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Huckleberries Hears …

... that there is another bone of contention at the unraveling -- or "energized," depending if you're on the inside or outside -- county GOP. Seems the new leaders called for an electronic vote on several expense items, including donating $250 apiece to coroner candidate Deb Wilkey and clerk candidate Cliff Hayes. Secretary Lorri Erickson mailed out the electronic ballot last Friday. Only to be rebuked by Ruth Smith, who pointed out that electronic voting was a no-no during her years on the CdA school board: "It seems to me that with voting by e-mail there is no accountability, things can be done illegally behind closed doors. Voting should only take place during meetings. E-mail does not allow for proper debate, introductions of amendments, points of inquiry, points of order, etc. There is no way to verify a quorum." At least one other prominent Republican objected, too. Consider this another peek behind the curtain of your new Republican Central Committee.

Question: Much ado about nothing? Or are the new local Elephants gaining control of the internal voting process?

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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