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Wild Card/Monday -- 5.18.15

May 18, 2015 - 5:27pm

I need to run some errands. The Idaho Senate is still discussing the child support enforcement bill. But it passed the Senate unanimously during the regular session. And there's no evidence that it'll hit road blocks this time. I'll check back here when I get home and post finals results. Here's your re-played Wild Card ...

Parting Shot -- 5.18.15

May 18, 2015 - 5:12pm

At University of Idaho graduation ceremonies this weekend, photographer Duane Rasmussen snapped a series of shots for himself and Huckleberries Online, including this one of names of graduates painted on a window of the business department building.

Legislature OKs Child Support Bill

May 18, 2015 - 4:57pm

Update: The Senate has voted 33-2 in favor of HB 1, the revised child support enforcement bill, sending the measure to the governor’s desk and wrapping up the business of today’s special session of the Idaho Legislature after a bit more than 11 hours, without a break. The two senators voting “no” were Sen. Sheryl Nuxoll, R-Cottonwood; and Brent Regan, who was filling in for Sen. Steve Vick, R-Dalton Gardens. You can read Betsy Russell's full story here at

Sen. Sheryl Nuxoll, R-Cottonwood, said the bill “escaped my notice the first time it came to the Senate.” She read from George Washington’s farewell address about “foreign influence.” Nuxoll said her concerns include that she believes Idaho would be entering into a foreign treaty; that states must pass “substantial parts of HB 1 verbatim,” which she said violates “our Republican principles of local control; that the bill includes two severability clauses; and that “access to information is not defined well enough.” She said, “Won’t Idaho be held hostage to this international authority? This bill is so confusing and so complex, and because it’s so complicated, it’s subject to conflicting interpretations.” She asked, “If we pass this bill, will we compromise our freedom, and the very freedom of the children and parents we are trying to help?/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here. (Eye on Boise photo: acting senator Brent Regan debates against bill on Senate floor)

Question: I wonder how thrilled Idaho senators are re: having an acting senator, Brent Regan, waste time talking against the bill when it's a slam dunk at this point?

PM Scanner Traffic -- 5.18.15

May 18, 2015 - 4:50pm
  • 5:21 p.m. Driver of KIA reckless exiting Lakeland High School/Rathdrum, e/b on H53.
  • 5:08 p.m. Someone has been hurt in a fall @ 100 block of E. Borah Ave/CdA.
  • 4:59 p.m. BOSS hit on possible missing person in 2007 Mitsubishi @ w/b I-90/Wolf Lodge Bay.
  • 4:55 p.m. ISP report: 2 injured in 3-vehicle crash, including rollover, at H53/McGuire Road this AM here.
  • 4:46 p.m. Pregnant female emotional after non-injury crash in Great Northern Insurance Co lot.
  • 4:29 p.m. Citizens dispute reported @ 14th St/Sherman Ave, CdA.
  • 4:22 p.m. Fire engine & car involved in crash @ H41/Mullan Ave/Post Falls.
  • 3:47 p.m. Someone is suffering chest pain @ 6000 block of 17th St/Dalton Gardens.
  • 3:42 p.m. PFPD: RP called to report the wooden American Legion logo that hangs on the wall had been stolen.
  • 3:27 p.m. Someone is having diabetic problem @ Home Depot lot, 220 W. Kathleen Ave/CdA.
  • 3:19 p.m. Vehicle has hit power pole, causing pole to lean precariously, @ Seltice Way/Grand Mill Lane, CdA.
  • 3:17 p.m. BOSS hit on stolen plates on green Honda w/Montana plates @ e/b I-90/Post Falls area.
  • 3:14 p.m. Undisclosed medical emergency @ 32500 block of N4th St/Athol.
  • 2:38 p.m. A tree is lying across s/b lane @ H3/MP 103 (Black Lake Road).
  • 2:38 p.m. Female trying to hitch ride @ e/b H53/Ramsey Road, Rathdrum, creating road hazard.
  • 2:36 p.m. Male driver of turquoise Pontiac that exited @ w/b I-90/Sherman Ave involved in road rage incident.
  • 2:27 p.m. Out-of-control student breaking glass @ John Brown Elementary/Rathdrum.
  • 2:16 p.m. 3YO boy @ 5700 block of H53/Rathdrum has regained consciousness after choking on something.
  • 2:03 p.m. A baby is locked in a vehicle @ Ramsey Road transfer station, 3650 Ramsey Road/CdA.
  • 1:55 p.m. 89YO female shaking uncontrollably, crying @ 2500 block of W. Warwick Court/Hayden.
  • 1:45 p.m. 38YO male returned home @ 6500 block of Soldier Creek Ave/Rathdrum, went downstairs, vomited & now is unconscious & possibly not breathing. CPR in progress.
  • 1:01 p.m. Undisclosed medical emergency @ 500 block of W. Appleway/CdA.
  • 12:52 p.m. Driver hit deer @ I-90/MP 33 (east side of 4th of July Pass), another motoristdispatched wounded animal.
  • AM Scanner Traffic

