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Marty Jeers Kootenai County Repubs

JEERS ... to the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee. Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol, may be a tax scofflaw and a timber thief. But he's their tax scofflaw and their timber thief. Woe to any Republican who says otherwise. Just to recap: Hart's the guy who claimed income taxes were unconstitutional more than a decade ago and still owes more than a half-million dollars to the state and federal governments. He's the same fellow who trespassed on state timber lands and took enough trees to build his home without paying - at least until recently. At least one Republican leader isn't buying it. "I won't support a guy who has these issues surrounding him because it's not good for the Republican Party," says State Committeeman Matt Roetter of Hayden. "Character matters. Being honest matters"/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More below.

Try telling that to an Idaho GOP that at its state convention in Idaho Falls imposed a loyalty oath on its candidates. Try telling that to the Kootenai County Central Committee. Its members voted 29-to-16 to initiate Roetter's removal. Tuesday, it was set to complete the deed. Then, in the glare of publicity, the panel opted to wait until after next week's election. Care to place any bets on the outcome? Full Cheers & Jeers column (keep scrolling) here.

Question: Is there anyone you want to give a cheer or a jeer to today?

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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