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Tue., Aug. 24, 2010, 9:36 a.m.

Statesman: A Test For Phil Hart

Howard Griffiths, a registered Republican, is stepping in where Idaho Democrats couldn't. The Hayden businessman has launched a write-in campaign to challenge GOP state Rep. Phil Hart -- a six-year lawmaker who is, depending on your point of view, either a principled tax protester or a habitual tax scofflaw. Said Griffiths, who leans toward the latter school of thought: "Some politicians forget who they are working for and think they're above the law." One thing is certain. Before Griffiths announced his late challenge, Hart, of Hayden, was untouchable at the polls. He was -- and still is -- one of 46 Republicans who face no Democratic opponent in the Nov. 2 legislative elections. Democrats waved the white flag in 17 of 35 state Senate races, and 29 of 70 House races. Do Democrats remain the state's minority party because they can't recruit candidates, or do Democrats fail to recruit candidates because they're a historic minority party? It doesn't matter/Idaho Statesman Editorial Board. More here.

Question: How much do Democrats matter in Idaho?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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