July 4th American Heroes Parade

This is a hot week in North Idaho. However, if the forecast holds, the temperature will be cooler by Sunday’s July 4th Parade. Whatever the weather brings, put on a pair of good walking shoes, a blue shirt, and some aviator sunglasses (like Joe Biden’s) and join us. Also, do not forget to bring yourself plenty of water to drink. The parade takes place on Sunday, July 4 on Sherman Avenue in Coeur d’Alene. Check our calendar post for details about where we will assemble. And if you cannot march, then come support those who can.

Pride Month

June was a busy month for friends of the Kootenai County Democrats. The North Idaho Pride Alliance celebrated PRIDE Month by holding 8 outstanding events. Their month-long campaign served to “educate advocate and network for LGBTQ people, community groups and allies.” Congratulations to them.

AFL-CIO Convention

Also in June, the City of Post Falls hosted the 63rd Annual Idaho AFL-CIO Convention. In recognition and appreciation for our brothers and sisters in the labor movement, members of Idaho’s Democratic Party leadership traveled north from Boise to attend this 3-day affair. The event offered Democratic candidates for statewide offices the opportunity to meet with state labor leaders. Moreover, it gave everyone involved a chance to recement bonds and alliances.

2021 Reflections on 2021 Legislative Session

Yesterday, June 29, Representative Paul Amador spoke for the Idaho Legislature at a forum sponsored by our local chapter of the League of Women Voters. He answered questions and explained his views on the various legislative bills created and passed during the 2021 session. Not surprisingly, most of his positions were not ones we would agree with. Since there was no follow up questioning, it was impossible to hold him truly accountable. Moreover, the LWV format precluded questions about Amador’s plans to run for the State Senate. Nonetheless, the forum offered us a rare opportunity to have face time with one of our elected representatives. As you know, most of them will not even meet with us. After the meeting, one Dem remark with a half-smile: “He’s the best we’ve got right now.”

Fall Election

It is not too soon to begin thinking ahead to the Fall Elections. In fact, positions on our City Council and our local School Board will be on the ballot. Moving forward, if you have questions or concerns about a candidate, please express them to me or to Phil Ward. Phil chairs our Candidate Recruitment and Support Committee.

Central Committee Meeting

Good new! July 12th, the Central Committee meets in-person for the first time since the shutdown. The meeting at the County Administration Building will be simulcast for those who prefer to watch from home. More details will follow so check our event calendar for the latest information.

I hope to see you on July 4th.

Have a fun week everyone, and thanks for being a Democrat.

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