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McGruber: Analyzing Precinct Races

McGruber (RE: 115 sign up for GOPrecinct posts): In closer inspection of the filings for precinct committee seats there are some interesting names that popped up. Frank Henderson (who found a way to have his name on the ballot even though he's retiring from the legislature), Mic Armon (former NIC trustee who was beat by Banducci), Laura Rumpler (SD 271 public relations), Colin Coles challenging Jeff Tyler, former CDA council member Deanna Goodlander challenging former state rep Marge Chadderdon in #55, former state rep candidate Mark Fisher challenging Tina Jacobson aka Queen Bee of Rally Right, and state senate candidate Pat Whalen taking on John Cross, another of the leaders of the hardliners. Probably the most interesting is conservative hardliner John Malloy (uncle of Joe Malloy) filing as a democrat for P#63. It's not often that some of the most exciting races on the primary ballot are for precinct committee seats!

Question: It's hard to tell which side of the precinct committeeman divide is more interesting. Obviously, the GOP side offers a battle royal between Reasonable Republicans and the Rally Right for control of the Central Committee. But the Democratic side offers a possible takeover attempt by Rally Right forces. Which side interests you more?

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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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