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Tue., July 13, 2010, 11:11 a.m.

North Idaho lawmakers on loyalty oath

Three North Idaho lawmakers who joined Gov. Butch Otter for a press conference today on state revenues also expressed concerns about the GOP platform loyalty oath, as did the governor. Sen. Joyce Broadsword, R-Sagle, said, "I swore an oath to uphold the Constitution of Idaho and the Constitution of the United States. My loyalty is to the people that elected me, and I have no desire to sign anything for anyone." Sen. Shawn Keough, R-Sandpoint, said she wasn't at the convention and hasn't had a chance to study the new platform. "It's still not clear to me just exactly what's in there," she said.

Sen. John Goedde, R-Coeur d'Alene, said, "I've read the platform, and if I decide to sign off, it's going to be with exceptions." Asked to name one, he said, "I don't support repealing the 17th Amendment." The party platform does; that's the amendment that calls for direct election of U.S. senators. Goedde said there probably would be other items, too, where he'd differ.

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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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