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GOP Leader Sues Anonymous Poster

Item: GOP leader sues anonymous commenter/Coeur d'Alene Press; And: Original HucksOnline post here

More Info: An anonymous commenter on a local blog is the target of a lawsuit filed Monday by Tina Jacobson, chair of the Kootenai County Republican Party. The suit claims a commenter using the pseudonym “almostinnocentbystander” posted libelous, defamatory statements about Jacobson in February on the Spokesman-Review's Huckleberries blog. It also alleges that several other bloggers made similar statements.

DFO: Three days after the post was made and deleted, “almostinnocentbystander” issued an apology and statement that was posted on Huckleberries Online. Click here. You can read Tina Jacobson's lawsuit here.

Thoughts?

GOP Chair Sues Commenter

Kootenai County GOP Central Committee Chairman Tina Jacobson has filed a lawsuit against a Huckleberries Online commenter who goes by the pseudonym “almostinnocentbystander.” Jacobson's lawsuit names as defendant “John Doe” and/or “Jane Doe.” The Spokesman-Review is not named as a defendant in the lawsuit. Jacobson is claiming that the anonymous commenter “committed a tort of libel by publishing, via the internet, a malicious defamation” on Huckleberries Online about Jacobson during the visit of GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum to Coeur d'Alene in mid-February. According to the lawsuit, “almostinnocentbystander,” had commented at Huckleberries Online that “there was $10,000 missing from the Republican Central Committee funds and that the missing funds were hidden on the person of Mrs. Jacobson.” The suit goes on to say that Huckleberries blogger D.F. Oliveria removed the comment. The complaint adds that Oliveria and the Spokesman-Review refused to provide the identity of the commenter to Jacobson. The lawsuit seeks damages  from the anonymous poster for alleged libel and an injunction to prevent future acts of libel.  It is expected that, as part of the litigation, the plaintiff will seek to learn the identity of the anonymous poster. You can read the complaint for yourself here.

Ward: ‘Bigger Fish To Fry’

Jeff Ward of the Reagan Republicans sent this e-mail this afternoon to friends who wondered what they should do at the Kootenai County GOP Central Committee meeting Tuesday night re: the Richard Mack Lincoln Day speech: “A number of people have contacted me concerning a strategy about Tuesdays Central Committee meeting. My recommendation is to have no meeting strategy. Our previous goal was to change the speaker at the Lincoln Day Dinner. Although we won a legal vote, a decision was made to disregard the will of the majority and Mr. Mack spoke anyway.  Regardless of the numerous law and bylaws violations that took place,  the milk is spilled and the point now is moot. Although the Mack invite was a mistake, I have to commend those who worked so hard on the Lincoln Day Dinner for making best out of a bad situation,  as well as the financial angels and candidates to picked up the slack by sponsoring extra tables to avert disaster.  I hope enough funds were raised to counteract the extra costs of the caucuses and pay our outstanding county quota to the state party.” More here.

Thoughts?

Jacobson, Exec Board Reinvites Mack

The Kootenai County Republican Central Committee's February 28 vote to retract the former Arizona sheriff's invitation to speak at the Lincoln Day Dinner has been tossed by the party's executive board. Mack will be the featured guest speaker, as originally scheduled, at the March 24 Lincoln Day Dinner at The Coeur d’Alene Resort, according to a press release sent out by party chair, Tina Jacobson (pictured). Mack was slated to headline the event, a fundraiser for the Kootenai County Republican Party, but his appearance was canceled following a vote during the February 28 meeting of the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee. It was later alleged, based on a private investigation, that the deciding vote for disinviting Mack was a forged proxy ballot/Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Will the unilateral action by Chairwoman Tina Jacobson and the Executive Committee to reinvite Richard Mack further divide the splintered Kootenai County Republican Party?

