... This about guns on campus (via private email to HuckleberriesOnline): "As the state legislators are all about local control, will the professor of a class have an ability to not allow guns in their individual classrooms? I can say that I would feel uncomfortable teaching a class that has students with a gun strapped to their hip. How comfortable would I feel giving that student a poor grade when he has a loaded gun strapped to him/her? Answer -- not very comfortable at all."
Marc Johnson/The Johnson Post offers a number of insightful takeaways from the Academy Awards, including: "Oscar host DeGeneres mostly mostly left me longing for Bob Hope or Johnny Carson. The role of Oscar MC requires the skills, generally speaking, of a late-night talk show host – sharp, topical and (mostly) clean jokes, self deprecation, ad-libbing ability, and a relentless focus on poking fun at the absurdity of the whole show. Next year give me Jimmy Fallon or even Kevin Spacey. Classy guys (or gals) who get the joke and can make one. Much more here. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)
Question: I like the selfie and pizza delivery ideas. But wasn't bowled over by DeGeneres' role as host. How about you? Any other takeaways?
The case of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, held by the Taliban since 2009, has arisen again as the U.S. and other countries engage in diplomatic efforts to free him. But if he is released, will America’s only prisoner of the Afghan war be viewed as a hero or a deserter? While tattered yellow ribbons still adorn utility poles in his native Hailey, Idaho, others are expressing conflicting thoughts about Bergdahl’s plight as the war winds down, with President Barack Obama threatening to withdraw all U.S. troops by year’s end unless the Afghan government signs a crucial security agreement. They are convinced that on June 30, 2009, just a few months after he arrived in Afghanistan, Bergdahl willingly walked away from his unit/Associated Press. More here.
Question: Should Sgt. Bergdahl be left behind, if he, indeed, is a deserter?
Idaho state Rep. Shannon McMillan has asked that the House convene an ethics committee to examine her actions, after she voted against a bill that could benefit her without revealing her conflict of interest. “It is with deepest regret that I rise before you today and offer my sincerest apology,” she told the House. McMillan, a second-term Republican from Silverton, cast one of just two votes against HB 510, legislation to remove Idaho lawmakers’ special exemption from having their wages garnished for state court judgments. According to court records, McMillan has had numerous court judgments against her, including one from North Idaho Credit Corp. that led to a writ of garnishment. On July 29, court records show, that writ was returned because McMillan is an “exempt employee,” an apparent reference to the exemption from garnishment for elected officials/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.
Question: McMillan deserves props for owning up to a possible misstep, right?
Under the hastag #ThingsMoreExcitingThanTheAcademyAwards Cindy lists:
- Flossing my teeth.
- Cutting my cat's nails.
- Ironing pillowcases.
- Cleaning bathtub grout.
- Balancing my checkbook.
- Watching paint dry.
- Alphabetizing my spice cabinet.
Question: Am I the only one who watched -- and enjoyed -- the Academy Awards last night?
This image released by Ellen DeGeneres shows actors front row from left, Jared Leto, Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep, Ellen DeGeneres, Bradley Cooper, Peter Nyong’o Jr., and, second row, from left, Channing Tatum, Julia Roberts, Kevin Spacey, Brad Pitt, Lupita Nyong’o and Angelina Jolie as they pose for a "selfie" portrait on a cell phone during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday in Los Angeles. The selfie, by the way, crashed Twitter, with more than 1 million retweets in an hour. (AP Photo/Ellen DeGeneres)
Question: Do you regularly post your selfies on Facebook or Twitter?
- 11:17 a.m. Megan has questions for KCSDeputy re: concealed weapons classes.;
- 10:47 a.m. A loose dog has been captured on Project CdA/Venture School grounds on 9th Street/CdA.
- 10:35 a.m. Non-injury, two-vehicle accident reported on Honeysuckle Avenue, west of H95/CdA.
- 10:21 a.m. Unwanted person reported @ 1000 block of Emma Avenue/CdA.
- 10:14 a.m. 2-vehicle, blocking accident reported on Canfield Avenue, east of H95 (Target area).
- 10:09 a.m. 2 semis have crashed in separate accidents near w/b I-90/MP 61.5 (Wallace).
- 10:01 a.m. Patrol officer requests sand for slick intersection of Seltice Way/Pleasantview, Post Falls.
- 9:23 a.m. Coeur d'Alene Fire Dept reports 2-vehicle crash near station @ 3rd/Foster Avenue.
- 9:02 a.m. PFPD officer reports male ran red light @ Chase/Willamette & then got away by driving down RR tracks.
- 8:40 a.m. ISP looking for driver of 1998 Freightliner w/"Progressive" written on side who hasn't been heard from in 2 days.
- 8:13 a.m. KCSDeputy has apprehended male @ Hayden WalMart who may be wanted on warrant.
Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter filed his official declaration of candidacy with the Secretary of State’s Office today to run for a third term as Idaho’s Governor. “It’s been a great honor to serve the citizens of Idaho as your Governor for the past seven years,” Governor Otter said. “I’m both humbled and inspired by the strong support of Idaho voters and the tireless work of the Otter for Idaho team. With their help, and holding firmly to Idaho’s conservative values, we will continue to make Idaho the best place in America to live, work and raise a family”/Governor's Office news release.
State Sen. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d'Alene, and Rep. Ron Mendive, R-Post Falls, both of District 3, are seen hobnobbing before a legislative information meeting at the Coeur d'Alene Library Saturday afternoon. A light crowd turned out to hear the bi-weekly legislative report from Nonini, Mendive, Rep. Kathy Sims, R-Coeur d'Alene, Rep. Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens, and Sen. Steve Vick, R-Dalton Gardens. The other four Kootenai County legislators -- Luke Malek, John Goedde, Ed Morse and Frank Henderson -- were not in attendance. (Photo: Duane Rasmussen)
Let me start with two predictions. First, Senate Bill 1254 — the so-called “guns on campus” bill that is now awaiting a vote by the full Idaho House — will pass and become law. Second, someone will try to open carry a gun into Bronco Stadium this fall to test the limits of SB 1254. Despite the stated intent, I don’t believe this is a bill designed to improve safety on Idaho’s public college campuses, places where I spend a fair amount of time and places that host most of the best-attended sporting events in the state. No, this bill, sponsored by Sen. Curt McKenzie, R-Nampa, and passed through the Senate earlier in the legislative session, is designed to protect a right that guns rights’ absolutists believe is being infringed on college campuses — the right to keep and bear arms as protected by the Second Amendment/Brian Murphy, Idaho Statesman. More here.
Question: Do you agree/disagree with Murphy's premise that the Campus Carry bill has more to do with "guns rights' absolutists" being able to pack their weapons onto college campus than actual safety on the campuses?
Read more here: http://www.idahostatesman.com/2014/03/02/3057587/will-there-be-guns-in-bronco-stadium.html#storylink=cpy
Eighth & Main would have a "little hat" instead of a spire that sparked a citywide discussion - and a little grumbling - about whether it looked like the top of a Mormon temple. Jack's Urban Meeting Place, under construction between 9th, 11th, Front and Myrtle streets, would be more colorful. It might be finished by now. Trader Joe's would have less window space and no awnings on its Capitol Boulevard side. Plans for the state's parking garage on Washington Street just north of the Capitol might not have "vertical elements." House Bill 480, sponsored by Republican Reps. Robert Anderst and Rick Youngblood, of Nampa, and Ed Morse, of Hayden, would stop cities from requiring "specific exterior design aesthetics or beautification beyond surface finishes" on buildings/Sven Berg, Idaho Statesman. More here.
Question: The city of Coeur d'Alene calculates that it would cost $100,000 to bring city codes in compliance with this bill should it pass. Methinks legislators haven't considered all the consequences to this hasty legislation. Thoughts?
State Rep. Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens, and state Rep. Kathy Sims, R-Coeur d'Alene, enjoy a laugh during a legislative information meeting in the Coeur d'Alene Library Saturday. (Photo: Duane Rasmussen)
- Weekend Poll: Overwhelmingly, Hucks Nation says it won't vote for a political newcomer who moved to Kootenai County in the last two years. 167 of 217 respondents (76.96%) said they won't vote for a newcomer running for legislative or courthouse office. Only 16 of 217 respondents (7.55%) said they would vote for such a person. 31 of 217 (15.67%) said they might vote for a political newcomer.
- Today's Poll:Is it time for Gov. Butch Otter to go regardless of whether Russ Fulcher or A.J. Balukoff replaces him?
Secretary of State Ben Ysursa on Monday reminded voters who may wish to change their Democratic, Libertarian or Constitution party affiliation to vote in the May 20 Republican primary that they have just two working weeks to do so. The March 14 deadline coincides with the end of the two-week filing period for candidates for county, legislative, statewide and federal office. Ysursa’s news release came Monday morning, as the candidate filing period opened. ... Of Idaho’s 742,000 registered voters, 440,000 remain unaffiliated after Idaho’s first closed primary was held in 2012 after the Idaho Republican Party won a federal lawsuit over the objections of Otter and Ysursa/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here.
Question: Do you still want to remain tied to another party -- or unaffiliated -- and allow hardliners to decide who will serve in local legislative/courthouse offices?
