Eye On Boise

Idaho GOP backs off plan to screen primary candidates

Idaho Republicans have dropped a proposed rule change to let party committees screen candidates for primary elections and select just two for each office, but they'll consider plenty of other big changes when they gather Friday in Moscow for their annual state central committee meeting, including doing away with their May presidential primary entirely.

Also on tap: An array of resolutions on everything from kicking the EPA out of the Silver Valley, to studying a gold currency to replace the "failing" dollar, and to an "Idaho as China-Beachhead Withdrawal Resolution," declaring that GOP Gov. Butch Otter's "Project 60" trade-building initiative is a bid by the Chinese to take over Idaho's sovereignty, and calling on the Legislature to look into it. Not on the agenda for the two-day meeting: Letting independents vote in the GOP primary for state offices next May. You can read my full story here at spokesman.com.

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Betsy Z. Russell
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