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CdA To Pick Up Kennedy Legal Tab

Item: Cd’A picks up lawyer tab: City Council approves funding $69,660 for Kennedy attorney fees/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d’Alene Press

More Info: The council said paying the fees best served the interest of the public, since similar suits could deter candidates from seeking office. It also put the matter behind them, since the TORT claim, if denied, could warrant future legal action on behalf of Kennedy.

Question: Did the City Council do the right thing in agreeding to underwrite $69,660 accrued by Mike Kennedy in defending himself against failed candidate Jim Brannon’s election suit?

Christie: Brannon Action Helps No One

Christie Wood (re: Kennedy tab to date: $107,000): I get it that the plaintiffs see this as a challenge of election laws (although I am convinced it is also very personal) but they do have the ability to seek changes through legislative action rather than the courts. So why a new trial? It is hard on everyone involved, so why not work toward clarifying future election laws rather than breaking the bank for Brannon and Kennedy? The people behind this that do not have to foot the bill or have their name constantly in the blogs or other media, ask yourselves…are you really being a good friend to Jim by encouraging him to continue on? Or is this satisfying your own desire to keep going after Kennedy?

Question: Why do you think Brannon is continuing to pursue his election challenge?

TFTN: Every Vote Counts

The Twin Falls Times-News published a story today, titled: “Six things to know before you head for the polls.” Among the items listed in the story are: you still can register on Election Day, bring voter ID, and you can still vote if you forget your voter ID, by signing an affidavit. The top item on the list? Every vote counts. Anyone who has paid any attention to the 2009 City Council race that incumbent Mike Kennedy won eventually by 3 votes, should know that statement to be true.

Question: I vote as though I’m casting the deciding ballot when I go to the polls. How about you? Do you vote as though the election hangs in the balance?

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