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Proposition 2 Failed Among Republican Voters

In Kootenai County only 34% of Republican voters supported Proposition 2 in the last general election.

Proposition 2 Failed Among Republican Voters

Proposition 2 Failed Among Republican Voters

by Brent Regan

Proposition 2 supporters are demanding that the legislature follow the “will of the people” and allocate funding for the initiative. This raises the question of which people’s will should they follow; the ones who elected them or the ones who didn’t?

In Kootenai County only 34% of Republican voters supported Proposition 2 in the last general election. The state wide average number rises to only 45% of Republican support. Why is this important?

In a perfect world our representatives would represent all the people in their districts. In reality they would be foolish to ignore the mandate from the very people who put them in office. In practice this is exactly what we see. Democrats voting to support democrat issues and Republicans voting to support republican issues. No surprise there.

How do we know that only 34% of Republican voters supported Prop 2? The key is understanding how Idaho’s second largest political party, independents, split for Proposition 2. To do that we look at the governor’s race. It is safe to assume that 95% of Democrats voted for Jordan and 95% of Republicans voted for Little. In order to reach the known vote total, 37% of unaffiliated voters would have voted for Little and 63% would have voted for Jordan.

It is safe to assume that the independents who voted for Jordan also voted for Prop 2. It is also safe to assume that 95% of Democrats voted to pass Prop 2. All we need is a little math to discover what percentage of Republicans voted to pass Prop 2.

In Kootenai County, where Prop 2 passed by less than 1%, Republican support was less than 34%. State wide Prop 2 passed by a wider margin but it failed to get a plurality of support with only 45% of Republicans on average.

Anyone planning to run in the next primary election would be wise to keep these facts in mind. In the words of Barack Obama, “Elections have consequences.”


Brent Regan is the Chairman of the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee and the Chairman of the Idaho Freedom Foundation

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6 Comments on Proposition 2 Failed Among Republican Voters

  1. Elected Republicans disappoint me by continuing to support abortion by funding Planned Parenthood, allowing and even implementing additional gun control legislation, and neglecting to reduce government spending year after year. I have also been concerned about the ever growing support for Republican legislators despite the fact that they rarely deliver on their promises despite their controlling majorities in all three branches of Federal and Idaho state government. Now, I am even more concerned to see that it is likely that over 1/3 of the so-called “Republican” electorate supported Prop 2. What is happening to the Republican party?

    • “What is happening to the Republic…?”

      I don’t think that one in a million people are able to explain what a republic means. Perhaps you can give it a try. What does it mean to be someone who supports a republic?

      When I ran for Congress I was not invited to an NRA meeting as a candidate, but I was a member of the NRA at that time. The members of the NRA were assembled to allow their candidate to speak. The NRA candidate was an assault weapon banning Republican.

      I volunteered to speak as a paying NRA member. My response to the NRA Republican criminal (infringing on the right to bear arms) was to state that no piece of paper can authorize someone to take from me the means by which I defend myself.

      No one responded to my comment, and to me, it was as if my attempt to discuss the vital topic fell on deaf ears.

      “What is happening to the Republican party?”

      Since when? There was a party formed in opposition to the “Federalist Party” soon after the Alien and Sedition Acts. That party was called the Democratic-Republican Party, and if you want to know their concerns then you can read the Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions which I will quote just for this occasion.


      “That this Assembly doth explicitly and peremptorily declare, that it views the powers of the federal government, as resulting from the compact, to which the states are parties; as limited by the plain sense and intention of the instrument constituting the compact; as no further valid that they are authorized by the grants enumerated in that compact; and that in case of a deliberate, palpable, and dangerous exercise of other powers, not granted by the said compact, the states who are parties thereto, have the right, and are in duty bound, to interpose for arresting the progress of the evil, and for maintaining within their respective limits, the authorities, rights and liberties appertaining to them.”


