We've arrived at the day before the election, with fear and trembling. Kootenai County is about to elect a GOP Extreme Team to the Legislature and, possibly, the Kootenai County Board of Commissioners. I don't expect it'll be good for governance. But it'll make for some fun times here. Once we turn the page on the general election this year, we can look forward to wild shenanigans in the 2015 Legislature and then the Coeur d'Alene School Board and City Council elections next year. Here's your Wild Card ...
Jason Kilborn sets up voting booths in the south concourse at the Kibbie Dome in Moscow earlier today. Kilborn and other workers from Latah County set up 120 voting boths in Moscow on Monday in preparation for Tuesday's election. (AP Photo/Moscow-Pullman Daily News, Geoff Crimmins)
In a special op-ed piece for the Coeur d'Alene Press Online, Kootenai Health critical care nurse Thomas Madison writes: "Soon, I will be fired. I am an experienced (25 years) and reliable employee in a field (critical care nursing) where there is a national shortage. In fact my employer (Kootenai Health) is paying top dollar (far above what I earn) to bring in "travel nurses" from out of state just to keep up with the staffing shortage. This summer I have been paid double time to work extra shifts. And yet soon they will not allow me to work for them. There is a day coming when I will show up at my place of employment, and I will be told to leave the premises. What transgression will bring about the termination of my career? Will I be caught pilfering company assets? Will an uncontrollable temper finally irritate my boss enough to get rid of me? No, the perplexing and absurd answer is that my job with Kootenai Health will end because I refuse to have a flu vaccination." More here.
Question: Do you respect the stand that nurse Madison is taking?
Top Comment -- PatrickH (RE: Death with dignity advocate, RIP): I'm not sure I like the term, "death with dignity." ive known people who didn't have that option, or didn't take that option, and I don't think that they died without dignity, or that their deaths were somehow less dignified. As someone who will at some point in the future have to make this choice because of MS I am glad that it is becoming more common, and available. I just wish we could come up with a better term.
Only 2 entries?
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, of Britain, sprays champagne on fans after winning the Formula One U.S. Grand Prix race at the Circuit of the Americas, Sunday, in Austin, Texas. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Weekend Winner -- DFO, with 10 likes: "After decades of serving as understudy to Gomez, Thing strikes out on his own to find fame & fortune." You can see Weekend Photo and all Cutline Contest entries here.
- 5:33 p.m. Semi truck high-centered @ Coeur d'Alene Library, 710 E. Front/CdA.
- 5:30 p.m. Driver of pickup spotlighting animals @ H97/MP 62 (Sunset Drive, near Harrison), possible poaching.
- 5:16 p.m. Animal left in vehicle @ McEuen Park, possible animal abuse.
- 4:46 p.m. 2-vehicle, rear-end, injury accident @ H95/Hanley Avenue, CdA.
- 4:44 p.m. Officer needed for civil standby @ 1800 block of Legends Parkway/CdA.
- 4:30 p.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for Nov. 2-3 here.
- 4:17 p.m. 4-vehicle crash in area b/n H54/Russet Road, Athol.
- 4:13 p.m. Firemen responding to kitchen fire @ Ohio Street home/Rathdrum.
- 4:10 p.m. CPD officers responding to Nez Perce/Laurel, Northshire, CdA, unknown reason.
- 4:03 p.m. Female & insurance agent may be hurt in crash @ 216 W Appleway/CdA.
- 3:17 p.m. Tenant who was evicted is tearing up E. Randle/CdA house.
- 2:57 p.m. Residential alarm sounding @ Ramsgate/Broadmoore, Hayden.
- 2:40 p.m. Vehicle is on fire in parking lot, south of LDS church, near 4th/Appleway, CdA.
- 2:39 p.m. Female in blue Cobalt driving poorly, flipping off 2nd driver @ H41/Mullan, Post Falls.
- 2:14 p.m. Manager of hotel on Appleway reports 3YO boy answered room door & parents are passed out on drugs.
- 2:05 p.m. Female driver hurt in 3-vehicle crash @ Ramsey Road/Kathleen Avenue, CdA.
- 1:55 p.m. Drunk male who also took pills out of control @ 800 block of N3rd Street/CdA.
- 1:44 a.m. ISP warned of possible DUI driver in gold mini-van w/Washington plates @ I-90/Post Falls area.
- 1:10 a.m. Undisclosed medical emergency reported @ 7100 block of E. Jennifer Lane/Hayden.
