State Representative and Republican Stephen Hartgen has a beef with his old employer.

I asked a leading Republican in Twin Falls if this is being done to further a claim the paper is providing balance in its selections.

The Times-News is endorsing his opponent.  I asked a leading Republican in Twin Falls if this is being done to further a claim the paper is providing balance in its selections.  The Republican stalwart replied with a different explanation.  Republicans believe the Democrat is a darling of the paper because she supports refugee resettlement and received special treatment at a candidate forum.  His words and not mine.  Keep in mind Mr. Hartgen bears no ill will against refugees.  Like many Republicans he only wants to ensure proper screening before entry.  I endorse all GOP state legislative candidates.  The alternatives would promote, I fear, an open door policy in a world without borders.

Hartgen joins us in studio Tuesday.  His opponent is also welcome no later than Monday next week.