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GOP Axes Plan For Candidate Vetting

Republican leaders in Idaho on Saturday dumped a plan calling for party officials to vet GOP primary election candidates, the AP reports. The rejection came at the Republican Party Central Committee's summer meeting in McCall, where the state's dominant political group was setting its policy direction for the year to come. The proposal was from former Senate Majority Leader Rod Beck, as a way to pressure GOP candidates into adhering more to the wishes of their local party leaders, but it came under fire from an array of top Idaho Republicans, who said it would put decision-making in the hands of just a few people and disenfranchise broader GOP voters/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: Methinks the Idaho GOP just dodged a bullet. This dumb idea might have been too extreme, even for the follow-the-leader GOP faithful. What do you think?

Croquet Grows Quietly In McCall

Around the corner on a certain dirt road in the woods near McCall, there waits a sight that is hard to believe: a perfectly level, felt-green croquet court. It is immediately evident that this lawn isn't for your backyard barbecue variety croquet. The court is bordered by granite glacial erratics and covered in manicured, quarter-inch Kentucky bluegrass, trim as a golf green. Sturdy, inch-thick wickets stand like tiny triumphal arches—they're only one-eighth of an inch wider than the balls. Most impressively, the whole thing is an 85-foot by 105-foot laser-level rectangle carved into the forested hillside by Xandy (pronounced Sandy) Carter, founder and proprietor of the McCall Croquet Club /Daniel Clausen, Boise Weekly. More here. (SR file photo by Christopher Anderson, for illustrative purposes)

Question: Do you like to play croquet?

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