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Mon., Nov. 14, 2011, 8:30 a.m.

RRepubs Felt In Nonpartisan Races

Coeur d'Alene Councilman-elect Dan Gookin hangs out with Reagan Republican brain trust Ron Lahr, left, and Jeff Ward at the North Idaho Pachyderm Club meeting Friday morning.

After Tuesday's election, Coeur d'Alene Mayor Sandi Bloem attributed KCRR's influence as a key factor in the election's outcome. Both Steve Adams, who won seat 5, and Gookin are KCRR board members and were supported by the political group during the campaign. Both won easily. But how much influence the political group deserves is split. Even the group's president, Jeff Ward, who also worked with KCRR member Ron Lahr on Strategery, thinks it's getting too much credit. "It's nice to get those kind of kudos from the mayor, but she actually over-emphasizes our importance in the elections," he said. "It was a series of things; it was McEuen Field, it was pay increases - and Republicans turned out to vote." With the help of KCRR/Tom Hasslinger, CdA Press. More here.

Question: What factor had a bigger impact on the outcome of the Coeur d'Alene City Council elections -- McEuen Field controversy or Reagan Republicans involvement?




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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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