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Repub covertly films Idaho GOP chair

A Republican central committeeman covertly filmed the head of Idaho's GOP in an effort to bolster his claims that a secret society had been formed to oust certain members from party positions. The video didn't reveal direct evidence of a secret society, but did show the top GOP official criticizing prominent Republicans. The Post Register reports that Bonneville GOP Chairman Doyle Beck released footage of party Chairman Steve Yates on Thursday. Earlier this month, a judge quashed a petition — filed by Beck and fellow central committeeman Bryan Smith — that would have forced Yates and others to give depositions about involvement in a possible secret society, known as the Idaho Prosperity Project/Eye on Boise via AP. More here.

Question: Good grief! The hierarchy of the Idaho Republican Party may be as wacky as the Central Committee of the local GOP. Are their any grownups in the Idaho Republican Party, locally or at the state level. And how did these goofballs acquire power? Thoughts?

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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