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Closed Primaries Temporarily On Hold; RINO’s Raise Their Revolting Heads Again

February 9th, 2007 by Halli

It is a matter of record that at the 2006 Idaho State Republican Convention in Idaho Falls, a platform position, resolution and rule change to “close” primary elections (forcing voters to register party membership and then vote only in that party’s primary) were all introduced and passed.

Fast forward to the 2007 Idaho Legislature.

On Monday, February 5th, House leadership, consisting of Republicans Lawrence Denney, Scott Bedke, Mike Moyle and Ken Roberts, joined newcomer Marv Hagedorn of Meridian in an effort to give the convention resolution the force of law.

This group introduced a bill designed to close Idaho primaries in the House State Affairs committee. When it came time to vote to print the bill, (usually a formality, even for those who disagree with the legislation), Rep. Bob Ring, Republican of Caldwell, voted against his own party leadership to hold the bill in committee, and the bill died. (Fortunately, it is expected that the bill will resurface, hopefully with better results.)

Yet the very next day, Bob Ring (yes, elected as a Republican), gave a courtesy vote to House Democrats to print their bill raising the minimum wage. This bill eventually died as well, but that’s not the point. The point is that Bob Ring doesn’t appear to understand what party membership means.

Yes, Bob Ring is a RINO (Republican In Name Only). And he’s not the only one in the Idaho Legislature. Ironically, Rep. Ring is himself the poster child for closing primaries, the action he voted to oppose. There is little doubt Democrats helped put him in office.

Why would Democrats vote for Republicans? To further their own agenda of bigger government, higher taxes, and greater state control over the lives of citizens.

And where do they find the Republican candidates who fill the bill? Think back to the Cassia County, Idaho, Democrat chairman who couldn’t get elected with a “D” behind his name. He switched parties, and was elected to the House, eventually serving as Speaker of the House. That would be none other than Bruce Newcomb.

Apparently Democrats believe it isn’t so much ideology as party affiliation that gets a candidate elected. And apparently they’re right.

It is time to close primary elections and allow political parties to choose their own candidates. Federal courts agree. Let your legislators know this must be done this year.

Posted in Idaho Legislature, Politics in General, Taxes | 2 Comments »

2 Responses

  1. » Blog Archive » Update on Closed Primary Legislation Says:

    [...] With pleasure we report that a new bill creating closed Idaho primaries was voted to print in House committee this morning. That means there will be a hearing, and it is hoped that RINO’s can be sidetracked this go-round. [...]

  2. » Blog Archive » Modified Closed Primaries = Open Primaries Says:

    [...] You doubt Democrats vote in Republican primaries? We have proof.  Be sure to read this post as well. They have many compelling reasons to do so, and the large number of “moderate Republicans”, also known as RINO’s (Republicans in Name Only) in our legislature bears witness that they do.  Remember the letter I have in my possession from the Blackfoot County Democrat chairman thanking her fellow Dem’s for defeating the more conservative Republican in the Republican Primary. She also wrote a letter to the editor of the Blackfoot paper instructing Democrats exactly how to vote in the Republican Primary. And why would county clerks lobby heavily for vote-by-mail, a huge change in voting protocol, yet protest that requiring party registration and (partially) closed primaries will so inconvenience them that the change isn’t possible by the 2008 elections?  These supposed public servants are nothing more than bureaucrats seeking to increase their power and lighten their workload, at the expense of our state constitution and the secret ballot. [...]

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