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DFO: Silver Lining In Stupid Vote?

Maybe there's a silver lining in that irresponsible vote cast by 9 Republicans on the House Judiciary & Rules Committee against the Child Support services bill. Maybe the fat, dumb & happy voters of their districts will finally realize that they're electing radical people by voting straight-ticket Republican. Voters awakened in Coeur d'Alene two years ago after the election of Tom Hamilton and Terri Seymour set in motion events that led to the entire board being peopled by conservative hardliners. The school board stumbled from one controversy to another, beginning with a court suit that blocked a well qualified former trustee from being appointed to the board and continuing through the dumping of the popular PYP program at Hayden View Elementary. Public uproar and television exposure caused the trustees to back away from the sale of two parks to private developers. By the time one of the appointees caused an uproar by repeating a distasteful joke about President Obama, Coeur d'Alene residents had awakened. In the 2013 School Board election, voters resoundingly rejected the conservative hardliners. They elected three centrists candidates instead, including Chairwoman Christa Hazel, who has steered the board back to respectability. Coeur d'Alene residents followed through that fall by electing a moderate mayor and three centrists to the City Council. The Radical Right controls the local Republican Central Committee, which relies on closed primaries to foist radical candidates on Coeur d'Alene, Post Falls and Hayden. However, we may be getting to a point when the performance of those extreme candidates becomes such an issue that voters may awakened for partisan elections, too. Hey, I can dream, can't I/DFO.

Question: Do you think the House Judiciary & Rules vote against the Child Support services bill will wake up local voters?

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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