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Idaho Republicans consider ousting colleague who pleaded guilty to rape charges

On Tuesday, an Idaho state senator called on his colleague to resign when it came to light that the fellow state lawmaker entered a guilty plea to rape charges in 1974. The Associated Press reported that state Sen. Fred Martin (R-Boise) called on state Rep. Mark Patterson (R) to step…

Idaho lawmaker still allowed to carry concealed weapon despite lying about pleading guilty to rape

An Idaho lawmaker who had his concealed weapon permit revoked for lying about a long-ago guilty plea to rape can still legally carry a gun because his state exempts elected officials from the permit law. State Rep. Mark Patterson (R-Boise) had his permit revoked after the Ada County sheriff discovered…