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Wed., Nov. 27, 2013, 12:03 p.m.

Local GOP: Shut Up, He Explained

The silliness at the Kootenai County GOP Central Committee didn't end with the resolutions involving the 2nd and 17th amendments Tuesday night. Chairman Neil Oliver, pictured, produced his own bit of silliness and worse when he, at first, refused to recognize Kellie Palm, the committeewoman from the 15th Precinct and former president of the Kootenai County Republican Women. Kellie is one of about 10 precinct committee people who don't genuflect to the dominant Ron Paul CC crowd -- and not one of Oliver's favorites. She wanted to express her opinion in a debate about the 17th amendment, which the state GOP and apparently the Ron Paul faction of the local GOP want to repeal (allowing the Legislature rather than Idahoans to pick U.S. senators). At first, Oliver declared Palm out of order. He hit his gavel two or three times. He threatened to throw her out of the Central Committee meeting and yelled at her to "shut up" when she asked if it was okay to speak. All this was related to Huckleberries by Kellie Palm this morning. Who told Oliver that "shut up" was considered a curse word in her house hold (worthy of soap-in-mouth treatment). When Palm asked Oliver what grounds he was using to deny her the right to speak, he told her, "On the grounds of jibber jabber." Seems the local GOParty is in dire need of adult leadership.


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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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