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Tea Party Faces 2014 Challenge

The Tea Party is facing a huge test in 2014 as establishment Republicans and business groups try to wrestle back control of the GOP. Grassroots conservative groups have ruled the roost of the House GOP conference since Republicans won back their majority in 2010, but are now under attack from forces within their own party. In December, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) repeatedly ripped into outside conservative groups over their tactics during the government shutdown fight, which he described as “ridiculous.” Allies of Boehner, who has repeatedly struggled to lead his conference as outside groups and even conservative senators have vied with him for influence, feel optimistic they’ve emerged stronger from the last year/Molly K. Hooper, The Hill. More here. (AP file photo: House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio)

Question: Do you think main-stream Republicans can take back the Kootenai County party from the UCNI/Pauler/Rally Right coalition now in control?




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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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