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Recallers To Meet Some Candidates

Frank Orzell and ReclaimCDA, the re-minted RecallCDA organization, will meet the candidates — or at least some candidates (judging from the group's email list) at Kathy Sims' Honda dealership on Seltice Way this evening. The get-together will begin at 7. Coeur d'Alene council candidates on the email list circulated last week were Sharon Hebert, Chris Fillios and Noel Adam. Adam is also the guest speaker this week at the Kootenai County Reagan Republicans. Meanwhile, Balance North Idaho is busy interviewing candidates fior endorsement purposes.


Orzell Airs RecallCDA Bat Signal

Frank Orzell, one of the ringleaders of the failed RecallCDA effort, circulated the following email to his followers, telling of a meet-the-candidates night at state Sen. Kathy Sims' Coeur d'Alene Honda dealership:

Please plan to attend a meeting of RECLAIM CdA on Wednesday, September 11, at (Coeur d'Alene) Honda on the 2nd floor conference room in the automotive side (newer building) of the complex. It is important that you arrive and enter the building before 7PM to allow sufficient time for the Honda staff to close down the business for the evening. You will meet our candidates and discuss with them their plans and needs as we head into the critical months leading up to the election on November 5. You all understand how important it is for us to be victorious in the effort we began with RECALL last year. We need your support.

For those keeping score at home, the names of three candidates who filed this week are on the email list: Sharon Hebert, Chris Fillios and Noel Adam. But none of the other candidates are on the email list, which includes who's who of conservative activists: Bill McCrory, Brent Regan, Jeff Ward, Jim Purtee, Rita Sims-Snyder, Sharon Culbreth, Terri Seymour, Gary Ingram, etc.


Reclaimers Launch Campaign

A Berry Picker dropped this mass mailing from Frank Orzell's Reclaim Coeur d'Alene off at Huckleberries HQ moments ago. Last week, Orzell, a leader in the failed RecallCDA effort, launched his new organization, Reclaim Coeur d'Alene. The RecallCDA group narrowly failed in its 2012 attempt to force Mayor Sandi Bloem and council members Mike Kennedy, Deanna Goodlander and Woody McEvers to face a recall election.


Recallers To Attend Gookin Reveal

In the comments section, Randy Myers posts re: an email he received from Frank Orzell, head of a new organization called “Reclaim Coeur d'Alene”:

“You may have read in today’s Press that Dan Gookin will be making an important announcement related to the November election in CdA. Dan, Mary Souza and a number of us from Recall will be there and we are hoping you will join us. Construction has things pretty well shut down; the best parking will likely be in the resort parking garage or at the newly laid out parking spaces south of the city hall. We are requested not to bring signs.”

DFO: Randy, many thanks for posting this.

Question: So RecallCDA activists are going to be part of the Gookin announcement tomorrow? This just got even more interesting.

Total Recall Evolves Into ReclaimCDA

Blast from the Past: In this Coeur d'Alene Press file photo from April 2012, Jeff and Pam Tyler stand under their umbrella as supporters of a recall of Coeur d'Alene's mayor and half of the city council chant outside of city hall Wednesday. (Press photo: Jerome A. Pollos)

Item: Reclaim Coeur d'Alene PAC is formed/Coeur d'Alene Press

More Info: Recall CdA's organizer has formed a political action committee for the November city elections. Frank Orzell, who led the Recall CdA effort, formed the new committee, Reclaim Coeur d'Alene. He said in a press release Tuesday the group will provide information on relevant issues through its website and public events for direct interaction with candidates. “We are in the process of identifying potential candidates for voter consideration. Qualified individuals willing to step up to the challenge should make themselves known to the group by email.” (Jerome A. Pollos Coeur d'Alene Press photo of Decline To Sign's Jennifer Drake encountering a RecallCDA protester last spring)

Question: So does Orzell want to reclaim Coeur d'Alene of six or seven years ago when he arrived in town? Or reclaim it as it was in the 1990s? Or rebuild the softball fields & American Legion Field on McEuen? What?

