In a Ridenbaugh Press blog post, Randy Stapilus maintains -- and I believe correctly -- that the main issue in the Coeur d'Alene city elections is one of ideology, not McEuen Field:
But the bigger factor in Coeur d’Alene is ideology. Bloem has been on the moderate side, but battles between moderates and the hard-core Kootenai Republican organizations (which take little notice of the fact that city offices are non-partisan) have been ongoing for years. Bloem and three council members beat a fierce recall attempt only last year, and the nerves are still raw. The issue – the surface issue – was over renovation of the city’s McEuen Park, but the real disagreements are broader. McEuen is back as a campaign issue, but the core disputes run much deeper. Full post here.
Question: Is the real battle in the Coeur d'Alene city races one of ideology -- with groups like the Reagan Republicans trying to export their politics -- or one of specific issues?