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DOTC’s Daughter On Bin Laden Ship

Item: English: Daughter may have been on ship when bin Laden's body was buried/Alecia Warren, Press

More Info: Like most Americans, Dan English had a lot of questions running through his mind Sunday night when he heard about the death of Osama bin Laden. But on Monday, one detail prompted a few more. “I heard the report that it (bin Laden's burial) was off the Carl Vinson,” he said. That's the aircraft carrier his daughter Mamie English-Ciscernos is stationed on.

Question: Have you or any member of your family had a brush with history?

DOTC: I Will Steer Clear Of Ballots

Dan of the County: I do not handle or pick up or count or in any way interact with ballots when I am on the ballot myself. I will be visiting polling sites on election day to deliver other supplies and check on election day activities in general as is my responsibility. That also includes getting called out to polling sites when there are reports of someones sign being too close, etc. On election night I will be at the elections office but again will not handle ballots and will not be involved in posting results on the internet or other reports.

Question: Any other question for the clerk’s office re: ballot handling or Election Night?

DOTC Survives Kelso Interrogation

Dan of the County: Well, I discovered at least one good thing about having to testify for over eight hours in two days … you have one of the best reserved seats in the house! … A motion was made to exclude witnesses but that was denied so we all get to be there.

Question: Have you ever been called to be a witness in a trial?

Daniel To Enter Post Falls Lions Den

County Clerk Dan English tells Huckleberries Online that he has accepted an invitation from Linda Cook to debate Republican opponent Cliff Hayes at the Panhandle Pachyderm Club luncheon at Garden Plaza (by Post Falls WalMart) at noon Friday, Sept. 17. Hayes, the former police chief and administrator of the city of Post Falls, is challenging for the clerk’s seat held for years by Democrat English. Making this debate even more interesting is the fact that it comes a day after the four days assigned by Judge Charles Hosack for Jim Brannon’s lawsuit against Councilman Mike Kennedy in the 2009 Coeur d’Alene municipal elections. Brannon supporters have tried to blame English for what they claim are tabulation mistakes on the part of his office that resulted in Kennedy’s 5-vote win over Brannon.

Question: Is English wise to take on Hayes in a debate sponsored by an organization that’s probably in his opponent’s corner?

DOTC: We Should Interact On Blogs

Is it a proper role for elected officials to spend part of their time interacting with members of the public via blogs, story comment sections, emails or other forms of internet age communications or in just reading local and other on-line news items to keep abreast of current issues in the community and our broader world? I say yes and have practiced what I preach for some time now.  Early on I wondered how it might be perceived or if I was taking some kind of risk by doing it, and more importantly by letting anyone who cared, know that I spend a regular part of my time reading news at all levels, and in particular, communicating with the public in both directions.  The small amount of criticism I have gotten is very small indeed compared to the positive feedback I get from people who appreciate that I actually will try to interact with them, answer questions, and even take a stand one way or the other on things they might deem important/Dan of the County.

Question: Should elected officials take time to interact with the public on blogs, Twitter, Facebook, and other parts of the social network?

DOTC: Minor Errors Don’t Equal Fraud

Dan of the County (responding to Kage Mann request): I don’t believe it would be the proper role of a county clerk or other election official to suggest a “fair” way to resolve an election, close or otherwise, outside of the actual election process itself. I can’t even imagine nor would I want to imagine what kind of alternative process you might have that would supersede the actual voters. This was a close election and I continue to state I believe it was a fair and overall well-run election.  As in any endeavor of this scope, there can be errors and we continually try to learn from them.  However, errors or mathematical discrepancies between various database reports certainly do not equal fraud or corruption in most people’s book. You can choose to believe this or not, but if the totals for the two candidates were reversed and Mr. Brannon had come out five votes ahead in the final count my position would be exactly the same and I would be standing behind our work product (not the individual candidates) just the same as now.

Question: Have the conspiracy theorists succeeded in their long quest to diminish Dan of the County’s reputation in the eyes of his constituents?

38 of 71 GOPrecinct Spots Have Races

In the comments section, Dan of the County writes: “Here’s something I don’t remember ever seeing before … political ads in the Nickel’s Worth (or anywhere else) for precinct committee people … let alone three for different people … ” Which prompted me to check out the precinct races. Do you realize that 38 of the 71 Kootenai County Republican precincts have contested races. Some of those being challenged are such local Republican stalwarts as: Ruthie Johnson, Matt Roetter, Jeri DeLange, Kerri Thoreson, Betty Ann Henderson, Gus Johnson, Barry McHugh, and Rick Currie. I mentioned some time back that there’s a group out there, to the right of the Reagan Republicans and Pachyderm Club that are trying to shake things up at the local GOPCC. You can see the list by clicking on this county election department link and then on “precinct committee candidates” here.

Question: Do you know your precinct & whether there’s a contested GOP precinct race in it?

DOTC: Voter Interest Light So Far

I don’t know how accurate of an “intensity indicator” it is, but on Saturday we had had our elections office open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for early absentee voting and only had a little over a dozen voters show up. For several years now, we’ve had one Saturday voting session before each Primary or General for people who want to vote early in-person but who can’t make it during the work week.  Hopefully we may still have a gang-buster turnout on election day but so far the absentee interest seems pretty light …

Question: For all the noise about the election so far, is it possible that the turnout will be lighter than expected?

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