“We need to be building an economy that works for everyone and not just some,” Hanks said. “No one should be disappointed that Coeur d’Alene is above- average in GDP growth. However, that growth is not trickling down as wages are staying stagnant. Kootenai County’s two leading occupations (Office and Administrative and then Food Service-based), on average, would not be able to buy a house in Coeur d’Alene if they were sharing a household with someone who worked in their same field. We have to make sure that our economic growth is translating into wage growth for local workers.”Continue reading »
Shem Hanks said if elected as District 4 state representative, he would go to Boise to repeal Idaho Code 44-1502, which precludes cities from setting their own minimum wage rates. After having waited tables here for 10 years, he said that it’s not possible to attain home-ownership at the current server minimum wage rate of $3.35 per hour plus tips. Montana and Alaska require servers to receive their states’ minimum wage rates, Hanks observed. City council knows what Coeur d’Alene workers need better than the state legislature, he added.Continue reading »
The Democrats building the platform say that "when is now." Legislative candidate Shem Hanks served on the platform committee that synthesized the ideas and words of the convention delegates and believes that the platform is the most progressive document Idaho Democrats have ever produced.
To want to be progressive means you believe the future matters. It means we want to build a world in which our women are comfortably equal, our men are manfully successful and our children are competitive in our increasingly strange, crowded and exciting world.Continue reading »
Delegates approved “the most progressive platform in the history of the Idaho Democratic Party” at this year’s state convention, said Kootenai County Democrats chairman Shem Hanks.
Delegates dedicated one of the party’s 14 platform sections to the legalization of marijuana in Idaho. The convention adopted a parallel resolution directing the Idaho Legislature to pass legislation “legalizing the recreational use of marijuana and allow the potential proceeds of that new tax” to be used for schools and infrastructure. The convention also called on state legislators to legalize medical marijuana use and the agricultural cultivation of hemp.Continue reading »
Shem Hanks, Kootenai County Democratic Party chairman, said his first state convention was in 2016 as a Bernie Sanders delegate. Like in 2016, this year’s convention will involve many first-time delegates from Kootenai County, he said.
“It is a great example of the growth we have continued to have as a county party,” Hanks said. “As a group, our main goal is to represent Kootenai County to the best of our ability.”
Hanks said he expects topics such as family separation, the mental health crisis and Medicaid expansion to come up in discussions. He plans to represent “the need for our Idaho communities to have the right to decide minimum wage for themselves and for Idaho to address the server wage,” much as he did at the 2016 convention.Continue reading »
Precinct committee members for the Kootenai County Democrats elected a young up-and-comer to lead their organization for the next two years...Continue reading »
Paulette Jordan wins big primary election. Shem Hanks wins primary and then runs for Chairman of the Kootenai County Democrats. Young Leaders emerging from the party.Continue reading »
Candidates running for state office in Idaho can share parties and opinions but some even share DNA. Members of three different Idaho families are hoping to walk into the Statehouse together next session.Continue reading »
Bernie, guns and legalization. Shem Hanks shares his views and why he's running to change Idaho...Continue reading »
Shem Hanks, a resident of Kootenai County for more than 20 years, announced he is seeking election to the Idaho State Legislature...Continue reading »
Today, the Idaho Democratic Club elected a president that can actually give us some hope! The youngest president in it's history. Shem Hanks is a local young leader who is very passionate and active in our community and politics...Continue reading »
Every generation has there, “where were you when…” moments. The signing of the Declaration of Independence, the burning of the White House, the firing on Fort Sumter, the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, December 7th 1941, and the assassination of JFK. For my generation, it was September 11th 2001. Where were you when that moment of shock and horror happened? I can remember everything from that morning and day...Continue reading »