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Mag: Their Own Private Idaho?

The Inlander has published that longp-awaited article from High Country News re: the political take over of Kootenai County by uber-conservative emigres. Here's a sampling of Sierra Crane-Murdoch's report:

Despite (Rally Right organizer Bob) Pedersen’s delight in the conservative takeover, some Republicans told me they feared speaking out against what the conservatives defined as the party line. “The more the party gains power,” one told me, “the less dissent it seems they’re allowing.” Gookin blamed this on a lack of effective leadership: “We don’t have anyone saying, ‘Knock it off, we both believe in the same thing. Get back there. We have enough room to tolerate different opinions.’ No one wants to do that. And by being silent, you encourage it.” Full story here. (High Country News photo, via Inlander)

DFO: There's plenty of juicy quotes to fill a blogging day at HucksOnline. Feel free to share them in the comments section.

Question: How does the May 21 local elections play into the theme of dominance outlned in this article?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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