North Idaho Republican leaders say they want to empower the Kootenai County Sheriff to "prevent the enforcement of any federal acts, laws, orders, rules or regulations which violate the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution."
Simply put, they want local lawmen to have the final say on guns.
This morning's Coeur d'Alene Press reports that the Kootenai County GOP Central Committee voted Nov. 26 to pass the resolution on advice from the state Republican Party.
"This resolution was passed at the last state committee meeting and the intent of it is to pass it along to each county," said precinct committeeman John Cross, who presented the resolution.
Tuesday evening's meeting also saw another controversial measure surface. Nov. 24, Citydesk reported that Coeur d'Alene GOP Precinct Committeeman Matt Roetter would try to push back against his party's state committee which is calling for the abolition of the 17th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which empowers citizens to vote directly for their U.S. senators instead of state legislators.
But Roetter's effort fell on deaf ears as the Kootenai County GOP Central Committee voted overwhelmingly to postpone the Roetter's presentation indefinitely.
"If you vote to postpone this indefinitely, you are going to send a message to the voters that it is OK to repeal the 17th Amendment," said Roetter. "You are going to send a message saying we don't want you to vote for your U.S. senators. As elected officials, you might want to think about that."
A week after his speech to the Republican National Convention, in which he spoke to an empty chair intended to represent President Barack Obama, actor Clint Eastwood explained the stunt to the local paper in his hometown of Carmel, Calif.—a town he used to serve as mayor.
From an article in the Carmel Pine Cone:
While the Hollywood superstar has plenty of experience being adored by crowds, he said he hasn’t given a lot of speeches and admitted that, “I really don’t know how to.” He also hates using a teleprompter, so it was settled in his mind that when he spoke to the 10,000 people in the convention hall, and the millions more watching on television, he would do it extemporaneously.
“It was supposed to be a contrast with all the scripted speeches, because I’m Joe Citizen,” Eastwood said. “I’m a movie maker, but I have the same feelings as the average guy out there.”
As for what to say, Eastwood told the Pine Cone that nearly everyone had advice. But that he really didn't have a plan until he got there.
The Republicans picked a sweltering day for the grand opening of the Ada County GOP’s campaign headquarters in Meridian.