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Press: Give Caucus Another Try

Take a deep breath, Republicans. Lasting seven excruciating hours, the caucus Tuesday night was far from perfect; on that point, everyone agrees. But it was the first of its kind, and like a kid learning to ride a bicycle - well, did you really expect there wouldn't be some bumps, bruises and bad words? Ron Lahr, president of the Kootenai County Reagan Republicans, nailed it when he told The Press that caucuses are naturally drawn-out processes. In fact, that's part of the fun; just ask any Iowan. … In our view, the biggest problem had less to do with time and more to do with timing. Even before some Kootenai County precincts really got under way with their caucusing, Ada County-dominated southern Idaho was already reporting that Mitt Romney had captured enough votes to ensure all 32 state delegates were his. When the outcome has already been determined, why bother to stick around?/Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: What would local & state Republicans have to do to get you back to a caucus site in 2016?

Much To Learn From GOP Caucus

It took seven hours to select a winner in Kootenai County. If somebody showed up at 5 p.m. Tuesday night to check in for Idaho's first Republican presidential caucus, they would have to stick with the process until after midnight to find out the winner. The state's winner by then was long known, with southern Idaho finishing up much earlier and deciding Mitt Romney would get the state's 32 delegates. There was lots of waiting in line Tuesday night and lots of waiting on ballot counts. There was more waiting as people, sometime from the audience grabbed the microphone and made a case for a specific candidate. “We had people who walked out,” Kootenai County GOP chair Tina Jacobson said Wednesday. And people did walk out. There were 3,775 people who voted in the first round. But only 1,172 people voted in the final round/David Cole, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (Joe Jaszewski/Idaho Statesman photographed this Mitt Romney supporter at the Boise GOP caucus)

Question: Did you participate in the GOP caucus? How long did you stay?

McGee Vote Reveals GOP Split

For years, Idaho legislators have tried to keep their leadership elections and in-house discipline to themselves. This is one reason why lawmakers say they need to be able to meet in closed party caucuses, outside the view of the media and their constituents. A caucus is not unlike Las Vegas. What happens there stays there. But on Friday, nine Republican state senators pulled back the curtain and gave their constituents a glimpse inside the cloistered caucus — although their motivations were probably more machiavellian than altruistic. Regardless, it is an astounding twist in the implosion of state Sen. John McGee, R-Caldwell. Nine days after Senate Republicans caucused, and decided to keep the embattled McGee in party leadership, the nine Republicans issued a statement saying they wanted to replace McGee. The fact that a group of Senate Republicans went public in such an unorthodox fashion illustrates a schism within the caucus/Kevin Richert, Idaho Statesman. More here.


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Sen. McGee To Face Music Today

Item: Sen. McGee could face challenge to leadership job/Dan Popkey, Statesman, and: A humble McGee speaks out/Mike Butts, Idaho Press Tribune

Dennis Mansfield: I commend Senator McGee for recently meeting with the Press Tribune — for surely he would eventually have to face his hometown paper — his tone and content seem sincere and as re-countable as any person could muster under such an alcohol influence. Wanting to get it “behind him” may sound, to some, like a politically convenient thing to do as the session opens this week. I don't. I've worked with thousands of folks in the clutches of substance abuse. Taking a fierce inventory of who and where they are is vital to future health; moving past one's poor behavior is key. Moving towards complete sobriety is paramount. He can move forward, personally. He will also most likely be held accountable, publicly, by the voters for his actions. Both are needful for healing. More here.

Question: Do you think Sen. John McGree is truly doing soul-searching re: his bizarre DUI arrest last year — or simply trying to save his political career?

Senate R’s To Mull Ed Bills In Private

“She's supposed to go to kindergarten in the fall,” said Olivia Rhodes' stepfather, Darren Thiesen, of Rathdrum, as Rhodes held her sign at the education rally in Coeur d'Alene on Monday. Hundreds gathered at Coeur d'Alene City Hall and marched to the Human Rights Education Institute to protest the school reform bill. Betsy Russell's report re: statewide rallies against Superintendent Tom Luna's plan here. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)

Senate Republicans plan to go into a closed-door caucus at 11 a.m. today (10 a.m. PST), according to Senate President Pro-Tem Brent Hill, R-Rexburg; there's no word at this point what will happen with the education reform bills, but there could be after the caucus.

Question: Why are Senate Republicans meeting in private to discuss Tom Luna's education “reform” proposals?

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