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Trib: Another Jeer For Phil Hart

JEERS ... to Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol, northern Idaho's Never-Ending Story, Chapter 26: Politician who craves the power to write laws everyone else must follow while extending his middle finger anytime authority knocks at his door. Last week, federal prosecutors sought $550,000 in back taxes and moved to foreclose on Hart's Athol home - which, by the way, was built partially with timber he stole from the state of Idaho endowment lands. Hart contends taxes are unconstitutional - at both the federal and state level. Here's another reminder of a tax scofflaw GOP House leadership not only tolerates, but safeguards. If Hart insists on being an anarchist, why is he still in the Idaho Legislature? If his own GOP leadership won't boot him out, why are the voters of Kootenai County not ousting him?/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. Full Cheers & Jeers column here.

Question: Actually, Marty missed to mark a here. Rather than asking why the voters of Kootenai County don't oust Hart, he should be asking why the voters of House District 3 (Hayden, Hayden Lake, Rathdrum, Spirit Lake, Athol, & Bayview) don't give him the boot. Why don't you guys up north toss this guy?

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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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