Not only is Dan of the Community voting in the closed GOPrimary election this spring, but former Coeur d'Alene councilman Mike Kennedy is, too. Mike told Huckleberries moments ago that he voted in the GOPrimary two years ago, unaffiliated afterward, and plans to affiliate with the Republican Party again this year. "No one is going to take away my right to be involved in deciding who my elected officials are," Mike said. Mike added that he supports the right of Dan of the County to affiliate with the local Republican Party, too. He said local Democrats should be involved in picking the best candidates.
Duane Rasmussen (responding to tongue-in-cheek comment by DFO re: the local GOP booking "Sheriff Mack" again as its Lincoln Dinner speaker): "I think he would show up for the opening of an envelope if he could find someone to pay his airlines fare to the location. I think the CdA gig, last time, was one of his few brushes with greatness. He is not much of a Republican and has repeatedly tried to destroy Republicans. I doubt he 'will' be the speaker but then stranger things have happened. Perhaps he could attend as speaker emeritus. That might stir up some of the Whack-a-doodle crowd. They could pay five bucks to kiss his ring."
Question: Since the local GOP CC hasn't announced its speaker for the annual Lincoln Dinner, Hucks Nation should help out. Who should the local GOP consider to be speaker this year?
- Thursday Poll: Hucks Nation sez Gov. Butch Otter is the most vulnerable office holder of four elected officials listed in the poll. 80 of 152 respondents (52.63%) said Otter was most vulnerable of the four to an upset defeat in the primary or general elections. 39 of 152 respondents (25.66%) said Congressman Raul Labrador was most vulnerable, followed by 19 (12.5%) who said Congressman Mike Simpson and 14 (9.21%) who said U.S. Sen. Jim Risch.
- Today's Poll: Do you see anything wrong with Democrats, Libertarians, Constitutionalists affiliated w/GOP to vote in closed GOP primary this spring?
“I was never allowed to play with power tools before I worked here,” said Heather Coop, of Sandpoint, as she worked on the right wing of a Kodiak turboprop plane at Quest Aircraft Co. in Sandpoint on Tuesday. More here. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)
- Idaho Records/Sherry Adkins, SR
- 2 men arrested in death of man pulled from river/SR
- Schools scramble to deal w/potholes, washouts/Press
- Flooding takes toll as warm-up continues/Mike Prager, SR
- Student leaders deliver anti-Campus Carry petitions to guv/EOB
- Ex-Post Falls standout Hill paces UIdaho over Chicago State/SR
- Medicaid budget set, growth well below expectations/Eye on Boise
- 'Add the Words' protesters continue to turn up at Capitol/Eye on Boise
From the SR files of April 4, 2004: "Dan Gookin, who has been involved with the Libertarian Party in the past is now running for the office of Republican precinctman of his area of Coeur d'Alene. He is done with the reputation and lack of organization of the Idaho Libertarians and is ready to get back to mainstream politics where he can have a voice. Oddly enough, Libertarians discourage running for office." (SR file photo: Jesse Tinsley)
DFO: See, it's easy ...
FlorineD (RE: DOTC switches sides to Republican): I affiliated as a Republican in February. It wasn't easy to check that box, but my opinions are no secret and my friends and even slight acquaintances know my stances and why I have mostly supported Democratic candidates since my first election--not because of party affiliation but because they seem to think as I do on more issues. So, like Dan, I have no moral problems with what I did, and like Dan, I'm set up to change immediately after the primary. If Republican candidates want to take me off their mailing lists, that's fine. And if I'm lucky, I can avoid their robo-calls. But I won't be denied the opportunity to vote against a candidate.
DFO: A trickle at first, and then a flood ...
Larry Clifford, 68, has had many unusual friends over the years: sea lions, dolphins, penguins and parrots. But his relationship with a cougar named Clark prompted him to write and publish an illustrated children’s book, “Would You Be My Friend?” The Spokane Valley resident and onetime curator of Spokane Valley’s former Walk in the Wild Zoo spent 38 years training exotic animals in places like SeaWorld and the San Diego Zoo, before a back injury forced him to retire. He traces his fascination with animals to childhood. “When school was over I used to rush home to watch ‘Sea Hunt’ with Lloyd Bridges,” he recalled/Cindy Hval, SR. More here. (Jesse Tinsley's photo for the SR: Larry Clifford, a longtime exotic animal trainer, and his hyacinth macaw, Hawkeye, live in Spokane Valley)
Question: Do you have a favorite zoo?
