Huckleberries Online

TUESDAY, NOV. 15, 2011, 11:40 A.M.

IPT: Legislature’s Loss, UI’s Gain

The Idaho Press-Tribune has only good things to say about state Sen. Joe Stegner, R-Lewiston, who has decided to leave the Legislature to become a lobbyist for the University of Idaho. The Nampa-Caldwell paper wonders if Far Right ideology drove Stegner out: "Perhaps Sen. Stegner’s stand against the so-called “loyalty oath” supported by the right wing of the Republican Party is what led to his decision to leave the Senate. Only a few months ago he spoke out against the oath: “It seems to be directed at purifying the party. It smacks of some rather heavy-handed party membership requirements that I think in the last century have certainly been abused in any number of nations, and I don’t think that’s the direction America should be going”/Idaho Press Tribune. More here.

Question: Are party and legislative ideologues muzzling debate by driving off members who aren't 100 percent behind current Idaho Republican leadership?

You must be logged in to post comments. Please log in here or click the comment box below for options.

comments powered by Disqus
« Back to Huckleberries Online

D.F. Oliveria
Dave Oliveria writes the Huckleberries Online Blog for North Idaho readers and the Huckleberries print column.

Follow Dave online:

Back to Spokesman Mobile