Cutline Contest -- Time2Vote

May 18, 2015 - 4:46pm

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, right, holds 8-month-old Andrew Belz as he poses for photos with the children of US troops and US Embassy personnel in Seoul today. You write the cutline. (Saul Loeb/Pool Photo via AP)

Weekend Winner -- JohnA, with 8 likes: "A young Vito is dismayed when his abortion pill camera is not a big hit with the girls." You can see weekend photo and all Cutline Contest entries here.

Souza Backs Bill Despite Misgivings

May 18, 2015 - 4:41pm

The Senate Judiciary Committee has voted unanimously in favor of HB 1, sending it to the full Senate for a vote. Sen. Maryanne Jordan, D-Boise, made the motion, and Sen. Dan Johnson, R-Lewiston, seconded the motion. Sen. Mary Souza, R-Coeur d’Alene (pictured), said, “I have grappled with this bill for several weeks now and have done a great deal of research. I don’t like parts of it at all. I feel that it is an overreach in many ways. But I do think that it has merits in terms of continuing without disruption the system that we have in place for child support right now. I do believe that if this bill did not pass we would make sure that child support would continue uninterrupted, but it would take some organization. I’m willing to support this bill, but I am still uncomfortable with parts of it”/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: I wonder if Mary would have supported this bill if there had been any chance that it would be defeated in the Senate? Thoughts?

House OKs Child Support Bill 49-21

May 18, 2015 - 4:05pm

The House has passed HB 1, the child support enforcement bill, on a 49-21 vote/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise.

Voting in favor: Reps. Anderson, Anderst, Bateman, Bell, Beyeler, Burtenshaw, Chaney, Chew, Clow(Stone), Collins, Crane, Dayley, DeMordaunt(DeMordaunt), Erpelding, Gannon(King), Gibbs, Hartgen, Hixon, Horman, Jordan, Kauffman, Kerby, King, Kloc, Loertscher, Luker, Malek, McCrostie, McDonald, Nye, Packer, Pence, Perry, Raybould, Romrell, Rubel, Rudolph, Rusche, Smith, Thompson, Troy, Trujillo, VanOrden, VanderWoude, Wills, Wintrow, Wood, Youngblood, Bedke.

Voting against: Reps. Andrus, Barbieri, Batt, Boyle, Cheatham, Dixon, Gestrin, Harris, Holtzclaw, McMillan, Mendive, Miller, Monks, Moyle, Nate, Nielsen, Palmer, Redman, Scott, Shepherd, and Sims.

Sims Proud To Be 1 Of 9 No's

May 18, 2015 - 4:01pm
“I’m one of the original nine, and I’m very, very proud to be one. And I’m going to vote the same way again. … This is not so much … about our sovereignty. This is our willingness to sell it” -- Rep. Kathy Sims, R-Coeur d’Alene, said.


Vito: It's All About The Money' Or Not

May 18, 2015 - 3:43pm

Rep. Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens, said, “I think we need to be concerned about the ramifications. … Legislative authority is being addressed. Administrative law, our tri-partite balance of power, checks and balance … and indeed state sovereignty.” He asked fellow representatives to imagine the bill as a huge papier-mache horse, with the papier-mache made out of hundred-dollar bills, out on the Statehouse steps. “Our eyes are on the money, our minds are on the children – we bring it in,” he said. “Who cares what’s inside? It’s all about the money. It’s all about the children.” Barbieri said he thinks its “interesting” that the Legislature can’t call itself back into a special session to override a governor’s veto, “but that gentleman has the power to call us back if money’s involved. … Saying no to federal money will involve pain, and that’s why we don’t do it”/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.


DFO I was wondering when Vito would toss in his 2 cents ...

