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Thu., May 25, 2006, 9:05 a.m.

Mailbag: GOP Purged Moderates Tuesday

Any Mouse: 34 contested primary county commission seats in Idaho Tuesday. 23 of them LOST. The GOP is purging itself of the middle of the road and left of center big government types.

DFO: Ah, Mouse, I don't see any purging going on in Kootenai County. You're switching 2 commissioners who didn't accomplish much in the last 2 years for two newbies who, more or less, share the same philosophy and won't be effective in the next two years. In Bonner County, you're switching out two incumbents for radical Bud Mueller, who's greatest claim to fame was his attempt in 1997-2001 to return Bonner County to the stone age, and another Larry Allen-type sidekick. If you think that's a welcome purging, you and I, indeed, come from different parts of the conservative spectrum. And I can't be purged because I'm the token SR conservative editorialist.

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.