SOURCE: Mary Orr/St. Maries Gazette-Record
The Democrat challenger to Republican incumbent Vito Barbieri, District 2A Representative, said the two candidates couldn’t be any more different.
Cheryl Stransky has lived in northern Idaho for 37 years, raised two children and recently retired from 33 years working as a school counselor.
She said she decided to run not because she was interested in politics but because she was interested in helping her community.
Ms. Stransky said she is unimpressed with Mr. Barbieri’s representation. "His representation of our district is radically opposed to anything I felt comfortable with," she said. "My opponent has lived in Coeur d’Alene for less than 10 years, so I feel like my investment in the community is more solid and I have a better understanding of the people’s wants and needs."
She criticizes that Mr. Barbieri fails to follow the wishes of the people that he represents. She charges that he has ignored popular opinion of his constituents and voted against their wishes on issues in Boise, Ms. Stransky said. She specifically notes a few examples, including issues involving a mental health facility in Coeur d’Alene, education reform and tax breaks for businesses.
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The Kootenai Democrats thank everyone who turned out to support the party during the month of July. Our presence and participation in the Coeur d'Alene, Post Falls, Rathdrum and Hayden parades helped shine a light on our party and our terrific candidates. We will see you again next year. For those seeking another opportunity to participate, sign up to host our fair booth at the North Idaho Fair and Rodeo. Participants get a free pass to the fair.
COEUR d'ALENE - U.S. Senate candidate Nels Mitchell and House candidate Shirley Ringo believe a major disconnect exists when it comes to the issue of minimum wage.
Idaho's all-Republican congressional delegation and Republican majority in the state Legislature oppose an increase of the minimum wage. Meanwhile, a majority of the public supports additional pay for the state's lowest-wage workers, Mitchell and Ringo, both Democrats, said Monday.
The two were in Coeur d'Alene campaigning together, organizing what they called a "Living Wage Rally" at Riverstone Park. They also appeared earlier in the day together in Lewiston for a rally, and made appearances throughout the state on earlier dates.
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Anne Nesse, candidate for Legislative District 4 State Representative Position A, holds up a sign promoting the increase of the minimum wage at a Living Wage Rally at Riverstone Park on Monday. Nesse has been working on the Raise Idaho campaign which is dedicated to this initiative. She is challenging Sue Sims for a seat in the state legislature. Idaho needs new leadership. Idaho families and businesses need Nesse.
For Friday, August 1:
Due to the 2014 Street Fair, Taste of the Coeur d'Alene's and Art on the Green this weekend (August 1-3), there is no club meeting this Friday. The normal weekly meeting schedule will resume on August 8.
Meetings take place at the Iron Horse Bar and Grill, at 407 E Sherman Ave in Coeur d'Alene at 12:00 PM.
Ed Lockwood leads Cheryl Stransky supporters up Government Way during the Hayden Days Parade on Saturday, July 26. Stransky is running for Legislative District 2 State Representative Position A which is currently held by Tea Party Favorite-Vito Barbeiri. Cherly makes a good case for why it's time to change direction and choose new leaders in state government. Idaho needs fresh thinking to move in a healthier and more inclusive direction.
Idaho ranks last in the nation in family wages and that’s not good enough! It’s time for working families to finally get some attention and get some value out of the folks they send to Washington, D.C. A rally to promote an increase in the minimum wage is scheduled this evening at Riverstone Park in Coeur d'Alene. The rally will feature Shirley Ringo, candidate for Congress - Idaho District 1, and Nels Mitchell, candidate for United States Senate-Idaho. The economic recovery has left many working Idahoans behind and struggling to support families on insufficient wages. If families can't support themselves, they can't support local businesses. These rallies let the people of Idaho know that we can elect leaders who put Idaho families and businesses over the interests of wealthy, well-connected lobbyists.
Location: Riverstone Park 1805 W. Tilford Lane
Time: 3:00 PM.
Join US Senate Candidate Nels Mitchell along with fellow Democrats this Saturday, July 26 and march in the Hayden Days parade. This is a last chance to show public support en masse for our fine local candidates. It is also a great opportunity to shine a light on Nels Mitchell and to let voters know that Jim Risch has got to go. Democrats will muster at 9 am just north of Hayden Avenue on Government Way. Look for the blue balloons. The parade kicks off at 10 am. Let us know you're coming.
For Friday, July 25:
The Kootenai Democrats are recruiting a person to fill a temporary position as Field Coordinator. The Field Coordinator will serve as liaison between the Kootenai County Central Committee and volunteers for Democratic events and candidate campaigns during the election season.
Submissions must be received by 5 pm on August 1. Submissions received after the deadline will not be considered.
View full description and requirements in the attached document.
