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Op-Ed: This ‘Unaffiliated’ To Vote GOP

I just did something I thought I'd never do in the 40 years I've been a registered voter. I changed my Idaho party registration from "unaffiliated" to Republican. A big step for someone who fought for the 18-year-old vote in 1971 ... knocked on doors in the textile mill towns of North Carolina on behalf of presidential candidate George McGovern in 1972 ... and slept on a bus overnight to Washington, D.C., in 1973 to protest Richard Nixon's second inauguration. My change of heart signifies no real self-identification with today's Republican Party. I happen to believe that the once-honorable Grand Old Party -- the party of equality and freedom under Abraham Lincoln and progressive reform and conservation under Theodore Roosevelt - has been hijacked by a right-wing cabal of reactionary, Obama-hating, science-denying tea party activists/David Klinger, Op-Ed column, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Are you an Unaffiliated voter?

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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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