,014 50.7% Superintendent of Public Instruction (Kootenai County) Jana Jones (DEM) . . . . . . . . 13,468 37.46 Sherri Ybarra (REP) . . . . . . . 22,484 62.54 Total . . . . . . . . . 35,952

Question: Statewide, Ybarra won by about 6000 votes; in Kootenai County, she won by 9000. Thoughts?


Sims Bests Nesse In HD4

November 5, 2014 - 8:32am
State Rep Leg District 4, Pos B Anne Nesse (DEM) . . . . . . . . 5,106 44.68 Kathleen Sims (REP) . . . . . . . 6,322 55.32 Total . . . . . . . . . 11,428

Question:  Why was this race relatively close?

Eberlein, Stewart Sweep To Wins

November 5, 2014 - 8:29am
County Commissioner District 1 Marc Eberlein (REP) . . . . . . . 24,087 66.42 Bruce Noble (DEM). . . . . . . . 12,180 33.58 Total . . . . . . . . . 36,267 County Commissioner District 2 Jerry Shriner (DEM) . . . . . . . 12,106 33.48 David Stewart (REP) . . . . . . . 24,052 66.52 Total . . . . . . . . . 36,158

Question: Is this the end of planning as we know it in Kootenai County?

Otter Wins 3rd Term, Ybarra Ekes By

November 5, 2014 - 8:24am

Idaho GOP Gov. Butch Otter won a rare third term Tuesday over Democratic challenger A.J. Balukoff after a hard-fought race, while the race for state superintendent of schools was too close to call all night, before finally resulting in a razor-thin victory Wednesday morning for first-time Republican candidate Sherri Ybarra over Democrat Jana Jones, a former chief deputy state superintendent. Ybarra, a political unknown who won a four-way GOP primary with just 28.7 percent of the vote, ran a stumbling campaign that lurched from one gaffe to the next. She acknowledged that her campaign website plagiarized material from her opponent’s. When news surfaced that she’d never voted in an Idaho election since moving to the state in 1996, she said she’s running for state superintendent, in part, to “repay” Idaho for that lapse in civic participation/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here. (AP photo)

Question: Can we officially say that anyone with an "R"after their name is unbeatable in statewide elective office?

Midterm Elections 2016

November 5, 2014 - 8:21am

Joe Heller/Hellertoons

So Tired Of Waiting ...

November 5, 2014 - 12:15am

OK, it's 12:40 & I'm headed home with 53% of the ballots counted and holding for the last hour. I'll stay up a little longer. But I doubt that you will. Most races are decided. The only ones that aren't involved the superintendent of public instruction where Sherri Ybarra apears to have the edge. And the House District 4 race where Rep. Kathy Sims is getting a stiff run from Democrat Anne Nesse. I'll see you back here around 8 in the morning ...