At the weekly luncheon of the Kootenai County Reagan Republicans today, group President Jeff Ward announces his candidacy for the House District 3 seat now held by Rep. Frank Henderson, R-Post Falls, Lora Gervais is in the background. (Photo: Duane Rasmussen)
- Injured man rescued from radio tower/Scott Maben, SR
- 10YO boy falls 10 feet from Mount Spokane chairlift/KHQ
- Will Idaho's newest gold medalist get her own ski run?/KTVB
- Crapo, Risch introduce bill to give Idaho 3rd judge/Eye on Boise
- Spokane ranks as top retirement destination for basketball fans/KREM
- Loertscher wants to hit wind energy companies in pocket book/Eye on Boise
Paul Turner of The Slice/SR blog posts above this comic book front page: "Hold the handset up to your mouth, please." Question: Do you really think this cover represents the true lives of hospital nurses?
- Multi-task Thursday/Slight Detour
- Women slide their stones/Editor's Notes
- Mondale: A true Minnesota man/End Notes
- The Seahawk & the media/Carlson Chronicles
- Safari Club sets conservation banquet/Outdoors
- How not to celebrate Valentine's Day/Faithful Geek
- House Speaker clips Rep. Thompson's wings/EDge
- Day 43: Buskers, bikes, street cars/Eye on Shanghai
- Film 'Noah', Hollywood, God & grace/Dennis Mansfield
- Romney endorses 2012 Idaho co-chair Otter/Dan Popkey
- Arena wants to know Spokane's bucket list of live shows/7 Blog
HucksOnline numbers (for Wednesday, Feb. 12): 8802 page-views/4868 unique views
I'm beginning to wonder just what the Tea Party stalwarts represent. Pig headedness for sure. Take their in house figurehead Ted Cruz (pictured) and his attempt to filibuster the procedure to move ahead a vote on raising the debt ceiling. The last thing anyone needed was another fight to the wire on shutting down the government or in this case defaulting on the debt. It isn't even really the debt but rather the interest on it. Because of his ill advised stunt he forced a handful of wiser Republicans to vote with the Democrats to move the measure forward. The clean bill went on to pass without the vote of a single one of those Republicans. Now Cruz and his ilk are threatening to use those votes against the incumbent Republicans in the primaries. Do it my way or I'll punish you by golly!/Dogwalk Musings. More here. (AP file photo)
Question: Are Tea Party elected officials and rank-and-file members in general simply tone deaf to the nation around them?
At least 65 demonstrators seeking anti-discrimination protections for gays and lesbians law ringed the third-floor rotunda of Idaho's Capitol 10 days after dozens of people were arrested at a previous protest. Thursday's demonstration didn't include blocking entrances to lawmakers' chambers, the incident that precipitated the mass arrests of Feb. 3. The group attempted to file into both the House and Senate chambers, but it was rebuffed by Idaho State Police troopers and Capitol security, who told the protesters they needed to turn their shirts — which read "Add The Four Words," in white letters on a black background —inside out in order to enter. Rules for both chambers forbid political displays by spectators who enter the House or Senate galleries/John Miller & Katie Terhune, AP/Idaho Statesman. More here. (Joe Jaszewski's Statesman file photo: Former Idaho state Sen. Nicole LeFavour is arrested after blocking the entrance of the Senate chambers Feb. 3)
- Also: 60 'Add the Words' protestors stage silent protest at Statehouse/Eye on Boise
Question: Will the protestors be impossible for the Legislature to ignore when this story has gone national?
Read more here: http://www.idahostatesman.com/2014/02/13/3026851/gay-rights-protesters-return-to.html#storylink=cpy
From Blogfest 2013: "Bloggers, commenters and blurkers didn't have to be asked twice to fill their plates at Blogfest 2013 at Steve Widmyer's Fort Ground Grill in the historic Fortgrounds area Saturday. Bent's BBQ and Steve's side dishes were worth the price of admission. Toss in the camaraderie among those who share this corner of the blogosphere and my State of the Blog address (which received no standing O's) — and a good time was had by all. I think." (Don Sausser photo special for Huckleberries Online)
DFO: The standard food fare at our blogfests is pretty swell, beginning with Bent's infamous pulled pork. The meal for Blogfest 2014 will be on The Spokesman-Review from 2-5 p.m. Saturday at Steve Widmyer's Fort Ground Grill, 705 W. River Ave, in the old Fortgrounds section of Coeur d'Alene. Stop by for a minute or all three hours.
Here's the first post I made as a blogger (on Feb. 16, 2004). The blog was then called No Holds Barred. Later, it was known as Hot Potatoes before becoming Huckleberries Online:
For those who have developed a taste for Huckleberries, Hot Potatoes and other basic food groups in North Idaho, I'm taking it to the next level today … by moving on up to blogging. If you don't know what that means, sound it out: blog, bah-log, Web log. In other words, a blog is a combination Web diary/column/train-of-consciousness thing.