Flyer Conjures CdA Recall Attempt

I had the strangest flyer taped to my front window this morning. Maybe someone taped it there Sunday. But I didn't see it until this morning. It focused on the county and legislative candidates in Coeur d'Alene who did or did not support RecallCDA. No organization was listed as responsible for the flyer. It seemed to focus on Republican Luke Malek (pictured), who, according to the flyer “declined to sign and placed his campaign signs on properties owned by people opposing the recall.” Also, the flyer noted, that Democrat Janet Callen, Luke's opponent, also did not sign the petitions. But “Constitution Party candidate for that seat, Ray Writz, proudly signed the recall petitions.” The flyer didn't say whether its backers supported or opposed the recall. But I'd guess that the backers supported the recall and Writz. (See attached flyer).

Question: Would the recall attempt earlier this year influence your vote for or against a candidate?

Mary Emerges

Mary Souza, thrice denied by Coeur d'Alene voters (loss to Mike Kennedy in 2005, Brannon's loss to Kennedy at polls and court 2009, and now RecallCDA loss), has emerged to denounce Secretary of State Ben Ysursa for recall failure. Seems Mary (shown in Phantom Photographer photo setting up for a Tea Party event at Greyhound Park) thinks Ysursa affected recall effort by shortening petition process & by declaring “that any person signing the Recall petition must have their petition city address match their Voter Registration city address exactly.” Seems Mary thinks that Ysursa's “second pivotal interpretation” cost Recallers 200 signatures. You can read her 10:01 post under today's editorial by Coeur d'Alene Press at Press Online here. You'll notice that Meesterbox & Timeless are engaged in thread, trying to match facts with fiction provided by Mary & her entourage (MisterD, LTRLTR, DeNiles, etc.) Don't be afraid to join the online party.

  • Talking points to counter Mary & Co. at Press Online: Ysursa has forgotten more about election law than they'll ever know; hundreds of signatures were accepted before voter registration cards were turned in; signature gatherer Rod Bitterman's petitions were accepted and counted; and get over it.


My 2 Cents: Which Message Sent?

I agree with the Recallers licking their wounds this morning that they sent a message to Mayor Sandi Bloem and the three Coeur d'Alene City Council members targeted for recall. But it's not the message they think they sent. The Recallers don't represent a majority of this community. That was evident in their inability to gain the required 4311 valid signatures after trolling Hard Right (Tea Party, Reagan Republicans, anti-property tax) precincts early and then beating every bush in Coeur d'Alene. The Recallers were unavoidable. I'd guess almost all of the registered voters in Coeur d'Alene saw them hanging out with their signs in high-visibility sidewalks and street corners, as well as Primary Election Day polling places. Yet, they didn't get the necessary signatures. They failed because the community didn't support the recall. On the other hand, Mayor Sandi Bloem & targeted council members know now that the Recallers aren't going away. Backed by the well-organized Reagan Republicans, they'll be back next fall to try to capture at least one more seat to take control of the council (now the Ron Edinger has thrown in his lot with Councilmen Dan Gookin and Steve Adams). Hard Right Republican partisans have already captured the Coeur d'Alene School Board (including two seats held by Trustees, Terri Seymour and James Purtee, who supported the recall). The message Mayor Bloem, the recall targets and their supporters must learn from this is … the 2013 municipal election campaign begins today. The Bloem administration and them must  communicate its message of accomplishment much better. They need to stop being bullied by political opponents and confront propaganda and quarter truths with fact. Every time. In every venue — print, online or over the air. They need to start promoting new candidates, if any of them are certain now that they won't run for re-election in 2013. They should celebrate the defeat of the recall effort Wednesday night — and then get busy with their 2013 campaigns. I'm sure the other side has already began discussing Plan B — DFO

Decline To Sign Perusing Petitions

Jennifer Drake reports to HucksOnline that 7 anti-Recallers have gone through about 200 petitions, checking for signatures that should be disqualified — almost halfway there. She tells HBO: “Things are all over the board. Lots of people not registered as voters, lots of wrong addresses. More and more who signed the petitions before they were registered. But each page is so different that we really won't know until much closer to the end. It's a very tedious process.  Another thing is that it's taking us a lot longer than we thought, and we don't even have to check as much as the clerk's staff does. It will be interesting to see if they get it all done in the shortened time period. I think there's a reason they are supposed to have 15 days.” Also, Jennifer tells HucksOnline that there seems to be invalid signatures on every petition, sometimes as few as one, other times as many as 10. (Coeur d'Alene Press file photo)


