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HBO Interviews Stop Recall Leaders

HucksOnline is now interviewing the organizers of the Stop the Recall movement, Sara Meyer (left) and Jennifer Drake. (BTW, check out Jennifer supporting the council & mayor alongside pro-recall codger in Thursday's Coeur d'Alene Press here)

  • Question: Were you surprised by the response you got at the Fort Ground Grill last night?
  • Sara Meyer: We were amazed considering that the planning took place in 24 hours.
  • Jennifer Drake: There were about 40 people there. And among that group were outstanding community leaders including the four being targetted for recall. Everyone was fired up in a positive way. (Sara recaps last evening's meeting on the Stop the Recall wall here)
  • Question: It's interesting that this anti-recall movement is led by two young mothers with 18MO babies.
  • Sara: We're passionate about our city. We're both Idaho natives and we came back here after going to school to raise families. It's not about us any more, it's for our families.
  • Jennifer: I'm currently raising the fifth generation of my family in this town. I refuse to stand by while a select group of uncompromising zealots try to ruin my community before my daughter sees how great it can become.
  • Question: What was the most encouraging thing that happened last night?
  • Jennifer: For me, it was the fact that we had the room almost entirely filled before 6 a.m. People were so eager to show up and support us that they took time out on short notice to show support. When the mayor & 3 City Council members walked in there was cheering and back-patting.
  • Sara: I was overwhelmed by the passion people seem to have found. They have awakened a sleeping giant. People were okay to sit back because things were going along well. But now they realize the future of our community is truly in trouble. It's time to fight fire with fire. It's time to fight lies with facts.
  • Question: You two come from different political backgrounds (Sara's father was a Democratic Bonner County commissioner for 6 years, Dale Van Stone, and Jennifer's father is former Republican senator & Lt. Gov. Jack Riggs.) How does this nonpartisanship work?
  • Jennifer: We have found common ground through rational discussion. In this particular case understanding that the city council should be nonpartisan and should not feel undo influence from either side of the political spectrum.
  • Question: How do people get involved with the Stop the Recall movement?
  • Sara: They can join our Facebook group, like our Facebook page, or email us at
  • Jennifer: We are also encouraging people to write letters to the editor supporting the mayor and city council and opposing the recall -- and simply telling everyone they know not to sign the petition. We have a PO Box they can send money to: Stop the Recall, PO Box 2781, Coeur d'Alene 83816.

You can follow the news from Stop the Recall at this Facebook page here.

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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