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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 12, 2014

Lahr, Ward No Longer Partners 

Ron Lahr confirmed Tuesday that he and Jeff Ward are no longer partners in the political consulting firm called Strategery. "To deal with the attacks of perceived conflicts of interest between Strategery and the Reagan Republican group," Lahr said, "I am buying Jeff out and...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 24, 2013

BNI: More Balanced Than RRepubs 33 

A news release from Balance North Idaho: The City Council elections are jam packed with some great candidates. We can say that with confidence because we interviewed many of them. We invited everyone, but there were several who opted to not participate in our interview...

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MONDAY, SEPT. 23, 2013

RRepubs Back Souza, Thoreson 

The Kootenai County Reagan Republicans officially announced endorsements today for six candidates in the November 5th Municipal Elections. The organization’s President Jeff Tyler said “The choices in this election have never been so clear cut and who to endorse has never been so obvious since...

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TUESDAY, JULY 23, 2013

Jeff Ward: Local GOP Is Not A Cult 14 

The Kootenai County Republican Central Committee is considering a resolution to create a "party purity" committee to purge the Kootenai Republican Party of those, it alone, deems insufficiently adherent to someone's narrow idea of conservatism. The best argument against this folly was outlined by our...

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THURSDAY, MAY 30, 2013

Lake City Moderates Counter-Punch 11 

After a string of victories for the far-right wing candidates they endorsed, it may have seemed like the Kootenai County Reagan Republicans were the only major force in North Idaho politics. But in last week’s election, the script changed. Neither Reagan Republican candidate won a...

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Letter: Why Does Ward Want Control? 

I wondered why I received information from the Reagan Republican candidates asking me to vote absentee, now I understand why. It was so they could look at my ballot and target me and now apparently my neighbors. Where is our privacy? Legal or not, it...

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FRIDAY, MAY 24, 2013

Trustee Hunt: You Can't Hide, Nonini 

Senator Bob Nonini is still a liar! In our homes and schools we teach our children accountability for their actions, so why can’t we teach cowardly politicians accountability in front of an impartial judge and in the polling booths? It is Bob Nonini’s signature on...

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Ward: Teachers Didn't Sway Elections 10 

For the Kootenai County Reagan Republicans, Tuesday's school board elections were all about education - and they were the students. "On election night I was totally confused," Jeff Ward, treasurer of the Republican group, told about 30 of his members during a Thursday debriefing at...

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RRepubs Denied Hospital Seats, Too 

Kootenai County Reagan Republicans failed in their attempt to gain a seat on the Kootenai Health District Board Tuesday night. When the final votes were counted, Dr. Neil Nemec and incumbent hospital trustee Liese Razzeto took the two open seats, with Jim Pierce coming in...

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Balance Wins PAC Duel w/RRepubs 

Item: Balance North Idaho wins PAC duel/Jeff Selle, Coeur d'Alene Press More Info: Kootenai County Reagan Republicans were shocked when the early results of the non-partisan races trickled in Tuesday night. About three dozen of them gathered in the back room of the Fedora Pub...

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THURSDAY, MAY 16, 2013

DFO: In Praise Of Reagan Republicans 

As you know, I'm not a fan of the attempt by the Reagan Republicans to insert their endorsees into nonpartisan offices in Coeur d'Alene under the name "Republican." I like RR founders Ron Lahr and Jeff Ward. But I consider the successes they've had so...

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MONDAY, MAY 13, 2013

Balance, Reagan Repub PACs Battle 

Reporter Jeff Selle of the Coeur d'Alene Press provides an in depth look at the PAC battle between Balance North Idaho and the Kootenai County Reagan Republicans in the nonpartisan races this spring: We can try and finesse this all we want," said Jeff Ward,...

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RRs Cry Foul In PF Trustee Races 

Item: Election plan draws concern: But teacher union denies wrongdoing, district finds none/Brian Walker, Coeur d'Alene Press More Info: The Kootenai County Reagan Republicans are raising red flags over the Post Falls teachers union plan to support school board candidates for the May 21 election,...

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Candidate Defends Reagan Repubs 

In a letter to the Coeur d'Alene Press editor, Jim Pierce writes: "I wanted to clarify some points that were brought up in Saturday’s article by Jeff Selle about the current race for the Hospital Board. I am a candidate in that race and have...

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Another Look At Pedersen 

"He (Bob Pedersen of Rally Right) wanted to be a RINO hunter, but he thought everybody was a RINO," said Jeff Ward, co-founder of the Kootenai County Reagan Republicans, a political group with its own large following that dismisses Pedersen and Rally Right. "It turned...

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Reagan Repubs Target KMC Seats 18 

A local Republican group is gearing up to aggressively campaign for two seats on the Kootenai Hospital District Board of Trustees - seats that largely have gone uncontested for decades. "When I ran for the board, we didn't even have to hold an election because...

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'Balance' Rattles Regan Republicans 18 

Sara Meyer: The emergence of Balance North Idaho must have made an impact on the Reagan Republicans this week. We had one of their members try to hijack our FB page, nasty comments from that member on the Press, the mention of "balance" in Jeff...

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Don't Forget Hospital Board 

First, I must confess to you that I've never voted in a Kootenai Hospital District election. I didn't know the issues -- and, therefore, didn't want to cast an uninformed ballot. However, this year I'm paying attention because our friends the Kootenai County Reagan Republicans...

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THURSDAY, OCT. 18, 2012

Trustee Targets NIC Incumbents 25 

Appointed Coeur d'Alene School Trustee Jim Hightower (show above in Duane Rasmussen photo from luncheon today) asked fellow Reagan Republicans today to write letters to the newspaper editor to take "some of the heat off" the new School Board. And he told him that he...

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FRIDAY, OCT. 12, 2012

Reagan Repub Trio Forum No-Shows 15 

If I wrote a "Cheers & Jeers" column, like Marty Trillhaase's in the Lewiston Tribune, I'd give jeers to the three North Idaho College trustee challengers endorsed by the county Reagan Republicans who missed the Kootenai County Democratic Club luncheon at noon today -- Todd...

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MONDAY, OCT. 1, 2012

Hucks: RRs, Strategery Joined At Hip 

A public relations company tied closely to a Kootenai County Republican organization was paid $86,000 by eight candidates involved in the local 2012 GOP primary – five of whom won. Ron Lahr, of Post Falls, who is president of both the Strategery Group and the...

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 27, 2012

NIC Challengers To Speak To RRs 

Reagan Republican/Strategery Group candidates Todd Banducci and Paul Matthews will address the noon luncheon of the Kootenai County Reagan Republicans at Fedora restaurant today. Banducci is running against incumbent North Idaho College Trustee Mic Armon, while Matthews opposes incumbent Trustee Judy Meyer, a former member...

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Lahr Keeps Tabs On Reagan Repubs

We've been discussing the Kootenai County Reagan Republicans and The Strategery Group this week. Ron Lahr (above) is president of both entities. Reagan Republicans actively promote political candidates in partisan and nonpartisan races. Strategery is Lahr's public relations wing, which has provided material and strategy...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 25, 2012

Strategery Handles Govt Change PR 10 

In response to a comment by Ron Burgundy this morning, Ron Lahr confirmed that his Strategery company is handling public relations to pass the proposed Kootenai County government change measure on the November ballot. Ron, who is president of The Strategery Group as well as...

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Herzog: RRs Back Govt Changers 

Tim Herzog: Here’s a fact, the RR’s are endorsing 2 incumbent candidates for county commissioner who are pushing to change the form of county government. Not one of Idaho’s 44 counties have done that although there have been attempts…all failed! I was opposed to that...

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.