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My 2 Cents: Best Date? Nov. 6

If the Souza-Orzell-Sims Recallers have obtained enough signatures to trigger a recall, there is only one date that makes since for such an election: Nov. 6. The day of the general election. Sure, a number of Hard Right Republicans crazed by the presence of Democrat Mike Kennedy on the City Council and Barack Obama on the ballot will troop to the polls to vote against the four targets and the president. But there will also be a strong push back from Democrats, moderate Independents and Reasonable Republicans drawn to the polls by the chance to overturn the education reform experiment foisted on the public school students by Superintendent Tom Luna. In other words, the community will turn out on Nov. 6. The same can't be said for Aug. 28. An election day in the dog days of summer will mean a much-smaller turnout, which Idaho Republicans have proven is a good way to obtain the goal of depressing turnout with hopes of nominating ultraconservative, marginal candidates. The well-organized SOS crowd, with help from the Reagan Republicans, could easily impose its will on local residents enjoying the final days of summer. Dates in March & May would mean that this community would be fighting this current uncivil battle for up to a year. We have to lance the boil Nov. 6 -- DFO.

Question: Do you agree that Nov. 6 would be best date for recall election, if one is warranted?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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