The North Idaho Fair and Rodeo is only four weeks away. If you are interested in helping out at our information booth, let us know. We need volunteers to fill shifts throughout the five day fair schedule. The work is easy. You just need to be there to answer basic questions and hand out voter information. We can also use help with set up of the booth and tear down afterwards. If you think you might be interested, check out the Events page for more details.
The next parade on the schedule is this Saturday, July 19, at Rathdrum Days. We are entry #34. We will gather at the corner of Highway 41 and Coeur d'Alene Street between 8:30-9 am. Let's show Rathdrum that there is a choice in this election and that Democrats are behind their candidates. Bring a sign and wear blue.
For July 18:
This week's Democratic Club will feature Shelley Landry. Shelly served as Platform Chair for the production of a fresh, new platform at the June 2014 Democratic State Convention. She presided over a smoothly run and fight-free process which yielded a unanimously approved platform. Shelley is a dynamic individual. She was a staff person for Congressman Walt Minnick and an IDP staffer for many years. She is also a friend to Democrats throughout the state. She will speak about the newly adopted party platform.
The meeting will take place at the Iron Horse Bar and Grill, at 407 E Sherman Ave in Coeur d'Alene at 12:00 PM.
We are looking for leaders across Idaho to help introduce A.J. to your neighbors. It will only require a few hours of your time in the next couple of months, and will be vital to A.J.’s success! Each leader will reach out to friends and neighbors, hand out literature introducing A.J. and follow up with yard sign deliveries.
We know Idahoans want new leadership in the Statehouse, and as more and more people learn about A.J., most agree that he has what it takes to lead Idaho in a new and positive direction.
The most powerful resource we have is people - that means you. Help A.J. by spreading the word! We will equip you with the tools and guidance you need, and you will learn more about A.J. too. Stand up and join Team A.J.!
Please contact Cameron (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Amanda (email@example.com) to get you started.
Thank you so much for contributing your time and energy to make a difference in Idaho!
For Wednesday, August 6:
In acknowledgement of the Dog Days of Summer, this month's Progressive Diners session will feature Books of Summer. Please bring suggestions for books to share with the group. Most of us are readers and would appreciate ideas for books to read in the next month or two.
If you have a book you have enjoyed, tell us what you liked and why others might like it. About 5 minutes +/- per book . No limit on subject matter. Loose structure.
If you don't have one in mind you might drop by The Well-Read Moose bookstore in Riverstone for ideas. The folks there are well read and very helpful. Plus it would support the new local bookstore.
You are welcome to join us even if you don't have a book to talk about.
The meeting takes place in Coeur d' Alene at 6:30 p.m.
Space is limited and available on a first come first-serve basis. Therefore, you must call and RSVP to Steve Moss at 765-8209 to reserve a place at the table. Drop-ins will not be allowed to participate. Please arrive by 6:15 p.m. to check in and get settled.
Parade organizers and marchers will meet in the SUPER 1 FOODS parking lot at 805 E Polston Ave. If you are coming on the Freeway, take exit 6 (Seltice) and turn right at the Wells Fargo Bank and drive straight into the Super 1 Foods parking lot.
The group will assemble in the southeast corner of the lot so as not to interfere with store business.
We will need help pumping up our balloons and other preparation. All Democrats are invited to help show off our Party's commitment to our candidates.
Watch for a future message with additional information and times.
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For Friday, July 11:
For Immediate Release: July 8, 2014
Boise, Idaho-The Idaho Democratic Party offers our condolences to the family of former Gov. John Evans, who passed away today. Gov. Evans replaced Gov. Cecil Andrus in 1977 when Andrus became U.S. Secretary of Interior. Evans then won two consecutive terms. He was respected for his leadership and his dedication to investing in education, working to improve Idaho's economy, improving conservation efforts and being an advocate for workers.
Former Idaho Supreme Court Justice Robert C. Huntley was appointed to Idaho's High Court by Gov. Evans in 1982. He said the governor was a champion for Idaho's citizens.
"I think he was an outstanding advocate for the people of Idaho, regardless of their station in life," Huntley said.
Idaho Democratic Party Chairman Larry Kenck remembered Evans as a great governor.
"I knew Gov. Evans and had a great deal of respect for him," Kenck said. "He was an exceptional leader who put the needs of Idaho families first and helped Idaho emerge from difficult economic times. He was a governor who would listen to anyone with an open mind and heart."
Governor Evans will be missed by friends, family and constituents. Over the years, he has supported efforts by Idaho Democrats to bring balance and responsibility back to Idaho's government.
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Idaho newspapers have editorial pages that lean one way or the other. The Pocatello’s Idaho State Journal has editorials that lean pro-Republican. So, when they start saying that Idaho Dems are competitive, you know something is afoot:
“… the smart money’s on the infighting within the Idaho GOP continuing and perhaps even worsening. That will help the Idaho Democratic Party, which seems poised to capitalize on the unrest.“
For Monday, July 7: