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Lewiston Trib Cheers Phil Hart Foe

CHEERS … to Howard Griffiths of Hayden. Running as a write-in candidate against an incumbent Republican legislator in the ruby red state of Idaho is a dirty job. But in the case of state Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol, somebody’s got to do it. Hart sees nothing wrong in both holding public office, serving on the House tax-writing committee and evading his obligation to pay his taxes. In the mid-‘90s, he contended state and federal income taxes were unconstitutional. The courts said otherwise. Today, he’s on the hook for an estimated $700,000. By a party-line vote, a House ethics committee refused to reprimand him. Hart was guaranteed a fourth term because nobody had filed to run against him. It’s only remotely possible that Griffiths will get in his way. But at least the voters of Idaho’s 3rd Legislative District can’t deny they have a choice/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Are you glad to see someone running against state Rep. Phil Hart?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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