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Legislators, Not Islam, Real Threat

It’s no secret the Republican Party in Idaho is a fractured mess, but if you needed any more evidence, the middle-of-the-night fiasco over a child-support bill that capped the legislative session last week is perfect proof. And it’s a prime example of how a paranoid fringe minority is derailing this state — and now, maybe even an international compact to protect children. After a marathon 18-hour day and weeks of in-party fighting, lawmakers closed the session Saturday by approving a $95 million compromise on a badly needed transportation bill, despite the fact the state really needs something closer to $262 million just to cover deferred maintenance of our crumbling roads. Just as the details were being ironed out, the black helicopters began to swirl, the tin-foil hats were donned and the far-right started whispering about two of their favorite topics: Muslims and federal government overreach/Twin Falls Times News Editorial Board. More here.

Question: Izzit just me -- or do I sense an awakening?

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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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