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Red: How Transplants Took Control

Red Cedar (RE: Stage Left: Newbies don't understand): Then came the “Californians” — the wave of conservative refugees from the big cities that had been taken over by stridently-leftist Democrats. These people, as near as I can tell, came to Idaho and Western Montana not just with money (usually from selling their houses) but with a cowboy-movie fantasy that they were going to find a refuge amongst like-minded folks. The worst of them were the racists who thought that because everyone around them was white, they all wanted a white homeland — they mistook the traditional North Idaho rural tolerance of weirdos for overt support of their ideology. Most weren't nearly that bad, but many of the ones I met surely were more religious, more concerned about “moral” issues, and more suspicious of government than the locals. Much more here.

Question: How much does the strength of Evangelical churches in the area contribute to the strength of the dominant Tea-publican wing of the GOP in North Idaho?


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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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