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Update: Hindu Prayer Irks Vick

March 2, 2015 - 4:57pm

A North Idaho senator is objecting to allowing a Hindu prayer as the opening invocation for the Idaho Senate on Tuesday morning, and says he’ll walk out. Sen. Steve Vick, R-Dalton Gardens, said, “They have a caste system. They worship cows.” He acknowledged the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution allows any kind of prayer, but said he thinks the Hindu one shouldn’t be allowed to open the Senate, as the United States was “built on the Judeo-Christian not only religion but work ethic, and I don’t want to see that undermined.” “I’m very supportive of the way this country was built, and I don’t want us to move away from it,” Vick declared/Betsy Russell, SR. More here.


Cutline Contest -- Time2Vote

March 2, 2015 - 4:49pm

Adam Gabbatt of The Guardian newspaper holds images of possible Republican candidates, from left, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Donald Trump, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, bellow, as he interviews Howard "Cowboy" Woodward during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Md., Thursday. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Weekend Winner -- Meme13, with 17 likes: "talk to the hand cause the brain's not listening." You can see Weekend photo and read all Cutline Contest entries here.

Panel OKs Mary's Disclosure Bill

March 2, 2015 - 4:40pm

The Senate Education Committee has endorsed SB 1072, the bill from freshman Sen. Mary Souza, R-Coeur d’Alene, to require school board candidates to comply with the same campaign finance disclosure rules now in place for nonpartisan candidates for city council or community college trustee positions. It was the third time that the bill had appeared on the committee’s agenda, always at the end of a long agenda dominated by lengthy presentations and debates on other measures; both earlier times, the committee didn’t get to it. Souza said she’s heard only support for her proposal. “The most common comment I’ve heard is, ‘It’s about time,’” she told the committee/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: I wonder why Mary's bill includes an emergency clause, which means it'll be in effect immediately after the governor signs it into law. What's the rush? Is Mary targeting the Coeur d'Alene School Board election this spring? Inquiring minds want to know.

PM Scanner Traffic -- 3.2.15

March 2, 2015 - 4:31pm
  • 5:46 p.m. Possible drug activity reported @ 2800 block of Julia St/CdA.
  • 5:31 p.m. Possible slash pile burning @ 8200 block of Nevada St/Rathdrum.
  • 5:10 p.m. Motorist on I-90 reports smoke b/n freeway & Avista Dam/Post Falls.
  • 4:45 p.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for March 1-2 here.
  • 4:29 p.m. Post Falls mother on Monarch Ave wants help w/out-of-control 13YO son.
  • 4:25 p.m. Seltice Way resident reports transient is drinking & smoking on his property despite no-trespassing signs.
  • 4:17 p.m. Male driver in brown pickup ran red light, hit hill & lost bumper en route from Hauser Lake to Rathdrum.
  • 4:09 p.m. Possible unattended death reported @ 8400 block of Cloverleaf Drive/Rude St, Hayden.
  • 3:52 p.m. Female driver in beige 1999 Toyota Camri was drinking from wine box @ 41 Express, H41/Poleline, Post Falls.
  • 3:21 p.m. CPD officer en route to juvenile problem @ 8th St/Spruce Ave, CdA.
  • 3:15 p.m. CPR started on male w/pacemaker who fell & hit head outside Hayden Rite Aid/Hayden Shopping Center.
  • 3:09 p.m. Smoke from chimney forces occupants from home @ 6th St/Haycraft Ave, CdA.
  • 2:54 p.m. Female driver & male passenger drinking beer @ H95/MP 442 (Chilco Ave).
  • 2:33 p.m. Driver of red Ford pickup hit pole @ Poleline & Idaho St/Post Falls before driving off on Idaho St.
  • 2:29 p.m. 41YO female w/history of seizures has been seizing for 5 minutes @ 1300 block of N1st St/CdA.
  • 2:16 p.m. Driver of black Pontiac @ s/b H41/Prairie Ave, Rathdrum Prairie. swerving, passing illegally.
  • 2:13 p.m. Commercial fire alarm sounding @ Big Lots, 101 E. Appleway/CdA.
  • 2:08 p.m. Commercial fire alarm sounding @ UniTech Composites, 10413 N. Arrow Drive/Hayden.
  • 1:58 p.m. Someone is having trouble breathing @ 1300 block of Hervon Ave/Hayden.
  • 1:53 p.m. Trash lying on freeway @ e/b I-90/MP 15 (Sherman Ave/CdA).
  • 1:51 p.m. Smoke coming from engine of green Subaru @ Post Falls Walmart East, near garden department.
  • 1:47 p.m. Male driver of KIA Optima seems impaired @ e/b Ironwood Drive/CdA.
  • 1:44 p.m. A large fluffy dog was almost hit by truck @ w/b I-90/MP 17 (Mullan Trail Road/CdA).
  • 1:41 p.m. A chicken is running loose in CdA, unknown location.
  • 1:36 p.m. Someone is having trouble breathing @ Lakeside Pediatric, 980 W. Ironwood Drive/CdA.
  • AM Scanner Traffic

