Here’s a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson is the latest Idaho Republican who won’t sign a so-called “loyalty oath” that was included in the party’s platform at its convention two weeks ago. Simpson joins state Rep. Maxine Bell and Sen. Joe Stegner is expressing concern about the oath, which asks candidates for elected office to sign a statement saying they support the GOP platform — or list the areas where they disagree. Simpson told The Associated Press he takes one oath: to defend the U.S. Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic. Former state Senate Majority Leader Rod Beck, a delegate at the GOP convention in Idaho Falls, succeeded in having the provision added to the platform. Beck says it will help primary voters determine if elected officials support Republican principles.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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