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Idaho R’s Claim Spoils Of Victory

When a public entity loses in court, it’s not uncommon for the victorious private entity to collect reimbursement for legal fees. That’s only fair. And it has populist appeal — the aggrieved underdog taking a bite out of the deep-pocketed bad guys from the government. But when the aggrieved party is the Idaho Republican Party, well, this has a certain they’ve-got-to-be-kidding feel to it. On Monday, Republicans on the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee recommended siphoning $100,000 from a cash-challenged state budget to reimburse legal fees for the Republicans’ successful lawsuit challenging open primaries. If you fall into the they’ve-got-to-be-kidding camp, you will take little comfort in the claim that the GOP’s is only seeking a portion of its $143,900 in legal fees. What a bargain. I know $100,000 is a nice round number. The same can be said for zero/Kevin Richert, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Do you belong to the "you've-got-to-be-kidding-me" camp when it comes to the Idaho Republican Party seeking to be reimbursed for primary lawsuit?

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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