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AM: Reeds Honored At Banquet

Respected Coeur d'Alene attorney Scott Reed, pictured, and his wife, former state senator Mary Lou Reed, were honored at the Human Rights Banquet Monday night by being inducted into the Idaho Hall of Fame. Reed's son, Bruce, a former aide to Vice President Joe Biden, held his parents up as examples of individuals who have spent their lives fighting for human rights. Story here. (Photo: Duane Rasmussen)

What Did D’s Do To Deserve Larry?

What is there in the Idaho atmosphere that lets crazy things happen? Now the Kootenai Democratic Party has been invaded by a gang of ultra-conservative Republicans who have filed for Democratic Precinct Committee positions along with Larry Spencer, who is running for County Assessor — as a Democrat. Kootenai County Democrats are baffled. What have we done to deserve this unfriendly takeover? Have these party-hopping wanderers been swayed by the County Elections brochure, which lists options for Constitutionalists or Libertarians to participate in the primaries as “Democrats or Non-partisan”? Maybe they flipped a coin and chose to gang up on Democrats? Or did they just move so far to the right that they fell off their Flat Earth?/Mary Lou Reed, Inlander. More here.

Question: I suspect Kootenai County Democrats have things under control now, and will turn back the takeover challenge by Larry Spencer & his uber-cons. It might be harder to defeat Spencer in the Democratic Party primary for county assessor, however, since he'll be running against a write-in. What do you think will be the end result of Spencer's takeover attempt?

Mary Lou: Idaho Keeps Its Poor Down

An old Frank Sinatra song puts the American Dream to music: “You could be better off than you are, you could be swinging on a star.” But stars to swing on are not in the skies of the 31,000 Idaho workers who eke out a living on jobs paying the $7.25-an-hour minimum wage here. At that rate, one employee working full time will only pull in $15,080 a year. The result is a borderline poverty-level existence and eligibility for food stamps — that is, if the U.S. Senate restores the food stamps that the House of Representatives just voted away. Idaho, along with several other states, raises the minimum wage only when Congress chooses to do so. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt set the first minimum wage in 1938, at a mere 25 cents an hour. The $7.25-an-hour rate, set by Congress in 2009, has rapidly become outdated/Mary Lou Reed, Inlander. More here.

Question: Do Idaho policies help/hurt poor?

Reed: Right-Wing Takeover Averted

Blow the trumpets! Bang the drums! The sound of joy in Coeur d’Alene over last week’s election of three new school board members should be heard ricocheting down the I-90 corridor all the way to Spokane. All three of the super-conservatives in the Coeur d’Alene School Board election battle ran as Republicans in nonpartisan races. “REPUBLICAN” blared out in large type on yard signs and all campaign material. But Christa Hazel, Dave Eubanks and Tom Hearn won anyway in a landslide of transparency and responsiveness over right-wing policies and blatantly partisan tactics. … In this issue, you’ll read about the right-wing migration from Orange County to North Idaho, raising the question of whether conservatives here have gone too far in seeking to control every facet of local government. The answer from the voting public was clearly yes, the right-wingers have indeed gone too far/Mary Lou Reed, Inlander. More here.

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Question: Do you consider Coeur d'Alene more moderate than the rest of Kootenai County?

Mary Lou: Increasingly Partisan CdA

Partisan creep is moving in on non-partisan territory and threatens to wreak havoc on our good government. I am angry and very sad for Coeur d’Alene. In the just-concluded, by-law-nonpartisan city elections in Kootenai County, the Reagan Republicans won all the races they invested time and dollars in. Shamelessly, they pulled out all the stops on their party machine and played all the negative cards in their hands. Is there anything wrong with their game plan to insert partisan politics into local nonpartisan elections, practically, politically and/or ethically? I say a loud “yes” to all of the above. It’s not just a question of changing the rules in the middle of the game (although that rankles, too). There are longstanding reasons why some elected positions are historically and appropriately nonpartisan/Mary Lou Reed, Inlander. More here.

Dan Gookin Facebook statement:Sour grapes from one of the Democrat kingpins of Kootenai County. A woman who has mercilessly injected her own partisan politics into non-partisan elections for over a decade know. The left knows no shame.”

Question: Critics would say that Mary Lou and Kootenai County Democrats have unofficially injected partisan politics into nonpartisan local elections for years. Would you agree/disagree?

Mary Lou: Occupy Isn’t Going Away

The Occupy Wall Street spirit is circumnavigating the globe. Demonstrations have popped up like rabbits out of the hat in London, Paris, Rome and the Great Beyond. Off to a quiet start on Sept. 17, the youthful protest has morphed into a Movement with a capital M. The momentum has been building — acquiring the enviable Big MO — and it’s only a guess as to whether it will explode, implode or die a lingering death.My money’s on an explosion. We witnessed the Arab Spring earlier in 2011. I think we’re in the midst of the Occupation Fall/Mary Lou Reed, Inlander. More here.

