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Idaho’s dominant political party charted a new direction for itself over the weekend at its state convention, not only replacing all current members of the GOP state party leadership, but also approving an array of resolutions, rule changes and platform modifications favored by the farthest-right wing of the party.

“My concern is a purge has begun,” said Gem County delegate Steven Thayn, a current GOP state senator from Emmett who attended his first state GOP convention in 1972 at age 18, the first year that 18-year-olds were allowed to serve as delegates. “What you see here is basically wanting to achieve unity through purity,” he said.

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Larry Yergler, a Shoshone County alternate delegate, attends the Idaho GOP Convention on Thursday evening at CSI in Twin Falls.

Betsy Z. Russell is the Boise bureau chief and state capitol reporter for the Idaho Press and Adams Publishing Group. Follow her on Twitter at @BetsyZRussell.

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