Meet the Candidates and Vote

The November 7, General Election is only three weeks away. If you are still not engaged in the election process, the time is now to start. For impartial candidate information go to our website or visit our Facebook page.

There are also two opportunities to meet in person with local candidates. You can attend the Meet the Candidates Potluck on October 21st at the Art Spirit Gallery from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Or attend Vote Vibe on November 4th at the CDA Chamber of Commerce from 5-9 pm. Both events are open to the public and free of charge.

Growing the Youth Vote

Vote Vibe is a new direction for us. It aims to attract and register young voters. This public event features music by DJ Stephanie Bogue, plus food and drinks including beer and wine by Frank’s Hoagies on 4th Street, along with swag bags and a silent auction. If you know potential young voters, please urge them to attend.

Protecting Our Community Library Network

Many of you have expressed concern to me about the situation at our Community Library Network (CLN). This distress stems from CLN decisions about book bans and library hour restrictions. As well as the dysfunction on display at recent CLN Board meetings. Fortunately, the Community Library Network Alliance (CLNA) has formed to monitor the CLN trustees. They also serve as advocates for library patrons.

Recently, Kootenai County Sheriff Bob Norris pulled a stunt that raises concerns with the CLNA. He made news by drawing attention to certain books available to youth at our local libraries. According to Norris, these books are so objectionable that he has taken it upon himself to check them out and refuses to return them. If this behavior concerns you, you can help the CLNA draw attention to this stunt by calling or writing to the Sheriff’s Office to voice your opinion. Tell the Sheriff that it is not OK to steal books or politicize these sensitive gender affirming materials as “sexualization.” Tell the Sheriff we know his actions are targeted to appeal to his base voters. Remind him that he is a public servant first, not a politician. Here is a link to the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department website.

Coeur d’Alene School Board

In addition to the library network, there is a potential issue with the Coeur d’Alene School Board. Trustee Allie Anderton has reportedly moved outside Zone 1 which would make her ineligible to represent that zone. We will keep an eye on this to see what that trustee and the Board decide to do.

A House Divided

And finally, a situation we are all watching closely is the ongoing power vacuum and leadership struggle in the US House of Representatives. Our Representative, Russ Fulcher bent the knee and voted to support known divider and disrupter Jim Jorden as Speaker of the House. At this point, Jordan does not have the votes. However, even if he succeeds, he won’t be any more successful as Speaker than Kevin McCarthy. If the GOP continues to stall any efforts to work with the Democratic Caucus to elect a consensus candidate for Speaker of the House, the chamber will remain in chaos.

It is astounding and dangerous to the nation and the world. We see a similar unwillingness on a smaller scale here. All Kootenai County citizens and small groups need to look beyond their own front yards and recognize that our county needs to build a non-partisan coalition to beat back the far right strangle hold on our county government. Only by working together can we hope to save our community college, libraries, and assessor’s office, and protect our City Councils and School Boards.

Have a super week everyone. I hope to see you at one of these events.

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