Well, we've fixed the child support enforcement mess created by the Black Helicopter wing of the Idaho House GOP. Now, it's time to support the men and women of our local fire and police departments by approving the $6M public safety bond today. I know, I know, It doesn't seem like there's an election going on. But there is. Make sure you go to the polls today. (And someone call me around quitting time to make sure that I vote, too. I might have to tie a ribbon around my finger.) Here's your Wild Card ...
Trinity Pablo, Whitman Elementary school 5th grader, and some 2600 Spokane Public School students practice in the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena Tuesday morning, for the evening's Band and String Spectacular. (SR photo: Dan Pelle)
Otter signs child support bill, state leaders say claims it's unconstitutional are 'bogus' - Tue, 19 May 2015 PST
Gov. Butch Otter announced this afternoon that he has now signed HB 1, the child support enforcement bill that passed in yesterday's special legislative session, into law. On Twitter, Otter reported, "Today at 3:24 pm I signed HB 1 into law, maintaining Idaho's child support system." At a press conference this morning, Otter said he hadn't yet received the bill, but couldn't wait to sign it when he did. The measure takes effect immediately. You can see the bill here, along with its Statement of Purpose and fiscal note, and how each member of the Idaho Legislature voted on it; it passed the House 49-21 and the Senate 33-2/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise.
News release from Centro de Comunidad y Justicia:
On Monday, the Centro de Comunidad y Justicia, (CCJ) filed a discrimination complaint against the Idaho State Department of Education, the Idaho State Board of Education, the Idaho Charter School Commission, and Idaho’s 48 Charter Schools and their Boards of Directors. The complaint filed with the Office of Civil Rights (OCR), U.S. Department of Education’s office in Seattle, seeks equal opportunity and representation in Idaho’s charter schools for Latino students, students with limited-English Proficiency (LEP), students with disabilities, and students from low-income families. According to evidence originally reported by Levi Cavener, a Special Education teacher from Caldwell, and later confirmed by the Idaho Public Charter School Commission, CCJ alleges that “Idaho’s charter school system has evolved into a unequal public school system that discriminates against students of color, LEP students, students with disabilities (many whom are Latino), and students from low-income families.” More here.
This undated image provided by the New England Journal of Medicine shows a CT scan with a nail in the eye of a patient. Boston doctors removed the nearly 3-inch nail after it hurtled into the eye of a 27-year-old landscaper when he accidentally hit it with a weed-whacking tool. A checkup eight weeks later showed his vision had returned to normal. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/New England Journal of Medicine)
Monday Winner -- SLFisher, with 7 likes: Andrew brags that he has the ear of the Secretary of State. You can see Monday photo and all Cutline Contest entries here.
In the "Things You Can't Fix with Duct Tape" category: The 11 North Idaho legislators who voted against the child support enforcement bill in special session.
- 5:06 p.m. Man wants his mother trespassed from his home @ 9600 block of Ramsey Road/Hayden.
- 5:06 p.m. Male driver possibly DUI @ e/b I-90/MP 1 (Beck Road/Post Falls), passing on shoulder.
- 4:49 p.m. Alarm @ Mountain West Bank, 121 Ironwood Drive/CdA, proves to be a false one.
- 4:45 p.m. Someone in main office of Guardian Angel, 1050 E. Mullan Ave/Post Falls, having cardiac problem.
- 4:39 p.m. Pitbull near Post Falls Walmart East attacks and bites male pedestrian.
- 4:22 p.m. Responders to medical emergency in Athol report finding drugs on scene.
- 4:09 p.m. Bus driver has pulled off road near Holiday gas station, 311 W. Haycraft Ave/CdA, because children on bus are out of control, trying to escape.
- 3:57 p.m. ISP officer following possible stolen vehicle @ w/b I-90/MP 13 (4th St/CdA).
- 3:53 p.m. Possible wanted person is at Juvenile Detention Center.
- 3:52 p.m. Debris is lying on roadway @ I-90/MP 12 (H95/CdA).
- 3:41 p.m. Home Depot representative reports vandalism at the Govt Way store.
- 3:12 p.m. Panic alarm sounding @ Numerica Credit Union, 8307 Cornerstone Drive/Hayden.
- 2:58 p.m. Officer has possible DUI female driver stopped on Govt Way, across from county jail.
- 2:48 p.m. Possible fire near bridge at Falls Park.
- 2:46 p.m. Someone is suffering seizure @ 1000 block of Park Place/CdA.
- 2:43 p.m. Someone is having trouble breathing @ Garden Motel, 2200 Northwest Blvd/CdA.
- 2:40 p.m. CPD officer checking transient w/blue backpack in front of Target/Canfield Ave.
- 2:25 p.m. Kootenai County Courthouse reports unwanted person on premises.
- 1:51 p.m. Social worker wants PFPD officer to help her w/child abuse case in Post Falls.
- 1:40 p.m. Female driver in s/b Toyota Highlander @ H95/H53, Garwood area, possibly DUI.
- 1:29 p.m. 35YO male is suffering chest pain @ 31700 block of Barbara Ave/Spirit Lake.
- 1:16 p.m. Someone hurt in fall @ 600 block of E. Seltice Way/Post Falls.
- 1:03 p.m. Officer reports disabled vehicle blocking intersection @ H95/I-90, CdA.
- AM Scanner Traffic
Another sign that the voter turnout is going to be lousy today: I was voter #35 at Precinct 52 at 3:30 p.m. I was the only one at the Assembly of God Church balloting place this afternoon. I asked the women for Precinct 50 at the nearby table how many had voted in their precinct today. And was told, basically, that it was none of my business. Apparently, that information must be some sort of top secret in that precinct. However, I did glance at the list used by one Precinct 50 worker to keep track of the number of voters -- and it appeared to be only 20 or so.
"I'll bet this old relic would have turned a few heads at this past week's Lost in the '50s parade. Mighta needed a little work to get it running though," writes Marianne Love/Slight Detour. "It resides at the Ray Delay farm in Careywood where the Idaho State Forestry Contest was held last week. It resides at the Ray Delay farm in Careywood where the Idaho State Forestry Contest was held last week." More here.
- Why only one raid?/Dogwalk Musings
- I have the social skills of a marmot/Slice
- Spokane Craft Beer Week -- The day after/On Tap
- Protecting our children from The Beatles/Idaho Dad
- Northwest Profiles to feature War Bonds/War Bonds
- East Sherman plan workshops set/Coeur d'Alene Today
- Scotchman Peaks group plans hike, trail work/Outdoors
- M's need to answer the call with men on base/Grip on Sports
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Stacie Ward was fired from her position as the lead bartender and a certified trainer in October 2012 after questioning the hiring practices of the restaurant, specifically in regards to people of color, according to a lawsuit filed in US District Court for the District of Idaho Tuesday. At the time, Ward had been with the company for more than 11 years and had worked in Red Robin restaurants from Las Vegas to Bellingham. She was working at the Spokane Valley restaurant in 2007 when Ward was asked to help open a new franchise in Coeur d'Alene. While working at the Coeur d'Alene restaurant, Ward says one African-American employee was fired for wearing headphones, a minor infraction/Rob Kauder, KXLY. More here.
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