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FRIDAY, AUG. 2, 2013

Idaho Responds To Hart's Claims 

Item: State responds to Phil Hart's claims/Jeff Selle, Coeur d'Alene Press More Info: Hart's objection prompted the tax commission to file a response two weeks ago in the United States Bankruptcy Court saying the matter of how much Hart owes the state has been litigated,...

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Vestal: Hart Tax Fight Tortures Logic 10 

Phil Hart, the former Idaho lawmaker and tax-dodger extraordinaire, admits it: He’s made a “huge mistake.” That’s what he says in a new court filing in his effort to outwit the nation’s bankruptcy laws – a bit of court-clogging windmill-tilting that follows his battle to...

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MONDAY, JULY 8, 2013

Phil Hart (Betsy Russell / The Spokesman-Review)

Hart: The lawyers are lying 14 

BOISE – Tax-protesting former Idaho state Rep. Phil Hart denies that he hid any assets or income, and charges that the U.S. Justice Department attorney in his case is the one who’s made false statements, according to newly filed documents. “None of his allegations are...

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MONDAY, JULY 1, 2013

Hart May Face Fed Criminal Charges 

Above, an ad placed in last week's Nickel's Worth by Rep. Phil Hart & the Idaho Liberty Caucus. Federal authorities may be laying the groundwork for criminal charges against tax-protesting former Idaho state Rep. Phil Hart. In bankruptcy court documents, federal officials are charging that...

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MONDAY, OCT. 29, 2012

Grant: Idaho R's Have Bad Wannabes 

The great thing about the United States is that voters have the last word. And that should give many Idaho GOP candidates pause. Think of the sinking feeling that Rep. Phil Hart (pictured), the timber thief and tax cheat from North Idaho, must have felt...

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FRIDAY, OCT. 26, 2012

Hart Files For Bankrupty Yet Again 

State lawmaker and tax protester Rep. Phil Hart has filed for bankruptcy — again — prompting a federal tax foreclosure case against him to be put on hold. Hart filed for bankruptcy in Idaho's U.S. District Court on Wednesday, almost two months after he voluntarily...

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FRIDAY, OCT. 12, 2012

Trib: But When Does Hart Pay? 

At the Lewiston Tribune, opinionator Marty Trillhaase offers weekly Cheers & Jeers column: CHEERS ... to the Idaho Supreme Court. First it told scofflaw Hart to pay the $53,000 in back taxes he owes the state. That says nothing of the nearly $500,000 Hart owes...

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Court Orders Hart To Pay Legal Fees 

Tax protesting lawmaker Phil Hart has been ordered to pay the state more than $10,000 in legal fees and costs stemming from his tussle with the Idaho State Tax Commission. The decision was handed down by the Idaho Supreme Court Tuesday. The Republican Representative from...

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MONDAY, SEPT. 24, 2012

Hart Foreclosure Case Back On Track 

Federal authorities are gearing back up for their foreclosure lawsuit against tax-protesting Idaho Rep. Phil Hart, now that Hart’s voluntarily dismissed his bankruptcy filing -- which had placed an automatic stay on the foreclosure case. U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge has lifted the stay in...

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TUESDAY, AUG. 14, 2012

Feds: Hart Plan 'Not Feasible' 11 

Federal prosecutors are calling for Idaho Rep. Phil Hart’s proposed bankruptcy plan to be dismissed, saying it’s improper, it wouldn’t appropriately satisfy his half-million-dollar federal income tax debt, and it relies on an income source that will disappear at the end of this year: His...

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MONDAY, JULY 30, 2012

Barbieri Defends Salt Lake City Trip 11 

Five Idaho lawmakers attended the American Legislative Exchange Council’s annual conference in Salt Lake City last week, but only two – Rep. Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens, and outgoing Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol – went at state expense. The others either traveled at their own expense...

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Richert: Flying With A Lame Duck 

Phil Hart, the lame-duck representative from House District 2, is shown handing out flags at a Fourth of July Parade in Coeur d'Alene prior to this year. Opinionator Kevin Richert of the Idaho Statesman criticizes House Speaker Lawerence Denney for approving tax dollars to send...

