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Press: RRepubs Pollute Local Elections

Partisanship is poisonous enough already, ripping America to pieces. Why would anybody want to pollute the political air even more? Yet a political group is organizing fundraisers and mustering the Grand Old Party faithful for local elections, even though those elections are supposed to be non-partisan. The stated goal of the Kootenai County Reagan Republicans is to put one of their proponents in every office - no exceptions.  Now, before anyone's tempted to lecture us on trickle-down economics or the value of charisma in high places, understand that we're not painting the RRs as any kind of enemy. Philosophically, there's a lot we agree with them on: namely, smaller government, lower taxes, more disciplined spending and distance from burgeoning unions in the public workplace. But it's not an accident that local city elections are non-partisan. That's the way citizens want them, and that's the way they should stay until a majority of citizens demands to see an R, a D, an I, an L or an XYZ after candidates' names on the ballot/Mike Patrick, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (Photo: Jeff Ward, president of Reagan Republicans)

Question: How do communities resist the siren call of groups like the Reagan Republicans who are trying to push their brand of no-holds-barred partisanship in nonpartisan local elections?


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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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