Question: Do you agree with Mary Lou that Occupy Wall Street struck a note around the world — and it's not going away soon?

Way We Were: Denny & Mary Lou

In recent days, Jesse Tinsley's been going through the photos that he snapped when he was first assigned to the Coeur d'Alene bureau of The Spokesman-Review 20 years ago. This is one of them — Denny Davis and Mary Lou Reed celebrating on Election Night. Since area Democrats haven't had much to celebrate on Election Night since 1994, I'd guess this photo was from 1992 when Denny & Mary Lou were both state senators from District 2 (which encompassed all of Kootenai County and was represented by 5 legislators). To show how things have changed, state Rep. Freeman Duncan was the only Republican legislator in North Idaho.

Best, Brightest Dems Leave Idaho

My profile of former Idaho Democratic operative John Stocks ran Sunday and included quotes from two other talented Dems, Bruce Reed and Jim Messina. What unites the three? All sought their fortunes elsewhere in climates where politics are competitive. “We Democrats have lost too much of our seed corn,” laments former Gov. Cecil Andrus. “There's not a lot of future for Democrats right now in Idaho,” said Mary Lou Reed, a former Democratic senator from Coeur d'Alene who is Bruce Reed's mom and was a mentor to Stocks. Bruce Reed was the first to go, attending Princeton and then becoming a Rhodes Scholar. He went on to work for President Bill Clinton and now is Vice President Joe Biden's chief of staff. Bruce Reed jokes that Stocks supplanted him in his mom's eyes. “I always had to call ahead to make a reservation, because otherwise he was usually sleeping in my bedroom.” Mary Lou Reed countered: “No, no, no! Never that. He really didn't move in”/Dan Popkey, Statesman. More here.

Question: Can you blame John Stocks, Bruce Reed, and Jim Messina for leaving Idaho for bluer pastures elsewhere?

Reed: No CdA Flood In My 58 Years

After years of receiving a passing grade for safety from the Army Corps, our local dike was examined by an independent contractor who found over 100 flaws in the dikes’s structure and then recommended the city should remove all the trees. It’s another Alice in Wonderland moment. First the verdict, and then the trial. The trees must go, but the Army Corps admits there is no scientific evidence to suggest our trees are destabilizing the dike. That’s yet to be determined. Let me be clear. The real, everyday issue is not flood prevention but the prevention of high flood insurance rates. A major flood has not come in the 58 years that my husband, Scott, and I have lived in Coeur d’Alene, and it may not come within our lifetimes/Mary Lou Reed, Inlander. More here. H/T: Terry Harris, KEA Blog

Question: Are you willing to sacrifice the trees along the Dike Road (NIC's Rosenberry Drive) to protect the home insurance rates of Fortgrounds residents?

Mary Lou: Pleasures Of NIdaho Swims

As August wanes and the summer nights begin to cool us down, let’s stop a moment and say thank you to our deliciously swimmable North Idaho lakes. Although summer dawdled in June in turning the heat up, July brought the hot days it takes to warm the waters and turn our thoughts to getting wet and staying wet. There are lots of us who love to swim and believe all water — Coeur d’Alene Lake in particular — exists for us to swim in. Not everyone agrees. Recently, in a discussion about the future of Cougar Bay, Jim Aucutt, chairman of the Kootenai County Parks and Waterways Advisory Board, was quoted in the Coeur d’Alene Press as saying, “The waters of the state of Idaho belong to the boaters.” Grrrrrrrr/Mary Lou Reed, a former Idaho senator, Inlander. More here.

Question: Do you agree with Jim Aucutt of the county Parks and Waterways Advisory Board that the ‘waters of the state of Idaho belong to the boaters.’?

Otter Exhaustion: Is Guv’s Number Up?

The “throw the rascals out” mood of the electorate is so strong that any incumbent has to face the November general election with fear and trepidation. Gov. Butch Otter is no exception. As lieutenant governor, Butch Otter presided over the Idaho Senate during 10 of the 12 years I served in Boise. He wielded a quick gavel and knew his Robert’s Rules, but I never considered him a visionary. His record in office has proven me right on that score. If you ask any Idaho resident to name one thing Butch Otter has done for Idaho, chances are they can’t come up with anything. And the Idaho Statesman, generally an Otter supporter, stated it is “fair to describe Otter’s record as lackluster”/former state senator Mary Lou Reed, Inlander. More here.

Question: Can you name one thing that Butch Otter has done for Idaho since he’s been in the governor’s office?

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