Idaho silver-based currency bills might have failed, but the 'sound money' movement marches on
By Zach Hagadone
Populist anger over the past couple of years has bubbled up into Tea Party rallies and politicos trying to outdo each other with pledges to cut government down to size. On the list of Tea'd off demands: silver or gold-backed currency. See which lawmakers in Idaho are all about it.
Democrats in north-central Idaho took a particular bruising, with House Minority Leader John Rusche (D-Lewiston) and Sen. Dan Schmidt (D-Moscow) going down to defeat and Republican Thyra Stevenson regaining a House seat vacated by outgoing Lewiston Democratic Rep. Dan Rudolph.
Idaho Democratic Party officials in Boise have decided to pull a party field organizers out of Legislative District No. 1 because the operative claims he was being "stalked and harassed" by supporters of incumbent Republican Rep. Heather Scott.
In Idaho, Sen. Ted Cruz was on top, garnering 96,411 votes, representing 45 percent of the vote. Donald Trump followed with 60,236 votes (28 percent). Sen. Marco Rubio received 34,772 votes (16 percent) and Ohio Gov. John Kasich received 15,963 votes (7.5 percent).
KIFI-TV obtained a cellphone video from a viewer, capturing much of the incident, which included the driver of the truck pushing a protester—prompting more yelling from the marchers—and ultimately taking a swing at someone in the crowd.