Here's what I hope to accomplish with my blog:
1. Let folks in North Idaho know what's going on behind the scenes in political races and North Idaho governments.
2. Comment on the stories of the day.
3. Bring important Web stories to your attention.
4. Use the blog to test drive new words for my Hot Potatoes columns on Sundays and Wednesdays — words such as ap-hollow-gize and institution-all-lies, which speak for themselves.
I view life through an offbeat conservative filter but that doesn't mean I'm conservative through and through. I may lean to the right on social issues but I voted for more Democrats than Republicans in Idaho's last legislative elections. In other words, I don't put much stock in either party's politics.
One of my favorite sayings comes from the old Chicago Times: “It's a newspaper's duty to print the news and raise hell.” So, fasten your seatbelts. I hope you have as much fun reading this as I'm going to have writing it -- DFO.
Jennifer Locke brought the youngest and cutest follower of Huckleberries Online to Blogfest 2013. Jennifer, Bjorn Handeen, Northerner and I had a good conversation re: “astroturf” and the number of Republican factions in the Kootenai County area. We stopped counting the latter at 7. (Don Sausser photo special to Huckleberries Online)
One year ago, I penned this State of the Blog post after attending Blogfest 2013:
I enjoyed another blogfest Saturday — and was energized by it. I find it easy to get unfocused re: the impact of Huckleberries Online, when I'm dealing with the occasional troll, angry commenter or complaint off-blog. But Blogfest brings things into perspective. I know something's happening here when individuals with different agendas, politics and religious persuasions — and even somewhat hostile to one another in cyberspace — can break bread together and discuss common ground. I had the pleasure of watch Adamsfly, a regular critic of Dan Gookin and Tom Hamilton, introduce himself to Gookin at Blogfest 2013. The two men then had a constructive conversation. I spotted only one bonafide Democrat at Blogfest (Dan of the Community). But I suppose the Far Right will continue to say Huckleberries is run by and for “libruls.” Reagan Republicans, United Conservatives of North Idaho and Libertarians were well represented at Blogfest. More here.
Question: How would you describe the State of the Blog now?
For the first time in years, Digger was unable to attend Blogfest 2013. So Don Sausser conjured up this mini-poster to honor him in absentia. Then, Don snapped this photo. Digger and Spazz have RSVP'd that he'll be at Blogfest 2014.
From February 2013 comments section: In the comments section, Matthew Root posts: “Conversation at blogfest? I thought everyone would bring their mobile device and post witty or sarcastic things to each other.” Which brings up an important issue. Matthew will be among the first timers at Saturday's Blogfest. Many of you old hands know pretty much what to do — before, during and after loading up your plates with Bent's BBQ and Steve Widmyer's side dishes. So here's the question:
Question: What advice would you give a Blogfest first-timer re: how to behave and what to expect?
From OTV's Get Out! North Idaho Facebook wall: "The glorious old Wilma Theater at Sherman & 2nd, shortly before she was ravaged and razed. Two movies that stick out in my brain that I saw there as a child/adolescent were Mary Poppins and Rocky Horror Picture Show. The sweet and the psycho, I suppose. Your memories? Go!"
DFO: I saw one movie in the old Wilma Theater, while visiting Coeur d'Alene friends in the 1970s. I wish Coeur d'Alene had had the foresight (like Sandpoint with the Panida) to preserve the old theater at 2nd & Sherman. It would be a terrific venue for old movies and live theater.
Question: What memories do you have of the old Wilma Theater in downtown Coeur d'Alene?
Idaho Gov. Butch Otter says U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill is out of touch with Idaho values, including freedom and the marketplace. Otter called out Winmill during his Feb. 7 “Capitol for a Day” in Craigmont, according to the Lewiston Tribune. Otter “urged people to understand their votes matter in coming elections because public officials are responsible for appointing judges like Idaho U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill, who he said might not share Idaho’s values,” wrote the Tribune’s Dylan Brown in a story a available online to Tribune subscribers. “It’s usually one that doesn’t share all of the enthusiasm for the marketplace and freedom that we do in Idaho,” Otter said of errant judges like Winmill/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here.
Question: So would Gov. Butch Otter consider you "one of us"?
Read more here: http://blogs.idahostatesman.com/otters-blast-at-judge-winmill-hes-not-one-of-us/#storylink=cpy
With his shock of dark hair carefully coiffed and new red Vans on his feet, Brayden Tucker bounced up to a table at Wandermere Village Centre Cinemas exuding restless energy. That energy is what made him perfect for the role of Lyle Hatcher in the movie “Different Drummers,” which opened Friday at Wandermere. Hatcher, who co-wrote and co-directed the film with Don Caron, said from Brayden’s first audition, “I knew I wanted him to play me.” “Different Drummers” takes place in Spokane in the mid-1960s and tells the story of the friendship that sprung up between Hatcher and David Dahlke. Hatcher was a hyperactive kid whose boundless energy landed him in all kinds of trouble, while Dahlke suffered from muscular dystrophy and used a wheelchair/Cindy Hval, SR. More here. (Tyler Tjomsland's SR photo: Brayden Tucker, left, and co-director Lyle Hatcher reminisce about the making of “Different Drummers” on Friday at Wandermere Village Centre Cinemas in Spokane)
- Also by Cindy: Spokane libraries busier after hours expanded last year
Question: Which locally produced movie is your favorite?
