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Kennedy: Reagan Repubs ‘Extreme’

More from: Kennedy not long for council: Also squelches mayor rumor/Tom Hasslinger, Press

One of the political groups Kennedy called extreme was the Kootenai County Reagan Republicans, which endorses candidates on the grounds that all elections are partisan, regardless if candidates have to declare a party or not. Its founder, Jeff Ward (pictured), said Kennedy's Democratic affiliation made him a political minority across the region, and that a reason the councilman received so much criticism was because Kennedy's views ran counter to the majority who live in North Idaho. “That's exactly what a Democrat would say,” Ward said of Kennedy's “extreme” remark about a political group founded in what many people call the most conservative county in the most conservative state in the union, “because Democrats find conservatives extreme. The reality of it is that Coeur d'Alene and Kootenai County is highly conservative - it's not extreme, it's mainstream.

Question: Whose politics are more in line with yours — Mike Kennedy's? Or Jeff Ward's?

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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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