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Whalen Announces For Nonini’s Spot

Pat Whalen announces his candidacy for Idaho Sen. Bob Nonini's Senate District 3 seat to an audience that includes Ron Nilson of Ground Force Manufacturing and Post Falls Councilman Skip Hissong. (Photo: Duane Rasmussen)

Pat Whalen believes the timing is right for him both personally and politically to make a run for the Idaho Senate. Whalen, a Post Falls resident and president of the Resource Computing software firm in Coeur d'Alene, announced Wednesday that he plans to seek Sen. Bob Nonini's District 3 legislative seat, starting with the May primary. Whalen, a Republican, is the current president of the Boys and Girls Club of Kootenai County and has served on Rotary in Coeur d'Alene for more than 20 years, including time as a past president. “I've had success in building teams and consensus,” Whalen said. “If you look at how fractured the Republican Party is, it's going to take that to make an impact on the community with economic development. You need a team builder”/Brian Walker, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

DFO: If Nilson and the Post Falls establishment are supporting Nilson, Nonini is in trouble. What do you think?

Nonini Primary Mischief An Issue

Fourth-term state Rep. Bob Nonini is running for the Senate, but his actions in the primary — pouring thousands into the campaigns of unsuccessful challengers to several sitting GOP lawmakers, including three senators — could make him an unpopular arrival there. “I'm getting back-door support from moderate Republicans,” said his Democratic challenger, Kristy Reed Johnson. “Mr. Nonini has left the center of the party.” Nonini, R-Coeur d'Alene, says, “I'm going to have some bridge-building to do, I'm sure. And I'm confident that I can do that.” It's the hottest race in North Idaho's District 3, a heavily GOP legislative district that nevertheless has Democrats mounting challenges for all three seats. Johnson's husband, Ronald K. Johnson, is challenging Rep. Frank Henderson, R-Post Falls; while fourth-time Democratic candidate David Larsen is up against GOP primary winner Ron Mendive for Nonini's old House seat/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: Which action by Nonini do you consider worse — his primary support for Tea Party candidates in other districts or his unabashed support as House Education chairman in 2011 for the Luna Laws?

District 3: How Far Right Can You Go?

Conservatism is practically a religion in Idaho’s legislative District 3, the district that elected tax-protesting state Rep. Phil Hart four times and this year added two like-minded lawmakers he recruited to run. “I was considered a radical to my friends in California, and then I got up here and found out I was a moderate,” said Vito Barbieri (pictured), a first-term state representative and, like many District 3 residents, a California transplant who moved north. The district, which takes in Hayden, tony Hayden Lake, the once-agricultural but fast-developing Rathdrum Prairie and little towns like Spirit Lake and Athol, has seen massive development and population increase over the last decade, but its conservative nature is nothing new – the last time a Democrat was elected here was in 1994. No Democrat has even run for the Legislature since 2002, and then there was just one candidate, who lost/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.

Question: Would you want a hardline conservative trio like Vick-Barbieri-Hart trio to represent you?

Inquiring Minds Want To Know …

… What those 2 political yards signs for former state legislator Jeff Alltus are doing along Hayden Lake Road on the way to Tobler’s Marina? A Berry Picker spotted them on a drive during the 4th of July weekend, one on each side of the road (although the one on the righthand sign had fallen over). Alltus, of course, is the religious conservative who served in the Legislature for three terms from District 3 before bowing out at the end of 2000. Gordon Crow was the state senator and Jim Clark the other state representative from the district.

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