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Adam: No More Skate Plaza Events

On his Facebook page, Adam Graves writes that his children “will not be attending anymore Skate Plaza Sorensen fundraisers. We just cannot, as a family with gay friends and family members, support the new owners of Skate Plaza who just wrote this piece to Tony Stewart, the head of the human rights institute, a man who has fought for the rights of many in our community.”


Joker: Avoid appearance of conflict of interest

 In yesterday's Marketer responds to ex-trustee thread, Joker opined:

Brent Regan is part of the gang that can’t shoot straight. Brent was able to detect something was wrong with the Range contract, but was unable to target the correct group to question about it.

It’s plain as day – thanks to Adam Graves’ response to Regan.

Adam Graves served as the chair of Sorensen Magnet School for the Arts and Humanities. His own business benefited from a contract to market the annual fundraiser.

It’s a conflict of interest for Mr. Graves, not the school board as Regan tried to assert. Mr. Graves had the responsibility to tell the fundraising committee or the school that his firm shouldn’t handle the marketing.

Graves can’t have it both ways – a faithful volunteer and a shrewd businessman. When does Adam Graves become a volunteer and when does he become a paid marketer? It’s hard to know based on his explanation.

A chair of nonprofit committee shouldn’t allow their business to get a contract. It’s the appearance of conflict of interest that Mr. Graves and others on the fundraising committee failed to notice.

Comment continues below.

Do you agree or disagree that this could appear to be a conflict of interest?

Marketer Responds To Ex-Trustee

Adam Graves (re: Regan targets foes on way out): I loath responding to this apparent sour-grape attack but, I should enlighten the public on this drivel before someone actually buys into it. I am not speaking for the School or the Magnet Committee here but personally…The auction this year brought in a total of $95,455.97. The total spent for marketing the event was $5,666.95 not the lessor amount Brent said. So, roughly around 6% of the gross sales of the event went to market the event. This is well under the typical % of gross sales allocated for marketing a niche-target event. Every marketing item has an estimate submitted and purchased order created after it is decided on and approved by the auction/magnet funds committee. My time as Chair and the hours and hours of time spent strategizing, planning, meeting, organizing, procuring, etc. is all donated as a volunteer. More here.


Hamilton: Shame On Sorensen Chair

On his Facebook page, Coeur d'Alene School Board Chairman Tom Hamilton chastizes Sorensen Magnet School fund-raising Chairman Adam Graves for criticizing trustees in an Coeur d'Alene Press op-ed piece:

Mr. Graves, had you wished the Board to be in attendance, the most certain way to accomplish that would have been to formally invite the Board as you did with several District Administrators. Knowing that formal invitations (likely printed by your firm) were mailed to several District Administrators, the Board is left to assume that your failure to extend the same invitation to the Trustees could only be an act of omission, deliberate or otherwise. Could it be that an opportunity to slander the Board was your intent all along? If so, shame on you for creating a blight out of what should be viewed as a great success for Sorensen. If the lack of a formal invitation to the Board was indeed merely an oversight, then shame on you for publically chastising the Board for what was in fact, your failure as Chairman for the fundraiser. More here.

Question: Izzit just me, or would Chairman Hamilton and appointed Trustee Brent Regan have been better served simply by saying: “Oops. Sorry for missing the fund-raiser. Congratulations on your success”?

Bubba: Regan Needs Humility Lesson

Bubba32 (w/26 likes so far, re: Graves' op-ed miffs Trustee Regan): Regan, accusing the volunteer who chaired a school fundraiser that raised $85,000.00 of “incompetence” is not a credible way of making your point. Also, you aren't holding yourself accountable. You want others to spoon-feed you information about the district. You are responsible for not knowing about an important event, and should educate yourself. Slandering the chair of a highly successful auction (85k), for being incompetent is a fairly pathetic attempt to divert from your own. You should have said: I was unware of the event, and apologize for not attending. I thank the parents, teachers, volunteers, and local businesses who made the event such a success. I appreciate the efforts of all involved, and will make sure I attend next year's auction to show my support for this important event. This day's political lesson is brought to you by the word: humility.

Question: We all could use a little humility, right?

