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Idaho Becomes GOPrez Race Player

Patrick Teems completed a political odyssey Saturday. The Boise pilot last week got to attend political rallies for three of the top contenders for the Republican presidential nomination ahead of Idaho’s March 6 GOP caucus. Teems came into the week leaning toward Mitt Romney, but seeing the other two made him reconsider. Ron Paul’s libertarian message Saturday resonated with him. And he liked Rick Santorum’s electrifying speech Tuesday at Capital High — and Santorum’s willingness to stay afterward to have his picture taken with people such as Teems’ teenage son, Max. Republican Congressman Raul Labrador would have loved to see all three, too, but he was in Washington, D.C., until Saturday and was able to attend only Paul’s rally. He’s not endorsing any candidate/Dan Popkey & Rocky Barker, Idaho Statesman. More here. (SR file photo: Santorum with Coeur d'Alene High students (from left) Adam Borsheim, Derek Scharf and Ty Higbie)

Question: Did the visit of three of the top four GOP presidential candidates last week boost Idaho's status on the national Republican scene?

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Vito & Phil Welcome Paul To Spokane

House District 3 Reps. Phil Hart (far left) and Vito Barbieri (far right) were on hand to welcome Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul to Spokane Friday night.

Presidential candidate Ron Paul took the hardest shot at President Obama of any of the three Republicans who campaigned in Idaho this week, accusing Obama of assassinating a 16-year-old U.S. citizen last fall. Paul said the Obama administration’s change in national policy in 2011 to allow the killing of American citizens accused of terrorist acts amounted to an attack on its own citizens. The administration fired missiles from drones in Yemen and killed three citizens, including Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, a Denver native and the son of al-Qaida leader Anwar al-Awlaki. “Just because someone seems to be a bad person is no justification,” Paul told his audience at CenturyLink Arena in Boise. “The worse a person is, the more important it is they get justice so we get justice”/Rocky Barker, Statesman. More here.

Question: So which presidential candidate made the biggest impact in his Idaho visit — Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, or Ron Paul?

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Paul Attracts 2300 In Spokane

Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul works the crowd at the front of the ballroom at the Spokane Convention Center Friday after a rally for his campaign. More than 2000 attended the rally. (SR photo: Jesse Tinsley)


Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul may not have won a state primary yet, but he remains a favorite to win Spokane County. A standing-room-only crowd of about 2,300 shouted their support for Paul during his 45-minute speech Friday evening at the Spokane Convention Center. Paul is the second Republican presidential candidate to visit the Inland Northwest this week as Washington and Idaho prepare for their presidential caucuses early next month. Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum spoke to about 600 supporters in Coeur d’Alene on Tuesday. Paul, who was introduced by state Rep. Matt Shea, R-Spokane Valley, started his speech pointing to his strong base of support. In 2008, Paul finished first in the caucuses in Spokane County, capturing 46 percent of the vote/Jonathan Brunt, SR. More here.

Question: Anyone attend the Ron Paul rally in Spokane? Thoughts?

Paul Attracts Overflow Moscow Crowd

Duroc reports: I can report an overflow crowd at Moscow's Ron Paul Rally. People crowding the area outside of the ballroom down the stairwell back onto the first floor of the Student Union Building. A young lady was just loaded into an ambulance (excitement?) and there are emergency vehicles all over the place. Rally just ended and the crowd is filtering out.

Ron Paul Decries ‘War On Drugs’

Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul is decrying the “war on drugs” in a speech to supporters in Washington state. The Texas congressman told more than 1,000 people at a rally Thursday night in Vancouver, Wash., that Americans should be able to make their own decisions on such matters. Voters in Washington are likely to decide this year whether to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. Paul was spending Thursday campaigning in Idaho and Washington and has rallies planned Friday in Richland and Spokane. He is expected to hit most of Washington's media markets before the state's nonbinding caucuses on March 3/Fox News. More here. (AP photo: Ron Paul waves to Twin Falls crowd Thursday)

Also: Ron Paul will rally in Moscow at 4 pm,” but those of you who are closer to Moscow should know that Paul’s appearance is at 4 pm in the Student Union Building Ballroom on the University of Idaho campus.

Question: What do you think about our decades-old “War on Drugs”?

PM: Paul Sets Boise Visit, Too

Republican presdential hopeful Ron Paul greets supportors on Thursday after giving a speech at Twin Falls High School in Twin Falls. 1,200 people attended the political rally at the school. Twin Falls Times-News story here. (AP Photo/Times-News, Ashley Smith)

Paul Discusses Liberty In Twin Falls

Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas shakes hands at Twin Falls Senior High School, today in Twin Falls, Idaho. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Individual liberties need to be restored, Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul told hundreds during today's town hall meeting in Twin Falls. “We have to recommit ourselves to what a free country is all about,” Paul said. Audience members cheered as the Texas congressman took the stage at Twin Falls High School's Roper Auditorium. Paul said if he's elected, he'd cut the federal budget by $1 trillion during his first year as president. Paul joined fellow GOP nomination hopefuls Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum in scheduling Idaho campaign stops this week, in preparation of the state's March 6 GOP caucus. Paul's other talking points included abolishing income tax, ending foreign wars and the U.S. regulation on drugs/Julie Wooton, Twin Falls Times-News. More here.