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MONDAY, JULY 16, 2012

Rep. Hart Rebuffs Finance Questions 20 

Item: Hart rebuffs finance questions: Trustee lawyer at lawmaker’s bankruptcy hearing says refusal to answer unusual/Scott Maben, SR More Info: Idaho state Rep. Phil Hart refused to answer many questions about his finances in a meeting Friday with creditors in his bankruptcy case. An attorney...

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MONDAY, JULY 9, 2012

Hart's Patriot Act Doesn't Pass Muster 

State Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol, who was KO’d in the GOP primary during his ongoing battle with the IRS and Idaho Tax Commission over $600,000 in unpaid income taxes, remains unbowed. On the morning of the Fourth of July, Hart joined in the reading of...

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High Noon: Hart To Read Document 23 

The IRS, Idaho Tax Commission and House District 2 voters may have turned against controversial state Rep. Phil Hart. But the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee still has his back. In an email circulated to local Republicans, county GOP secretary Sheila Waller encouraged partisans to...

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Hart: IRS Garnished Legislative Pay 

When the state of Idaho made out its paychecks for tax-protesting state Rep. Phil Hart twice a month for the past seven years, the money didn’t go to Hart - it went straight to the IRS. That’s what Hart reported in documents filed this week...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 1, 2012

Hart Asks High Court To Reconsider 

Tax-protesting Idaho state Rep. Phil Hart is asking the Idaho Supreme Court to reconsider its dismissal of his state income tax appeal, saying the court should have given more consideration to his legislative privilege argument. Hart appealed an order to pay more than $53,000 in...

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Rep. Hart Files For Bankruptcy 16 

Tax-protesting Idaho state Rep. Phil Hart, who lost his bid for a fifth term in the GOP primary two weeks ago, has filed for bankruptcy. In Hart’s petition for Chapter 13 bankruptcy, he lists just three creditors: The IRS, the Idaho State Tax Commission, and...

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TUESDAY, MAY 8, 2012

Sali To Stump For Phil Hart 

Former congressman Bill Sali's appearance in North Idaho on behalf of Rep. Phil Hart and District 3 challenger Ron Mendive is being advertised at the Coeur d'Alene Press Online. Former Idaho Congressman Bill Sali, famous for introducing legislation in the U.S. House to suspend the...

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MONDAY, APRIL 30, 2012

Hart Paid Kelso From Campaign Funds 

Idaho state Rep. Phil Hart paid $1,000 in campaign funds in 2011 to Coeur d’Alene attorney Starr Kelso, who’s representing him in his ongoing fight against back state income taxes; Hart lost his tax appeal to the Idaho Supreme Court last week. But Hart said...

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Vieselmeyer: Voters Unhappy w/Hart 

(Phil) Hart's primary opponents include Ron Vieselmeyer, 71, an outspoken Christian conservative, ordained minister, former state lawmaker and current North Idaho College trustee; longtime Hayden real estate appraiser Ed Morse; and local firefighter Fritz Wiedenhoff. The winner of the four-way race will face Democrat Dan...

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Idaho Court Rejects Hart Tax Appeal 15 

A unanimous Idaho Supreme Court has rejected state Rep. Phil Hart's appeal of an order to pay more than $53,000 in back state income taxes, penalties and interest on grounds of legislative privilege; you can read my full story here at In a seven-page...

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Green Has Long Supported Phil Hart 

I've been curious re: the relationship between state Rep. Phil Hart (pictured), R-Athol, and sheriff's candidate John Green for some time. It has been mentioned here that Green, an attorney for the past two decades, has represented Hart in some capacity over the years. Hart,...

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Hart Makes A Point At Tea Party Rally 

At the Tea Party speed-date event at the Greyhound Park Wednesday night, state Rep. Phil Hart emphasizes a point while opponents for his House Seat 2B seat listen. They are (from left): Fritz Wiedenhoff, Ed Morse, Hart, and Ron Vieselmeyer. A Berry Picker reports: There...

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Popkey: Democrat Can Win Hart Seat 

Dan Popkey, the Idaho Statesman political writer and columnist, picks state Rep. Phil Hart's District 2 seat as one of six legislative seats in which Republicans are vulnerable to a Democratic upset this year. He writes: "Kootenai County’s District 2 is among the half-dozen most...

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