Graves’ Op-Ed Miffs Trustee Regan

An op-ed column by Adam Graves in the Coeur d'Alene Press has gotten under the skin of appointed Coeur d'Alene School Board Trustee Brent Regan. In it, Graves wonders why none of the School Board members attended the annual Sorensen Magnet School auction that raised $85,000:

Adam Graves: What was disheartening to myself and to other parents, teachers and attendees that I spoke to at the auction is that not a single current school board member came to show their support and see what a special thing they have in their district. Not one. They seemed to have no problem clearing their schedules to attend the Republican Fundraiser Lincoln Dinner only weeks earlier. This seems to paint a picture of where their priorities lie, and it is apparently not with the children or the success of our schools. Coeur d'Alene Press op-ed & comments section here.

Brent Regan response in comments section: I investigated the circumstances that Mr. Graves complains about. As it turns out, some members of the administration did receive invitations to the Sorensen event by mail. However, Board members did not receive invitations. As chairman of the event, it was Mr. Graves' responsibility to invite public officials. At best, his indignation is the direct result of his own incompetence. Also: Regan has a lengthier response on his Facebook page.

Question: Perhaps the School Board members should spend as much time at important school functions as they do mugging for the various Republican luncheons and dinners in town?

Graves Circulates Pro PYP Petition

Adam Graves has started an online petition to be delivered to the Coeur d'Alene School Board, requesting that Primary Years Programme be kept at Haydens Meadows. Graves has 127 signatures. He's seeking 1000 signatures by Monday, when the School Board will meet to decide the fate of PYP:

We, the parents, voters and tax payers in the Coeur d'Alene School District do not want the PYP program removed from Hayden Meadows School. This petition is to keep an IB school program for a local grade school, Hayden Meadows. The program called PYP is under attack by a minority in the community who feel the education program is linked with the U.N. and a conspiracy to teach children to think globally and undermine their Christian American values. They are claiming the results of the program are not justified by the cost which has been proven not so by test scores alone. You can sign the petition here.

Question: Do you plan to sign the petition?

Graves: Ozzy Osborn Backs Edinger?

Adam Graves: “Does anyone else read the support ads by candidates that list names of supporters? Edinger’s Sunday ad listed Ozzy Osborn. Anyone know if there’s someone in cda with the same name as the bat biting rocker??”

DFO: Yeah, yeah, I know, singer Ozzy Osbourne spells his name differently. But I'll play along.

Question: Do you read candidate support ads in the newspaper to see which or your friends and acquaintances support a particular candidate?

Contrast Clear In Edinger-Graves Race

When Ron Edinger began serving on the Coeur d’Alene City Council, Adam Graves had not entered the world. Now the two – the 75-year-old with 40 years of incumbency and the 37-year-old businessman determined to modernize the city – are facing off for council seat 1. The race has been cast both as a battle over the future of McEuen Field and as one of looking to the future rather than being mired in the past. “I’ve got a vision for the future. I think Ron is stuck on preserving history and the past,” said Graves, co-founder of a Coeur d’Alene marketing and branding company and a board member of the city’s Downtown Association. “That’s been shown in his thinking on the McEuen Field projects.” Edinger sees it differently/Alison Boggs, SR. More here.

Question: How does this race look to you as it enters the final week of the campaign?

OTV: Edinger Acted Like An Old Fart

OrangeTV: Graves vs Edinger was pretty wild. Graves was respectful, thoughtful and eloquent and I agreed with basically everything he had to say. Edinger on the other hand, true to character, was a grumpy old fart - he just couldn’t let the “75 year old geezer” thing go and he came across as rude and enormously condescending the way he asked Graves “Why are you running for MY seat?!?” He could have asked any number of questions that would have contributed to the discussion in a meaningful way but instead he made it all about him. It was like Grandpa was an hour past nap time and was getting grumpy and rummy. I do have a lot of respect for his time serving the city, but I do think it’s time for him to step aside and make way for some freshness.

Question: How much of a factor for you is 75YO Ron Edinger's age in the 2011 City Council elections?

Graves Challenges Technology Ban

Item: Unplugged: Coeur d'Alene City Council candidate won't be able to use iPad during forum/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d'Alene Press

More Info: A Coeur d'Alene City Council challenger is upset that he won't be able to use his iPad at Thursday's candidate forum, a rule he called “outdated” and one that drew a strong reaction from the political hopeful after it was brought to his attention. After further review, Adam Graves, vying for Seat 1, said he understands why the city is prohibiting personal technological devices for the question and answer session, though he still thinks his iPad shouldn't be barred.

