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Tea-publican, Mainstream Fight Grows

This year’s high-profile rift in Idaho’s dominant political party, the Idaho GOP, extends down to the party’s grass roots, Idaho Statesman reporter Dan Popkey writes today, with battles in the May 20 primary election for precinct committee seats around the state – including the one now held by state party Chairman Barry Peterson. Peterson is being challenged for his precinct committee seat in Mountain Home by former Sen. Tim Corder, R-Mountain Home, Popkey reports; it’s part of a move by establishment Republicans across the state to take the party’s machinery back from a coalition of tea party, Libertarian Party and Constitution Party activists who’ve shifted the party to the right, resulting in party platform planks backing doing away with direct election of U.S. senators, returning to the gold standard, nullifying federal laws and more/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here, including link to Popkey column.

Question: At the end of the day May 20, who do you think will be in control of the state/local GOP?

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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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