IFF Strikes Back At Malek

May 18, 2015 - 3:10pm

In a response to state Rep. Luke Malek's shot across the bow in a Sunday op-ed article, Wayne Hoffman of Idaho Freedom Foundation writes:

"Rep. Luke Malek once said he hoped his law degree would “empower him to battle objectionable compliance with the status quo.” A noble aim to be sure, but an unfulfilled goal for the second-term House member from Kootenai County. Malek took a swing at the Idaho Freedom Foundation in an opinion piece Sunday, suggesting our Freedom Index, which measures how much legislators try to grow government, is somehow “corruptive.” He didn’t stop there, saying the index is used only for promoting political obedience. “This obedience flies in the face of the independence that Idahoans are known for, but the threats work,” Malek wrote. If he were genuinely concerned about the independence of Idaho, Malek would be a great ally to the principles of liberty. And he would have asked, as we did, that real protections and legislative oversight be added to the child support bill during Monday’s special session. No lawmaker in recent memory has made such a name for himself by bowing to the federal government and risking the futures and fortunes of Idaho families." More here.


Petulant Scott Is District 1 Problem

May 18, 2015 - 2:14pm

Fort Boise (RE: HB 1 clears House committee on 12-5 vote):

"Rep. Scott tried to fire for effect one last time, accusing the 4 who changed their vote of using the amendments as "cover." Be that as it may, it was totally out of order, and Luker called her on it, and the chair ruled in his favor. She has a petulant, childish approach to what she's doing, coupled with self-righteousness that far exceeds her willingness to be informed about the actual process of governance. People of District 1, you have a problem. A problem which you unfortunately are sharing with the rest of the state."

  • DFO: It seems to me that Rep. Scott is the House answer to the Senate's Sheryl Nuxoll.

Question: Will the actions of Reps. Scott, Sims, Cheatham & McMillan be remembered for the 2016 GOPrimary?

Judiciary Panel Backs HB1 12-5

May 18, 2015 - 2:03pm

Rep. Heather Scott peppers speakers with questions during the House Judiciary Committee meeting on the child support enforcement bill this morning. In the end, she and the three other North Idaho legislators who opposed the original bill voted again to oppose the amended one. However, this time, she and the others were in a 12-5 minority. (AP photo: Otto Kitsinger)

The House Judiciary Committee has voted 12-5 in favor of HB 1, with just Reps. McMillan, Sims, Cheatham, Nate and Scott dissenting. Rep. Heather Scott, R-Blanchard, said, “I will not be supporting this bill. Director Armstrong said this is all about efficiency, so that’s it. So we are throwing away our state sovereignty and due process for efficiency. That’s absurd. I will be voting against the bill.” She said, "I do believe these amendments we've added for protection of Idaho citizens ... are put there for cover for the four legislators to change their votes"/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: Does any question remain that Scott, Sims, Cheatham and McMillan are way out of their depth?

Regan Subbing For Vick: 'I Worry About My Son'

May 18, 2015 - 1:20pm

Brent Regan, a former Coeur d’Alene school board member and vice-chairman of the Idaho Freedom Foundation who’s filling in as a substitute senator for Sen. Steve Vick, R-Dalton Gardens, testified at length against HB 1, responding to numerous questions from lawmakers after his assigned 3 minutes. “A lot of talk has been about protecting children,” he said. “I have a son who’s in boot camp right now,” training to serve with the Marines. He said when his son gets assigned overseas, “I worry about some foreign court ordering some protection order from some claim from some woman somewhere and my son not having the same equal protection that everybody in this room has, and I object to this”/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: Sen. Steve Vick obviously knew that Regan would be adamantly against the child support enforcement bill. Does this mean that Vick has indirectly changed his vote from yes to no on this bill, via proxy?

CSB: Seymour Vs Pickford

May 18, 2015 - 1:17pm

Coeur d’Alene School District Trustee Terri Seymour, left, considered not running for a second term. She wanted to spend more time with her children. “It was tough at times when I wasn’t able to attend some of their sports activities because I had a board meeting that lasted for six hours after I’d be at work all day,” Seymour said. But after long discussions as a family, they decided she should seek re-election. “I believe I’ve made a difference while serving my term, and I hope that I’ve had an impact on our students,” she said. Her opponent for the Zone 3 seat on the school board is Tambra Pickford, right, a parent volunteer who describes herself as “an active and involved mom to our three girls”/Scott Maben, SR. More here.

Question: Two years ago, the community rejected three conservative hardliners in pushing the Coeur d'Alene School Board back toward the center. Trustee Terri Seymour is the only hardliner left from the previous board. She has been endorsed by Balance North Idaho. Do you think she'll win re-election?

