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Statesman: Barbieri Made An Impact

Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens, knew what is expected of freshmen when they arrive at the Statehouse. “I was supposed to sit down, be quiet, listen,” said Barbieri, a retired lawyer in his first term. But he also knew what the voters of his North Idaho district expected from him. “It wasn’t enough to limit government, I was to shrink government, reduce the government. It wasn’t enough to hold the line on taxes, it was to find a way to stop the taxation in areas,” Barbieri said. He didn’t wait long to begin pushing that agenda. Having read Thomas Woods’ book “Nullification,” Barbieri — with the help of Sen. Monty Pearce, R-New Plymouth, who became a mentor — set about to try to use the theory to dismantle the federal health care act in Idaho/Brian Murphy, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Barbieri and Sen. John Goedde are two of the six legislators listed in an Idaho Statesman story re: "voices that made a difference" during the 2011 session. Will Barbieri become a fixture in the Legislature from House District 3? Or will he be viewed as radical and lose a 2012 GOP primary bid?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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