Question: Do you plan to attend the rallies for Ron Paul either in Moscow or Spokane Friday?

Rasor Wants Idaho GOP To Back Paul

Cornel Rasor (pictured), the conservative chairman of the Bonner County Board of Commissioners who helped bring us the Property Rights Council, has circulated a five-page email to Idaho state GOP Central Committee members, asking them to endorse the presidential campaign of maverick Ron Paul. Rasor maintains the 12-term Texas congressman is the only candidate of the remaining four that has a chance to beat President Barack Obama in the general election. Rasor writes: “Because of his wide appeal amongst independent voters, Congressman Paul is likely the only Republican candidate that will be able to defeat Barack Obama. He is certainly the only candidate that will offer substantial government reform. Even if you don't agree with him on every issue, you can be assured that his principled consistency will guarantee that you will know exactly where he stands, and that he truly will do what he says.” Complete email here. (Photo from Cornel Rasor commissioner Web site)

Question: What do you make of Rasor's endorsement of Ron Paul?

Ron Paul To Visit Spokane Friday

GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul is tentatively scheduled for a rally Friday evening at the Spokane convention center, and is picking up endorsements in and around Spokane. State Rep. Matt Shea, Spokane County Treasurer Rob Chase, and Republican Central Committeemembers John Christina of Spokane and Karen Skoog of Elk all endorsed Paul, the campaign announced today. Many of those endorsements come as  no surprise. Chase, like Paul, was once a Libertarian candidate; he became active in the Paul campaign in 2008 and was part of the Texas congressman's delegation that helped shape the Spokane County GOP platform/Jim Camden, SR Spin Control. More here.

Question: Will Ron Paul draw bigger crowds in Spokane/Moscow/Boise/Twin Falls than Rick Santorum?

Rules Change In Idaho Prez Politics

Romney returns to Boise Friday. But in addition to his standard operating procedure — talking to the $1,000 to $2,500 fundraiser circle — he has worked a public event into his Idaho itinerary. I’ve heard it said that time is one of those inflexible commodities in a campaign. A candidate can always try to fire up the fundraising machinery, but every candidate is allocated the same number of hours in a day. The mere fact that Romney is expending a little bit of that time to talk to the regular folks is telling. Also telling is the fact that the Romney campaign brought out Gov. Butch Otter and Sen. Jim Risch Tuesday, for a counterattack targeting Santorum/Kevin Richert, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Is it possible that Romney is running scared in Idaho, despite his built-in advantages?

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Phil Hart Endorses Ron Paul

For the second presidential election in a row, State Representative Phil Hart has endorsed 12- term Texas Congressman Ron Paul for president. According to Rep. Hart, “Ron Paul is the only candidate who understands our economic problems. He is also the only frontrunner candidate who is not propped up by those who have caused our economic demise.” With regard to Dr. Paul’s foreign policy, Rep. Hart said, “Those Americans who understand our foreign policy the best, our active military men and women, support Ron Paul overwhelmingly. America needs a paradigm shift, and Ron Paul is the only candidate for President who can deliver on that”/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Any surprises here?

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Paul, Romney Showdown In Maine

Merav Yaakov of Manchester, N.H., hold signs in support of Republican presidential candidate, Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, outside a scheduled event for Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, at the Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H. Romney and Ron Paul rarely acknowledge each other in the Republican presidential race, focusing their attention and attacks on rivals Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum instead. That curious detente will be tested in Maine's caucuses Saturday, where Romney's reputation as a political shape shifter is set to go head-to-head with Paul's quirky but consistent set of libertarian beliefs. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Question: As you know, Kootenai County is a Ron Paul stronghold. Do you think Ron Paul will best Romney in Idaho? Or will Santorum be a factor here by then?

5 Qualify For Idaho GOP Caucus

The Idaho Republican Party announced today that five Republican Presidential Candidates have qualified for the first-ever Idaho Republican Party Presidential Caucus that will take place in every county across the state on March 6, commonly known as Super Tuesday. The five candidates who have qualified for the ballot are: Ron Paul, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Buddy Roemer (in the order they filed with the State Party). “We are delighted to have these five Republican candidates file to participate in the Idaho Republican Party Presidential Caucus,” stated Chairman Norm Semanko. “It is becoming apparent that we are on the radar of the Republican Presidential candidates as they realize that Idaho’s 32 delegates are more delegates than Iowa, New Hampshire or Nevada”/Idaho Republican Party. (AP file photo of former Louisiana governor Buddy Roemer)

Question: Buddy Roemer?

