Posts tagged: Pam Stout
I'm trying my darndest to figure out what political party Trustee Brent Regan belongs to. The Regan Republicans and United Conservatives of North Idaho are fond of him. Which means he's on the right edge of the local Republican scale. If he's a Republican. Libertarian Wayne Hoffman has added him to his Idaho Freedom Foundation board of directors. He's spoken at local Tea Party functions. Now, he's involved, with Tea Party Patriots of North Idaho and the Sandpoint Tea Party in bringing “Virtual President” Bill Whittle to Coeur d'Alene (at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at Coeur d'Alene Inn). In an email promoting the event circulated by Regan and Pam Stout of the Sandpoint Tea Party, Regan writes: “We wanted to give the area conservative leaders the first opportunity to reserve tables.” No where in the email is the word “Republican” mentioned. So is Tea Party and Republican Party synonymous in Kootenai County and North Idaho? You can see flyer for Whittle event here.
Avista Corp. is spending thousands of dollars trying to unseat two longtime North Idaho legislators, throwing its support behind tea party-backed challengers in next week’s Republican primary. Being targeted is state Sen. Shawn Keough, R-Sandpoint, who supported unsuccessful efforts to establish a consumer advocate to review utility rate requests, and state Rep. George Eskridge, R-Dover, who advocates greater diversity in Idaho’s energy supply. Avista opposed both proposals. Campaign finance reports filed with the Idaho Secretary of State show Avista has given each incumbent’s challenger $1,000 and has given $15,000 to three political action committees that are funneling money back to the challengers, Danielle Ahrens and Pam Stout. The PACS are also sponsoring independent mailers and advertisements critical of Keough and Eskridge/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.
Question: Do you think Avista should be in the business of trying to defeat state Sen. Shawn Keough and state Rep. George Eskridge in favor of Tea Party candidates?
Rep. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d'Alene, is targeting two fellow North Idaho GOP lawmakers for defeat, campaign finance reports filed today reveal. Nonini's PAC, the Idaho Association for Good Government, donated $1,000 each to the campaigns of Danielle Ahrens, tea party adherent and the GOP primary challenger to Sen. Shawn Keough, R-Sandpoint, and Pam Stout, the GOP primary challenger to Rep. George Eskridge, R-Dover, who also is head of the Sandpoint Tea Party Patriots. Nonini's PAC also donated $8,000 to the “Free Enterprise PAC,” which then sent out fliers in North Idaho targeting Keough, vice-chairwoman of the Legislature's Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee, as “the No. 1 big spender in Boise” and touting Ahrens as “an actual Republican”/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here. You can see the campaign finance statement filed by Nonini's PAC here.
You may think the Property Rights Council birthed by Chairman Cornel Rasor and fellow commissioners is simply a strange extension of Bonner County government. But Right Side News online considers the council to be a “major new weapon in the fight against the UN.” Yeah, U.N., as in United Nations. (Remember that line from “For What It’s Worth” by Buffalo Springfield? “Paranoia strikes deep, into your life it will creep.”) Right Side News explains the purpose of the council: “The mission of the PRC is to review county government activities and inter-governmental activities to determine whether the activities may cause adverse impact to private property rights. The PRC then is charged with supplying to county officials an opinion on that impact.” With tea party queenpin Pam Stout on the county payroll to oversee the council, you can bet those opinions come from the extreme right precincts of North Idaho’s political rabbit hole/DFO, SR Sunday Huckleberries. More here.
Question: Does Kootenai County need a Property Rights Council?
The Republican nomination for the regional legislative seats will be hard-won this year. Conservative activists Pam Stout and Danielle Ahrens have announced their intention to pursue the GOP nomination for seats currently held by Rep. George Eskridge, R-Dover, and Sen. Shawn Keough, R-Sandpoint. “Neither one of us is a slick Boise politician,” Ahrens said. “We know what it’s like to balance a checkbook.” After her inclusion in a New York Times feature story and an appearance on “Late Night With David Letterman” in 2010, Pam Stout became something of a national Tea Party icon. Her county job heading the Bonner County Property Rights Council further bolstered her conservative credentials. Now Stout aims to take her views to Boise as a District 1 representative/Cameron Rasmussen, Bonner County Bee. More here. (SR file photo: Pam Stout, shown during a tea party rally in 2009, now heads the Bonner County Property Rights Council)
Question: Do you think either Shawn Keough or George Eskridge are a “slick Boise politician”?
… That all three incumbents of the Legislative District 1 will face challengers in the state GOP primaries this spring. Dr. Lorna Finman is sponsoring a reception for two of them from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday in the Grove Hotel Hospitality Room in Boise. The two are Pam Stout, leader of the North Idaho Tea Party movement and the Bonner County Property Rights Council, who will be running against state Rep. George Eskridge, and Danielle Ahrens, who will challenge long-time state Sen. Shawn Keough. Also, Donna Capruso already has circulated an email announcing her intention to run against state Rep. Eric Anderson, R-Priest River. You can see Finman's flyer for Saturday's event here. (SR file photo: Pam Stout is shown during a tea party rally in 2009)
Question: Are Keough, Eskridge, and Anderson vulnerable from a challenge from the Far Right?
