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TUESDAY, DEC. 13, 2011, 9:40 A.M.

Unreasonable Vito Brings Response

Republicans have strayed from reasonable governing, the leader of the Idaho House's Democratic minority says, and the GOP's closed primary will only aggravate the issue. "Reason and concern for the common good are clearly not GOP priorities, Rep. John Rusche, D-Lewiston, wrote in a guest opinion distributed today. "With the new closed primary laws, one can only expect that their priorities will only get more foolhardy. Closing the Republican candidate selection to the 'chosen' will not make the winners more reasoned and reasonable." Alert readers will note that Rusche is latching onto a quote from state Rep. Vito Barbieri (above at United Conservatives of North Idaho organizational meeting), R-Dalton Gardens, reported in a recent Dan Popkey column on fractures within the GOP in North Idaho. Here, in full, is Rusche's guest opinion: “If I wanted a reasonable Republican, I’d vote for a Democrat.” Rep. Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens/Kevin Richert, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Who's the most reasonable Idaho Republican you know?

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