      “That the several states who formed that instrument, being sovereign and independent, have the unquestionable right to judge of its infraction; and that a nullification, by those sovereignties, of all unauthorized acts done under colour of that instrument, is the rightful remedy: That this commonwealth does upon the most deliberate reconsideration declare, that the said alien and sedition laws, are in their opinion, palpable violations of the said constitution; and however cheerfully it may be disposed to surrender its opinion to a majority of its sister states in matters of ordinary or doubtful policy; yet, in momentous regulations like the present, which so vitally wound the best rights of the citizen, it would consider a silent acquiesecence as highly criminal: That although this commonwealth as a party to the federal compact; will bow to the laws of the Union, yet it does at the same time declare, that it will not now, nor ever hereafter, cease to oppose in a constitutional manner, every attempt from what quarter soever offered, to violate that compact:”

      Are you speaking about the “Republican Party” formed by abolitionists?

      “The gavel fell to open the party’s first nominating convention, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on June 17, 1856, announcing the birth of the Republican Party as a unified political force.”

      If that is the republican party you speak about, then those people would be the same people who were falsely called Anti-Federalists, like Patrick Henry, George Mason, Richard Henry Lee, Roberty Yates, Luther Martin, Melancton Smith, and many others.

      “He was pleased that, thus early in debate, the honorable gentleman had himself shown that the intent of the Constitution was not a confederacy, but a reduction of all the states into a consolidated government. He hoped the gentleman would be complaisant enough to exchange names with those who disliked the Constitution, as it appeared from his own concessions, that they were federalists, and those who advocated it were anti-federalists.”
      FRIDAY, June 20, 1788
      Melancton Smith

      “Mr. Chairman, this is a fatal section, which has created more dangers than any other. The first clause allows the importation of slaves for twenty years. Under the royal government, this evil was looked upon as a great oppression, and many attempts were made to prevent it; but the interest of the African merchants prevented its prohibition. No sooner did the revolution take place, than it was thought of. It was one of the great causes of our separation from Great Britain. Its exclusion has been a principal object of this state, and most of the states in the Union. The augmentation of slaves weakens the states; and such a trade is diabolical in itself, and disgraceful to mankind; yet, by this Constitution, it is continued for twenty years. As much as I value a union of all the states, I would not admit the Southern States into the Union unless they agree to the discontinuance of this disgraceful trade, because it would bring weakness, and not strength, to the Union.
      June 17, 1788
      George Mason

      • James Madison gave describing a Republic a shot in Federalist #39, “The Conformity of the Plan to Republican Principles”…it does require discernment.

        “What, then, are the distinctive characters of the republican form? Were an answer to this question to be sought, not by recurring to principles, but in the application of the term by political writers, to the constitution of different States, no satisfactory one would ever be found.”

        Madison then goes on to note Holland and Venice get labeled “Republics” though they are not. Which brings us to the members of the United many of them have the word “Republic” in their name….this is a short list:

        Antiquated “U.S.S.R. – Union of Soviet Socialist Republics” *
        Central African Republic
        People’s Republic of China *
        Czech Republic
        Republic of Cuba *
        Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
        Democratic Republic of the Congo
        Dominican Republic
        Gambia (Republic of The)
        Iran (Islamic Republic of) *
        Lao People’s Democratic Republic
        Republic of Korea
        Republic of Moldova

        Anyone can call themselves anything it appears…but Madison explained in #39:

        “If we resort for a criterion to the different principles on which different forms of government are established, we may define a republic to be, or at least may bestow that name on, a government which derives all its powers directly or indirectly from the great body of the people, and is administered by persons holding their offices during pleasure, for a limited period, or during good behavior.”

  2. R is for Republican, not Redoubt.

    We’ll be sure to remind our neighbors in 2019…

    The American Redoubt is an extremist religious separatist group. Terrorists. Not politicians. Not journalists. Terrorists.

    Have fun paying the lawyers bill for the Prop 2 lawsuit. The least you could do with your lobbyist $ from the Koch Brothers is ensure the cost of your completely unfounded and unintelligent lawsuit isn’t picked up by tax payers.

    #brentreaganEXTREMIST #VoteOutRedoubt #soreloser

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