Caucus Count Short-Changes Kootenai

It was before 10 p.m. when it became clear that Kootenai County’s votes didn’t matter in Tuesday’s Idaho Republican caucus. And the only thing Kootenai County Republicans had decided was that former Louisana Gov. Buddy Roemer wouldn’t be their choice. Results from other counties showed that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney would win enough votes regardless of Kootenai County to win all 32 of the state’s delegates. “It’s extremely frustrating,” said Kootenai County Republican Chairwoman Tina Jacobson, who said results shouldn’t have been released in ways to interfere with ongoing caucuses/Jonathan Brunt, SR. More here.

Question: Any thoughts from anyone who attended the caucuses?

GOP Faction Opposes Event Speaker

The selection of Richard Mack as the keynote speaker at the Kootenai County Republican Party's March 24 Lincoln Day Dinner isn't sitting well with a group of prominent party members. Mack, a self-described “constitutional conservative” and frequent speaker on the national Tea Party circuit, is a former Arizona sheriff. Now living in Texas, Mack is running for Congress in his district's Republican primary. A letter opposing Mack's appearance at the annual Republican party dinner and fundraiser was sent Monday to county party chair Tina Jacobson (pictured) and secretary Lorri Erickson. It was signed by 14 elected Central Committee members. Letter signer Jeff Ward, Precinct 23 Committeeman and president of the Idaho Federation of Reagan Republicans, told The Press they are troubled by the selection of Mack because “he's been fairly hostile to the Republican party.” “It just doesn't make any sense to me,” he said/Maureen Dolan, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Anyone care to read the tea leaves here re: division among Kootenai County Republicans?

Groundless Claim Leads To Ban

On Tuesday, HucksOnline poster Almost Innocent Bystander made a baseless accusation against Tina Jacobson, chairwoman of the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee. I deleted that post and three others that referred back to it as soon as I saw them. I also informed Almost Innocent Bystander that posting privileges at HucksOnline have been revoked. In response today, Almost Innocent Bystander emailed this: “I apologize for and retract my derogatory and unsubstantiated commentary regarding Tina Jacobson.” HucksOnline commenters should feel free to flag posts they think are inappropriate — DFO.

Idaho GOP Honors Hayes, Jacobson

Kootenai County Clerk Cliff Hayes and county GOP Central Committee Chairman Tina Jacobson were among those honored by the Idaho Republican Party and installed into the GOP Hall of Fame at the presidential straw poll in Boise Friday. Hayes was named “Outstanding Republican Administrator” and Jacobson “Outstanding County Chair.” Bill at OpenCDA.com explains what happened with Hayes, who has been in office only 18 months and unsuccessfully pushed for a controversial move to cut the number of voting precincts from 71 to 44. Seems Idaho Republicans noted in the presentation to Hayes that he's “… brought back confidence in the integrity of our election process.” Also winning an award from Kootenai County was Melanie Vanderfeer “Outstanding Precinct Committeeperson.” You can read Dan Popkey's story prior to the event here.

Question: Do you believe Cliff Hayes has brought “back confidence in the integrity of our election process”?

BP: Tina Jacobson Has A Conflict

A Berry Picker (re: Huckleberries Hears … that United Conservatives of North Idaho are organizing): “If Tina Jacobson, chairman of the Kootenai County GOP Central Committee, is involved, it's a serious conflict. She's helping to organize a new group because of flaws in the local Republican party when she's heading the local Republican Party? Just a guess that (Bob Pedersen of Rally Right) and his posse were none too happy that the Reagan Republicans put their boots to the ground for the Coeur d'Alene School Board and the recent municipal elections with some success and a headline or two. The purpose of the local central committees of both parties is to work towards electing and primarily supporting candidates of each respective party to county offices and the state legislature. It certainly isn't to create splinter groups.

Question: Does Chairwoman Tina Jacobson of the Kootenai County GOP CC, have a conflict of interest in speaking to a new conservative organization? Are local Republicans splintered?

