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... That mainstream Republicans are selling tickets -- $500 for a table of 8 at the Coeur d'Alene Resort Golf Course venue -- for a luncheon to be held on the same day as the local party's annual Lincoln Day Dinner: April 12. The event is sponsored by the North Idaho PAC, which has former Kootenai County GOP Central Committee Chairman Brad Corkill of Cataldo as its leader. Gov. Butch Otter has signed up as keynote speaker for the rival April 12 event. Reading between the lines here, I'd say that the mainstream Republicans are making a statement re: the current makeup of the county GOP Central Committee, which has been taken over by the Rally Right/United Conservatives of North Idaho wing. At this point, the Lincoln Day organizers haven't announced their keynote speaker. Two years ago, the keynote speaker was controversial Sheriff Richard Mack. Remember Proxygate? Jeff Ward of the Reagan Republicans spearheaded an attempt to reject Mack after he'd been invited to the event, only to have leadership overturn him based on a questionable vote.


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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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