It appears my column on the light bulb phase out flipped a few switches in the Spokane area. The calls and emails that came in response to the column revealed readers on both sides of the lighting spectrum – those who embrace the government-mandated switch and those who are upset about losing their incandescent glow. One gentleman wrote, “So I must conclude that the hyper-intelligent mastermind bureaucrats who want to control every aspect of our lives including what kind of light bulb we, their subjects, should be allowed to operate are not so intelligent after all. Yet, they feel it is within their right and power to tell us what to do. As someone with a significant math and science background I resent being tormented by these morons, and you should also. I want to use the light bulbs that have served us all so well through the decades.” Several helpful readers called or wrote to let me know where I could still purchase the illicit bulbs and one enterprising fellow offered to sell me his stash/Cindy Hval, SR Front Porch. More here.
Question: Have you ever written to a columnist, editor or reporter? What prompted your note?
In his weekly Cheers & Jeers column, Opinion Writer Marty Trillhaase of the Lewiston Tribune gives Jeers to ... to House Republicans who backed GOP floor leader Mike Moyle's plan to slice another $126 million from Idaho income taxes:
Moyle's scheme cleared the House on a 55-13 margin. If it becomes law, it will further undermine Idaho's ability to recoup the damage years of tax cuts and recession have inflicted on public school and higher education budgets. Why would anyone whose district includes the University of Idaho vote to do that? Yet, Rep. Cindy Agidius, R-Moscow, went along. Why would anyone who represents Lewis-Clark State College, follow in her path? Yet, Rep. Thyra Stevenson, R-Lewiston, did just that. Reps. Shannon McMillan (pictured), R-Silverton, and Paul Shepherd, R-Riggins, don't have a university in their backyards. But their constituents might want to ask why they voted for a rich person's tax break. Moyle's plan would save someone making $30,000 all of $13 a year. But the individual making $300,000 would save $1,633. Complete Cheers & Jeers column here.
Question: Which legislative body has a worse collection of lawmaker -- the Idaho Senate or the Idaho House? Please explain your answer.
In his weekly Cheers & Jeers column, Opinion Editor Marty Trillhaase of the Lewiston Tribune gives Cheers to Senate Education Committee Chairman John Goedde, R-Coeur d'Alene:
He wants to pull the plug on state school Superintendent Tom Luna's sweetheart deal with a corporate crony. Last summer, Luna took a one-year, $2.25 million appropriation and transformed it into a 15-year, $33.75 million contract for Education Networks of America. The Nashville, Tenn.-based company would provide Wi-Fi in the high schools. ENA contributed $6,000 to Luna's campaigns and its Idaho director, Gary Lough, once worked for the superintendent. Goedde wants to tear up the contract and allocate Wi-Fi money directly to the schools. Large districts have the resources to establish their own networks. Any money they save is theirs to spend on other technology. Smaller schools may stick with ENA or find another contractor willing to do the work for less money. More here (as well as the complete Cheers & Jeers column)
Question: I think Sen. Goedde has had the best session of any Kootenai County legislator. How about you?
Dan English, former Kootenai County Clerk and a registered democrat, turns in a form to change his affiliation, allowing him to vote in the republican primary, to clerical employee Grace Studer Thursday at the Kootenai County Elections Office in Coeur d’Alene. (Coeur d'Alene Press photo: Shawn Gust)
It was a tough decision, but Dan English, a lifelong Democrat who was elected four times as Kootenai County clerk, affiliated with the Republican Party on Thursday - and he's not too happy about it. "It almost feels like I'm wife swapping," English said. "My wife and I have put a lot of thought and discussion into this. We don't do wife swapping and we don't do party swapping either, but we wound up believing that the best way to practice our electoral fidelity would be to become reluctant, but temporary visitors of the Republican Party." English and his wife want to exercise their right to vote for their elected representatives, but often those representatives are selected in the Republican primary elections/Jeff Selle, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.
Question: Anyone else out there who needs to affiliate Republican by 5 p.m. next Friday, March 14?
