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Richert: Nonini Remains Unrepentant

Politics is a “full-contact sport,” Republican state Sen. Bob Nonini told his hometown Coeur d’Alene Press this week. And at least he’s consistent in applying this principle. Last spring, when Nonini was seeking to move from the House to the Senate, his political action committee poured nearly $15,000 into campaigns targeting six GOP incumbents, including Senate Finance Committee Chairman Dean Cameron of Rupert and Vice Chairwoman Shawn Keough of Sandpoint. All six candidates won. If Nonini was chastened by the experience — or by the awkwardness of serving alongside fellow Republicans he targeted for defeat a few months earlier — there’s no visible sign of it/Kevin Richert, TheEDge (IdahoEd News). More here.


Nonini Sends Out Endorsement Letter

State Sen. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d'Alene, poked his nose into the Post Falls School Board races at the last moment by authoring a letter in favor of two challengers to the incumbents. Predictably, Nonini favors the archconservative candidates in the race and doesn't even mention the incumbents who have given Post Falls years of public service. One paragraph, however, stands out as over-the-top, even for Nonini: “I have had many opportunities to meet with their opponents over the eyars and one thing has become apparent. Their only concern is the teacher's union and keeping the union members happy without any regard for the residents funding Post Falls public education.” Seriously, that's the only concern that Dave Paul and Julie Hunt have had? Not the kids? Ever? This from an individual who, as a former House Education Committee chairman was rebuked at the polls when Idaho voters rejected Propositions 1-3, which he supported wholeheartedly. And which would have devastated Idaho education? Bad form, Bob. Bad form. Full Nonini letter here.


Lippert: Idaho Children Not For Sale

On her Facebook wall, incumbent Michelle Lippert offers this rallying cry for those who supported her successful defense of her Post Falls School Board seat versus a Reagan Republican candidate: “Let's get the referendums signed and send a message to Boise. Our children are not for sell to the highest online provider. The opinion of parents and teachers count. Luna’s plan benefits for-profit education providers, not the children of Idaho.” Responding to a comment on the post, she said she asked Dave Paul to consider asking for a recount in his 4-vote loss to Reagan Republican candidate Bonnie Beaulieu, noting that there was a ballot problem at the Prairie View polling place. (Photo of Michelle Lippert from Facebook wall)

Question: Should Dave Paul seek a recount of his 4-vote loss to Bonnie Beaulieu? Let it go? Or sue, as Jim Brannon did in his narrow loss to Coeur d'Alene Councilman Mike Kennedy after the 2009 city election?

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