Rumors Sweeping County Courthouse

One of the wild rumors sweeping the Kootenai County Courthouse these days is that county clerk-elect Cliff Hayes might tap failed 2009 City Council candidate Jim Brannon as his chief deputy. Then, the worker bees initially were worried that he might pick Tina Jacobson. Another totally unsubstantiated rumor that was out there, even during the election campaign, is that Hayes will hold the office for a couple of years and then turn it over to whoever is his chief deputy. That he’s already accomplished his job of getting the office back into Republican hands. The worker bees are nervous. But I doubt that either of the two mentioned above are on Hayes’ radar. He’s sharper than that.

Question: Who do you think Hayes will pick as chief deputy? Why?

Phil Hart R’s Fail To Bounce Roetter

Item: Roetter retains committeeman post: Official refused to support Phil Hart/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d’Alene Press

More Info: A Kootenai County Republican Central Committeeman was allowed to keep his position on the board following a vote Tuesday evening. Matt Roetter was facing dismissal from his position as an officer of the KCRCC’s executive board for his public refusal to support Phil Hart as a Republican candidate amid the Athol legislator’s tax and timber controversies. The committee conducted the vote during its monthly meeting in executive session, closed to the public. Roetter retained his seat after 55 votes, including proxy votes, were cast.

Question: How would you characterize this setback to the Phil Hart branch of the Kootenai County Republican Party?

Bloggy: Possible Names For GOP Wing

Recuperating from his recent trip to Alaska with his she-devil at the wheel, Mr_Bloggy offers these names for the Tina/Phil/Bob triumvirate driving the local GOP bus:

  • Barking Yam Hounds
  • Cheez Whip Finger Sniffers
  • Monkey Headed Squirrel Broilers
  • Funky Teabag Strainer Possums
  • Two Men and a - a Um - a … well a (what?) oh yeah .. a “Lady”
  • You Will Know Us by the Trail of Our Donut Crumbs
  • Axis of Weasel
  • Ronald Reagan’s Brain
  • The Gang that Couldn’t
  • More below

Question: Yesterday, the suggestion ‘Fedora Republicans’ was offered as a possible nickname for the Old Guard wing of the local GOP.  Any other name possibilities for the Phil Hart wing?

Name Tina-Phil-Bob Wing Of Local R’s

In the comments section, Lizard People, Cabbage Boy, & I have a good conversation going re: the shorthand Huckleberries Online should use for the Tina Jacobson-Phil Hart-Bob Pederson (Rally Right) wing of the local Republican Party. Cabbage Boy launched the conversation by terming the Old Guard wing of the party “Fedora Republicans” because the Pachyderm Club is shifting its Friday meeting place from IHOP to the new Fedora restaurant at Kathleen & Ramsey. Now, I know you smart alecks are going to come up with some hilarious suggestions. But … really … can you offer a good suggestion for the following question:

Question: What would be a good shorthand term for the Jacobson-Hart-Pederson wing that’s now in control of the Kootenai County Republican Party — and from what I hear “own” the courthouse?

Tina: ‘Completely Own Courthouse’

E-mail sent out by local GOP Chairwoman Tina Jacobson to local Republicans: “Countless hours of phone calling, putting out candidate signs, stuffing bags for the literature drop, walking the precincts and mailing out literature really paid off.   We have brought Idaho’s first Congressional District back into Republican hands with the election of Raul Labrador.  Idaho has retained all seven of its Republican constitutional officers and increased the Republican presence in the State Legislature.  Here in Kootenai County we are now truly the reddest county in the reddest state in the union.  We have 4 legislative districts that are located all or in part within our borders.  We will be sending a complete Republican delegation from each and every one of them.  With the victory of our new Republican County Clerk (Cliff Hayes, pictured) we completely own the Kootenai County Courthouse.”

Question: So the Republicans control the courthouse rather than the general public?

