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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?
If you got a ticket for distracted driving, was inexplicably reimbursed for an airline fee or found work on a state highway recently, Ray LaHood probably had something to do with it. LaHood announced this week he will not return to serve as Secretary of the United States Department of Transportation during President Obama’s second term. As LaHood sees it, “I have had a good run. I'm one of these people who believe that you should go out while they're applauding.” (1)
So why should we be clapping?
There is going to be an open seat on the Coeur d'Alene School District's Board of Trustees, again. Jim Purtee, who was appointed to the Zone 1 board position in April, submitted his written resignation Wednesday to board chair Tom Hamilton, giving an effective date of Nov. 15. “I have spent the last week undergoing lengthy medical examinations in Houston, Tex., at The Houston Medical Center,” Purtee wrote in the Oct. 31 letter. “The diagnoses confirm a personal and familial challenge in the coming years.” Purtee stated that the unnamed health issue will preclude his school trustee duties. “It is my priority at this stage in my life to place personal health and family above all else,” Purtee wrote/Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.
DFO: Here's the individuals who applied for the position before the county commissioners appointed Purtee: Casey Morrisroe, Duncan Koler, Luke Sommer, Christa Hazel and Wanda Quinn. (Hint: Luke Sommer is on the Reagan Republican Board of Directors, as is CSB Trustee Jim Hightower)
Question: Do you think anyone who doesn't subscribe to Hard Right political views has a chance to be appointed to the Coeur d'Alene School Board?
School Board Trustee Jim Purtee submitted his resignation from the school board today citing a need to reduce his commitments and focus on current health issues, according to a news release circulated by Laura Rumpler for the Coeur d'Alene School District. Trustee Purtee notified Chairman Tom Hamilton that his resignation is effective Nov. 15. “I thanked Trustee Purtee for his service and want to honor his decision to step down due to health reasons,” stated Chair Hamilton. “Being a school board member takes a large commitment of time and is stressful and Jim needs to dedicate his energy elsewhere. I am aware of the health issues that Trustee Purtee is facing and can say that in the same circumstance, I would make the same decision.” More here.
Update: Sid Fredrickson, the chair of the Coeur d'Alene school board, resigned earlier this evening during the board's annual organizational meeting. His resignation is effective immediately. Fredrickson, who has been a Coeur d'Alene trustee since 2002, is the second to leave the board in less than three months. Diane Zipperer, another long-time board member, resigned in April. The remaining members of what should be a five-member board are Tom Hamilton, Terri Seymour, Anne Seddon and Jim Purtee. Hamilton and Seymour are serving their first terms after being elected to the board in May 2011, and Purtee was appointed in April to fill a vacancy left by the resignation of Edie (Brooks) McLachlan. Seddon was appointed in May to replace Zipperer. Laura Rumpler, the school district's spokeswoman, told The Press the remaining trustees elected Hamilton to serve as the board's chair, and Purtee to serve as vice-chair/Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.
Question: Why do you think Sid Frederickson resigned?
Senate President Pro Tem Brent Hill disguised any anger he may feel for his disgraced former caucus chairman, John McGee. But Wednesday’s decision by the Republican majority to acknowledge McGee is accused of sexual harassment by a woman staffer reveals the sting of betrayal. Most institutions would have trotted out the “personal reasons” boilerplate, leaving Idahoans to speculate on what might have finally brought the man-who-would-be-governor down. Not the Idaho Senate under Brent Hill. Hill is both a gentleman and a gentle man. And he may simply be heartsick — the word Majority Leader Bart Davis chose to describe his own mood. But Hill made it clear he’s had his fill with McGee’s recklessness/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here. (AP photo: Sen. Bart Davis walks to a news conference for the announcement of the resignation of Sen. John McGee)
Question: Is John McGee's political career over?
Idaho State senate leadership, Chuck Winder, left, Brent Hill, center, and Bart Davis announce the resignation of Sen. John McGee during a press conference earlier today at the Idaho Statehouse in Boise, Idaho. Faced with sexual harassment allegations, Republican Sen. John McGee was given two choices: Quit or go before a state Senate ethics panel. The 38-year-old four-term lawmaker opted to resign on Wednesday, capping a political free-fall that began last year with a Father’s Day drunken driving and car theft arrest. Roundup of stories about resignation here. (AP Photo/The Idaho Statesman, Chris Butler)
The three remaining Senate GOP leaders — Senate President Pro-Tem Brent Hill, Majority Leader Bart Davis, and Assistant Majority Leader Chuck Winder — have announced to a packed press conference that Sen. John McGee (pictured) has resigned from the Senate in the wake of allegations of sexual harassment of a Senate attache. Hill said the harassment charges are being investigated by the Idaho Attorney General, and the attache, a woman who is not a minor, is on paid leave. McGee, R-Caldwell, is a fourth term state senator and also is the chairman of the Canyon County Republican Central Committee. A former aide to then-Sen. and Gov. Dirk Kempthorne, McGee, 39, is the marketing director for West Valley Medical Center in Caldwell, and is married with two young children. He was widely viewed as a rising star in the Idaho GOP before the bizarre incident last June in which he was arrested and convicted of drunken driving/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.
- John McGee's letter of resignation/Eye On Boise
- Idaho Statesman version of the story
- Pile on most of Senate leadership but not John McGee/Dennis Mansfield
- Eye On Boise: House emerges from brief caucus on Senate matter
Question: About time?
In this Jan. 8 AP file photo, U.S Rep. Gabrielle Giffords recites the “Pledge of Allegiance” alongside her husband Mark Kelly, right, Ron Barber, far right, and Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett, left, at the start of a vigil at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Ariz., on Sunday. The day marked the one year anniversary of the shootings at the Safeway in Tucson. Now, Giffords has announced that she will stepped down from her elected position to concentrate on her rehabilitation. Story here. (AP Photo/The Republic, David Wallace)
Question: Did Gabrielle Giffords make the right decision?
Spokane Valley City councilwoman Rose Dempsey announced Wednesday morning that she is resigning her seat on the council effective Friday.
Her decision comes after a contentious council meeting Tuesday night where she was in the minority opposing a proposed emergency comprehensive plan amendment to remove the City Center zone from the Sprague/Appleway Revitalization Plan. Four new council members who all ran on a platform opposing the plan were elected to the council in November 2009.
Dempsey said she will not take her seat next Tuesday when the amendment is up for the final vote. “I won’t be there when they vote that piece of crap in,” she said. “They have no intention of compromising on anything. They’re going to do what they’re doing to do.”
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Answering a caller’s question on KBOI radio about the departure of his campaign manager, Ryan O’Barto, congressional candidate Vaughn Ward said, “The campaign manager, he was not fired, he tendered his resignation. It was very hard for me to accept his resignation. He felt it was more of a distraction on the campaign.” Asked by the caller if he’s blaming missteps on campaign staff, Ward said, “Anything that goes wrong on my campaign is my responsibility, just like in the Marine Corps”/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.
Question: Anyone buying what Ward’s selling here?