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Dumb & Dumber: Beck & Yates

In his morning editorial, Opinion Editor Marty Trillhaase of the Lewiston Tribune comments on the goofy plan by a Bonneville County GOParty chairman to try to expose a "secret society" featuring state GOP Chairman Steve Yates:

Not since Jim Carrey hooked up with Jeff Daniels have we seen a pairing quite like Bonneville County Republican Party Chairman Doyle Beck and state GOP Chairman Steve Yates. As in, you know, "Dumb and Dumber." First there's dumb: Beck has accused Yates and several other eastern Idaho Republicans of creating a "secret society" with the aim of ousting him from the local GOP chairmanship. Beck wanted to compel Yates and the others to answer questions under oath about a three-page outline titled "The Idaho Prosperity Project," which talked about raising $100,800 and spending it to "change the balance of power in Idaho politics to favor a stable, constructive majority." Had senior 7th District Judge Richard St. Clair last week not wisely blocked those attempts, it would have transformed a law meant to preserve the testimony of gravely ill witnesses into a political weapon and undermined the First Amendment. So Beck came up with Plan B -- releasing a 39-minute videotape he surreptitiously recorded of his Nov. 22 conversation with Yates. Legal? Yes. Creepy? Definitely. More here.

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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