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Wells announces run for governor's seat

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Posted: Thursday, April 15, 2010 12:00 am

Everyone is always telling Tamara Wells to run for governor, she said.

So she finally listened.

"I'm outspoken. I tell it like it is. I listen to the people," the Post Falls hairdresser said on Monday. "I have some great ideas on how to fix a lot of things."

After filing her candidacy for governor last month, Wells, 58, touted how she's a good fit for the position.

"Politics is a people business. I work with everybody - Democrats, Republicans," she said. "They're all people and they're all in it for the same thing. To give all Idohoans a better place to live."

Originally from Los Angeles, the Republican has lived in North Idaho for 15 years, and works as a jeweler, hairdresser and a tricologist, helping people regrow lost hair.

"I hear every day of how people are so frustrated with the government that they don't have a voice," Wells said. "I want people to have a say."

Her first move would be to deal with the deficit, she said.

She would audit all state agencies to track how money is being spent, she said, and then present those figures to the people.

"I'll leave it to the people - 'What do you want to happen? How would you budget it?'" Wells said.

The next step would be luring more companies into Idaho to provide jobs.

"We need to go back to mining, we need to go back to lumber and agriculture," she said. "We are that gem state."

She would also pursue a 2 percent sales tax on credit card companies doing business in Idaho.

"Just that 2 percent would get rid of the deficit in one year," she said. "There are ways we can improve the economy without asking the taxpayers to pay for it."

Other ideas Wells wants to look into is a state health care system, which she would develop by consulting with members of the medical industry.

"ObamaCare" isn't the answer to the state's issues with health care, she said.

"We need IdahoCare for those who want it," she said.

Wells, who has been married 33 years, has an ATMA from the University of California.

She asks voters to post their comments and suggestions on her platform at: www.tamarawellsforidahogovernor.com.

Wells promised to be an accessible official.

"My door will always be open," she said. "I'm here to fix whatever you want me to fix."

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  • toughluck posted at 9:36 pm on Fri, Apr 16, 2010.

    toughluck Posts: 167

    Usury laws I thought were only for interest, if you passed other regulations then you would have the situation where banks would rarely approve Idahoans for credit cards and you may even force banks to withdraw from the Idaho market. I imagine there is some kind of federal regulation that might forbid this as well. After all, Maryland could not tax a federal bank in the McCullough case.

  • toughluck posted at 9:31 pm on Fri, Apr 16, 2010.

    toughluck Posts: 167

    Who do you think is going to pay that 2%? The banks? No they will just increase fees. Besides I doubt it is even constitutional. Some of the rest of your stuff makes sense but it takes some deep pockets for a Governor's office.

  • Lunacy Watch posted at 1:44 pm on Thu, Apr 15, 2010.

    Lunacy Watch Posts: 176

    Interesting ideas on economic recovery are always welcomed in an era of a depression economy. A return to logging and mining are presently a pipe dream as long as current "free" trade policies favoring low cost producers(Canada, Australia and Asia) and environment constraints exist The situation is further exacerbated by the fact that a decade's worth of surplus buildings exist, and as was so proudly pointed out just a few years ago, real estate was nearly 40% of the US economy. You see the problem here?

    The 2% tax on credit card companies is my pick of the litter only if strong usury laws are in place as these companies surely will pass this cost (+) along to already debt burdened consumers. A major reason for our present economic condition is tax policies that both reward debt and punish equity and the formation of capital, policies that ultimately has left both government and the private economy vulnerable to foreign capital and a strong headwind against renewed growth.

    Obama care certainly isn't the final answer to the state's health care woes. But in the abstinence of better ideas it still beats the status quo and a good first step.

  • bkemdanno posted at 1:11 pm on Thu, Apr 15, 2010.

    bkemdanno Posts: 259

    how much you charge for a haircut?

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