HucksOnline Blogos -- 3.2.15

March 2, 2015 - 3:54pm

Bill Whittle, conservative blogger and political analyst, is shown with actress Jill Schoelen at the Kootenai County Republican Lincoln Day Dinner at The Coeur d'Alene Resort Saturday. Schoelen starred in several horror films in the 1980s and early 1990s, earning herself a cult following and reputation as "scream queen." (Photo: Duane Rasmussen)

HucksOnline numbers (for February 2015): 222,375 page-views/143,039 unique views

On Buying A Christian Potato

March 2, 2015 - 3:34pm

At Huffington Post, blogger Todd Hartley posts re: recent flap caused by failed resolution to declare Idaho to be a "Christian state":

I don't know if you heard, but earlier this week in Idaho, the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee voted on a proposal to have Idaho declared a Christian state. I don't know what that means in terms of such a thing ever happening, but being that the opening words of the First Amendment are "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof," I don't think that particular idea's going to make it very far. If the committee's proposal somehow becomes state law, however, I think it will be interesting to see what measures Idaho will be forced to take to show its Christianity. Some of it, of course, would be no-brainers. I mean, obviously all of Idaho's Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, atheists and other "wackos" would have to get the hell out, but that shouldn't put too big a dent in the population. More here.


The Rules Of Whiskey Club

March 2, 2015 - 3:12pm

Jim Briggs, 33, founder of Spokane Whiskey Club, discusses the finer points of an Elijah Craig 18-year-old single-barrel bourbon. Bourbon is his favorite kind of whiskey. (SR photo)

The first rule of whiskey club is you talk about whiskey. The second rule of whiskey club is you talk about whiskey. Really talk about it. The nose. The color. The taste, not just on the first sip but the second, third and finally, the finish. There are other “rules,” too. Swirl before you sip. Sip small, but soak as much of your mouth as you can, or as Jim Briggs puts it, “Marinate the steak.” Hold the liquid in your mouth one second for each year the alcohol was aged. Drinking and discussing go on as long as they have to – usually long enough to sample 1- or 1 ½ -ounce pours from three or four bottles. But there’s another rule, and it’s perhaps the most important: don’t get drunk. This isn’t because there’s a Spokane police officer in the club, but because inebriation isn’t the point/Adriana Janovich, SR. More here.

Question: Do you drink whiskey?

Common Core Survives Challenge

March 2, 2015 - 2:52pm

The Senate Education Committee slammed the brakes on a plan to convert the new Idaho Core Standards into “more Idaho-specific standards.” A mix of education and business groups argued that it is too early to ditch the English language arts and math standards, first implemented in the fall of 2013. But Sen. Steven Thayn, R-Emmett, argued for the review — even though he predicted that at least 90 percent of the standards would likely survive such a process intact/IDEDNews staff. More here.


