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3 D2 Wannabes To Run As Coalition

Via Facebook, former state senator Mike Jorgenson announces today: “I'm happy to announce that Mark Fisher and Ed Morse are joining me in a coalition of independent, intelligent conservatives running in the Republican primary. Hit 'like' if you think we need better ideas coming out of Boise.”

Question: How will the decision by Jorgenson, Fisher and Morse help/hurt them in the three Legislative District 2 races?

RR: Vito Faces Tough Foe In Fisher

Reagan Repub (with disclaimer that he's working for Fisher): Rep. Barbieri (pictured) has been closely allied with Hart and although he does not face the problems Hart faces, he has focused on a similar very narrow agenda like Hart. Niche issues like nulification, silver coinage, raw milk and hiring new attorneys for the Legislature does not resonate with a voter losing his or her job or business. Fisher has a much broader perspective and more impactful issues. Again I put my money on Fisher for better connecting with the average voter. Remember Ron Paul, even with the protest vote against McCain, was weak in 2008 in this district. Barbieri has endorsed Paul and shares a similar priority of issues. I am curious how the race will be impacted by Rep. Hart running or not running. Rep. Barbieri may be hurt by his alliance to Hart but Hart’s loyal followers will also help Vito in the precincts if Phil runs again. It may be a wash.

Question: Will Mark Fisher beat Vito Barbieri in House District 2A GOPrimary?

Newt, Mark Fisher Work CdA Crowd

Mark Fisher (left in red tie), who introduced Callista Gingrich at the Coeur d'Alene rally, works the rope line with Newt Gingrich at the Coeur d'Alene Inn. For those of you keeping score at home, Fisher has announced that he will run against state Rep. Vito Barbieri in the spring GOP primary election. (Special to HucksOnline)

A lot of show biz has crossed the stage at the Bing, and Thursday was no different. Fans stood in line more than an hour before showtime. Some held signs or dressed up. A tour bus lurked outside, and police rerouted traffic. When the doors opened, people flooded in, filling the ground floor immediately and then streaming up to the balcony. The crowd buzzed and rustled, in the full flower of Spokane diversity: every kind of white. Bald old graybeards dominated, but there were plenty of teenagers, families with children in tow, people dressed in athletic spandex and backwoods flannel, blue jeans and T-shirts and ball caps. One of Spokane’s better qualities – our pronounced lack of suits and ties – shone through. One man standing near the back refused an offer of a seat. “I’m too excited to sit,” he said/Shawn Vestal, SR. More here. (SR photo)

Question: Any of you commenters/bloggers/blurkers out there attend the Gingrich rally? Impressions?

Hart, Barbieri To Face Challengers

Two longtime Hayden-area businessmen have announced their candidacies against Idaho Reps. Phil Hart and Vito Barbieri in the GOP primary. Ed Morse, who is challenging Hart, is a real estate appraiser and consultant and board member of the Reagan Republicans group; Mark Fisher (pictured), challenging Barbieri, runs an employee benefits insurance and consulting firm and is a past president of the local Rotary Club. The two, who held a joint announcement last month at a Hayden deli, say they offer practical solutions to the North Idaho district's problems, from jobs to regulations, rather than ideological crusades with little impact/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.

Question: Can businessmen Ed Morse and Mark Fisher beat the hardline House District 3 team of Phil Hart & Vito Barbieri in the GOP primaries?

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