- AM Scanner Traffic
It's dark at five, and sun
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The Bard of Sherman Avenue
At the Inlander's Bloglander blog (say that fast a coupla times), Christian Vosler reports: "Recently merged thespian centers Interplayers Professional Theater and Lake City Playhouse announced today that they have a new name: The Modern Theater. Spokane's Interplayers Theater officially merged with Coeur d'Alene's Lake City Playhouse in September. As of today, the theaters will be known as The Modern Theater Spokane, and The Modern Theater Coeur d'Alene, respectively. In a press release, Modern Theater Executive Artistic Director George Green says that the new name is one of many changes aimed at making the theater more efficient." More here.
Question: Hmm. I don't know if I like this name change for the Lake City Playhouse. But I understand the reasoning behind it. Thoughts?
Above, after the funeral service Saturday afternoon, 50 friends and family of Get Out! North Idaho blogger Patrick Jacobs tied a bunch of orange balloons to the Allium Spring Chorus at McEuen Park, one of Patrick's favorite pieces of public art in town. (Photo: Kerri Thoreson)
On her Facebook page, Kerri Thoreson offered a review of Patrick Jacobs' funeral services Saturday:
Funeral services rarely are reviewed and mourners aren't photographed for the society pages but the funeral of Patrick Jacobs was as unique an event as the man being honored. Patrick did love creating reviews ... of music, fashion and food. There's little doubt that he would so have enjoyed the eclectic gathering of people whose lives he touched. There were appropriate amounts of respectful reverence, citing of scripture and hymns sung. The eulogies were personal and delivered by genuine friends who knew him best and longest. The pastors' messages of love and acceptance were divinely inspired, as was the congregation's singing of Jesus Loves Me, which was so simple and heartbreaking. But more than anything it was looking around the standing room only chapel and seeing his loving family, his friends from childhood and friends from adulthood ... from every walk of life. Flamboyant dancers to a different drum, elected officials, elderly and children. All sharing the communal ritual of mourning a life lost and celebrating life ever after. In conversation with former mayor Sandi Bloem as we walked from the church I pondered what Patrick's reaction to the day would be. Said she, summing it up perfectly in a single word ... humbling.
DFO: I was wondering how Patrick would have reviewed his own funeral. You know that he would if he could. I appreciate this review by Kerri Thoreson. Patrick would, too.
This undated photo provided by Compassion & Choices shows Brittany Maynard, a terminally ill woman. Sean Crowley, spokesman from the group Compassion & Choices, said late Sunday, that Maynard was surrounded by family Saturday when she took lethal medication prescribed by a doctor under Oregon's law that allows the terminally ill to end their own lives and died. She was 29. Story here. (AP Photo/Compassion & Choices)
Duane Rasmussen and I have this ongoing disagreement re: what constitutes the tea party. He says that the tea party folded in Kootenai County when Phil and Leslie Damiano ended their Tea Party Patriots of North Idaho organization after being targeted by the IRS. I say that "Tea Party" is a generic title for the uber-conservative wing of the Republican Party that features former Libertarians, Constitutionalists, John Birch Society members, etc. He says my description describes the Idaho Republican Liberty Caucus, in which controversial former state legislator Phil Hart (pictured) serves as vice chairman. But I say that Liberty Caucus doesn't mean much to individuals beyond those who are battling for control of the Idaho Republican Party. Should we call uber-conservatives in Kootenai County "Phil Hart Republicans"? What do you say?
Question: Is Tea Party a good generic term for the Right Wing of the Republican Party?
Marianne Love/Slight Detour laments the type of vicious rhetoric that has infected the political season in Bonner & Boundary counties this fall, including the nasty remarks aimed at respected state Sen. Shawn Keough, R-Sandpoint (above). Posts Marianne: "Sometimes during political seasons, one can sit back for just so long, listening to or reading the unfair attack-dog tactics a few candidates will use in attempts to discredit their opponents, trying desperately—at any cost---to get elected." Marianne gives her Lodgepole Society political endorsements today. Click here.
- Say when/Fort Boise
- Gold for the black/On Tap
- Get out & vote/Simple Mind
- Wayne Knudtsen, RIP/Bay Views
- Trick or treat/Coeur d'Alene Today
- A child's dream come true/EndNotes
- Selective Service system still exists/Slice
- An election night agenda/Randy Stapilus, RP
- Last day of elk season picture perfect/Outdoors
- Salem witches belong to all of us/Writing North Idaho
- You can't tell the lineman without a program/Grip on Sports
- Day 306: If this is Sunday, it must be Seattle/Eye on Shanghai
- Strategists are the weather forecasters of politics/Dogwalk Musings
HucksOnline numbers (for month of October): 194,420 page-views/121,160 unique views, and (for year-to-date): 1,784,164 page-views/1,079,255 unique views
In this June 19, 2008, photo, Tom Magliozzi, co-host with his brother Ray of National Public Radio's "Car Talk" show, poses with a caricature of himself in Cambridge, Mass. NPR says Magliozzi died today of complications from Alzheimer's disease. He was 77. Story here. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
How much do you know about oil-by-rail shipments, evictions of homeless people in Coeur d'Alene, haunted Spokane places and other news of note? Find out in the weekly News Quiz of The Spokesman-Review, where you could win a $50 gift card to the Davenport Hotel or two movie tickets. You can take the News Quiz here.