Read more here: http://blogs.idahostatesman.com/ysursas-reminder-march-14-reminder-to-change-your-party-affiliation-to-vote-in-may-gop-primary/#storylink=cpy
Read more here: http://blogs.idahostatesman.com/ysursas-reminder-march-14-reminder-to-change-your-party-affiliation-to-vote-in-may-gop-primary/#storylink=cpy
Sisyphus: But I perceive Fulcher more an opportunist than an ideologue. He's making feeble efforts at distinguishing himself on Common Core, when he was on the committee that approved it unanimously. I really don't think Fulcher will be that different except for the whacko base he has to cater to, which earns him a no vote. But I'm kinda with Dave on this one. Otter has a long list of mistakes that make him look incompetent. An Otter loss in the primary might be the shake up Idaho needs. The big money is loathe to go for a Democrat but Democrats are the only ones singing their tune on Medicaid expansion and education funding.
Question: How could a Fulcher governship be worse than what we're experiencing with the Otter administration now?
Members of Bonney Lake High School team, from left, Emily Rash, Morgan Demich, Romica Watson and Jessica Luckey work together to prepare their entry during the Boyd’s Coffee ProStart Invitational at the Mirabeau Park Hotel in Spokane Valley on Sunday. Scott Maben SR story here. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)
- Idaho Records/Sherry Adkins, SR
- Will Bergdahl be left behind in Afghanistan/AP
- USFS retirees oppose Lochsa swap/Becky Kramer, SR
- Zags send message by routing St. Marys/Jim Meehan, SR
- 45YO Spokane man injured in snowmobile accident/Press
- NIC's Giulio wins national title, proposes/Mike Vlahovich, SR
- Idaho woman dies, 3 injured in two crashes involving horse/AP
- Eye on Boise: Certain death doesn't stop tax cut plan/Betsy Russell
- Building design legislation could cost Lake City $100,000/Jeff Selle, Press
Once again high officials in the administration of Idaho Gov. C.L. (Butch) Otter have been caught misrepresenting facts and manipulating data in order to present a less than honest picture to the people of Idaho. It is intentional, done with malice aforethought and it is deplorable as it is deceitful. It is the latest issue in the long-playing saga surrounding the questionable award of a lucrative contract five years ago to Qwest, now Century Link, the telecommunications giant and a contributor to Otter, even though their bid was not the low bid. From e-mails produced in the subsequent lawsuit by the low-bidder, Syringa - which reportedly includes in its principals members of former Gov. John V. Evans' family - it was clear to Idaho Supreme Court Justice Jim Jones that the then-head of the Department of Administration, "First Bud" Mike Gwartney, had predetermined that Qwest would win. Justice Jones denounced this fix in scathing language/Chris Carlson, Carlson Chronicles. More here.
Question: I'm beginning to think the state Sen. Russ Fulcher might be a better option than Butch Otter in the gubernatorial primary simply because (wait for it) -- he's not good ol' boy Butch Otter. Thoughts?
Kootenai County Clerk Jim Brannon announced today that starting tomorrow, March 4, the County Elections staff will be posting daily updates to the County’s Elections website. These daily updates will list the names of candidates who filed for offices on the May 20, 2014 Primary Election as of 5PM the prior day. “There’s a great deal of interest in candidate filings,” said Mr. Brannon. “I commend the Elections staff for this idea to give voters, media representatives and other candidates the most convenient access to new information.” The County Elections home page is at http://www.kcgov.us/elections/ Click on the Candidate Filing Information Update report for the latest information/Pat Raffee, Kootenai County Clerk's Office. More here.
Question: I'm interested in this year's filings. How about you?
Rep. Shirley Ringo, D-Moscow, arguing for her motion to give teachers a 1.5 percent base pay increase next year instead of 1 percent, noted that teachers have lost thousands in pay due to budget cuts during the economic downturn, and not all teachers will benefit from leadership bonuses. “All the teachers have felt the bite of those changes – every single one of them,” she said. “There’s not a huge difference in numbers between my motion and the main motion, but I think it speaks volumes in values.” Ringo’s motion drew just four “yes” votes, from her, Rep. Phylis King, D-Boise, and Sens. Dan Schmidt, D-Moscow; and Dan Johnson, R-Lewiston. The original motion, for the 1 percent increase, then passed on a 15-5 vote/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.
Question: Should teachers feel lucky that they're likely to get a 1% pay increase?
If the Idaho Legislature shows some good sense, as well as some courage, and allows concealed carry permit holders to carry their firearms on campus, the most likely result will be absolutely nothing. Concealed carry permit holders carry firearms all over Idaho every day without incident. And there is no reason to expect a different result on a college campus. Fear mongering in the Idaho Senate aside, honest, sane, law-abiding Idahoans carrying legally concealed firearms on a college campus will go by unnoticed. Sen.Elliot Werk, D-Boise, revealed the intellectually vacuous depths that liberals will plumb when attempting to rally hysteria against the Second Amendment. He fancifully predicted that suicides would go up among Idaho's college students/Michael Costello, Lewiston Tribune. More here.
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