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North Idaho bucks state trend, sees tea party wave in primary
spokesman.com ^ | 5/21/14 | Betsy Russell

Posted on 05/22/2014 11:09:06 AM PDT by cotton1706

Even as a push from the right to take over the Idaho Republican Party was falling short at the state level, it was succeeding beyond expectations in North Idaho, where two longtime state lawmakers were unceremoniously dumped in Tuesday’s GOP primary.

A third was turned out after just one term, and four arch-conservative incumbents whose challengers were endorsed by GOP Gov. Butch Otter cruised to victory in a low-turnout election that saw barely over one in five registered voters cast a ballot.

Senate Education Chairman John Goedde, R-Coeur d’Alene, lost in the primary to city hall critic Mary Souza, after serving eight terms in the Senate.

“I was shocked,” said Rep. Luke Malek, R-Coeur d’Alene. “He’s served for 14 years now, he’s been the tip of the spear on some really, really difficult issues that have made Idaho a better place to live and raise families, educate our kids. And he was just dismissed,” Malek said. “It was very shocking.”

Kootenai County’s voter turnout was just 21.7 percent of registered voters; statewide, turnout was 25 percent.

Malek, a Coeur d’Alene native and rising GOP star, won his own Republican primary race by just 200 votes – against a newcomer from Chico, Calif. with no ties to the area. Malek said when he went door to door, he found voters unaware of state legislative issues, and more focused on “frustration at the local level and outrage at the federal level.”

“We’re lumped in,” he said, “despite the fact that we have our own set of issues that we deal with at the state level.”

(Excerpt) Read more at spokesman.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: elections
Conservative legislators will be congressional and senatorial candidates one day.
1 posted on 05/22/2014 11:09:06 AM PDT by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706

I’m also convinced that Ted Cruz, Mike Lee or someone like them will be president someday. Possibly of a rump America. Hopefully, of a much damaged but still united one.


2 posted on 05/22/2014 11:22:59 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: cotton1706

Tea party has to be in this for the long haul. Take a cue on this from the liberals in government.

Start at the grass roots.


3 posted on 05/22/2014 11:36:47 AM PDT by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: headstamp 2; tubebender; Grampa Dave; budwiesest; Ernest_at_the_Beach; NormsRevenge; Amerigomag; ...

Like Rush, start with re-educating the “young skulls full of mush” with truthful history of America’s founding and in your local school districts to counter the teacher’s yoonyuns!!!


4 posted on 05/22/2014 11:44:07 AM PDT by SierraWasp (Obama is mad! He's getting madder with each crisis and now he's a real MADMAN with no temper left!!!)
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To: cotton1706

No, no, no - the Tea Party is dead - didn’t they get the memo?


5 posted on 05/22/2014 11:50:11 AM PDT by Psalm 73 ("Gentlemen, you can't fight in here - this is the War Room".)
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To: cotton1706

“he found voters unaware of state legislative issues, and more focused on “frustration at the local level and outrage at the federal level.”

“We’re lumped in,” he said, “despite the fact that we have our own set of issues that we deal with at the state level.””

This is a very telling point.

People today blame FedZilla on everything, get frustrated when FedZilla misbehaves, feel alienated by FedZilla, whatever. Now I think they generally have a right to feel this way, but, people have forgotten the role of the states. But, by placing too much emphasis on FedZilla, we give FedZilla too much, and FedZilla will take what we give them, authority, responsibility, lives, money, taxes, regulations, etc. etc. Too many people always say, where is the fed government on this or that, why aren’t they fixing this or that.

Well, that needs to stop.

We need to be saying, where is our state government, why aren’t they standing up to FedZilla, don’t let FedZilla take the land, don’t let FedZilla dictate marriage, don’t let FedZilla regulate our businesses. The state has to take back their proper role of authority.


6 posted on 05/22/2014 11:54:28 AM PDT by ForYourChildren (Christian Education [ RomanRoadsMedia.com - a classical Christian approach to homeschool])
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To: cotton1706
Malek, a Coeur d’Alene native and rising GOP star, won his own Republican primary race by just 200 votes ...

That "rising GOP star" part is wishful thinking on Betsy's part. He's nothing to brag about. In an increasingly conservative North Idaho, Malek is vulnerable: Witness the fact that he was nearly beaten by a new-comer.

7 posted on 05/22/2014 2:10:44 PM PDT by RobinOfKingston (Democrats--the party of Evil. Republicans--the party of Stupid.)
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To: SeaDragon

Ping to our interests.


8 posted on 05/22/2014 2:31:01 PM PDT by RikaStrom ("To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize." ~Voltaire)
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To: RikaStrom

Yeah, I caught that briefly yesterday.


9 posted on 05/23/2014 7:53:01 AM PDT by SeaDragon ("Life is tough ..... It's even tougher if you're stupid." - John Wayne)
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