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CHEERS: Sen. Keough, Rep Malek

In his weekly Cheers & Jeers column, Opinion Editor Marty Trillhaase of the Lewiston Tribune gives CHEERS to ... Sen. Shawn Keough, R-Sandpoint, and Rep. Luke Malek, R-Coeur d'Alene:

When the Idaho Freedom Foundation gives you an "F" on its Idaho Freedom Index, you must be doing something right. Keough and Malek were not singled out, of course. More than 50 of Idaho's 105 lawmakers got failing grades. Reasonable, practical, problem-solving Republicans such as Keough and Malek have the most at risk, however. Both are under siege from the renegade right wing of their own party. IFF's negative rating is supposed to wound their re-election prospects in next month's closed Republican primary election. In this case, getting a great - or even passing - grade from IFF means being led around by the nose on such things as handing out more tax goodies to the state's corporations and well-to-do, scaling back Idaho's modest public school investments and getting in the way of ordinary Idahoans deciding their own affairs in their own communities. Talk about a fringe agenda - coming for outfit that does not disclose who gives it money. So give Keough and Malek credit. If they're not doing IFF's bidding, it means they might be doing yours. Full column here.

Question: Any question that these two legislators are the best ones in North Idaho?



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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