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Wed., July 24, 2013, 9:06 a.m.

Jeff Ward: Purity Tests ‘Horrendous’

Jeff Ward: Jennifer (Locke), that component of our horrendous state election laws (that Central Committees can decide whether a candidate in a GOP primary is truly a Republican)  is a holdover from the days before party registration. In the current environment I oppose any attempt to deny the voters a choice on election day. It is inconceivable that the Central Committee would have the power to declare opponents to incumbent precinct committeeman "non-republicans." Had that power been executed four years ago many of the current Committee members like Bjorn Handeen and Phil Hart, would have been disallowed because a history on involvement in other political parties.

Question: Are you surprised that the purity test resolution proposed by Precinct Committeeman Bjorn Handeen failed so badly?

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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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