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DFO: All ‘Republicans’ Are Not Alike

The decision by veteran Treasurer Tom Malzahn to withdraw plans to retire should serve as a warning to all Kootenai County Republicans that something's very wrong at the Central Committee level. Malzahn rescinded his retirement because he isn't confident that the Central Committee would pick at least one qualified person among the three names it would send to the County Commissioners to fill his vacancy. Everyone knows that Treasurer Malzahn considers his able assistant, Laurie Thomas, to be the most qualified person in the county to fill his shoes. But rumors abound that a subgroup within the Central Committee was lobbying actively behind the scenes to make sure that Laurie's name wasn't among the three sent to the commission. The in crowd wanted a party hack instead. The GOP Central Committee no longer can be trusted to act in the best interests of the public. Rather, it has become a vehicle for Constitutionalists, Libertarians, Ron Paulers, and various other elements of the local Tea Party to push their extreme agendas under the name of the Republican Party. For the past year, we have watched as “Republican” activists have created turmoil on the Coeur d'Alene City Council and Coeur d'Alene School Board. Councilman Steve Adams, a former North Idaho Patriot for Ron Paul, won office as a “Republican” and now has Coeur d'Alene facing an economic disaster as a result of his flipflop stand against wastewater treatment expansion. The Coeur d'Alene School Board, including three appointees, all of whom have Republican Party backing, has bounced from one self-inflicted controversy to another in the last 9 months. Malzahn's decision puts a fine point on the radicalism of the local GOP CC. Anyone who stands up to this new version of the Grand Old Party will be denounced as a “liberal” and trashed. But that's a small price to pay to take our Kootenai County communities back from the right-wing RINOs/DFO.

Treasurer Malzahn Unretires

Originally posted at 9:49 a.m. Saturday, March 23

(Treasurer Tom) Malzahn (pictured) chose to remain, he said, out of concern that the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee would not choose an adequate replacement for him. “It's not about me. It's about the citizens of Kootenai County,” said Malzahn, treasurer for 12 years. “It's the fact that the person qualified to fill the position would not be that person (selected). That's my concern.” State statute requires the county commissioners appoint Malzahn's replacement, from a list of three candidates recommended by the county Republican central committee. Malzahn is convinced the central committee isn't up to the task/Alecia Warren, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: I trust neither the activists running the Kootenai County GOP Central Committee to provide a list of 3 qualified individuals for the position of county treasurer — nor the County Commission to choose a qualified person if one accidentally was on that list. Therefore, I tip my cap to Treasurer Tom Malzahn for serving his county one last time by delaying his retirement. Thoughts?

Poll: UI Right To Fire Robb Akey

  • Monday Poll: Hucks Nation agreed with the firing of Idaho Vandals football coach Robb Akey. 74 of 153 respondents (47.74%) agreed with the firing. 57 of 153 respondents (36.77%) disagreed with the firing. 24 (15.48%) were undecided.
  • Today's Poll: Should Kootenai County Assessor Mike McDowell and Treasurer Tom Malzahn received the 2.47% pay increases that they want?

Assessor, Treasurer Want Pay Raises

At least two Kootenai County elected officials could get raises this fiscal year, under a resolution the commissioners will consider at their business meeting today. Under Idaho code, the commissioners must set the nine elected officials' salaries each year, including their own. The new fiscal year budget allows raises for all of the more than 700 county employees, including voted-in officials. Yet under today's proposed resolution, only two of the county's nine officials, the treasurer and assessor, are requesting to receive a 2.47 percent raise. The other seven officials, commissioners included, are recommending to keep their salaries flat. “The commissioners, we decided we're not taking a raise this year, because of the economic times,” said Commissioner Todd Tondee, who like the other commissioners earns $71,080 a year/Alecia Warren, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (Kootenai County photo: Assessor Mike McDowell)

Question: Is this the time for a public elected official to ask for a raise?

4 County Officials Oppose Measure

Four elected officials from Kootenai County — Assessor Mike McDowell (pictured), Clerk Cliff Hayes, Treasurer Tom Malzahn and Coroner Debbie Wilkie — have sent Huckleberries a news release raising concerns about the proposal to change county government. All four hold offices that would be appointive if voters pass the November ballot measure. They write:

“This press release is intended to offer another perspective (and more specific details) about the “Optional Forms of County Government” question the County Commissioners have placed on the November 6 ballot.  We hope you find the question & answer format used in this release to be informative. Optional forms of county government is a simple-sounding concept that actually has many potentially negative consequences.  Therefore, several of us at Kootenai County are willing to meet with groups holding educational forums or debates leading up to the general election.” You can read their concerns here.

Question: My greatest concern is that 2 radicals could win commissioner seats and then appoint allies to important positions? What concerns you?

Malzahn Forgets Most Important ‘I Do’

Recently reelected Kootenai County Treasurer Tom Malzahn (shown above getting sworn in) was corrected by his wife after taking the oath of office this morning. Malzahn said “I do,” when asked by Judge John Mitchell if he would uphold the constitution and perform the duties of the office. “This is the fourth time I've said 'I do,' ” he told the crowd. “It's five, honey,” shouted his wife, Cathy, reminding Malzahn that he also pledged “I do” during their marriage ceremony. Debbie Wilkey, the new coroner, also drew a laugh from the crowd when she said: “It's never really good to say as a coroner, 'I'm looking forward to meeting all of you…' ”

Question: How many times have you said 'I do'?

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