Huckleberries Has Learned That …

Originally posted at 3:13 p.m. today

… Anti-Recall organizers Sara Meyer and Jennifer Drake have found 4 petitions signed by Rodney Bitterman, the RecallCDA petition gatherer that was subject of an investigation after being recorded giving out false information to collect signatures on Tubbs Hill. The petitions were all dated around April 29 and the beginning of May. Ultimately, county Prosecutor Barry McHugh decided not to file charges against Bitterman reasoning that Bitterman didn't knowingly provide false information to collect signatures, which is a felony in Idaho. But it would be interesting if these four petitions could stand legal muster if the number of signatures needed for recall barely succeeds. Stay tuned.

Question: Can anyone open these large pdf files?

Souza Claims Over 5311 Signatures

Mary Souza dances a little jig at the weekly Real Reagan Republicans luncheon Mary 17 shortly after announcing that she'd probably get her photo on Huckleberries Online shortly. Mary was greeted warmly by her peeps. Imagine the jig Mary is dancing today now that she and her Recallers appear to have the necessary signatures to trigger a Recall election against her political foes Mayor Sandi Bloem and Councilman Mike Kennedy and two other council members (Photo Photographer photo)

Mary Souza and her Recallers are massing at the upper parking lot of City Hall as I type this, preparing to turn in petitions to recall Mayor Sandi Bloem and the three targetted City Council members: Deanna Goodlander, Woody McEvers and Mike Kennedy. Souza claims in an post that the Recallers will be delivering “well over 5,311 signatures” to City Clerk Susan Weathers. The Recallers need 4,311 valid signatures to trigger a recall election. Mary and her Recallers are planning a rally celebration in conjunction with turning in the petitions. She writes: “Please help us celebrate our hard work and effort by joining us for a Rally as the petitions are carried in.” Full post here.


Mary Doesn’t Like Anti-Recallers’ Vibe

At RecallCDA headquarters, Mary Souza continues to whip her troops to the finish line June 11. Mary sez that she's feeling the love from the community for her crusade, claiming 80 percent of the response from the community is positive and that many motorists are responding with waves, smiles and honks to volunteers holding “Recall CdA, Sign Here” signs. But she castigates the “weird negative vibe from the few Anti-recall folks.” Some, for goodness sakes, have given the volunteer Recallers a thumbs down. Others, according to Mary, have gone even further by flipping Recallers off, including a whole family “Both parents and 3 small children…all at once as they drove by.  Great parenting from the Anti-recall group.” Now, I agree with Mary (mark your calendar) that there's no excuse for anyone flipping off the other side, if that's what really happened. However, Mary's leap to the connect-the-dot conclusion that Middle Finger Family (again, if it really exists) is associated with anti-recall organizers is over the top, too. You can read Mary's latest comment here.

DFO: BTW, I've asked the Coeur d'Alene police for that report of Mary's encounter with an anti-Recaller. 'Twill be interesting to see what each side said. I also plan to ask for the 911 recording from that incident.


Recallers Complying w/Name Deletion

Some have wondered whether any steps have been taken by the Souza-Orzell-Sims Recallers to remove names from petitions of individuals who have had second thoughts about the recall effort. The short answer is yes. City Clerk Susan Weathers responded to my inquiry into this situation this morning with this email: “I received information from the people who had requested from me that their names be removed,  they received a certified letter from Mr. Orzell noting that as soon as he finds their names he will contact them to remove their names from the petitions.  Today, one of the individuals told me he just received another letter from Mr. Orzell telling him the dates and times he may go to their office to remove their names.  So it appears that they are in the process of removing their names.” In letters to Recall organizer Frank Orzell (pictured) earlier this spring, Weathers had cautioned that the names needed to be removed before she could perfect the petitions. You can read those letters here and here.


