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Liberty Caucus Endorses Fulcher

A libertarian group operating within the Idaho Republican Party is making its first endorsements in a slate led by Sen. Russ Fulcher in his challenge to two-term GOP Gov. Butch Otter. The Republican Liberty Caucus of Idaho also backs challengers to three other statewide incumbents: Idaho County Commissioner Jim Chmelik over Lt. Gov. Brad Little; Boise lawyer C.T. “Chris” Troupis over Attorney General Lawrence Wasden; and Boise businessman Todd Hatfield over Controller Brandon Woolf. In races for open statewide seats, the group endorses Rep. Lawerence Denney for secretary of state over Evan Frasure, Phil McGrane and Mitch Toryanski; and for John Eynon for superintendent of public instruction over Andy Grover, Randy Jensen and Sherri Ybarra/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Am I the only one who thinks that there's going to be all-out political war within the Idaho Republican Party, if mainstream Republicans win up and down the ballot?

Reasonable R’s Target 5 Incumbents

A group of North Idaho businesspeople who founded a PAC to support “reasonable” Republicans in 2012 has upped the ante in 2014 by targeting five tea-party friendly GOP lawmakers in the May primary. In 2012, the North Idaho Republican Political Action Committee helped defeat scandal-plagued Rep. Phil Hart of Athol, who was ousted by now-Rep. Ed Morse of Hayden. The group also helped four GOP incumbents defend their seats and endorsed the winner of a race for an open seat. The PAC lost just one of seven legislative races, a 9-vote squeaker for an open seat won by Rep. Ron Mendive over Jeff Tyler. This year, the PAC announced a far more ambitious list that backs challengers to five lawmakers who opposed Gov. Butch Otter’s state-run health insurance exchange. The targets are: Sen. Bob Nonini of Coeur d’Alene and Reps. Mendive of Coeur d’Alene, Vito Barbieri of Dalton Gardens, Kathleen Sims of Coeur d’Alene and Shannon McMillan of Silverton/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Do you expect any of the 5 targeted Tea-publicans to lose?

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BalanceNI Picks Widmyer, Jacobson

Balance North Idaho has sent Huckleberries its endorsements in the Coeur d'Alene and Post Falls mayor and City Council races:

Coeur d'Alene:

  • Coeur d'Alene mayor — Steve Widmyer (“financial acumen, vision, wisdom”)
  • Coeur d'Alene Seat No. 2 — Amy Evans (“heart, non-profit depth, growth management”)
  • Coeur d'Alene Seat No. 4 — Woody McEvers (“commitment, honest, track record”)
  • Coeur d'Alene Seat No. 6 — Kiki Miller (“driven, fact tracker, open mind”)

Post Falls

  • Post Falls mayor — Ron Jacobson (“financial acumen, sales focus, broad city experience”)
  • Post Falls Seat No. 2 — Alan Wolfe (“financial acumen, citizen advocate, experience”)
  • Post Falls Seat No. 4 — No endorsement
  • Post Falls Seat No. 6 — Unopposed, no endorsement

You can read more about the endorsements here.

DFO: Interesting that Balance North Idaho didn't endorse in race for Post Falls Seat No. 4, where Councilwoman Betty Ann Henderson is running for re-election.

Question: Do you agree/disagree with these endorsements?

Statesman Backs Simpson, Labrador

Fiscal health is the most urgent issue facing Congress. Not the only issue. But it’s close. And on this defining issue, incumbent Republican Reps. Raul Labrador and Mike Simpson are the clear choices. They are far stronger on deficit and debt issues than their Democratic opponents. Labrador rode the conservative crest in 2010, one of a whopping 87 GOP freshmen to win a House seat in the midterm elections. Amidst this crowd, the 1st District lawmaker has managed to do something unusual — if not unheard of — for a first-term Idaho House member. He has begun building a national profile. Labrador has become a repeat guest on the Sunday morning talk show circuit. He has been among a group of Latino Republicans campaigning in swing states for GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney. With a background in immigration law, Labrador would be well-positioned to assume a key role on a sensitive issue that is critical to Idaho/Idaho Statesman Editorial Board. More here.

Question: Agree/disagree with Idaho Statesman endorsements in Idaho congressional races?

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Statesman Won’t Endorse For Prez

The Statesman editorial board is in the midst of interviewing more than 70 candidates for federal, state and local office. Our paper plans to endorse in more than 40 elections. One exception will be the presidential race. This isn’t an unprecedented decision — our paper didn’t endorse in the 2012 GOP presidential caucus, nor the 2008 Democratic caucus and GOP primary, despite Idaho appearances from candidates of both party. And really, it comes down to a simple difference between the president’s race and the other races. When it comes to candidates for everything from Congress to Ada County Highway District, our editorial board has the chance to interview the candidates in depth. Just as important, we have had a chance to watch the candidates up close, in elected service or in the community/Kevin Richert, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Should newspapers endorse in the presidential race?


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RR Endorsees Spend Big w/Strategery

This slick flyer will be circulating soon with Reagan Republican endorsements in the general election in November. I totally disagree with their support of Tom Luna's wrecking-ball “reforms” for Idaho education. Ditto re: North Idaho College endorsements. It'll be interesting to see how much the NIC trustee wannabes spend with Ron Lahr's Strategery this fall.

