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One Too Many Reagan Repub Groups?

Item: Name's the same: Reagan Republicans feel like victims of 'identity theft'/David Cole, Coeur d'Alene Press

A Berry Picker emails: “I heard some scuttlebutt about the (Reagan Republicans) being under investigation. It looks like they didn't register with the Secretary of State's office and now someone else has registered/hijacked the name Reagan Republicans and a bunch of related names. They were all atwitter about it over at Chuckleberries and posted a link to the SOS site. I checked it out and it looks like there's no Ron Lahr or Jeff Ward listed on there. … I've never heard of the guy who registered all these names, but it looks like Republican politics is getting weirder by the minute.” Hayden attorney Scott Poorman, representing the Kootenai County Reagan Republicans and Clifford Noll, has sent Jeff Ward and Ron Lahr a letter demanding that they cease using the name Kootenai County Reagan Republicans “for any purpose whatsoever.” The letter is posted on the Chuckleberries Online Web site here. Another Berry Picker emailed Huckleberries: “This has turned into a war it would appear.” Chuckleberries supports United Conservatives of North Idaho, an arch rival of the Ward/Lahr Reagan Republicans. Or whatever they're calling themselves now.

Question: What do you think is going on here?

Ward: An Election Is A War

If you have read my columns in the past you know that I make a lot of allusions to warfare when talking about electoral politics.  Before any liberals lose their heads about me equating politics with violence, understand that I see campaigns and elections as war without violence. We have replaced the violent struggle for power that has dominated most of man's history with a way to decide who will rule without bloodshed and turmoil. Representative democracy is the greatest triumph over the barbarity of rule by sheer force. That being said, political campaigns still retain the structure and terminology of warfare.  The candidate with the biggest and smartest “army” wins/Jeff Ward, Kootenai County Reagan Republicans. More here (scroll down).

Question: Do you agree with Jeff Ward of the Reagan Republicans that electoral politics are war without guns?

KCRR Prez: Quit ‘Non-Issues’ Already

In the latest Kootenai County Reagan Republicans newsletter, president Jeff Ward lists the five top “non-issues” in the GOPrimary race between Raul Labrador and Vaughn Ward:

  • Labrador is an Immigration Attorney
  • Ward’s wife works for Fannie Mae
  • Ward campaign spreading text message rumors
  • Labrador supporter Sali called Ward a Boy Scout
  • Labrador did not attend the F-35 hearing

Ward concludes by saying: “Let’s demand that this campaign get back on the real issues we face in Idaho.” You can read Ward’s entire comment here.

Question: Do you consider any of the issues mentioned by Ward to be “real issues” rather than “non-issues”? Which one(s)? Why?

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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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