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Initiative To Target Minimum Wage

A nonpartisan group is kicking off an initiative drive to raise Idaho's minimum wage to $8.10 by Jan. 1, 2015, to $8.95 by Jan. 1, 2016, and more afterward. Idaho's current minimum wage is $7.25. Five speakers will launch the initiative drive during a rally from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, June 8, at Riverstone Park. Speakers will be Father Roger LaChance, Anne Nesse, Patrick Lippert, Liz Moore, and Dr. Rolf Nesse. You can read the proposed initiative here.

Question: Would you sign a petition supporting an initiative like this?

Nesse Steps Out

Anne Nesse, a Democrat for the House District 4 seat now held by Rep. Kathy Sims, R-Coeur d'Alene, leaves the monthly luncheon of the Women Republican's Club after listening to Superintendent of Schools Tom Luna speak in Coeur d'Alene today. After Luna's speech, Nesse left when a club member asked the group to support Coeur d'Alene School Board members who have been criticized this week for voting to dump the Primary Years Programme at Hayden Meadows.

My 2 Cents: It Ain’t Over

State Rep. Kathy Sims is shown at her station across from Sherman Hardware, trying to attract signatures for her recall petitions.

Even if City Clerk Susan Weathers declares the Coeur d'Alene recall attempt a failure (void ab initio) at 4:30 p.m. today, the attempted takeover of City Hall ain't over. I doubt that the Souza-Orzell-Sims would waste the time and energy to launch another recall against the same officials in three months. But I suspect to see a lawsuit of some sort surface in the next few days, challenging disqualified ballots and maybe seeking an injunction against an upgrade to McEuen Field. Beyond that, the Recallers will spin the results of their failure and go back to work networking with the Tea Party & Reagan Republicans to target the 2013 city elections. Good city elected officials like Mayor Sandi Bloem and the three targeted for recall will remain vulnerable to this organized and vocal minority if the individuals who made the Decline to Sign movement successful lose focus. The 75-day recall attempt is just the beginning. The future is still up for grabs between those who applaud the upgrades along the waterfront and those who have opposed many of those projects, including state Rep. Kathy Sims, R-Coeur d'Alene, who supported the suit to stop the North Idaho College Foundation purchase of the Education Corridor. (BTW, NIC Trustee Christie Wood responded to all of Sims' claims in the link above here.) The first referendum on the Coeur d'Alene recall attempt isn't in November 2013. It is this November when Sims, an outspoken supporter of the recall effort, faces Democrat Anne Nesse in an attempt to win re-election to her House seat. Sims has an advantage in that she's a Republican in an area that votes knee-jerk Republican. A poor showing or even the defeat of Kathy Sims would serve to be a harbinger of the 2013 city elections — DFO.

Correction: Rep. Kathy Sims supported the lawsuit to stop the purchase of the old mill site for an Education Corridor that was filed by Larry Spencer, Tom Macy and Bill McCrory.

Solar Energy Works In Lake City

When Anne Nesse decided to utilize the sun’s power and switch out traditional heat sources for her Coeur d’ Alene home, she was shocked to find that the failing furnace could lead to a substantial savings. “We researched different kinds of renewable energy sources and were pleased with solar tubes’ results,” says Anne, an energetic retiree who is currently running for state representative for Idaho District 4B, where she says that she likes to lead by example. She and her husband, Rolf, were also surprised to find that theirs would be Coeur d’Alene’s first home to be fitted with solar tubes. It all started last year when the Nesses sought a renewable heat source for their 2,400-square-foot home, which they built in 1994. Anne found a type of solar tube that worked well in a colder northwest climate/Jean Arthur, SR Down to Earth. More here.

DFO: For those keeping score at home, Anne Nesse is the Democrat running against state Rep. Kathy Sims, R-OpenCDA.com, in Coeur d'Alene's House District 4.

Question: Do you live in an energy efficient house?

Democrat Nesse Challenges Sims

For those wondering if there is an alternative this year to state Rep. Kathy Sims, R-Coeur d'Alene, who is busy trying to overthrow Coeur d'Alene city government. The answer is no and yes. Not in the GOPrimary. But Anne L. Nesse of 854 Victoria is a Democrat who will challenge Sims in the general election. I found this information about Nesse @ www.annenesse.org: “I’ve watched for some time as our state legislature has become less representative of Idaho’s voters. I pledge to represent people from “all walks of life,” including youth, professionals, workers, and retired citizens. I will not represent only special interest groups. Our family moved here about 18 years ago from rural Oregon in 1994. We have loved the environment of Coeur d’Alene ever since. My employment history includes a wide background in health care, education, research, and small-business. I have a bachelor of science degree in nursing, a bachelor of arts in psychology, and a teaching certificate in elementary education, as well as in music grades K-12. I would like to apply my experiences and higher education to represent each of you fairly.” More here.

Question: Should everyone who opposes Kathy Sims' attempted recall of Mayor Bloem & 4 council members, whether Democrat or Republican, support Nesse?

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