Thursday, August 14, 2014

Press-Tribune: Legal Challenge to Idaho Lawmaker's Residency Continues

Posted By on Thu, Aug 14, 2014 at 9:42 AM

This morning's Idaho Press-Tribune reports that the issue over seven-term Canyon County Republican Sen. Patti Anne Lodge's home has landed in court.

In March, 2013, Boise Weekly sat down with the veteran lawmaker to talk politics and how she loved to spend time among her prized cattle at her farm in the Sunnyslope area. But two Canyon County Republicans, Maurice Clements, who ran against Lodge in 2012, and Ethan Crisp, chairman of the Canyon County Young Republicans, questioned the validity of Lodge's temporary residence outside of her district while she builds a new home on her Sunnyslope property.

"That's where my bills come; that's where I vote; that's my home," Lodge said in 2013.

But this morning's Press-Tribune reports that Greg Collett, who ran unsuccessfully against Lodge in this year's GOP primary, said he's moving forward with a lawsuit, challenging Lodge's residency. A hearing in the case took place Aug. 11, according to the Press-Tribune.

Meanwhile, Idaho Secretary of State Ben Ysursa and Canyon County Clerk Chris Yamamoto have both given Lodge the green light to continue her candidacy while her home was being renovated, according to the Press-Tribune. 

A court ruling on the matter is expected by the end of August.

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