Advertise Here

Huckleberries Online

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?

Please keep it civil. Don't post comments that are obscene, defamatory, threatening, off-topic, an infringement of copyright or an invasion of privacy. Read our forum standards and community guidelines.

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

Get blog updates by email

About this blog

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.

Find DFO on Facebook

DFO on Twitter

Betsy Russell on Twitter

HBO newsmakers Twitter list

Latest comments »

Read all the posts from recent conversations on Huckleberries Online.

Take this week's news quiz ›
Search this blog
Subscribe to this blog
Advertise Here