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Mack Speech Goes Off Without Hitch

Richard Mack felt apprehensive about coming to Coeur d'Alene. Speaking moments before he was to take the stage as the controversial keynote speaker during the Republican party's primary fundraiser, Mack said he never felt as unwelcome as he did before coming to Coeur d'Alene. “This has never happened to me before,” the Republican candidate in Texas for the U.S. House of Representatives told The Press about the decision by the local party to bar him from speaking. But the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee re-invited Mack to speak at its Lincoln Day Dinner and Mack said he was glad to accept it - again. “After I saw the crowd and talked to the people I felt good,” he said. “I guess I didn't hurt attendance any”/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: What will be the fallout of this event?

Divisive Mack Coming To INorthwest

A former Arizona sheriff revered by the militia movement for his outspoken criticism of gun control and government tyranny is returning to the Inland Northwest for meetings with local GOP groups, triggering a rift among some Republicans. Richard Mack, who now lives in Texas and is running for U.S. Congress, is a self-described conservative constitutionalist with ties to various political parties and movements. He served as sheriff of rural Graham County, Arizona as a Democrat, ran unsuccessfully for governor of Utah as a Libertarian and now is trying to unseat a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives in the GOP’s upcoming Texas primary. He will be a featured speaker at fundraisers for the Republican parties of Spokane and Kootenai counties, though his North Idaho appearance was canceled at one point, then re-established after fraud allegations arose from the intra-GOP process used to disinvite him/Meghann Cuniff, SR. More here.

Question: What will be the long-term fallout from Libertarian-Constitutionalist wing of local GOP forcing Mack onto Reagan/Reasonable Republican wing?

How They Voted On Mack Disinvite

Here's the unofficial list of how Kootenai County GOP CC precinct members voted on the motion to disinvite Richard Mack from speaking at Kootenai County GOP Lincoln Day Dinner March 24. Those voting yes were in support of disinviting Mack:

  • Yes: (31) Rod Twete, Paul Matthews, Fred Meckel, Donna Montgomery, Jan Olsen, Duane Rasmussen, Ron Honner, Barry McHugh, Luke Sommer, Jackie Mayo, Peggy Miller, Mike McDowell, Marv Lekstrum, Jim Pierce, Gary Ingram, Ruth Smith, Julie Chadderdon, Kelly Chadderdon (contested ballot), Sharon Culbreth, Linda Nelson, Anita Banta, Joy Seward, Rachel Riggs, Larry Bareth, Jeff Ward, Ron Lahr, Betty Ann Henderson, Ron Nilson, Bob Hollingsworth, Jeff Tyler and Brad Corkill.
  • And a list of those who voted against the motion to disinvite: No (30): Roger Benoit, Tom Robinson, Melanie VanderFeer, Neil Oliver, Fred Sali, Bruce Maddox, Jeanie Fritz, Frank Reid, Ruthie Johnson, Doug Weir, Steve Adams, Allen Richardson, Jim Brannon, Mike Oliver, Bjorn Handeen, Jimmy Masters, Wendy Medlock, Fred Ostermeyer, Bob Whiteman, Brad Crabtree, Larry Gilman, Joe Malloy, John Cross, Tony Wisniewski, Ron Mendive, Alice Rankin, Ken Chause, George Mitchell, Duane Thompson, and Tina Jacobson.
  • The executive committee voted to overthrow the vote and invited Mack to speak March 24, citing possibly forgery with one of the proxy ballots.

DOTC: Put Voters Not Parties First

Dan of the Community: Plain and simple, too few polling places in large turnout elections (and Presidential elections are the grand daddy of them all) with too few poll workers equals long lines and discouraged voters. This is especially true since so many of the absentee polling sites that have been used for over a decade have been closed this year as well. Yes, in some cycles there are smaller turnouts and for some time periods during the day the poll workers (who barely make minimum wage for ONE day) may not have enough voters to keep them hopping all the time. But that just goes with the territory since the polls are open for 12 full hours and there are predictable peaks and lulls. And for smaller elections you can cut down on pollings site but you can’t add more at the last minute for large elections.

Question: Would Cliff Hayes have won election of multi-term incumbent Dan English had he run on a platform of cutting absentee voting at local City Halls & cutting precincts by almost half?

Local R’s Fight Over Precinct Cut

Local Republicans are battling behind the scenes over a proposal by Kootenai County Clerk Cliff Hayes to reduce the number of county voting precincts from 71 to 44. The Reagan Republicans support the move. The county Republican Central Committee doesn't. Last night, the Central Committee voted unanimously on two resolutions opposing Hayes' attempt to reduce the number of precincts. However, earlier Monday, Jeff Ward, leader of the Reagan Republicans, circulated a newsletter saying he was going to boycott the Central Committee meeting and urging his followers to boycott the Central Committee meeting, too. In his newsletter, Ward said: “I will not be a party to an attack on a conservative policy because some people who claim conservatism wish to kill it to maintain their political advantage.” So it's hard to say how many precinct committee members were present at the meeting. The two resolutions from the Central Committee will be sent to the Kootenai County commissioners for discussion today.

Question: What do you make of this flap?

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