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Jeers: Boss Denney & Fingerprinting

October 3, 2014 - 8:28am

In his weekly Cheers & Jeers column, Opinion Editor Marty Trillhaase of the Lewiston Tribune offers jeers ... to Boss Denney: "Last month, the Idaho GOP nominee to become secretary of state, and therefore guardian of honest elections, published this in the Idaho Statesman: "One of my priorities is to work on measures to enhance the security of the election process, such as new technology that scans either signatures or fingerprints." Now he's playing the victim. "I've been in and seen a lot of political wars, and certainly I have received my share of cheap shots by the media," he wrote in a fundraising letter. "The most recent came from my own studpidity (sic) in a guest editorial. ... My bad. I was talking about the technology but by mentioning fingerprints, now the media says that I want to fingerprint all voters." Where would anyone get such an idea? Could it be from the fact that Idaho already scans signatures on voter registration cards? The only guy who mentioned fingerprints was Denney. Full Cheers & Jeers column here.

Question: Are you beginning to have misgivings about state Rep. Lawerence "Boss" Denney?

Hearn: Legislature Short-Changing Us

October 3, 2014 - 8:23am

Item: The Coeur d’Alene School District and its teachers have agreed to the terms of a new contract following a meeting with a federal mediator. The school board voted Thursday to ratify the agreement. The Coeur d’Alene Education Association, the union representing 565 teachers, voted for it Monday. More here.

On his Facebook wall, Coeur d'Alene Trustee Tom Hearn posts: "The Coeur d'Alene School Board on a 3-2 vote approved the contract with the teachers this evening. It has been a long process and I appreciate the professionalism and hard work of both the CEA's and school districts negotiating teams which I think lead to a settlement we can all live with. Hopefully the day will come when the Idaho legislature will get serious about adequately funding schools and we will be able to fully fund our educational programs and compensate our staff as well as they deserve. We have over 4 million dollars less in state funding than we had in 2008! I know people get tired of hearing it from me but I won't shut up about our lousy school funding in Idaho for as long as I am on the Board or until it dramatically improves."

Question: Do you think the Idaho Legislature adequately funds public schools?

Sandpoint Osprey Cam Gets Upgrade

October 3, 2014 - 8:18am

Westside Fire Chief Dale Hopkins and Sandpoint Online camera technician Land Otis prepare to dismount the old Osprey Cam, which is 100 feet off the ground. Story here. (Hagadone News Network photo: Keith Kinnaird)

Guv Debate In Lake City At Noon

October 3, 2014 - 8:08am

Four candidates for governor have confirmed that they’ll debate at noon today in Coeur d’Alene – GOP Gov. Butch Otter, Democratic challenger A.J. Balukoff, Libertarian candidate John Bujak and independent candidate “Pro-Life.” Jimmy McAndrew of the Coeur Group, which is organizing the noon Friday debate at the Coeur d’Alene Library’s downstairs community room, said the group invited all the candidates on the ballot; all but two, independent Jill Humble and Constitution Party candidate Steve Pankey, accepted/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

  • Here come your candidates/Coeur d'Alene Press
  • For those keeping score at home, state Rep. Matt Shea, the controversial Spokane Valley legislator, will speak to the Post Falls Pachyderm Club today at noon also, according to Duane Rasmussen. Is that a scheduling conflict?

Question: Do you plan to attend the governor's debate?

Mental Health Center No-Brainer

October 3, 2014 - 8:03am

On my Facebook page, Darrell Kerby, former Bonners Ferry mayor and vice chairman of the Idaho Health & Welfare Board, responds to the letter that state Rep. Kathy Sims, R-Coeur d'Alene, circulated at the Kootenai County Republican Women's lunch Thursday: "The 'mental health center' referred to in the article is the most practical cost effective use of tax dollars to deal with an absolute need for Idaho citizens. Currently, law enforcement, families and communities are at great risk without appropriate choices for these Idaho citizens in crisis. Unfortunately for Kathy, who by the way I admire for all she has done and continues to do, this solution is a no brainer, a multiplier of scarce tax payer funds and an important step for public safety."

Question: Do you think Sims and other area legislators who voted against the mental health center are capable of realizing that they made a mistake?

Who's Panicking?

October 3, 2014 - 8:00am

Lisa Benson/Washington Post Writers Group