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NYTimes: Idaho On Global Stage

The European Union and more than 30 other nations have ratified a long sought treaty to make it easier to track delinquent parents who flee across foreign borders to duck their child support obligations. Until this month, the treaty, which was painstakingly negotiated at The Hague to improve the lot of needy, abandoned families, had been progressing toward acceptance in the United States. Nineteen states found no problem in signing on. Then it was Idaho’s turn. The Republican-controlled state Senate approved the treaty unanimously. Yet a House committee impulsively refused to send it along for full floor debate in a 9-to-8 vote that featured xenophobic fantasies about Idaho citizens being ordered about by foreign courts and foreign law. Right-wing alarmists raised fears that the good people of Idaho could suddenly find themselves subject to Shariah, the Islamic legal code/New York Times Editorial Board. More here.

Question: Izzit me, or has Idaho's rep-P-U-tation taken a pounding as a result of the work of a few Hard Right alarmists during the 2015 Legislature?

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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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