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Fri., Oct. 11, 2013, 1:13 p.m.

Partisan Involvement Bugs Wannabes

The Kootenai County Reagan Republicans got teed up several times last night at the Post Falls mayoral and City Council debates. Most candidates agreed that they have a right to stick their Tea Party Lite noses into nonpartisan campaigns. But the majority -- in the home town of Reagan Republican leaders Jeff Tyler, Jeff Ward and Ron Lahr -- didn't like that they did. Ron Jacobson, a 15-year member of the City Council, wondered how the Reagan Republicans go about endorsing people. Jacobson noted that Reagan Republican guidelines indicate that they're looking for candidates who are conservative, Republican and would vote against tax increases. Jacobson responded that he's conservative, Republican and regularly votes against tax increases. But he wasn't even called by the Reagan Republicans for an interview. Betty Ann Henderson agreed with her two opponents that the Reagan Republicans should butt out of nonpartisan elections: "Everyone knows that I don't want any political group to endorse me," she said. Mayoral candidate Kerri Thoreson, who received the Reagan Republican endorsement, was the most positive about the group's involvement in her race.

Question: Are you influenced by political endorsements?

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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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