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Tue., April 29, 2014, 10:12 a.m.

Reasonable R’s Target 5 Incumbents

A group of North Idaho businesspeople who founded a PAC to support “reasonable” Republicans in 2012 has upped the ante in 2014 by targeting five tea-party friendly GOP lawmakers in the May primary. In 2012, the North Idaho Republican Political Action Committee helped defeat scandal-plagued Rep. Phil Hart of Athol, who was ousted by now-Rep. Ed Morse of Hayden. The group also helped four GOP incumbents defend their seats and endorsed the winner of a race for an open seat. The PAC lost just one of seven legislative races, a 9-vote squeaker for an open seat won by Rep. Ron Mendive over Jeff Tyler. This year, the PAC announced a far more ambitious list that backs challengers to five lawmakers who opposed Gov. Butch Otter’s state-run health insurance exchange. The targets are: Sen. Bob Nonini of Coeur d’Alene and Reps. Mendive of Coeur d’Alene, Vito Barbieri of Dalton Gardens, Kathleen Sims of Coeur d’Alene and Shannon McMillan of Silverton/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Do you expect any of the 5 targeted Tea-publicans to lose?

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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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