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Popkey: Idaho’s Top Legislative Race

For 18 years, Republican Sen. John Andreason, pictured, represented the party’s dwindling moderate wing, deflecting primary challenges from purists who called him a “Republican in Name Only,” or RINO. Andreason’s retirement … will decide whether Democrats expand their reach into the suburbs, offering prospects of long-term gains. As a result, it’s Idaho’s most expensive legislative race. Democrats nominated Betty Richardson, 59, Bill Clinton’s appointee as U.S. attorney for Idaho. As Ada County Democratic chairwoman, she helped engineer her party’s high-water mark in the Legislature in the last 50 years, the 21-21 Senate tie in 1990. Republicans chose another veteran pol. Fred Martin, 62, worked for Congressman George Hansen and on Boise city races that ended the “mall wars” in the 1980s, leading to construction of the Boise Towne Square/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Which legislative race do you consider to be the best one North Idaho has to offer? Why?

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ET: Please Define ‘RINO’ & ‘DINO’

Estate Tracker: DFO, ou wrote that the GOP is in fear that a “Rino” might get elected. Just wondering, how do you define the line between a “Democrat” and a “Republican” and this rino person? Really, what is the halmark of a D or an R in 2012 in North Idaho? What are their traits and charisteristics? Inquiring minds want to know.

Question: Estate Tracker raises a great question. How do you define what is or isn't a RINO (Republican in Name Only) or a DINO (Democrat in Name Only)? And who decides which is whic?

Wood: Ward’s Comments Silly

Christie Wood: I understand Pachyderm was lively on Friday. I hear that Jeff Ward was the speaker and he declared that Deanna Goodlander and I are Rhino’s (RINOs). We are both office holders in non-partisian positions so his comments seem silly. You may remember I called upon Jeff a few months ago to correct a false statement he made about me in his newsletter. He claimed I attempted to connect the RR’s to the Aryan’s and was behind the PO Box comments. Wrong person but that did not impress Jeff. He decided I am worthy of his criticism anyway and decided not to make any corrections. Anyway…I have always been clear I am a moderate who chooses to work with all elected officials (Democrats too! Oh My!) and constituents, and will not feed from his purity trough. What a complete waste of valuable time.

Question: I contend that the worst “RINOs” in this area are the ones from the Far Right who are using the umbrella of the Republican Party to push the local party into Constutionalist/Libertarian/Birch water. What do you think?

Broadsword On Adam’s RINO List

I use the RINO label sparingly as I thin many people have overused it. With the recent defeats of Senators Schroeder and Coiner, the RINO herd has been culled. I don’t want to use the label as a mindless insult, so I have a fair standard. If you’ve got an Idaho Conservative score of less than 60%, you’re a RINO. If you vote with us more than that, you could weak-kneed, lilly-livered, unimaginatives or any number of things, but I wouldn’t call you a RINO. Here’s my list:Rep. Tom Trail (R-6)-37% conservative voting record.Senator Joyce Broadsword (R-2)-56% conservative voting record/Adam Graham, Adam’s Blog. And: Outrageous outrage of the day: Loyalty oaths. 

  • Rep. Tom Trail (R-6)-37% conservative voting record.
  • Senator Joyce Broadsword (R-2)-56% conservative voting record.
  • Senator Joe Stegner (R-7)-31% conservative voting record.
  • Senator John Andreason (R-15)-46% conservative voting record.
  • Senator Tim Corder (R-22)-55% conservative voting record.

Question: With loyalty oaths, RINO lists, and party purity paramount, can Idaho Republicans say that they have a big tent?

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