So Nice to Be Together Again
We packed this weekend with fun and festivities. On Friday, April 23, we held a Precinct Captain’s Reception. Then, on Saturday, April 24, we had a booth at the Earth Day Event in Coeur d’Alene and held our first ever Corn Hole Tournament in Post Falls. Thank you to everyone who turned out. I would especially like to thank the 60 Precinct Captain Candidates who joined us on Friday night. Your enthusiasm was out of this world. In addition to the precinct captains, nine candidates were able to join us. They were Shelby Rognstad, Terri Pickens-Manweiler, David Roth, Ben Pursley, Teresa Borrenpohl, Larry Bieber, Kristy Reed-Johnson, Tom Stroshein, and Shawn Keenan.
Everyone had a fun time.
Saturday was an All-Day Affair
Thanks to Cathy Kraus, Loree Peery, and Lindsey Barber for staffing our Earth Day booth at the Coeur d’Alene Library. And thanks to everyone who attended the First Annual KCDCC Corn Hole Tournament. It was too much fun.
We Have Done Everything Possible to Weed Them Out
But we have not eliminated all the DINOs (Democrats in Name Only) from the ballot. Therefore, there are ballots that still list fake Democratic candidates for precinct captain. Please refer to the post Beware of DINOs on Your May 17 Democratic Primary Ballot.
To make matters worse, in precincts 207, 317, and 323, the real Democrats are running as write-ins. To help clear up the confusion and help those affected avoid mistakes, we are sending a postcard to alert those of you in the threatened precincts. Keep an eye on your mail. In the meantime, those precincts and the names of the write-in candidates are all listed on our website. See the article referenced above.
So, since all precincts have been redrawn and renumbered, it is crucial for EVERYONE to Check Your Voter Record to confirm your new precinct number and verify that you are not affected. Then, go to our Election Information and Candidate Information pages and make your plans to vote.
We will repeat this message through election day. Please pass this information onto your family, friends, and neighbors. Thank you for being a conscientious voter.
Regarding Shelby Rognstad (Write-in Candidate for Governor)
Sandpoint Mayor Shelby Rognstad is running a write-in campaign in the May Primary Election. Your Executive Committee voted unanimously to endorse Mayor Shelby and the Central Committee ratified this endorsement. This decision required us to suspend our policy of maintaining a neutral position in contested primary elections. In this circumstance, the group wanted to support Mayor Shelby, and I know you join me in wishing him all the best. So, write in Shelby Rognstad. If you forget to spell it correctly, do not worry. The Secretary of State’s office says the vote counts if the voter’s intent is clear.
GOP Attacks on Public Education Equate to Conflict Entrepreneurship
Rod Gramer of the Idaho Business for Education group hit the nail on the head when he described anti-education efforts as “conflict entrepreneurship.” This term refers to the efforts by the GOP to sell conflict to unsuspecting Idahoans over the teaching of history to destroy confidence in public education. Conflict entrepreneurship stems from dishonesty and persists all the way to the top of the GOP. Senator Elizabeth Warren said, “This is really the illness that pervades Republican leadership right now.” To understand more about conflict entrepreneurship, check out this article: Laying siege to Idaho education isn’t a home-grown war. It’s imported by conflict entrepreneurs. (idahocapitalsun.com)
Do Not Fall for This Voter Scam
The Spokesman Review recently reported that Spokane County Democrats were targeted by a group called Washington Voter Research Project. The article is entitled Doorbelling group checking voter rolls in Spokane County not government-sanctioned, Auditor’s Office says (spokesman.com). According to the article, this unsanctioned group is canvassing voters to inquire about their voting record and registration status. Anyone approached by members of this group should refuse to answer their questions. They have no legal standing to request this information. At least one local Dem has reported similar activity in Kootenai County. Therefore, if a canvasser attempts to persuade you to reveal these details, threaten to report them for illegal activity.
Important Dates and Deadlines
Worker’s Memorial Gathering
April 28 at 6 pm
Coeur d’Alene City Park (across from Memorial Field)
Northern Idaho Central Labor Council invites all Democrats to its annual Workers Memorial Gathering commemorating those who have died in the line of work. It is a very moving experience.
- VOTE BY MAIL is underway. The deadline to Request an Absentee Ballot is May 6th.
- EARLY IN-PERSON VOTING starts on May 2nd and runs through May 13th (Monday – Friday). Early In-Person Voting takes place from 8am-5pm at the Kootenai Election’s Office.
- ONLINE VOTER REGISTRATION. Per Idaho Code 34-408, regular voter registration is now closed until after the May 17 Primary Election. Therefore, any regular voter registrations received during this period will be held by the county clerk until after the election. However, election day registration will be available at your precinct polling location. If you wish to register to vote on election day, you must appear in person at your precinct polling location with proof of identity and Kootenai County Residency.
I hope you find this information useful. Have a fantastic week everybody.