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Poll: Bloem Best Mayor In 30 Years

  • Weekend Poll: A plurality of 49% considers current Mayor Sandi Bloem to be the best Coeur d'Alene mayor of the past 30 years. 88 of 181 respondents (48.62%) tabbed Bloem as the best major in recent memory. Ray Stone, who served two terms spilling into the 1990s, came in second with 50 of 181 votes (27.62%). Al Hassell, 19 of 181 (10.5%) was third, followed by Jim Fromm (16 of 181, 8.84%), and Steve Judy (8 of 181, 4.42%).
  • Today's Question: Does North Idaho still have a problem with racism that requires vigilance on the part of the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations?

JohnA: Hassell Should Get Credit

JohnA: Two points about (former Mayor Steve Judy), DFO. It’s true he acquired the Cherry Hill property (with money borrowed from the Water Fund that had accrued under Mayor Hassell’s administration) but not before the City had verbally committed to property on Best Avenue (for a new fire station). Several tenants were forced to move from the commercial and residential properties before the deal fell through in favor of the Cherry Hill property. On NW Boulevard Judy did make a sweet deal with ITD, but it was only made possible because $1.5 million was left from the Street Bond issue approved during Mayor Hassell’s term.

Question: Yesterday, we talked about the worst decisions made by the Coeur d'Alene City Council in the last 30 years. How about discussing the best decisions by a mayor and council in the last three decades today?

DFO: R’s Want To ‘Own’ City Hall, Too

Now that local Republicans “own” the Kootenai County Courthouse, I predict they’ll go after Coeur d’Alene City Hall next. Incumbents Ron Edinger, Al Hassell, & John Bruning will have the fight of their lives if they seek re-election because, I suspect, they’ll face a ticket of Republicans in their nonpartisan races that’ll have the seal of approval of Jacobson/Hart/Pederson Republicans. You saw Republican involvement come into play in Jim Brannon’s race against Mike Kennedy last year — and in the subsequent donation to the Brannon legal defense fund. I’ve felt all along that Brannon would have won that race, if the Reagan Republicans had climbed aboard his poorly managed campaign a week earlier. Dan Gookin might have beaten Deanna Goodlander had their not been a dispute re: his Republican pedigree. Gookin said after the election that he was done running for office. But the prize may be within his grasp. A ticket of Steve Adams, Dan Gookin, and, who knows, Jim Brannon again, might be formidable in the current fire-engine-red political environment. More below.

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