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Oliver Replaces Jacobson On GOP CC

Some of the current county GOP CC leaders are shown in this 2010 Fourth of July Parade float, including Doug Balija, far left, and Tony Wisniewski, third from left. Balija is the GOP treasurer and Wisniewski the vice president. (Phantom Photographer photo)

The Kootenai County Republican Central Committee chose Neil Oliver as its new chairman at the Garden Plaza on Thursday night. Oliver edged Brent Regan 34-31 in voting by the precinct committee members. “I look forward to the challenge,” Oliver told nearly 200 attendees. “I hope to fill your needs and earn your trust. I'm a big follower of by-laws. Those by-laws were put in by the people before us.” Oliver said those in the political party will disagree, but it's important to respect each other and unify to change the direction of the country. “One of the most important things is the way the public views the Republican Party,” he said. “If we seem scattered, that reflects poorly on us”/Brian Walker, CdA Press.

Question: Yeah, I know Cindy published this last week while I was on vacation. But I wanted to break this down further by inviting insiders to tell us what happened in the Oliver win over Regan. Anyone?

Letter: Take Back Boundary GOP

We, the following Individuals, have come to the conclusion that there is a need to change the makeup of the current Boundary County Republican Central Committee. We feel that the views of all of the Boundary County Republicans are not being represented by Chairman Donna Capurso, or the majority of the committee. The state Republican committee has taken away the right of Republican men and women in the military to have any voice in the selection of the Presidential candidate. The local committee even wanted to make the candidates for local office be allowed to run as Republican candidates ONLY with the blessing of the central committee. This is NOT what the process of electing our President, and other elected officials is about. We are running in the Republican Primary Election on May 15 for Precinct Committee positions on the Republican Party Central Committee/Letter to Mike Weland's News Bonners Ferry. More here.

Question: Sound familiar? Are you finally starting to see that the Far Right is at work throughout North Idaho trying to take over government? Do you still think Coeur d'Alene recall is only about McEuen Field?

Winner Takes All: Battle Of The Rons

An insider provides this peek behind the curtain re: the battle royal that will be waged for control of the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee this spring: “Two grand coalitions will do battle in Kootenai County. Same with all the other offices in the Rep. Primary. On one side the anti-Republicans : Constitution and Libertarian usurpers, Hartophiles, Spencerites, Paulers, Rally Righters, UCNIs, and assorted wing nuts (tax protesters, soverign citizens, nullifiers, kinists, neoconfederates.) On the other side are real Republicans: Pachyderms, Reagan Republicans, Republican Women, NIPAC, CAVErs, CBErs, Santorum, Romney and Gingrich supporters and other rational folk. Battle of the Rons: Ron Paul “Republicans” versus Ronald Reagan Republicans. List of current CC races to come.


Press: No Confidence In GOP CC

Editor Mike Patrick of the Coeur d'Alene Press slugged one over the fence this morning with his editorial, “Vote of confidence.” In it, he points out the silliness of the Far Right, which is in control of the GOP Central Committees in Kootenai County and North Idaho, noting that it condemns decent state senators like Shawn Keough and Joyce Broadsword for simply offering a redistricting plan, while embracing the tax-dodging Rep. Phil Hart of Athol. Quote: “Region One committee members castigated the senators for “failure to adhere to Republican principles” and 'purposely attempting to cause electoral run-offs between Idaho conservative legislators in order to further your progressive agendas.' Progressive agendas? Last we looked, Broadsword and Keough couldn't be mistaken for Feinstein and Pelosi, but that's the point, isn't it? If the public has lost confidence in anybody, it's those jerking the reins of the Republican Central Committee.” More here.

Question: Are you very confident in the GOP Central Committee leadership in Kootenai County or Region 1?

HBO Poll: GOP Gift To Brannon Not Right

  • Thursday Poll: 117 of 155 respondents (75%) said it isn’t proper for the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee to donate $2500 to loser Jim Brannon’s legal challenge of his 5-vote loss to City Councilman Mike Kennedy in the 2009 Coeur d’Alene elections. Only 31 of 155 (20%) said it was proper to do so. 7 of 155 (5%) were undecided.
  • Today’s Poll: Should House GOP leaders remove Rep. Phil Hart from the Revenue & Taxation Committee?

Rally Right Backed 38 Precinct Winners

Rally Right, the conservative religious-politico group that was involved in the local Republican primaries this spring, endorsed 38 individuals (in 71 precincts) who who precinct committee elections (see precinct voter guide here) — 17 of those individuals ran unopposed while 20 won contested races. 15 Rally Right candidates lost precinct elections. Final tally in contested races? Rally Right candidates won 20 of 36. Rally Right didn’t endorse in some races. And its candidates lost a handful of precinct races. I’ll have further breakdowns in a minute. Among the individuals who ran unopposed but didn’t get a Rally Right endorsement were: Donna Montgomery, Duane Rasmussen, Ron Nilson, Mike McDowell, Jim Brannon, Gary Ingram, Ruth E. Smith, and Bob Hollingsworth.

Question: Can it be said that Rally Right controls the local GOP Central Committee?

OOST: Local GOP Purging RINOs

Out Of Stater Tater: True, there have always been CC members who don’t pull their weight and make it a social club, but that’s not going to change. This was all about making sure Bob Pederson’s chosen, pure minions took charge. I’ve come across enough people who’ve been asked by Pederson or his followers if that person is saved. And it isn’t enough to just be saved, certain denominations apparently don’t count. What’s that got to do with getting Republicans elected? Oh yeah, it’s about getting the “right” kind of Republican, but the standard for that is highly subjective.

Question: Has the religious right taken over the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee?

Tina Jacobson Leads KootenaiCo R’s

Cabbage Boy report on Kootenai County GOP Central Committee meeting last night:

  • New chair: Tina Jacobson
  • New Vice: Tony W. Can’t spell his polish last name
  • New Sec: Laurie Erickson
  • New youth committeeman, Van Pelt I think.
  • Doug Weir retained the treasures seat.
  • State committee man and woman stayed the same, Matt Roetter and the incomparable Ruthie Johnson.

No paper airplanes or fireworks.

Question: Are the local Republicans in good hands now?

Huckleberries Hears …

… there might be fireworks tonight when the Kootenai County GOP Central Committee meets for the first time since the primary elections of last week, especially if state Rep. Phil Hart pushes hard in a new direction. It’s hard to say whether the Rally Right & Reagan Republican forces have enough votes to take control of the Central Committee. The votes’ll be close. Matt Roetter, who was defeated in his race for a precinct committee man, might be the focus of the fireworks as he seeks re-election to his state committee man post. Stay tuned.

Coin Toss Decides GOP Precinct Race

A week after Idaho’s primary, Kootenai County’s final Republican contest was decided Tuesday with the flip of a coin. In the race for Precinct 8 committeeman, both incumbent Ralph Noyes and challenger Jimmie Masters received 123 votes. As dictated by Idaho code, county Clerk Dan English tossed a coin and Noyes called “heads” in the air. It was tails. The men shook hands and embraced. “We each win, no matter who wins,” Noyes said of his contest with a man who lives around the corner from him at the Prairie Falls Community Golf Course in Post Falls. “It’s not like we have great ideological differences.” English has been clerk for 15 years, and it’s the first time he can remember a county election being decided by a coin toss/Alison Boggs, SR.

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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