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Kootenai Dems Hosting Symposium Hijacking Democracy 2/25

The Kootenai County Democrats, yes the Democrats, are having a symposium to talk about the “threat to democracy” in direct response to Marjorie Taylor Greene speaking at last week’s Lincoln Day dinner.

Today is the last day to purchase your tickets to the event – and I know what you’re thinking: WHY?


Check out the lineup for the event: <<click here to register>>

On February 25, Dr. David Adler will be moderating a conversation among notable activists, community leaders, politicians, and others at the “Hijacking Democracy Symposium."

Although sponsored by the Kootenai County Democratic Central Committee, this nonpartisan event aims to elevate the conversation around threats to our Democracy by including a wide variety of panelists.

The morning session is titled “Hijacking Democracy: Cause and Effect in Idaho and Nationally.” For this panel, our esteemed panelists are Dr. David Adler, the prize-winning professor, author, Constitutional attorney, and scholar; Luke Mayville, co-founder of Reclaim Idaho; Dr. Sarah Lynch of North Idaho Pride Alliance; Rep. Ilana Rubel, Idaho House Minority Leader; Kaylee Peterson, candidate for U.S. Congressional District 1.

A light buffet is included in the event cost. Beverages will be available for purchase.

The afternoon session, “Case Study: North Idaho College/ Issues and Challenges,” will also be moderated by Dr. Adler. Other highly regarded panelists are Dr. Teresa Borrenpohl, candidate for Idaho House District 5, Post Falls educational funding advocate, and past employee of North Idaho College; Christie Wood from the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations and Trustee Emeritus at NIC; Sarah Martin from the NIC Workforce Training Center; and Dan Gookin, author, and Coeur d’Alene City Council member.

Additionally, attendees can expect to hear recorded comments from Democratic Central Committee Chairman Jaime Harrison and Rep. Pramila Jayapal of Washington’s 7th Congressional District.

KCDCC Chairman Evan Koch comments about the event:

“Now more than ever, we need elected officials who are champions of democracy, who reject partisan extremism, and who lead with ethics,” said KCDCC Chairman Evan Koch.

“Though this is being sponsored by the Kootenai Democrats, this is not designed to be a partisan event,” the symposium committee said in a written statement. “We have bi-partisan, cross-partisan, and non-partisan representation on our panels to show that we are above the political divide.

What happens nationally, locally and at North Idaho College affects our entire community. KCDCC’s goal is to create a meaningful and educational discussion that is thought-provoking and inspirational to the attendees and the community at large. With so much apprehension in our community, this kind of public discussion will provide a forum for understanding and offer an outlet for community connections.”

No word on if those questioning the panelists will be thrown out for non-group think but it should be an enlightening afternoon. I hope everyone how has availability can attend.

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