In this courtesy photo from the Pacific Northwest Inlander, Pam Stout, a founder of the Sandpoint Tea Party, appears on the Late Show with David Letterman in 2010. Inlander reporter Chris Stein breaks down the various splinter Republican factions in Kootenai County for an article this week that observes: “Among a proliferation of conservative groups, some Kootenai County Republicans fear their greatest enemy may by themselves.” More here.
December has seen the emergence of two new conservative groups: the United Conservatives of North Idaho and the North Idaho Political Action Committee. Both profess to be Republican, but they couldn’t be further apart in approach. The United Conservatives group characterizes itself as a “very conservative” work-in-progress, while the North Idaho PAC pledges to support “reasonable Republicans” who can steer a more moderate course.
Question: Which GOP group in Kootenai County will emerge as kingmakers in the spring primaries?
Political life in Bonner County is a curious, and sometimes dysfunctional process. Like permissive yet negligent parents, residents mostly ignore whatever their government is getting up to until they just can’t ignore it anymore, at which time they tend to come down hard on the miscreants. That may—or may not—be what’s happening now, as a suggestion to remove tax funding for some popular programs has served to spotlight other actions that are also causing some dismay, as residents are asking “What is this Property Rights Council, and why does the local tea party seem to be running it?”/Trish Gannon, River Journal. More here. (Pam Stout of the Property Rights Council)
Question: Do you support the purpose of the Bonner County Property Rights Council?
Pam Stout's first brush with fame came in the spring of 2010 when, after appearing in a New York Times story about the rise of the Tea Party, David Letterman invited her on his show to explain the movement. “I know nothing about the Tea Party,” he said at the outset of the interview. Stout went on to explain — in a calm, mild manner, to the dismay of some liberals — that she and fellow activists were out to combat wasteful spending. To do that in her hometown of Sandpoint, she said, “We're trying locally to take over the Republican party.” She added, “In Sandpoint, it's not so much of an issue — it's fairly conservative”/Cally Carswell, High Country News. More here. (SR file photo)
Question: Is Kootenai County as susceptible to Tea Party control as Bonner County?
In the conservative crucible of Idaho’s far north, a tea party leader aiming to slim down government has a new title: Government worker. Pam Stout, a tea party activist interviewed by late-night TV’s David Letterman, landed a $25,000, 19-hour weekly job heading the Bonner County Property Rights Council. She’s recruiting volunteers to this new arm of local government, to advise county commissioners about free-market alternatives, slashing spending and intervening in disputes with Washington, D.C. bureaucrats. Some in this region of lakes, evergreens and snowcapped mountains are responding warily to what they see as an ideologically motivated panel inside the courthouse, funded by taxpayers and blessed by elected leaders/John Miller, AP. More here. (SR file photo, of Pam Stout at Post Falls Tea Party event)
Question: What do you make of a leading light in the Tea Party movement taking a gummint job for Bonner County, to oversee property rights?
Little talk of repealing “Obamacare” or of modifying objectionable provisions of healthcare legislation took place at Stout’s “Patriots Unite” event, held March 26. The impending possibility of a government shutdown due to an impasse over the budget was hardly mentioned. Nary a word was spoken about bailouts or taxes. Instead, speakers at this Tea Party event gave the crowd a heavy dose of racist “birther” attacks on President Obama, discussions of the conspiracy behind the problem facing America (complete with anti-Semitic illustration), Christian nationalism, anti-environmentalism, and serious calls for legislation promoting states’ rights and “nullification.” Stout, the Idaho state coordinator for Tea Party Patriots attracted around seventy Tea Party activists from Idaho, Montana, and Washington to the Coeur D’Alene Inn for the conference/Devin Burghart, Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights. More here. (Photo/Institute for Research & Education on Human Rights: North Idaho Tea Party leader Pam Stout of Bonners Ferry)
Stout is a 66-year-old Sandpoint resident, retired grandmother, U.S. citizen and native of Great Britain whose political fires were stoked by the government’s massive spending in response to the financial collapse. She was featured prominently in a long New York Times piece in February about the tea parties, and she landed on “The Late Show with David Letterman” last week. Since then, the geniuses of the Internet have chewed her over from every angle. She’s a “sweet little old lady from Idaho.” She’s a “racist.” She’s “well-spoken” and “middle-aged.” (“I really thought I was old,” she said.) She’s naïve and ill-informed. She’s a hero. She’s a villain. When Fox News bloviator Bill O’Reilly referred to tea partiers as loons, a picture of Stout was displayed behind him. Stout rises above it. “When people say hurtful things about you,” she said, “they generally come from their own pain”/Shawn Vestal, SR. More here w/video of Letterman appearance. (AP FilePhoto)
Question: Do you know anyone involved in the Tea Party movement? Are they fringe people? Or salt-of-the-earth people like Stout who are concerned w/fiscal issues?