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Trib: A Final Jeer To Closed Primaries

Top row, left to right: Mike Crapo, Norm Semanko, Jay Inslee. Fourth row: Rod Beck, Scott Broyles, Sheryl Nuxoll, Jim Risch. Third row: Mike Ferguson, Katy Benoit, Cecil Andrus. Second row: Phil Batt. First row: Thyra Stevenson, tom Luna, Raul Labrador. (Lewiston Tribune illustration)

In his final Cheers & Jeers column of the year, Marty Trillhaase/Lewiston Tribune offers jeers to ... former Idaho Republican Party Chairman Norm Semanko and former state Senate Majority Leader Rod Beck, R-Boise, among others:

Did you vote in the May 15 primary election? Did you enjoy being compelled to register as a Republican if you voted to nominate that party's candidates? Are you comfortable knowing your registration is a matter of public record? Or did you -- standing on principle or simple concerns for your privacy -- eschew your franchise? Either way, you have Semanko and Beck to thank. As much as anyone, these two helped close Idaho's traditionally open primary elections. And the results? If Semanko and Beck wanted to keep people away, they prevailed. Turnout dropped to 23 percent - the worst showing on record. More here.

Question: Which Idaho political figure deserved the biggest cheer/jeer of 2012?

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