Question: Has this flap hurt or helped Adams Graves in his bid to unseat incumbent Ron Edinger?

Graves Miffed That He’ll Be iPadless

Coeur d'Alene City Council candidate Adam Graves is upset that he won't be allowed to use his iPad at the televised CDATV candidates forum Wednesday afternoon. He wrote this letter to City Clerk Susan Weathers, who had advised him of the change: “You are going to force me to use outdated technology (notes and print outs like some 75 year old politician). Wow, this is exactly what is wrong with government. What year is it again? Do you expect me to run the city the same way once elected — “level the playing field” to what the lowest and oldest common denominator? Give me a break.  If this is the city's stance then I propose NOTHING should be allowed to be brought by anyone. Information is information. Period. Otherwise I am being singled out personally for utilizing a new and better information source which is not as harmful to our environment.” The Coeur d'Alene debates will be taped at 4:30 p.m. Thursday in the Coeur d'Alene Library Community Room.

Question: Does Adam have a good point?

Graves: Edinger Seeking Sympathy

Coeur d’Alene City Council candidate Adam Graves said Thursday that his opponent’s claim that Graves is “out to get his family” is “pure political posturing in pursuit of the sympathy vote.” Graves is challenging 40-plus-year incumbent Ron Edinger, who said Wednesday that “individuals” were attacking his family because they had no issue with which to discredit him. City Attorney Mike Gridley said Wednesday that following Graves’ inquiry about Edinger’s daughter’s city employment, he investigated further and discovered three of Edinger’s grandsons had been hired by the city in violation of state nepotism laws. The grandsons’ employment subsequently was terminated last week. The daughter’s job is grandfathered in under the 1990 nepotism law/Alison Boggs, SR. More here.

Question: Should there be an Idaho law that prevents family members of mayors and city councilmen from working for their cities?

Possible Conflict Addressed In 2000

On June 17, 2000, then SR CdA bureau reporter Winston Ross (pictured) wrote a story about the impact of a conflict-of-interest law re: Idaho cities hiring relatives of mayors of city council members. Here's part of that report: “In Coeur d'Alene, Councilman Ron Edinger's daughter works for the city Parks Department. Paula Austin was hired 10 years ago, long after her father began a 30-year stint as a councilman and mayor. When asked about the conflict, Austin put a reporter on hold, never returned to the telephone, and then didn't answer subsequent calls. Edinger could be off the hook in this case, however. It's unclear what the nepotism laws were before 1990, when the current statute was enacted. `'When (Austin) was hired, I had nothing to do with that,' Edinger said. 'I didn't even know she applied. The fellow in charge of parks and rec at the time didn't know she was my daughter.' City Attorney Jeff Jones wouldn't comment on Edinger's situation, claiming it would violate attorney-client privilege.” More here.

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Question: What did they know, and when did they know it?

Graves: Didn’t Know About Grandkids

In light of the recent press release issued by incumbent Ron Edinger, I feel it is only appropriate and fair for the news to fairly report the actual events. After reviewing a report Dan Gookin created and posted on his web site, which showed pay increase percentages for each city employee, I emailed the document to Troy Tymeson to confirm the numbers shown were accurate. My subsequent verbal question specifically to Mr. Tymeson was if Mr. Edinger had to recuse himself from voting on this portion of the budget, as it appeared to me a clear conflict of interest to vote on a wage increase to your own daughter. The answer I was told was no, he can and does per Idaho law. That was the end of it, or so I thought. What transpired beyond that initial inquiry, I was not aware of until reading the press release posted on newspaper websites yesterday. Let me be clear, the subsequent actions taken by the city happened without my involvement or knowledge.  As I stated above, I did not inquire about the law because I, like everyone else involved, did not know about it. I also had no idea Mr. Edinger’s grandchildren worked for the city/Adam Graves, Coeur d'Alene City Council candidate.   More here.

Question: Is this controversy hurting incumbent Ron Edinger or challenger Adam Graves? And/or: Will it affect other races?