... That Reagan Republican president Jeff Ward will announce his candidacy for retiring state Rep. Frank Henderson's House District 3 seat at the organization's weekly luncheon meeting today. Huckleberries also hears that Ward's predecessor at Reagan Republicans, Jeff Tyler, is interested in the seat, possibly as an endorsee of the Rally Right/UCNI wings of the local GOP. And ... that Rep. Frank Henderson may be backing a third horse in this race. Stay tuned.
- Meanwhile, across town, County Clerk Jim Brannon will be speaking to Bjorn Handeen's Precinct 52 Republicans, as the dueling Republican luncheons continue for a 2nd week. Reagan Republicans meet at Fedora's; Precinct 52 R's at IHOP.
Question: How much would Rep. Henderson's endorsement mean in this race?
A pedestrian walking past valentines posted on a storefront in Montpelier, Vt. As Valentine's Day approaches, a new poll suggests Cupid’s arrow hit the target for most Americans. The Associated Press-WE TV survey finds 66 percent of paired-off adults feel their relationships are perfect or nearly so, and just 3 percent think their partnerships have serious problems. All told, 68 percent of Americans are in committed relationships of some kind, and another 11 percent aren’t currently coupled, but would like to be. Seventeen percent say they aren’t seeking a relationship. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)
Question: Are you happy in your current relationship?
Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter said today that he is very humbled and appreciative to receive the endorsement of former Massachusetts Governor and Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney. In a letter to his supporters, Governor Romney says he is backing Governor Otter because he is: "A proven conservative leader with a tangible legacy of principled Republican leadership, Governor Otter is committed to making government more efficient, effective and responsive"/Gov. Butch Otter's office news release. More here.
Question: Anyone surprised by this news release?
- 12:16 p.m. "We're searching for digits (12:01 item)" -- emergency responder at scene of radio tower rescue in North Idaho. Dangling patient lost at least one finger.
- 12:01 p.m. Caller reports twentysomething male may be dangling from line 20 feet up in air, with arm pinned to side, @ H54/Caravelle/Athol. Responders are sending ladder truck and Life Flight.
- 11:08 a.m. A dog is running loose @ 11164 N. Strahorn/Hayden Lake.
- 10:04 a.m. Driver of black Dodge van possibly DUI @ s/b H95/MP 444 (Corbin Hill Road/Athol).
- 9:38 a.m. Priest River ambulance responding to unattended death on Harmony Hill Lane.
- 9:28 a.m. Someoen in 17500 block of Atlas Road/Rathdrum Prairie suffering chest pain.
- 8:36 a.m. ISP officer reports piece of equipment has shifted on bed of semi @ n/b H95/Appleway, and may tumble off. Officer can't make stop on trucker because he has a prisoner in custody en route to the jail.
One year ago, Huckleberries Online published a Cheers & Jeers column by opinionator Marty Trillhaase/Lewiston Tribune, giving state Sen. John Goedde, R-Coeur d'Alene, jeers for suggesting that Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged" should be required reading in Idaho schools. Not to be outdone, Trillhaase suggested the following reading for various legislators:
- From House Majority Leader Mike Moyle, R-Star: “Dracula.”
- From the heavily outnumbered House Democrats: “The Mouse That Roared.”
- From Sen. Sheryl Nuxoll, R-Cottonwood, who doesn't know the difference between the Holocaust and Obamacare: “20th Century History for Dummies.”
- From Sen. Chuck Winder, R-Boise, who thinks women seeking abortions first should undergo vaginal probes: “Nineteen Eighty-Four.”
- From House Speaker Scott Bedke, R-Oakley, who toppled former Speaker (Boss) Lawerence Denney: “The Godfather.”
- And from Lewiston's long-distance city councilor, Republican Rep. Thyra Stevenson: “A Tale of Two Cities.”
Question: Anyone read any of the books above during the last year?
Evgeni Plushenko of Russia speaks with an official prior to pulling out of the men's short program figure skating competition due to illness at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Winter Olympics Thursday in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
Question: Do you appreciate the performance by quality Olympians from other countries, including those Plushenko (who would have represented the USSR during the old Cold War days)? Or do you simply want to see Americans win?
- Wednesday Poll: 110 of 186 respondents (59.14%) say they won't vote for a legislative incumbent who supports guns-on-campus legislation. Only 33 of 186 respondents (17.27%) said they would vote for guns-on-campus incumbents. Meanwhile, 39 of 186 respondents (20.97%) said they would consider other issues, too, before voting for or against such a candidate. 4 respondents (2.15%) were undecided.
- Today's Poll: Would you support a bill to provide $10 million in tax credits for scholarships to entice Idaho students to switch to private schools?
Comcast announced Thursday that it plans to buy Time Warner Cable in an all-stock deal worth over $45 billion. The proposed merger would create an enormous company with extensive control over content and Internet services, and would have a major effect on the country’s telecommunications industry. But what does the proposed deal mean for you? Here’s a quick rundown/Washington Post. More here.
Question: Do you expect headaches from this merger as a result of your Time-Warner service?
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