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Fri., June 28, 2013, 8:18 a.m.

Trib: Cheers … To Kootenai Co GOP

In his weekly Cheers & Jeers column, Marty Trillhaase/Lewiston Tribune offers cheer ... to the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee. Until this week, it was poised to censure four northern Idaho lawmakers who voted to create a state-based health insurance exchange as part of Obamacare. Many of Idaho's GOP rank-and-file saw that as a vote in favor of the president's health care reform act. Lawmakers, such as Sen. John Goedde, R-Coeur d'Alene, and state Reps. Frank Henderson, R-Post Falls, Luke Malek, R-Coeur d'Alene, and Ed Morse, R-Hayden, agreed with Gov. C.L. (Butch) Otter that the state was better off with its own exchange than answering to a federal agency. Local party activists rebuking their elected officials is nothing new. Two years ago, the Bonneville County GOP Central Committee reprimanded Senate Majority Leader Bart Davis, R-Idaho Falls, Sen. Brent Hill, R-Rexburg, and Attorney General Lawrence Wasden for standing against the unconstitutional strategy of nullification. ... But Tuesday, Kootenai County Republicans came to their collective senses/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: How do you suppose the vote for censure would have turned out had the push not been sidetracked by a technicality?

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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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