First, conservatives had the anti-gay-marriage initiative, brought by the Idaho Legislature. Then, they had the candidacy of Rep. Bill Sali, a Christian activist legislator running for Congress in District 1. Now, they have the potent symbol of their religion, the Ten Commandments, front and center, in Idaho’s capital city. “These are the hot-button issues that the Christian conservative moement would like to use to increase their voter turnout,” said Ross Burkhart, a political science professor at Boise State. “This would be a good development for their turnout aspirations.” Bryan Fischer, who heads the Idaho Values Alliance, calls it “the trifecta.” (For the rest of the Boise Weekly article by Shea Anderson, click here.)
Question: How do you think religious conservatives will affect congressional, statewide and legislative races in Idaho this fall?