Local R’s To Appoint Media Panel

Item: One party, one voice? Republicans consider liaison to deal with press/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d’Alene Press

More Info: The Kootenai County Republican Central Committee wants a more efficient communication line with the media. Unsatisfied with recent writeups, the committee is considering forming a subcommittee to represent the group’s official voice in a timely fashion for future news stories. “Basically it’s uncharted waters for everyone,” KCRCC Chair Tina Jacobson said in a message left at the Press. “Instead of having individuals run to the press, you could have a liaison.”

Question: Is this a move to provide a unified voice for local Republicans? Or an attempt to silence dissenters?

Did Jacobson Help Non-Repubs, Too?

Huckleberries hears … that there’s a move afoot among local mainstream Republicans to give county GOP Chairman Tina Jacobson a dose of her own medicine. Jacobson, as you may recall, is presiding over a move by Phil Hart supporters to remove Matt Roetter as state committeeman because he prefers write-in candidate Howard Griffiths to the Athol legislator on moral grounds (tax evasion and timber stealing). Insiders tell Hucks Online that Jacobson and Hart participated in a workshop this spring for Friends of Liberty in which they told their audience how to run a successful political campaign. Friends of Liberty organizations include the Kootenai County Constitution Party (as well as John Birch Society, Libertarian Party of Washington, and Tea Party of both Sandpoint and Spokane). My sources say Jacobson did the same thing she is accusing Roetter of doing because (follow the dots here) she was telling possible Constitutionalists how to run a successful campaign, possibly against Republicans. And they note that incumbent Sen. John Goedde, R-CdA, is running against Constitutionalist Ray Writz in a Senate District 4 race.

Question: Is this a legitimate beef?

OTV’s ‘Tina Lisa’

After reading about the squabbles among warring Kootenai County Republicans, OrangeTV/Get Out! North Idaho offers this little parody that he entitles the “Tina Lisa,” for your viewing pleasure.

Queen Tina Looking For Press Leaks?

I just noticed something interesting on the GOP/Phil Hart Central Committee agenda for tonight. After the Elephants deal with state committeeman Matt Roetter — whether thumbs up or thumbs down — they had another item on the agenda that sez simply: “Damaging the Republican party in the press.” Now I know that Chairwoman Tina Jacobson, pictured, isn’t fond of what has been going on here at Huckleberries Online. So I have to wonder whether she’s going to try to guess who’s my sources — she might be surprised — and punish them in some way. That, or she simply might follow the Red Queen’s lead and begin shouting, “Off with their heads.” After all, the local CC seems to be on the other side of the looking glass. You can read the agenda for yourself here.

Question: Aren’t you guys glad that I have sources in the bowels of the local Republican & Democratic parties? How else would you get the interesting behind-the-scenes stories? From the Coeur d’Alene Press? Bwahaha.

If Looks Could Kill …

Tina Jacobson, who has filled in for Rep. Phil Hart at the Idaho Legislature, glares at state committeeman Matt Roetter at a Tea Party rally at Greyhound Park earlier this year. Write-in candidate Howard Griffiths was in attendance. And Tina apparently had learned for the first time that Matt wasn’t supporting Hart for re-election. Now, Matt is facing a move by local Republicans to oust him from his elected position for not supporting Hart in the general election. Earlier this morning, I published a post in which state GOP chairman Norm Semanko decreed that elected GOP party members must support Republican candidates no matter what.

Huckleberries: Trouble In GOP Tent

Huckleberries hears … there were fireworks at the executive committee meeting of the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee earlier this month. Seems Chairman Tina Jacobson objected to the presence of House District 3 write-in candidate Howard Griffiths. Who wanted to include his literature with other Republican material on a table at the Tea Party meeting at the Greyhound Park Sept. 12. Griffiths is running against tax-dodging Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol. One witness told Huckleberries that Jacobson was so confrontational that Griffiths left. Jacobson has filled in for Hart during the Legislature in the past. Griffiths confirmed the report for Huckleberries. Later, Jacobson warned Matt Roetter that his position as state committeeman would be in jeopardy unless Roetter supported Hart/DFO, Hucks Online. More here.

Question: Is the Kootenai County Republican Party self-destructing?

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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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