Candidates endorsed by the Kootenai County Reagan Republicans in contested Republican primaries in Kootenai County last spring spent almost $86,000 for campaign support with Strategery, a public relations firm that lists Reagan Republican principals Ron Lahr as president and Jeff Ward as general consultant (click here). This, according to 7-day pre-election and 30-day post-election campaign finance reports. Candidates in the four contested GOP races for Kootenai County elected office spent $42,509 with Strategery, with incumbent Commissioner Dan Green at the head of the list with expenditures with Lahr's company totaling $18,995. About half of the expenditures were made after the required 7-day pre-election financial report. In the 5 contested legislative races in Districts 2-3, Reagan Republican endorsees spent $43,375 with Lahr's Strategery, including $19,871 reported after the 7-day pre-election period. The only endorsee who didn't spend anything with Strategery in the primary was state Sen. Steve Vick. 3 of the 8 Reagan Republican endorsees failed to win their primaries: Keith Hutcheson (sheriff), Jeff Tyler (House District 3) and Mark Fisher (House District 2). You can see Reagan Republican endorsements for the general election here. You can see how much each Reagan Republican endorsee spent with Strategery in the 2012 GOP primary below:

GOP county primaries:

  • Sheriff — Keith Hutcheson ($10,443)
  • Prosecutor — Barry McHugh ($9650)
  • Commissioner — Dan Green ($18995)
  • Commissioner — Todd Tonde ($3421)

GOP legislative primaries

  • House District 2 — Ed Morse ($12,164) and Mark Fisher ($12625)
  • House District 3 — Jeff Tyler ($10273) and Frank Henderson ($8313)


Reasonable R’s Air Endorsements

The North Idaho Political Action Committee (AKA “Reasonable Republicans) made their endorsements moments ago, setting as its highest priority the defeat of Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol. You can read the list & reasons for endorsements here.The endorsements:

  • District #1:  Shawn Keough (Senate); Eric Anderson (Seat A);George Eskridge (Seat B)
  • District #2: Mark Fisher (Seat A); Ed Morse (Seat B)
  • District #3: Jeff Tyler (Seat A); Frank Henderson (Seat B)
  • District #4: Luke Malek (Seat A)
  • Kootenai County Prosecuting Attorney: Barry McHugh
  • Kootenai County Commissioner District #1: Bruce Noble
  • Commissioner District #2: Dan Green


Reagan Repubs Air Endorsements

The Kootenai County Reagan Republicans officially announced endorsements today for 12 candidates in the May 15 Republican Primary Election.  The conservative organization’s Board of Directors voted to recommend the following for the Republican nomination:

  • 1st Congressional District: Raul Labrador
  • State Representative, 2nd District, Seat B: Ed Morse
  • State Senate, 2nd District: Steve Vick
  • State Representative, 3rd District, Seat A: Jeff Tyler
  • State Representative, 3rd District, Seat B: Frank Henderson
  • State Senate, 3rd District: Bob Nonini
  • State Representative, 4th District, Seat A: Luke Malek
  • State Representative, 4th District, Seat B: Kathy Sims
  • State Senate, 4th District: John Goedde
  • County Prosecuting Attorney: Barry McHugh
  • County Commissioner, District 3: Dan Green
  • County Sheriff: Keith Hutcheson

The Kootenai County Reagan Republicans (KCRR) has been highly successful helping elect their endorsed candidates. In 2011 KCRR endorsed candidates won 12 out of 15 races including 7 out of 7 in the November Municipal Election — Ron Lahr, Reagan Republicans

Reagan Repubs Boot Home 7 Winners

Seven of seven candidates endorsed by the Kootenai County Reagan Republicans won handily last night in four different towns staging mayor and city council elections. No where will the money and influence of the Reagan Republicans be felt more than in Coeur d'Alene, where challengers Steve Adams and Dan Gookin ran ahead all night to win with 56% and 54% of the vote, respectively. Council incumbent Ron Edinger, who wasn't endorsed by the Reagan Republicans, swamped his opponent with 72% of the vote. All three winners in Coeur d'Alene support a public vote on proposed changes to McEuen Field. Other Reagan Republican winners were: Kerri Thoreson, Skip Hissong, and Joe Malloy in Post Falls council races; Tim Timmins in a Hayden City Council race; and Vic Holmes in the Rathdrum mayor's race. (Kerri Thoreson photo: Victorious Post Falls council candidate Joe Malloy at City Hall Tuesday night)

Question: Are you excited/disappointed by 2011 city election results in Kootenai County?

RRepubs Back School, Road Hopefuls

Huckleberries Online received this mailing over the weekend in which Reagan Republicans are endorsing candidates in nonpartisan school and highway district races. Printed in expensive multiple colors, the flyers included a write-in ballot and encouraged recipients to vote before election day for “fiscally conservative, common-sense candidates” before the May 17 elections in Coeur d'Alene and Post Falls.

Question: What do you think of a group of local Republicans endorsing in nonpartisan races?

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