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Trump’s kingmaker status faces test in Ohio special election

UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 2, 2021

As soon as it became clear last week that a Texas congressional candidate backed by Donald Trump would be defeated in a special election, the former president's allies quickly shifted their attention to Ohio to ward off another embarrassing loss.

COVID-19 vaccines, pandemic response and growth of Kootenai Health at issue in contentious race to serve on hospital board

UPDATED: Sun., May 16, 2021

The challengers supported by the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee said they were each independent thinkers, bringing perspectives to the board that include fiscal restraint in expansion of the community hospital as well as skepticism about mandated COVID-19 vaccines for employees. The incumbents and a former chief of staff at the hospital have banded together in the wake of the party's recommendations not to elect them, running on their record of navigating the pandemic and against what they believe is an effort to inject politics into a nonpartisan board.