Wrestlers Capture 1st State Title

March 2, 2015 - 2:09pm

On Sunday, Post Falls High wrestlers hang out the windows of their big yellow bus after bringing home the first 5A wrestling championship in school history. Post Falls scored 256 points to easily best runnerup Bonneville High, winning five individuals championships at the state tournament. You can read all about it here. (Facebook photo: Kerri Thoreson)

Question: Did you wrestle in high school?

Yesteryear: Old Brunswick Cafe

March 2, 2015 - 1:56pm

I know next to nothing about the old Brunswick Cafe. I know the name and that it was a popular place to eat in downtown Coeur d'Alene. Can anyone fill in the details re: where it was located? Who owned it? When was this photo taken? It was posted at Old School North Idaho by Aaron J. Rich.

Edit: Winner Bedke Surrenders

March 2, 2015 - 1:31pm

Idaho House Speaker Scott Bedke didn't have enough House Republicans to approve a state-based health insurance exchange two years ago. So he formed a coalition with the House Democrats. It worked. The measure passed. But it ignited what Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden dubbed "a fight, really, for the heart and soul of the Republican Party." Up and down the 2014 GOP primary ballot, hard-core conservatives challenged mainstream conservatives. The mainstream won. Gov. C.L (Butch) Otter beat back a challenge from former Sen. Russ Fulcher, R-Meridian. With a handful of exceptions in the Panhandle and eastern Idaho, the lawmakers who backed the exchange prevailed. Opposition to Bedke -- who won his tenuous hold on leadership by becoming the first speaker to oust his predecessor, then-Rep. and now Secretary of State Lawerence (Boss) Denney -- evaporated. So why has Bedke apparently signed the articles of surrender?/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Bill Hall: Let's See Newest In-Law

March 2, 2015 - 1:12pm

When your children are dating and looking for love, many of you - their parents - are also dating, though one step removed. You are looking for someone lovable enough for your kid. That's the code of the hills. Your son or daughter or their cousins or your grandkids are either online or out there in the night seeking somebody to marry. The New York Times reports that one in 10 of America's searchers for romance have signed in to online dating websites. They are not merely looking over the contenders in search of a partner. If they are astute and considerate, they will also eventually run prime candidates past you, the elders. And yes, we elders have some rights in the matter. At least when a promising relationship ripens to its fullest and sweetest, we deserve the courtesy of getting a peek at leading hopefuls. Anything else would verge on electronic elopement/Bill Hall, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Did you kids run possible mates past you before they tied the knot?

'Add The Words' Protesters Arrested

March 2, 2015 - 1:01pm

Update: Nearly two dozen "Add the Words" protesters were arrested this morning in Boise/Eye on Boise

'Add the 4 Words' protesters are standing in the chamber of the Idaho House this morning and refusing to leave, and blocking the main entrance to the Senate chamber, calling for consideration of legislation to add the words "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" to the Idaho Human Rights Act, to ban discrimination on those bases in housing, employment and public accommodations in Idaho. Legislation to make that change was the subject of a lengthy public hearing earlier this session in a House committee, but was voted down on a party-line vote, with all Republicans on the House State Affairs Committee opposing it, and minority Democrats supporting it/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here. (Eye on Boise photo: Betsy Russell)


At The Lincoln Day Dinner

March 2, 2015 - 11:55am

Jennifer Locke and state Rep. Eric Redman, R-Athol, chat during the annual Kootenai County Republican Lincoln Day Dinner at The Coeur d'Alene Resort Saturday. Jennifer is among the short list of my favorite uber-cons. Redman, I believe, is the only member of Legislative District 2 that hasn't been involved in a controversy this legislative session. But there's still a lot of time left in the session. (Photo: Duane Rasmussen)

House OKs Abortion Bill 55-14

March 2, 2015 - 11:45am

The House has voted 55-14, in a straight party-line vote, to pass HB 154, controversial anti-abortion legislation that adds new restrictions around abortions performed by medication, rather than by surgery. The bill now moves to the Senate side. All the “no” votes came from the House’s minority Democrats; all the “yes” votes came from majority Republicans/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise.


