First Things First

It is well known that the Republicans are splitting apart. Their drive to oust Representative Liz Cheney, who will not buy into the Big Lie that Joe Biden’s victory was stolen, is just the latest example.

Cheney is one of the relatively few female Republicans in Congress. She will likely be replaced by another woman, Elise Stefanik of New York. This is a form of tokenism designed to disguise their antipathy towards women in general.

In Kootenai County, the Republicans are experiencing a form of fracture as well. Prominent conservatives are openly criticizing their Central Committee for endorsing and actively promoting a slate of candidates ahead of next week’s nonpartisan election. One highly placed Republican told me the KCRCC Chairman “is taking a lot of arrows” over this.

It remains to be seen if these break-away Republicans will have any impact on the election or the future of their party. Seventy percent of their voters believe the Big Lie, so Liz Cheney’s appeals to rally conservatives to her line of thinking seem destined to fail. On the other hand, if enough Republican voters in Kootenai County defect, they might impact our local elections.

It is our sincere hope that this fracturing of their party will prompt enough conservatives to join Democrats to save our library and hospital.

Next week’s election will provide answers. Till then:

  1. Make your plan to vote before or on May 18th!
    2. Share your views with friends and neighbors.

In Other News

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, President Biden’s huge effort to revive the economy after a year of Covid 19 contraction, is well underway. It will help a lot of people: veterans, renters and homeowners, farmers, small business owners, and the unemployed. In addition, there is aid for local governments and educational institutions. Therefore, we must insist that Idaho politicians accept this money from the federal government.

Also, we are making plans to resume in-person meetings and social events. For now, save these dates.

  1. On June 7th, the KCDCC will meet at a TBD location.
  2. On June 16th, the KCDCC plans a joint BBQ fundraiser with the Idaho Democratic Party.

Please note that where possible, we will continue to provide remote access through Zoom.

Keep an eye on the website for further details about our upcoming meetings and events.

I hope to see you at these public events! Until then, thanks for being a Democrat!