Lands are managed to provide revenue for the public schools-

Having a one party state is a problem here. Representative Hart, who took timber, only faces a write-in candidate.

Rep. Hart logged state land for home. Candidate never paid debt for stolen timber. Betsy Z. Russell. The Spokesman-Review

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Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University with specialties in natural resource politics, public opinion, interest groups, political parties, voting and elections. Aside from academic publications, he is author or co-author of three hiking/backpacking guides, and he is President of the Western Watersheds Project.

7 Responses to Idaho state legislator stole timber from Idaho state lands

  1. avatar Paul Bego says:

    it’s sad but hardly shocking….

  2. avatar timz says:

    This filthy crook owes nearly $700,000 in back taxes and sits on the legislative tax committee. He belongs in prison. Only in Idaho where some of the local hayseeds see him as a hero.

  3. avatar timz says:

    And his filthy rotten coherts in the legislature let him off the hook when democrats demanded they look into his not paying taxes as a conflict of interest. he claims taxes are unconstitutional. they said after a “hearing” no conflict exists.

  4. avatar Robert Hoskins says:

    In Wyoming, on some State sections people have built private homes, with nary a peep of protest from anyone, including and especially the State. Another aspect of Western custom and culture.

    Wonder what would happen if I built a house on State land?

    RH

  5. avatar skyrim says:

    Guess he couldn’t afford to pay the whole thing. Maybe he could set up a convenient plan of re-payment or get a pay day loan…….
    http://www.spokesman.com/blogs/boise/2010/oct/18/hart-sends-partial-payment-state-1996-timber-theft/

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‎"At some point we must draw a line across the ground of our home and our being, drive a spear into the land and say to the bulldozers, earthmovers, government and corporations, “thus far and no further.” If we do not, we shall later feel, instead of pride, the regret of Thoreau, that good but overly-bookish man, who wrote, near the end of his life, “If I repent of anything it is likely to be my good behaviour."

~ Edward Abbey

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