The Idaho Falls Post Register has a report today about how Gov. Butch Otter ended up appearing in what eventually turned out to be a soft-core porn movie, years after he agreed to provide horses to a California movie crew working on a “low-budget horse opera” that was filming near Weiser. Reporters Nate Sunderland and Jeff Robinson report that the movie, which began filming in 1993, was released straight to video as an R-rated film in 1997 and rereleased as unrated in 2003; DVDs of the film remain for sale on Amazon. Staffers for Otter said the final version, which they hadn't seen, apparently is nothing like the film Otter signed on for; then the state’s lieutenant governor, he acted the part of a sheriff in a few scenes in the film, none of which contained any explicit content or themes/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.
Former Idaho state Sen. Evan Frasure, of Pocatello, says he is offering voters a non-Boise-area alternative for the office of Secretary of State. The current high school social studies teacher and former grocery store owner-operator, real estate broker and political campaign staffer is running now that Ben Ysursa isn't seeking another term. Frasure, a 62-year-old Republican, spent two years in the state House and 10 years in the state Senate, where he chaired the Transportation Committee and served on the Resources and Environment Committee. He was in the Legislature from 1990 to 2002. In part, he's drawn to the Secretary of State's office because of the state land board, which he would serve on with the governor and other statewide elected officials. The board needs the perspective of somebody from outside the greater Boise area, he said/David Cole, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (Photo: Duane Rasmussen)
Question: Frasure was no friend of North Idaho when he chaired the Senate Transportation Committee. Now he wants our votes for Secretary of State? Hmm.
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8 Days & Counting (to affiliate with the Republican Party to vote in the closed GOPrimary in May): The candidacy filings are trickling along at a snail's pace this week. I see Republican Don Pischner has added his name to the clerk's race. But appointed County Clerk Jim Brannon has yet to file. I suspect things will get far more serious next week leading up to the 5 p.m. Friday, March 14, deadline. That's also the deadline, of course, for partisans to affiliate with the Republican Party, if they plan to vote in the GOPrimary in May.
Click here. The day is starting slowly. But you know as well as I that it probably won't end that way. Here's today's Wild Card ...
San Diego Padres' Rymer Liriano looks up to see fans competing for a grand slam ball hit by Texas Rangers' Jurickson Profar in the sixth inning of a spring training baseball game on Thursday in Peoria, Ariz. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Over the past few months, I have discovered something about myself: I hate spending money. Paying bills. Grocery shopping. Buying clothes. Filling my car's gas tank. Hate it. I do those things because I have to, but there is nothing rewarding about it. Even doing activities that I find enjoyable like going to the movies, or a concert, or bowling. The experience itself is great, but I cringe a little inside knowing I spent money to do it. I appreciate eating out but shudder to know I'm paying money for food that I could cook at home. For me, there is no such thing as therapeutic shopping. If this makes me stingy, so be it/Nic, Faithful Geek. More here.
Question: On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being stingy as Scrooge, how stingy are you?
It may require some longer work days and weekends on the job site, but the primary contractor for the McEuen Park reconstruction project still plans on an early May opening for the multi-million dollar lakeside park. “We’re still shooting for the same timeline and we’re excited about the weather,” said Bryan Taylor, President and COO of Contractors Northwest, Inc. “Right now, we’re at the mercy of Mother Nature.” Crew lost some ground in recent weeks due to frigid cold snaps and a couple snow storms. But the bad conditions didn’t come as a surprise, officials said. After all, it’s winter in North Idaho. “We’re trying to devise a plan to be in a position to be substantially complete in early May as originally planned,” Taylor said Thursday. “What that will require, more than anything else, is dry weather”/Keith Erickson, Coeur d'Alene Today.
Kootenai County Sheriff Ben Wolfinger chats with friends during the Kootenai County Republican Women's luncheon today. (Photo: Duane Rasmussen)
- Police activity locks down Fernan Elementary/KHQ
- Senate passes teacher bonus bill 35-0/Betsy Russell, EOB
- Siddoway: No hearing for House-passed income tax cut bill/EOB
- Firm slap at Idaho gubernatorial power unlikely to advance/Statesman
- Cops, protesters discuss 'Add the Four Words' cost/Justin Corr, KTVB
- Idaho House backs guns on campus, sends bill to Otter/Betsy Russell, SR
- Retired Spokane Valley animal trainer writes children's book/Cindy Hval, SR
Time 2 Vote ...
Former President George W. Bush gets a hug from SMU mascot Peruna during a break in the first of an NCAA college basketball game between SMU and Louisville on Wednesday in Dallas. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/John F. Rhodes)
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