Dating Profile Angers Galpal

May 18, 2015 - 1:13pm

From Post Falls PD Graveyard Shift (Battery/Malicious Injury to Property):

"RP reported that his girlfriend came to his house and broke his hanging plants and some other property, also scratching him. The altercation started due to him creating a dating website profile. The suspect fled the area; possibly back to her residence in Spokane prior to officers arriving. Officers attempted to contact the suspect by telephone. A report was taken."

Question: Do you suppose that he should have waited to create a dating Webside profile until after breaking it off?

SR: Scotchman Peaks Gains Altitude

May 18, 2015 - 1:05pm

The Editorial Board of the Spokesman-Review editorialized Saturday:

The Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness is gaining altitude. After almost a decade of advocacy for preservation of the 88,000 acres straddling the Idaho/Montana border, the group is ready to take its case to Washington, D.C. And its representatives will go with the unanimous endorsement of as conservative a governing body as one can find in North Idaho: the Bonner County commissioners. The Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce has given its blessing as well. Every member of the board of directors signed the resolution. Full editorial here.

Question: Is there anyone out there who opposes the preservation of Scotchman Peaks?

Chesrown Faces New $$$ Problems

May 18, 2015 - 11:32am

Marshall Chesrown, pictured in 2008, had high hopes for Kendall Yards, more than 80 acres of land between Spokane River and the Spokane County Courthouse. Chesrown also developed Black Rock on Lake Coeur d'Alene. Now, a trustee wants to recoup more than $2 million that bankrupted real estate developer Marshall Chesrown gave to family and friends as his fortunes were collapsing. Story here.  (SR file photo)

Question: Do you remember when Chesrown was flying high in his Black Rock glory days?

AM Scanner Traffic -- 5.18.15

May 18, 2015 - 11:27am
  • 11:36 a.m. Motorist drinking before leaving in red 1997 Chevy pickup @ H53/MP 13 (Ramsey Road).
  • 11:32 a.m. Undisclosed road hazard on Govt Way/CdA, north of Neider Ave.
  • 11:12 a.m. Officer reports car that rolled (9:56 item) resting on passenger side 50 feet off road.
  • 10:40 a.m. Undisclosed medical emergency @ 1600 block of E. Stiner Ave/CdA.
  • 10:31 a.m. CPD officers ask for medical eval on male after using Taser & pepper spray on him (10:21 item).
  • 10:21 a.m. Male is yelling waving arms @ driver in green Jeep @ Rent-A-Center, 101 E. Appleway/CdA.
  • 10:15 a.m. Motorist ejected from vehicle (9:56 item) has been transported by ambulance to hospital (9:56 item)
  • 9:56 a.m. Female has suffered arm, head injuries from 3-vehicle crash @ H53/McGuire Road, Hauser. One vehicle flipped, ejected at least one occupant, 1 vehicle is in middle of road, blocking both lanes of H53. Life Fight on standby.
  • 9:52 p.m. Lake City High is conducting a fire drill.
  • 9:49 a.m. 6YO boy complaining of a back injury after falling in play area @ Winton School, Govt Way/Hayden Ave.
  • 9:46 a.m. 90YO female @ Aspen Springs facility, 3254 Spirit Lake Cut-across, suffered broken arm in fall from chair.
  • 9:11 a.m. 18 YO female who tried to overdose Sunday has been found semi-conscious w/o a shirt and shivering in house under construction @ 300 block of S14th St (cross of Mullan Ave)/CdA.
  • 9:01 a.m. Officer notes that speeding motorcyclist matches description of one from Sunday morning (8:55 item)
  • 8:56 a.m. Male is yelling @ female at 1st Ave/Post Falls residence.
  • 8:55 a.m. Motorcyclist w/red helmet speeding at 120 mph @ I-90/H95, CdA.

Edit: Vote Yes Of Safety Bond

May 18, 2015 - 11:08am

As a community, we're just coming out the other end of one of the most painful tunnels we've ever traversed together. Compassion and support for local first responders is at or near an all-time high. If they were going to ask for a tangible expression of that support, they probably couldn't find a better time than right now. We're going to suggest you put the emotion of the moment aside and instead, consider Coeur d'Alene fire and police departments' request for a 10-year, $6 million general obligation bond in the cold, clear air free of emotion. That's the only way you're going to know you made the right choice for the next decade. And that's why we ask you to join us in supporting the bond request not because of today's emotions, but because of tomorrow's very real public safety challenges/Coeur d'Alene Press Editorial Board. More here.

Question: You do realize that the public safety bond is on the Tuesday ballot, right?