Repubs vs. Repubs in K-County:

Watch for conservative ex-solon Ron Vieselmeyer to take on volatile county GOP chair Bob Nonini in a bruising primary battle for retiring Rep. Hilde Kellogg's District 5A seat. Nonini's been test-driving the position by subbing for Hilde in Boise lately. But he's far from a lock here. He has a lot of baggage -- not the least of which is his temper. And most know that Hilde would have preferred attorney Freeman Duncan to run for her spot. Meanwhile, there's a third significant pol eyeing a Repub primary race against Nonini. Stay tuned.

Also, Clyde Boatright is aching for a primary rematch against the man who took his state Senate seat, Sen. Kent Bailey. Both solons played key roles in allowing extremely heavy trucks to roll in Idaho. And deserve to be filleted for that brain cramp. I'd prefer a third choice. But you play the cards you're dealt.

Finally, Hayden Councilwoman Jeri DeLange announced her Repub primary bid for state Rep. Jim Clark's District 3A seat Thursday. Quirky Clark, whom I'm told by insiders ``has been very mean-spirited and downright rude'' at the Legislature this year, has decided to seek re-election. He'd flirted with the idea of giving up his seat to run for county commissioner. Clark'll have a tough time. DeLange will have the backing of the chamber of commerce crowd.

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