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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?

Regan Disses ‘Freshly Minted’ Cons

Huckleberries is still amused by appointed Trustee Brent Regan's reference to some challengers for area School Board elections as “recently minted conservatives.” On his Facebook page, he listed himself among the “solid conservatives” along with Ann Seddon, Glorie Ward, Carol Goodman, Bjorn Handeen. Possibly Regan wasn't living in the Coeur d'Alene area when his opponent, Christa Hazel, was working for the Queen Mother of All Conservatives, the late Helen Chenoweth-Hage. Or when Christa was working on the campaigns for Phil Batt and Butch Otter — or serving as constituent coordinator in the Coeur d'Alene office for then Gov. Dirk Kempthorne. Regan is using the routine trick of local Hard Right in denouncing reasonable Republicans as “libruls.” Meanwhile, he, the Reagan Republicans and others even further to the right readily embrace trustee candidate Bjorn Handeen, who was a Minnesota Constitutionalist only a few years ago. Huckleberries doesn't mind Constitutionalists, Libertarians, Birchers or Ron Paulers running as Republicans. That's certainly their right in Kootenai County. But these candidates should at least have the integrity to tell voters what they really are.

Question: Are you as tired as I am of the Hard Right questioning the Republican and conservative credentials of anyone who isn't in his/her camp?

Koler Targets School Elections Again

If I'm reading the tea leaves correctly, the Kootenai County Republican Women are already on board in support of appointed Coeur d'Alene School Board Trustees Ann Seddon and Brent Regan — and candidate Bjorn Handeen. On the Republican Women Web site, Duncan Koler of Citizens for Better Education (CBE), which was instrumental in the elections of Trustees Tom Hamilton and Terri Seymour, is calling for help in supporting these candidates. Koler wants ground troops to begin walking precincts as early as April 6. Quoth Koler: “We need to be super-organized because the liberal opposition is fully mobilized. Both sides view this as a critical election.” You can read the rest of the post here.

Question: Are you happy with the work of the current Coeur d'Alene School Board?

Regan: ‘I Am Not A Racist’

Coeur d'Alene School Trustee Brent Regan (pictured) has issued the following statement to a school district patron who criticized his anti-Obama joke at a legislative forum Saturday. The patron's criticism, Regan's response, and an editorial on racism by Regan are now online at the Coeur d'Alene Press site:

Brent Regan (to school constituent): “Thank you for taking the time to contact me. I assure you I am not a racist, as people who know me will confirm. I am sure that if we got to know each other that you would also come to that conclusion. I believe that people should be judged by their actions and then their words but absolutely never by their race. This is the opposite of racism. I also believe a person is responsible for what they say, but not what others chose to infer from those words. Your suspicions of my narrow mindedness are unfounded as I rigorously encourage the consideration of all viewpoints in an attempt to craft a solution that is the best fit for a given situation. Prior to making my comments at the meeting I made a clear statement that I was participating as an individual, not as a Trustee, specifically to insulate others from my comments. It is unfortunate that was not also quoted as I would not presume to speak for others unless specifically directed to do so. More here.

Thoughts?

Trustee’s Anti-Obama Joke Falls Flat

Last fall, Brent Regan (middle) is interviewed by a Coeur d'Alene Press reporter during a demonstration by United Conservatives of North Idaho, near the Kootenai County Courthouse, against the proposed Unified Land Use Code.

A forum involving 8 Kootenai County legislators Saturday in Post Falls prompted an exchange between freshman Rep. Luke Malek, R-Coeur d'Alene, and Coeur d'Alene School District Trustee Brent Regan that's caused a buzz on the local blogosphere re: gun rights:

Regan, responding to Malek, said he hasn't heard a concise definition of an “assault” weapon or rifle. He said the legislature could help define what an assault weapon is to preserve rights of gun owners. Then, Regan added, to some shocked and uncomfortable laughter and rumblings in the audience, “My wife and I were having this conversation and I said, 'They can't figure out what an assault weapon is — it's just black and it looks scary.' And she looks at me and says, 'Well, so is Obama.'”

Question: On the Coeur d'Alene Press Web site (see link above), commenters are arguing re: the appropriateness of Regan's comment about President Obama. What do you think?

 

3 Seek School Board Vacancy

Brent Regan (middle), one of three applicants for a Coeur d'Alene School Board vacancy, is interviewed by a Coeur d'Alene Press reporter during a demonstration by United Conservatives of North Idaho near the Kootenai County Courthouse earlier this fall.

The next trustee to round out the Coeur d'Alene School District's five-member school board will likely be one of three applicants who submitted their paperwork by Wednesday's 5 p.m. deadline. Trustees will consider Christa Hazel, Casey Morrisroe and Brent Regan for appointment to the board's vacant Zone 1 seat. Jim Purtee held the position by appointment from April until Nov. 15, when he resigned, citing health reasons. The board will meet Monday at 5 p.m. at the Midtown Center to interview the applicants and potentially select one for appointment. Hazel and Morrisroe each previously sought appointment to the Zone 1 seat and were in a pool of six applicants from which Purtee was selected last spring. Hazel also applied for appointment in May 2011 following Edie Brooks McLachlan's resignation/Maureen Dolan, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Will Coeur d'Alene school trustees base their next appointment on ideology or qualifications?

Land-Use Code Workshop Set Today

Brent Regan, who is seen leaving to applause at the first local Tea Party event (April 15, 2009) at Independence Point, will be one of those in attendance at a Unified Land Use Code Project workshop scheduled at 5:45 p.m. today in the community room of the new Coeur d'Alene Library community room. Kendig Keast Collaborative (KKC) will be giving a presentation of Chapter 3, Density, Bulk and Scale, Chapter 4, Accessory Structures and Signs, Chapter 6, Site and Subdivision Design. More here. Mary Souza circulated an email urging followers to attend the workshop: “(Brent Regan's a good friend and a very smart man, so please join me and let's learn more about this important topic that touches all of our lives.” Recently, Regan wrote on op-ed piece for the Coeur d'Alene Press Online warning county residents that their property rights were under attack and that they need to be wary of changes to the comprehensive plan. You can read Regan's op-ed here. (Phantom Photographer photo)

Question: Which side worries you more when it comes to county planning — commissioners or Hard Right critics?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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