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Thu., Nov. 7, 2013, 8:37 a.m.

Balance NI To Sit Out GOPrimary

Eden Irgens, president of BNI and co-owner of Range NW, said their strategy was all about voter turnout. "We knew what we had to do and we did it," she said. "We had people on the ground for weeks, and I know one person alone that knocked on 600 doors." Range NW ran most of the campaigns for the BNI slate of candidates. She said the group wanted to maintain a positive campaign and get people who ordinarily wouldn't vote to the polls. "I think we accomplished that," she said, adding BNI will now have to sit out the upcoming primary election season because they are partisan races and BNI's mission is to focus on nonpartisan races. "That makes me really nervous," she said. "North Idaho PAC (otherwise known as 'Reasonable Republicans') will hopefully get involved. I know they are Republicans too, but at least they are different group of Republicans"/Jeff Selle, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Eden Irgens says Balance North Idaho will sit out spring GOPrimary because it focuses on nonpartisan races. Is the community vulnerable to minority Tea Party victories and underwhelming candidates for legislative & county offices as a result?

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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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