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... That the reorganization of the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee tonight might be worth the price of admission. All three rings of the circus will be occupied and active. We almost saw an interesting contest for Legislative District 3 chairwoman between current chair Angela Cross, pictured, and state Sen. Bob Nonini's wife, Cathyanne. The two women represent what appears to be a new division in the local GOP between Brent Regan Republicans and Bob Pedersen's Rally Right/United Conservatives of North Idaho. However, Cathyanne Nonini, after talking about the race over the weekend, decided against challenging Cross. Which upset Rally Right/UCNI svengali Bob Pedersen. At a meeting of the Rally Right/UCNI at the Golden Spike/Rathdrum, Pedersen presided over a lively meeting of his ground troops to set up votes for tonight's meeting. But, Huckleberries hears, the troops weren't as easily whipped into line as they usually are. The votes could be unpredictable tonight. Another main event will be the election of the chairman. You'd suspect that Chairman Neil Oliver would continue. But one little birdie told me that the chairman doesn't have to be a precinct committee member. The election of other officers will take place, too. The two sides are braced for battle. It appears the old Reagan Republicans of Jeff Ward & Ron Lahr might be passe.

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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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