Mary Miffed At MikeK … Again

I know it's never news that Recall organizer Mary Souza is using her newsletter to criticize Councilman Mike Kennedy again. But it is interesting. Today, Mary blasts Mike for having the audacity to confront the Recaller who used Lake City High grounds over the weekend in an attempt to gain signatures, without permission. (You can read about that here.) Mary grouses: “Mike didn’t seem to notice the 5 cars with 'For Sale' signs parked in the school parking lot without permission. Bet he didn’t make any calls about those.” She also writes that she was confronted by a “Decline” guy named Jeffrey while she was on the sidewalk in front of Army-Navy Store on Government Way trying to attract signers. Again, Mary: “We expect the intimidation attempts to increase over these final 9 days.” Interestingly, toward the end, Mary admits that the Souza-Sims-Orzell recall attempt doesn't have enough names to cover possible fallout of invalidate signatures. You can read Mary's latest here.


Recallers Claim Enough Signatures

Organizers for the group, Recall CDA, say they're close to getting a petition on the ballot. On the chopping block are Coeur d'Alene Mayor Sandy Bloem, Councilmen Mike Kennedy and Woody McEvers, and Councilwoman Deanna Goodlander. The magic number for Recall CDA is just above 4,300 signatures.  So far, organizers say they have around 5,000, but those signatures have yet to be certified. If the recall movement has enough signatures, the process will begin for selecting a date for an election.  Both sides disagree on just about every issue and have different views on the significance of this development/Shawn Chitnis, KREM2. More here.


New Trustee Active In Recall Effort

James Purtee, the newly appointed member of the Coeur d'Alene School Board, sets up an inflatable at McEuen Field over the Memorial Day weekend, supporting the attempted recall of Coeur d'Alene Mayor Sandi Bloem and three City Council members: Deanna Goodlander, Woody McEvers and Mike Kennedy. A Berry Picker reports: “Later, I saw this was little colorful air balloon with giant letters that said Recall CdA.  From Front Ave, it was not very visible behind the trees and below the parking lot line of sight.”

Question: Some Coeur d'Alene residents are concerned that two Coeur d'Alene School Board members actively support the recall effort — Terri Seymour, one of the original signers of the petition to launch the recall, and now Purtee. What do you think?

Recaller Orzell Claims Intimidation

At the Coeur d'Alene City Council meeting Tuesday night, RecallCDA organizer Frank Orzell of Coeur d'Alene, pictured, said (according to the rough draft of City Clerk Susan Weathers' minutes) “… that he had received complaints of intimidation.  John Montandon, 6269 E. French Gulch Rd., commented that he allowed the recall group to use his parking lot and as a result he received calls from clients stating that they were going to stop doing business at his store and believes that this is a form of intimidation.  Mayor Bloem noted that this is a very personal time for her and the Council being recalled and their families.  She respects the right for citizens to shop where they want, but she does not condone any threatening or intimidation.” Stop the Recall organizer Jennifer Drake commented later that she and other members of her group have been intimidated, too. She reportedly turned to Montandon in the audience and apologized to him for feeling intimidated for anything that was happening.


Recallers Claim 3700 Signatures

Item: Recall drive hits 3,700: Group needs 4,311 valid signatures from voters/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d'Alene Press

More Info: RecallCdA said Monday it has about 3,700 petition signatures seeking the ouster of four Coeur d'Alene officials. The group needs 4,311 valid signatures from registered Coeur d'Alene voters to issue a recall election against Mayor Sandi Bloem and council members Mike Kennedy, Deanna Goodlander and Woody McEvers — all of whom supported moving forward with the McEuen Field redevelopment project.


Mayor’s Fam Pulls Biz From Store

Family of Mayor Sandi Bloem closed a pair of accounts at Sherman Hardware this week, after the store's owner allowed recall supporters to seek signatures to oust the mayor and three city council members. The decision was a personal one, family members said, and not part of an orchestrated retaliation against store owner John Montandon. Montandon, who has owned the hardware store at 1010 Sherman Ave. for 24 years, said he has been “dodging bullets” from upset citizens after he let RecallCdA supporters — the group organizing the petition drive - use his parking lot to gather signatures. “And I think I've got hit several times,” Montandon said Wednesday. He said he has received between 15 and 25 phone calls from upset people since petitioners started using his lot on Sunday/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (Photo: State Sen. Kathy Sims in Sherman Hardware lot earlier this week)

The divide widened this week after some downtown business owners who display “Decline to Sign” signs at their stores began receiving a postcard addressed to them, mocking their stance. The postcard, mailed from Spokane without a sender's name, calls the store owners “servants to the glorious Visionaries!”


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