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Idaho GOP resolution recognizing ‘Liberty Caucus’ expired seven months ago

When I described the Republican Liberty Caucus of Idaho as being affiliated with the Idaho Republican Party in my Phil Hart article on Sunday, I wasn’t aware that an Idaho GOP resolution officially recognizing and welcoming the Republican Liberty Caucus to the state had expired. It turns out that the resolution, adopted by the Idaho GOP Central Committee in January of 2013, expired in January of 2015, as all GOP resolutions have only a two-year lifespan, and it hasn’t been extended. So the Republican Liberty Caucus of Idaho, whose vice-chair is former state Rep. Phil Hart of Athol and whose slogan is “The Conscience of the Republican Party,” actually has no official sanction from the Idaho GOP.

Idaho Republican Party has just three formal affiliated groups: The Idaho Federation of Republican Women; the Idaho Federation of College Republicans; and the Idaho Young Republicans.

That’s not to say that Hart isn’t still active in the Idaho GOP. He’s the party’s elected Legislative District 2 chairman, serving a two-year term that runs through May of 2016.



Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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