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That the resolution to require a “loyalty oath” to the Idaho GOPlatform from candidates running as Republicans for office was withdrawn by sponsor Toby Schindelbeck at the local GOP meeting last night. The proposal, which at least one precinct committeeman referred to as the “Lynch Luke” resolution, called for candidates responding to an official party query re: their stand on the state party platform. In the 2014 GOPrimary, state Rep. Luke Malek (Schindelbeck's opponent) was the only local Republican legislative candidate who refused to respond to the questionnaire. In other words, Malek is the only candidate of whom the resolution would apply. The Idaho GOPlatform includes the goofy notion that the 17th amendment, which calls for direct election of U.S. senators by citizens, should be repealed. Schindelbeck withdrew the resolution at the request of John Cross. You can read the resolution in its entirety here.

Question: Would you be more/less likely to vote for a candidate who entirely supported the Idaho GOP platform?

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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.

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