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Richert: GOP’s Push for Closed Primaries Is A Purge

The conservative group makes no bones about its agenda. A closed primary will flush out those so-called "Republicans in Name Only," or RINOs — Republicans that don't meet the narrow definition of Republican as spelled out by alliance executive director Bryan Fischer. "The practical effect of the implementation of this rule is that it will be easier for pro-family candidates to survive GOP primaries, and harder for Republicans-in-name-only to get into office," Fischer says. "Thus, in many ways this battle is of great significance for the future of Idaho politics. Closed Republican primaries are clearly in the best interest of those who want Idaho to continue to be a state that honors conservative, family-friendly social values. Both Democrats and Republican Party elites understand what is at stake here, which is why they are fighting so hard against this move. "The battle over closed primaries is, in fact, a battle for the heart and soul of the Republican Party in Idaho." Make no mistake. This is a purge -- Kevin Richert/Idaho Statesman.

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.