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Hart used campaign funds for lawyer

BOISE – Idaho state Rep. Phil Hart paid $1,000 in campaign funds in 2011 to Coeur d’Alene attorney Starr Kelso, who is representing him in his ongoing fight against paying …


Hart paid lawyer with campaign funds

Idaho state Rep. Phil Hart paid $1,000 in campaign funds in 2011 to Coeur d’Alene attorney Starr Kelso, who’s representing him in his ongoing fight against back state income taxes; …


No tax immunity for Idaho Rep. Phil Hart, judge says

Legal options are running out for anti-tax Idaho Rep. Phil Hart in his effort to keep the government from seizing his log home in Athol. A federal judge on Tuesday …


Idaho Supreme Court hears arguments in Rep. Hart’s anti-tax appeal

State Rep. Phil Hart’s anti-tax battle hit the big time Monday, at least in Idaho. The visiting Idaho Supreme Court considered oral arguments in Hart’s continuing fight against income taxes, …


Hart’s anti-tax battle goes to Supreme Court

Phil Hart’s anti-tax battle hit the big time Monday, at least in Idaho. The visiting Idaho Supreme Court considered oral arguments in Hart’s continuing fight against income taxes and the …


Keeping seasonal beliefs aloft

My son, Seth, is a 31-year-old doctor today, in his first year of neurosurgery residency at the University of Florida. But 26 years ago, he was a kindergartner suffering a …


Judge dismisses Hart appeal

An Idaho district court on Wednesday tossed state Rep. Phil Hart’s attempt to appeal a state Tax Commission order that he pay more than $53,000 in back state income taxes, …


Hart ruling may come today

Idaho state Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol, was in a Coeur d’Alene courtroom Tuesday attempting to appeal a state Board of Tax Appeals decision rejecting his state income tax appeal. The …


Huckleberries: Air Force ring comes full circle

Tony Smith isn’t a hobbit, dwarf, elf, or any of the other mythical characters that inhabited Middle Earth and coveted the one ring that ruled them all. Yet he has …


Hart pulled from tax panel

Idaho House Speaker Lawerence Denney announced Tuesday that he’s removing embattled Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol, from the House Revenue and Taxation Committee for the next two years and that he’ll …


Hart wants new judge in tax case

BOISE – Embattled Idaho state Rep. Phil Hart wants a new judge in his state income tax appeal case in 1st District Court in Kootenai County, a move that could …


Hart takes tax argument to court

BOISE – Idaho state Rep. Phil Hart is going to court over state income taxes he owes, charging in 1st District Court in Kootenai County that Idaho’s state income tax …


Hart makes timber fund ‘donation’

BOISE – Idaho state Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol, sent a check as promised to the state’s school endowment for $2,450, but he called it a “voluntary donation” to the permanent …


Hart says he’ll pay state for timber

BOISE – Idaho state Rep. Phil Hart announced Monday that he’s sending a check to the state for logs he took from school endowment land in 1996 to build his …


Vestal: Hart doing little to earn sympathy

John McHone has a beef with Phil Hart. McHone thinks anyone who steals timber from public lands – as Hart did to build a log home in Athol – ought …


Judge upholds CdA election result

The city of Coeur d’Alene and an incumbent councilman emerged victorious Tuesday in a lawsuit that challenged the legality of the November 2009 City Council election and accused Kootenai County’s …


Trial starts in contested CdA race

The losing candidate in last year’s Coeur d’Alene City Council election on Monday took the city and the councilman who defeated him to court. On Nov. 3, City Councilman Mike …


Board of Tax Appeals rules Hart missed deadline

BOISE – Idaho’s state Board of Tax Appeals has rejected state Rep. Phil Hart’s appeal of an order to pay $53,000 in back state income taxes, penalties and interest, saying …


Election challenge gets zanier

You want to know how far over the top the biggest cheerleaders for unsuccessful City Council candidate Jim Brannon are? Some sincerely believe that there’s a conspiracy to steal votes …


NY Times skewers tea partiers

Charlie Brown never seemed to learn that Lucy always yanked the football before he tried to kick it. And Idaho conservatives never learn that they aren’t going to catch a …


Inkstained fingers get snippy slap

So there I was minding my own business when – shazam! – I found myself in the middle of Jim Brannon’s sour-grapes lawsuit to overthrow the 2009 Coeur d’Alene city …