- Answer to Question #1: Triple.
Idaho high school government students participating in the Idaho Mock Student Election were deeply divided in the race for governor, but they gave the edge to GOP Gov. Butch Otter, with 679 votes to Democrat A.J. Balukoff’s 617 votes. Libertarian John Bujak trailed with 131 votes, independent Jill Humble with 122, “Pro-Life” with 99, and Constitution Party candidate Steve Pankey with 93. That gave Otter 39 percent; Balukoff 35 percent; Bujak 7.5 percent; Humble 7 percent; Pro-Life 6 percent; and Pankey, 5 percent/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.
Question: If high schoolers tend to mirror their parents, could this be an indication that governor's race will be close?
If one believes the polls, Republicans will take control of the U.S. Senate next week, and retain the House of Representatives. For the Republic, this may or may not be a good thing. As astronaut Alan Shepard, Jr. famously prayed, muttering into his microphone, on the launch-pad of America's first space-flight in May of 1961, “Shepard, don't (expletive deleted) this up.” We've had six years of a Democratic Senate and White House and seen the horrors of their monopoly. Harry Reid has been the hockey goalie blocking debate. I get his emails. On the other hand, Republicans didn't behave much better under Newt Gingrich. Comity evaporated. They Rs better make good use of their time, and they've only two years to show their stuff/David Bond, Wallace Street Journal. More here.
Question: Do you expect the Republicans to hold Congress when the dust clears tomorrow night?
At Bay Views, Herb writes: "So far this morning I have received 5 robo-calls and the day is young. I have a system. If caller ID can't, I let the answering machine take the call. Vick touting Barbieri, (talk about preaching to the choir) etc. I wonder how many frazzled voters change their votes to represent a negative reaction to being bothered. I'm betting that it loses more votes than gains. But then I have my candidates picked out already and don't need help figuring who to support. More here.
Question: We received a robo-call for Congressman Labrador over the weekend. But not much else. Then, we don't pay much attention unless the number is familiar. How about you? Have you been inundated with robo-calls this election season?
The Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations will host a reception and a book signing this coming Saturday at 6:00 PM at the Human Rights Education Institute, 414 Mullan Street in Coeur d’Alene with author and former FBI Special Agent Wayne F. Manis. The book is titled: “The Street Agent: After Taking on the Mob, the Klan and the Aryan Nations, he walks softly and carries a .357 Magnum---The True Story.” Manis served with the FBI from 1966-1994. Preceding his years in the FBI, he was a U S Marine Corps Captain and acting Provost Marshall. Today he is the founder and president of OnBeley Security Solutions, a Coeur d’Alene based company. ... Manis also spent five years investigating The Order, a sub-group of the Aryan Nations in the Pacific Northwest. More here.
- Factoid: Wayne Manis is Christa Hazel's father.
- Also: Wayne Manis: A life of investigating/Coeur d'Alene Press archives
Question: Did you participate in any of the counter-protests to the Aryan Nations parades or events back in the day?
Candles are held by people greeting school buses driving past as students return to Marysville-Pilchuck High School following a week off after a shooting that left four students dead, including the shooter, and two students still in a Seattle hospital, Monday in Marysville, Wash. After the shock from the Oct. 24 shooting, administrators and teachers hope to transition to a new routine. The day was scheduled to begin with a 10:30 a.m. assembly. Lunch is in the gym because the cafeteria where the shooting took place remains closed. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
If a weekend poll is any indication, the state superintendent’s race could be Tuesday night’s biggest nailbiter. Republican Sherri Ybarra (pictured) is leading Democrat Jana Jones 46 percent to 45 percent, with 9 percent of respondents still undecided, according to a new poll from Public Policy Polling in Raleigh, N.C. That falls well within the poll’s 3.1 percent margin of error. The polling firm interviewed 1,001 likely voters between Thursday and Saturday. And according to Public Policy Polling’s numbers, this is one statewide race that seems to be tightening. In a poll released Oct. 14, Ybarra led 41 percent to 38 percent, with 21 percent of respondents undecided/IdahoED NEWS. More here.
Question: If Ybarra wins, can we safely say that anyone or anything can run in Idaho as a Republican and be elected?