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MONDAY, APRIL 10, 2017

Idaho GOP chairman to step down 

Idaho Republican Chairman Steve Yates says he intends to resign later this month to consider running for another political office. Yates announced Monday that his last day as party chairman will be April 24. Vice Chair Mike Mathews will then serve as acting chairman until a replacement is elected at the party’s summer meeting on July 22nd in CdA.

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THURSDAY, DEC. 29, 2016

GOP plans swift Obamacare repeal with no replacement in place 83 

The first major act of the unified Republican government in 2017 will be a vote in Congress to begin tearing down Obamacare. But the euphoria of finally acting on a long-sought goal will quickly give way to the reality that Republicans – and President-elect Donald Trump – have no agreement thus far on how to replace coverage...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 6, 2016

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 30, 2015

Call to discuss unity appears to cause division in GOP group 28 

A call for a meeting to discuss party unity by the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee has ruffled some feathers. A resolution, "A Call For Party Unity," is on the agenda but will not be distributed prior. “I keep asking them what the resolution is, but they won’t give it to me in advance,” said Kellie Palm, who sits on the committee. “

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MONDAY, DEC. 28, 2015

THURSDAY, OCT. 29, 2015

House GOP, eager to mend wounds, elects Ryan as new speaker 

WASHINGTON – Republicans rallied behind Rep. Paul Ryan to elect him the House’s 54th speaker on Thursday as a splintered GOP turned to the youthful but battle-tested lawmaker to mend its self-inflicted wounds and craft a conservative message to woo voters in next year’s elections. Do you think Ryan will be a uniter or a divider?

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GOP plans for court overturn of Obamacare 

WASHINGTON – Congressional Republicans will move to continue health care subsidies temporarily for millions of people if the Supreme Court overturns the aid, according to plans discussed Wednesday in the House and Senate. In addition, the GOP proposals would dissolve many of the basic requirements of President Barack Obama’s health care law, including mandates that most people buy coverage and most companies provide it to their workers, Republicans said. Eventually, they hope, the entire law would be repealed.

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MONDAY, JUNE 2, 2014

MONDAY, SEPT. 9, 2013

GOP Reports Rips EPA 'Secrecy' 14 

Republican lawmakers on Monday issued a scathing report accusing the Environmental Protection Agency of flouting transparency regulations in pursuit of its policy goals. “The Obama Administration has advanced the most aggressive, far-left environmental agenda ever and developed the most secretive, behind-closed-doors way of doing it....

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MONDAY, AUG. 5, 2013

GOP Threatens To Pull Out Of Debates 

The head of the Republican Party threatened Monday to cut out CNN and NBC from the GOP presidential primary debates if the networks do not shelve their plans to air lengthy features on Hillary Clinton -- who is widely expected to be a Democratic candidate...

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FRIDAY, JULY 19, 2013

KCGOPCC Resolution Seeks Purity 30 

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...

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Boehner: if businesses get relief, rest should 

WASHINGTON – Framing a new argument against President Barack Obama’s health care law, congressional GOP leaders called Tuesday for a delay in the law’s requirement that individual Americans carry health insurance. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and other senior Republicans told Obama in a letter...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 11, 2013

THURSDAY, OCT. 25, 2012

Everyone Mum On House Leader Race 

Graham Paterson is no political newbie, having done campaign work for Dirk Kempthorne, Steve Symms, Helen Chenoweth-Hage and Brent Coles. But asked in an editorial board meeting to offer his take on House Republican leadership, the normally glib Paterson slowed down to pick his way...

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What Idaho House Fight Is/Isn't About

What is the battle between Idaho’s House GOP leaders all about? Let me answer that by telling you what it is not at all about. Policy. There isn’t much of a discernible difference on policy between current House Speaker Lawerence Denney, R-Midvale, and the man...

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THURSDAY, FEB. 23, 2012

Johnson: KCSD Isn't Paramilitary 20 

On his Facebook wall, Adam Johnson, one of five candidates for the Kootenai County GOP nod, posts: "During the Sheriffs Candidate forum last night, one of the other candidates (sheriff's Major Ben Wolfinger) equated the sheriffs department to a paramilitary organization. A statement I wholeheartedly...

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FRIDAY, FEB. 3, 2012

VP: 1st Palin, Now McMorris Rodgers? 

A political blog in the other Washington, The Daily Caller, suggests a certain congresswoman from this Washington could have a shot at the No. 2 spot on the GOP presidential ticket this fall. The blog quotes a Republican strategist, Kellyanne Conway, as saying Cathy McMorris...

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High Noon: Should Media Use 'GOP'? 13 

From FRAN FRIED to This is something that’s been on the back of my mind for a long time — the media’s use of the acronym “GOP” to describe the Republican Party. I know it makes things easier for copy editors like me in...

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FRIDAY, DEC. 30, 2011

Who Will Win Kootenai GOP Struggle? 

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...

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Press: RRepubs Pollute Local Elections 

Partisanship is poisonous enough already, ripping America to pieces. Why would anybody want to pollute the political air even more? Yet a political group is organizing fundraisers and mustering the Grand Old Party faithful for local elections, even though those elections are supposed to be...

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 24, 2011

Poll: GOP Insiders Don't Want Palin 24 

The Republican establishment inside the Washington Beltway may be pining for new candidates to enter the race for president, but two-thirds of influential local Republicans surveyed by The Huffington Post and Patch in the early primary and caucus states are satisfied with their choices. And...

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MONDAY, AUG. 15, 2011


Perry plunges in 

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Texas Gov. Rick Perry says he came to New Hampshire immediately after launching a presidential bid Saturday in South Carolina for one reason. He intends to compete for every vote in every state. He may have a Southern drawl and conservative social...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 25, 2011

GOP pushes for photo ID 45 

RALEIGH, N.C. – Empowered by last year's elections, Republican leaders in about half the states are pushing to require voters to show photo ID at the polls despite little evidence of fraud and already-substantial punishments for those who vote illegally. Democrats claim the moves will...

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THURSDAY, FEB. 10, 2011

Slicing $100 billion won't be easy 

WASHINGTON – House Republican leaders on Wednesday unveiled a wide swath of spending cuts but fell short of GOP promises to slice $100 billion, creating a political challenge for House Speaker John Boehner as he struggles to unite his majority in advance of next week’s...

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MONDAY, DEC. 27, 2010

Land Board's PR agent top GOP operative 12 

BOISE – Idaho’s state Land Board has paid more than a quarter-million dollars since 2007 to one of the state’s top Republican operatives for a public relations campaign, but officials say the state’s getting a great deal. “We’re very happy with the results so far,”...

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