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Democrats eye Boise sweep

In his column this week, Chuck Malloy of Idaho Politics Weekly writes of Democratic dominance in Boise:

I heard it countless times when I was growing up in North Idaho, and the sentiment for some people is as strong today. The key for better statehood is for North Idaho to separate from those hardheads in the south and form its own state. 

Hey, it worked in West Virginia, didn’t it?

If North Idaho had its own state, they might have legalized gambling – just as Vernon K. Smith talked about when he ran for governor in 1962. They might even have legalized prostitution in Wallace, which back in the day was the most prosperous industry in the Silver Valley, next to mining.

None of those things happened, thank goodness. But there was no harm in dreaming big.

Folks in Boise might be doing the same kind of wishful thinking for different reasons. 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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