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Sims Rips ‘Bloom’ RE: Urban Renewal

Wanna know how close-minded Kathy Sims,, is when it comes to urban renewal? During the long-running Idaho Legislature debate on six bills sponsored by Sims, Hart, and other anti-urban renewal legislators, Mayor Sandi Bloem sent an SOS to Idaho legislators, urging: “Please support economic development in Idaho.” Sims received one of those letters. She responded angrily to the Her Sandiness: “Mayor Bloom (sic), You are wrong on all issues. You will see these bills every year till they pass.” (You can see Sims' response by click on this link here.) As you know, only one of the six anti-urban renewal bills passed this year. Which sez to me that Sims, Hart, and other anti-urban renewal solons were out-of-step even with a radical Idaho House of Reps.


Sims Proposes URA Board Elections

Rep. Kathy Sims, R-Coeur d'Alene, proposed legislation to require county-wide elections for urban renewal boards. “I can't believe that I'm finally here and I'm finally talking about urban renewal,” she told the House Local Government Committee. “It's been on my mind for many years. … To a great extent urban renewal taxpayer dollars have been abused by many throughout the state. … That's what happens when the law is incorrectly written - predators move in and they exploit its good intentions”/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.

Question: Should urban renewal law in Idaho be reined in, dumped altogether, or left alone?

Christie: Sims Mis-States The Facts

In today’s CdA Press, NIC Trustee Christie Wood refutes claims made by Rep. Kathy Sims in a recent column: “The Education Corridor represents the greatest step forward, to date, in bringing the opportunity for higher education to North Idaho taxpayers. To allege that highly reputable officials would put their name, reputation, and energy into an illegal endeavor is farfetched and defamatory. Ms. Sims states ‘The current NIC Board of Trustees has made great plans but in their haste to see their dreams fulfilled, they seem to have forgotten a pending lawsuit that challenges the constitutionality of their actions.’ FACT: The lawsuit she refers to has resulted in a summary judgment in favor of NIC. The court ruled the lease agreement to be legal. Full column here.

  • For your amusement, snarky remarks to this article by Mary Souza & Co at here.

Question: Why do you suppose Sims and Souza keep hammering on the lawsuit filed against North Idaho College over the purchase of the Education Corridor — and fail to mention that a judge has declared the purchase legal?

Sims Targets Urban Renewal Law

Some legislators are looking to deal with budgets, taxes, and spending, while one from north Idaho – Rep.Kathy Sims, R-Coeur d’Alene – wants to reform urban renewal districts.  Others, like Sen. Steve Vick, R-Hayden, Rep. Jim Guthrie, R-McCammon, and Rep. Vito Barbieri, R-Hayden Lake, want to deal with policy issues, but also want to wage ideological battles to fight back the encroachment of government on the lives of private citizens. Rep Linden Bateman, R-Idaho Falls, says he will take issues as they come, but is open to hearing proposals about raising state revenue/Dustin Hurst, Idaho Reporter. More here.

Question: Which freshman legislator from North Idaho will gain the most notoriety in the 2011 session — notoriety meaning “widely but unfavorably known or talked about”?

HBO Poll: Marano Over Sims In HD4B

  • Tuesday Poll: Democrat Paula Marano easily beat Republican Kathy Sims in the straw poll here for Hucks Nation’s choice in the House District 4B race. Marano pulled 100 of 166 (60%) votes to best Sims, who had 61 of 166 (37%) votes. 5 of 166 (3%) said they wouldn’t vote for either. Interestingly in the House District 4A poll Monday, Hucks Nation chose Republican Marge Chadderdon over Democrat Mike Bullard.
  • Today’s Poll: Who will get your vote in the House District 5B contest: Democrat Dave Larsen or Republican incumbent Bob Nonini?

Marano’s Warchest Bigger Than Sims’

Demo Paula Marano had a slight advantage over Repub Kathy Sims in fund-raising, according to campaign finance reports filed last week. Marano raised $17,352, including a $2500 loan to her campaign, to Sims’ $16,135 for the calendar year through Oct. 10. Marano has spent $11,061 and has $6291 on hand. Sims has spent $8,845 and has $7,290 on hand. Marano’s major contributors include: Idaho PAC, $2,000; Idaho AFL-CIO and Ken Howard, both $500; Jim & Glenda Michaud, $400; Jack Spurgeon, $300; and 3 contributors of $250 apiece. Marano’s full report here. Sims’ biggest donors are: Agra PAC, House Republican Caucus, Idaho Republican Party, Coachman Auto Body, all with $1000; Mick McClure Honda, Idaho Power, Idaho PAC, Idaho Loggers PAC, Quest, Winning for Idaho, & ANRI PAC, $500 apiece; and 7 others at $250. Sims spent $2,350 in advertising with the Coeur d’Alene Press. Sims’ full report here.

Sims, Marano Differ On LCDC

It’s always hard to get something out of candidate debates that using a format like the League of Women Voters did Wednesday night. Brief opening. A coupla questions that may or may not be of interest. Little interaction between candidates. Then short closing remarks. It allows incumbents to skate through the process because they know the material better than their opponents. But last night a nugget popped out in the closing minutes of a House District 4 debate when Republican Kathy Sims voiced her disgust that Lake City Development Corp. controlled so much tax money at a time when local and state government is short of revenue. It was obvious that she was in the CAVEr corner when it comes to urban renewal. Democrat Paula Marano, pictured, deftly countered Sims’ short statement by gesturing at the community room and noting that LCDC money helped build the library and many other wonderful assets in the community. Indeed.

Question: Do you want a Coeur d’Alene representative who backs or opposes current urban renewal legislation?

Stapilus: Sims Likely To Win Sayler Seat

The race for House seat 4B, now held by Democrat George Sayler, maybe ought to have been mentioned here as the House seat most likely to be taken over by the opposing party – by a Republican, Kathy Sims. It was left off because the flip seems so likely, but it will probably mark a change – reducing from two to one the number of Democrats in the Legislature from the Idaho Panhandle/Randy Stapilus, Ridenbaugh Press. More here.

Question: Do you think that Coeur d’Alene Honda owner Kathy Sims, a Republican who scrapped with the city of Coeur d’Alene for almost a year before admitting campaign finance violations in the 2007 city elections, is a slam-dunk to win retiring state Rep. George Sayler’s seat over Democrat Paula Marano?

Thar She Blows

An awning or a gazebo has blown from Kathy Sims’ Coeur d’Alene Honda dealership on Seltice Way over the back fence @ M/P 10, coming to rest alongside the eastbound lanes of Interstate 90. Patrol officers are worried that the awning or gazebo might blow onto the highway. He wants the dispatcher to contact Coeur d’Alene Honda.

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