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Mon., March 19, 2012, 10:59 a.m.

MT: Idaho Wobbles Toward Imbalance

Idaho's primary is two months away. The general election is eight months off. Yet the just-closed candidate filing all but completes the Idaho Republican Party's purge of its moderates in the state Senate. Conservative excess once restrained by pragmatism will find its fullest expression yet in the 2013 Idaho Legislature. The only question now is who -- if anyone -- will rise to check it. For some time, the Idaho House has been a hotbed of right-wing radicalism, irresponsibly passing bills it knew -- or counted on -- the Senate would reject. If the U.S. Constitution could not discipline the House against attempts to defy the federal health reform act, the Senate could. If House members insisted upon enabling college students to carry concealed pistols into classrooms, dormitories and sporting events, the Senate would play the grown-up and say no. ... Little by little, however, the moderate majority in the Senate eroded. It may have no more than a two -- or even one -- vote margin/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Trillhaase asks a good question: Who -- if anyone -- will rise to check the right-wing radicalism that has taken over the Idaho Republican Party?




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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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