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Jeff Ward: Local GOP Is Not A Cult

 The Kootenai County Republican Central Committee is considering a resolution to create a “party purity” committee to purge the Kootenai Republican Party of those, it alone, deems insufficiently adherent to someone's narrow idea of conservatism. The best argument against this folly was outlined by our namesake, Ronald Reagan, in his ground breaking 1977 “New Republican Party” speech  at the 4th Annual Conservative Political Action Committee Convention: “… If there is any ideological fanaticism in American political life, it is to be found among the enemies of freedom on the left or right — those who would sacrifice principle to theory, those who worship only the god of political, social and economic abstractions, ignoring the realities of everyday life. They are not conservatives.” More here.

DFO: BTW, the Reagan Republicans have endorsed Coeur d'Alene mayoral candidate Mary Souza more than a month before the filing period begins for the city of Coeur d'Alene. Wonder how Jim Brannon feels about that?

Question: I predict that the Kootenai County Central Committee will pass the resolution before it tonight calling for an ad hoc screening committee for GOP primary candidates. How about you?

County GOP Eyes Political Purity

Item: In search of party purity: Republican Central Committee mulls new resolution/Jeff Selle, Coeur d'Alene Press

More Info: Another resolution will come before the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee tonight that if passed, would create a sub-committee charged with screening candidates to ensure they are true Republicans. The resolution points out that an important responsibility of the KCRCC is to promote Republican philosophy, but the KCRCC has failed to show any concern regarding whether or not a Republican candidate has promoted or opposed the Republican philosophy. The drafters of the resolution are asking the committee to establish an ad hoc subcommittee to develop an endorsement event for the 2014 Kootenai County Officer elections, and they want to urge the Republican candidates to abide by the party's endorsements.

Duane Rasmussen: “I am completely opposed to this,” (Duane Rasmussen) said Monday. “It is just silliness.” He said the Congressman Ron Paul followers are dominating the party and now they want to start picking the Republican candidates.

Question: How do you think this resolution will play out tonight?

KCGOPCC Resolution Seeks Purity

Seems some members of the Kootenai County GOP Central Committee aren't satisfied that real Republicans are running in their primaries. On Tuesday, the local Elephants will consider a proposed resolution calling for an ad hoc committee to screen primary candidates to ensure that they're really Republicans (and not Libertarians, Ron Paulers and Constitutionalists, like more than a few precinct committeemen). The resolution reads in part:

  • Whereas, Promotion of the Republican philosophy cannot be done while simultaneously supporting candidates who oppose the Republican philosophy; and
  • Whereas, The KCRCC has failed to show any concern regarding whether or not a Republican candidate has promoted or opposed the Republican philosophy; and
  • Whereas, This failure has created a vacuum that has been filled by special interest grops and the meida, who often obfuscate a candidate's philosophy; and blah, blah, blah (full resolution here).


Question: What do you think of the resolution's attempt to screen GOP primary candidates?

Local GOP May Oppose Anti-Bias Law

At its meeting Tuesday night (agenda here), the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee will consider a resolution asking the Coeur d'Alene City Council to repeal the recent passage of the controversial antidiscrimination ordinance that extends human rights protections to gays. Here's the resolution that will be considered:

Whereas, there exists no natural right to make a contract with an unwilling private person, no matter what that person's motivation for refusing that contract; and, whereas, the right to make contracts is therefore always a right to enter into binding agreements such as employment or rental contracts only with willing second parties; and, whereas, a municipal anti-discrimination ordinance confers the right to make contracts with unwilling parties and to “enforce” those contracts in court; therefore, resolved, the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee considers the City of Coeur d'Alene's recently adopted anti-discrimination ordinance to be a violation of the people's natural right to make free contracts, and resolved, the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee recommends that the Coeur d'Alene City Council secure the natural freedoms of its citizens by repealing said ordinance.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Kootenai County Administrative Building, 451 Government Way, Coeur d'Alene.


Idaho GOP Targets City LGBT Laws

Idaho, like other states, has gained some protections for its LGBT community through municipal ordinances banning discrimination in housing and employment.  It seems the Idaho State GOP just can’t stand that fact!  Yesterday at their annual Central Committee summer meeting the Republican Party leaders of Idaho passed a non-binding resolution urging the GOP-dominated legislature to rescind those protections, making them null and void. Thus far, the GOP-led Idaho Legislature has refused to add housing and workplace protections for gays and lesbians to the Idaho Human Rights Act.  This had led the LGBT community in a few cities to fight for housing and job protections via city ordinances.  And fight they have had to do/Cathy Kristopherson, O-Blog-Dee-O-Blog-Da. More here.


Idaho Resolution Opposes Pot Forever

Update: Anti-pot resolution clears House/Eye on Boise

“Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug in the United States,” Sen. Chuck Winder, R-Boise, told the House State Affairs Committee this morning, pitching his SCR 112, a Senate-passed resolution declaring that it’s the position of the Idaho Legislature that the state should never legalize marijuana for any use. “I think what this resolution is trying to do is just to make a statement that Idaho recognizes the problems that marijuana is creating in other states,” Winder said. “This is just a statement, it doesn’t change the law. … It’s just a statement on behalf of the Legislature of Idaho”/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

DFO: The bat signal for Brent is official lit.

Question: Why waste time making a statement re: pot when some future Idaho Legislature and the people of Idaho might legalize it some day?

Clark: More Talk, Less Action

There has been a lot of finger wagging about the Spokane City Council devoting its Monday night meeting to a public outpouring over the state’s new gay marriage law. Some of my co-conspirators in the media argue that council members should stick to topics that are within the scope of their control. That’s one way to look at it. The wrong way, alas. Now I won’t argue the logic. I agree it’s a waste of time for the City Council to get bogged down in nonbinding resolutions like gay marriage. And that’s a bad thing, how? Look at it this way. For this one glorious Monday evening … No parking meter rates were raised. Not one more red light intersection camera was installed. While citizens wrangled passionately over the definition of marriage, our hamstrung leaders couldn’t come up with any new ways to pick our pockets/Doug Clark, SR. More here.

Question: Would you rather see your City Council get bogged down on nonbinding resolutions involving topics like gay marriage than to handle its usual business?

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