AM Scanner Traffic -- 3.2.15

March 2, 2015 - 11:35am
  • 11:30 a.m. Worker on job site fell & is unconscious in seizure across from 10848 Lakeview Drive/Hayden.
  • 11:25 a.m. Someone has been injured in a fall @ 700 block of W. Walnut Ave/CdA.
  • 11:15 a.m. 68YO female who suffers from COPD is having trouble breathing @ 8100 block of W. Montana St/Rathdrum.
  • 10:49 a.m. 34YO female has undisclosed medical emergency @ 2000 block of Stagecoach Drive/Post Falls.
  • 10:07 a.m. Driver, wearing orange shirt & baseball cap, speeding in GMC Sonoma w/Bonner County plates @ 90 mph @ H41/Prairie Ave, Rathdrum Prairie.
  • 9:58 a.m. Someone is having trouble breathing @ 1800 block of W. Legends Parkway/CdA.
  • 9:23 a.m. A dog is running loose near Center Partners, 1201 Ironwood Drive/CdA.
  • 9:02 a.m. Indiana Avenue resident will extinguish illegal burn (8:58 item).
  • 8:58 a.m. Possible illegal burn reported @ 1300 block of E. Indiana Ave/CdA.
  • 8:19 a.m. Vehicle theft reported @ 5600 block of N. Pacific Drive/CdA.

Hey, Didn't You Used To Be ...

March 2, 2015 - 10:29am
... The No. 3 Gonzaga Bulldogs?

Upset loss to unranked BYU Cougars at the McCarthey Center Saturday sends the Zags tumbling to No. 7 in the latest AP poll rankings. The Bulldogs are fighting for a No. 2 seed now as the West Coast Conference Tournament looms. You can see the latest rankings here.

Question: Am I the only one who thinks the current Gonzaga ranking, at No. 7, is a good one?

Malek: 'Parental Rights' Bill Stinks

March 2, 2015 - 10:16am

In an email to Huckleberries Online moments ago, state Rep. Luke Malek, R-Coeur d'Alene, explains why he thinks the parental rights bill passed by the Idaho House of Representatives is the worst he's seen in his two legislative terms: "I absolutely support parental rights, but the bill did nothing for parental rights. ‎ In fact, it significantly harmed the entire philosophy of rights by suggesting that the legislature could give rights. Thus, the legislation was constitutionally repugnant...trying to score cheap political points at the expense of the rule of law." Full comment here.

Question: Do you agree/disagree that the "parental rights" bill that now moves to the Senate side is a bad one?

AM Headlines -- 3.2.15

March 2, 2015 - 10:14am

Conservative Bill Whittle, the keynote speaker for the Kootenai County Republican Lincoln Day Dinner, takes a selfie with a group of young fans at the Coeur d'Alene Resort Saturday. Coeur d'Alene Press story here. (Photo: Duane Rasmussen)

Sheriff Mack Needs Help w/Bills

March 2, 2015 - 9:48am

At TPM, Caitlin MacNeal reports:

Former Arizona county sheriff Richard Mack, a fierce opponent of Obamacare and a leader in the "constitutional sheriff" movement, is struggling to pay his medical bills after he and his wife each faced serious illnesses. The former sheriff and his wife do not have health insurance and started a GoFundMe campaign to solicit donations from family and friends to cover the costs of their medical care. "Because they are self-employed, they have no medical insurance and are in desperate need of our assistance," reads a note on Mack's personal website. Mack, the founder of the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association, suffered a heart attack in January and is in recovery. His wife fell ill late last year. More here. (Wikipedia photo, of Sheriff Richard Mack)