Ron Edinger: Didn’t Know Law

Coeur d’Alene City Councilman Ron Edinger said Wednesday he’s the victim of a smear campaign because he believes the proposed makeover of McEuen Field should be put to a public vote. In a statement released to the media, Edinger said he never used his position to help three of his grandsons get jobs with the city. Two of them have worked part-time for the city for years, he said; a third worked seasonally for the streets department. “Left with no issue upon which to discredit me and a heated dissatisfaction with my position taken on McEuen, there are individuals who have chosen to go after the core of my being; my family during this campaign,” said Edinger, 75, who has served on the council for more than 40 years and is running for re-election/Alison Boggs, SR. More here.

Question: Is this a case of a smear campaign? Or getting caught doing something improper? Or something in between?

Adams Leads Bruning In Fund-raising

Challenger Steve Adams has raised more than triple the amount of money than incumbent John Bruning in his 2011 race for Bruning's Coeur d'Alene City Council seat No. 5. Adams has raised $5673 and spent $1695 through today's first filing period for campaign finance disclosure statements. Bruning has raised $1772 and spent $69 to date. Dark-horse candidate Amber Copeland has raise $220 and spent $13. Adams has received $1000 contributions from Charles Adams, Craig Adams, and Mary Adams, all of Coeur d'Alene; a $999 donation from Regan Properties, and a $500 donation from James Hollingsworth. Bruning has received one $200 donation, from Douglas Fagerness, of Coeur d'Alene, and loaned himself $200. Copeland has received two $100 donations, from Carole Preslar-Gibson and Sam Crawford. You can read all the campaign finance statements here.

  • Seat 1: Incumbent Ron Edinger has raised $2430 and spent $25 in his race with challenger Adam Graves. Graves has raised $1750 and spent $686. Top contributors to Edinger's campaign are Robideaux Motors, $300; Waste Management, $250; and Pat Acuff & Jack Fullwiler, $200 apiece. Graves' campaign has received a $1000 donation from Thomas Magnuson of Spokane. Both reports here.

Question: What do you make of Adams' warchest?

Ron Lahr: Amber Doesn’t Have A Chance

Re: Reagan Repub: Amber is a contendah/HucksOnline

Ron Lahr/Reagan Republicans: I haven’t met Amber but i remember Reagan Repub posting that ‘Pachyderms is conservative Steve Adams territory.’ Steve also has a history on the central committee and with the Reagan Republicans while Amber is a political newcomer. Even were she to register as a Republican it would not undo those things. That said, it is hard to imagine her pulling many votes from either Adams or Bruning because apparently she doesn’t have any political activism history/name recognition, a campaign warchest, many supporters or any organizations backing her.

Question: Who do you think has a better chance of pulling an upset — Amber Copeland in three-way race with John Bruning & Steve Adams? Or Adam Graves in two-way race with Ron Edinger?

Graves Admits He Was No Choir Boy

Adam Graves, a candidate for the Coeur d'Alene City Council, admits he was wild as a youngster and has a laundry list of tickets related to speeding to prove it. But he said he's cleaned up his act since the mid-90s. Hucks Online received an email that detailed the list of Adam's violations from a Berry Picker, mostly minor. In response, he told Hucks: “i was a wild kid until i got in trouble at 21 and changed my ways pretty fast. … some of the older ones from back then someone was using my name, hence the dismissed,  since then I've just got speeding tickets as i'm a fast-german car freak… but alas, i had to give those up and i'm down to 76 bmw 2002 and a 76 vw bus… neither is fast. but both are fun. i bet edinger got rides home from the police in the 50's when he was 21.” You can see the list of tickets here. You can read another quote from Adam below. (Courtesy photo: Here's what Adam drives around now)

Question: Does Adam's history of tickets change your view of his as a candidate for the Coeur d'Alene council? And/or: Were you wild as a kid?

Hollingsworth Seeks Edinger Seat

Item: Hollingsworth vows less government, more listening/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d'Alene Press

More Info: Three-time Republican representative candidate and building contractor Jim Hollingsworth is running for Coeur d'Alene City Council. The 71-year-old, in his first attempt for a city seat, is campaigning on scaling down the role of city government, including reducing employee wages and staff positions, loosening parking and building code restrictions and supporting a public advisory vote on the McEuen Field project.

Question: What exactly is meant by less government, more listening?

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