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Higher Dread
9th April 2021 • RANGE • Range
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Hey y’all. A couple weeks ago the DC-based Chronicle of Higher Education ran a story from right in our backyard about a coordinated effort by Kootenai County Republicans to run for the ostensibly non-partisan North Idaho College Board of Trustees on explicitly conservative talking points. They leveraged the full power of the local Republican Central Committee, ended up winning a super majority on the board, then quickly came into conflict with the college’s administration, faculty and staff.

The report’s author, Emma Pettit, joins us to get the details.

It’s a fascinating window on our region and a great conversation, though one important question remains unanswered: whether this is a new tactic in the conservative war on higher education or if it’s just Kootenai County being Kootenai County.

As a bit of a coda, this week Emma wrote a quasi-follow up piece about Idaho Freedom Action’s campaign to “Fix Idaho Colleges” by robocalling about Marxism and how students are conditioned to “apologize for being white.”


A County Turns Against Its College | Emma Pettit | Chronicle of Higher Education

“I Don’t Work for You, Greg” | Fallout from Emma’s story | Cd’A Press

NIC Pres: ‘These are more than serious distractions’| Spokesman-Review


NIC trustee Wood calls for chair to resign | Cd’A Press

NIC trustees reject removal of board chair in split vote | Spokesman-Review


Here’s What Happens When Republicans Have No One to Fight | Buzzfeed


It’s a whole new ballgame on campus

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