Aides: Paul OK’d Racial Pamphlets

Ron Paul, well known as a physician, congressman and libertarian , has also been a businessman who pursued a marketing strategy that included publishing provocative, racially charged newsletters to make money and spread his ideas, according to three people with direct knowledge of Paul’s businesses. The Republican presidential candidate has denied writing inflammatory passages in the pamphlets from the 1990s and said recently that he did not read them at the time or for years afterward. Numerous colleagues said he does not hold racist views. …  But people close to Paul’s operations said he was deeply involved in the company that produced the newsletters, Ron Paul & Associates, and closely monitored its operations, signing off on articles and speaking to staff members virtually every day/Jerry Marken & Alice Crites, Washington Post. More here.


Ron Paul Sues To Unmask Online User

One of the key points behind Ron Paul's success in this Presidential campaign (as well as in 2008) was his reputation for actually “getting the internet” and making good use of it to promote his message and motivate and activate his supporters. But it appears that perhaps he doesn't quite get the internet that well. That's all I can think after reading the details of a dreadfully short-sighted lawsuit that he filed to try to unmask some anonymous internet users. Basically, some random internet users created a pretty dumb, racist and offensive anti-John Huntsman attack video, essentially questioning his “values” because he speaks Chinese. However, it was posted by a user under the name NHLiberty4Paul. And, at the end it briefly says “Vote Ron Paul”/Mike Masnick, TechDirt. More here. (In this AP file photo of Jan. 7 New Hampshire debate,  Jon Huntsman answers a questions as Rep. Ron Paul listen)

Question: Are you more/less likely to support Ron Paul as the result of his lawsuit to unmask an anonymous Internet user?

Ron Paul Connects With Youth

Ivy Littlejohn, 13, of Pacolet, S.C. watches as Republican presidential candidate, Rep.  Ron Paul, R-Texas speak in West Columbia, S.C. A 76-year-old great-grandfather who gives eye-glazing speeches on monetary policy, displays a crotchety streak and disappears from the Republican campaign trail for days at a time to rest up is captivating young voters. Texas Rep. Ron Paul's libertarian message clicks with young people, who are supplying zest to his stronger-than-expected presidential campaign. Why would young people gravitate to the oldest guy in the field? “Freedom is a young idea,” says one youthful voter. Story here. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

Question: Why is 76YO Ron Paul connecting with today's youth?

Wait A Minute, Mitt Won Idaho Vote

Item: Practice makes perfect: Test-run Idaho caucus win goes to Romney/Maureen Dolan, Coeur d'Alene Press

More Info: In the non-binding poll, Paul came in first with 173 of the 399 votes cast. Mitt Romney followed with 135 votes, and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich came in third, with 47 votes. The following day, nearly 160 Republicans attended the state committee meeting. In the smaller, purely Republican test-run caucus, Romney received 59 votes, Paul received 34, and Rick Santorum came in third, with 33 votes.

Question: Which weekend vote truly represents Idaho Republicans — the straw poll that picked Ron Paul or the test-run caucus that picked Mitt Romney?

JohnA: Iowa, New Hampshire? Bah!

Item: Romney wins in New Hampshire, Paul in 2nd, Huntsman 3rd/USA Today

JohnA: How can we call ourselves a democracry when one party has no opposition and the other is decided by two of the smallest states in the Union. How ridiculous to think that just because someone wins, like, 11 electoral voters, that we adorn them as the nominee. That’s silly, it is contra-intuitive and it should be just plain wrong. I remember when George W. went to South Carolina in 2000 and somehow made John McCain go away. We all saw what happended over the next eight years. How sad that the rest of us didn’t have a reasonable vote in who our party nominee would be. The system is broken. I hope at some time in my life a real candidate selection system will evolve. I’m not counting on it.

Question: John makes a good point. Why have we allowed to relatively insignificant states like Iowa and New Hampshire to decide which presidential candidates are best?

Mansfield: Does Ron Paul Own Idaho?

On his blog, Dennis Mansfield points to the who's who of Idaho politics who support GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney — and then declares something unusual happened Friday — an anti-establishment candidate won the GOP straw poll. Ron Paul. Quoth Dennis: “Some might argue that the Straw Poll was merely a 'fundraiser' for the state GOP (paying $30 to vote in it could give that impression) — but it was a POLL that Ron Paul will gladly celebrate nationally…and Romney will attempt to deflect intentionally. But, a win over Santorum by 8 votes in Iowa… and a loss to Ron Paul in Idaho? If I were Romney's staff, I'd wonder why this 'fundraiser'/straw poll was not invested in by Mitt supporters. After all, they HAVE the money to spend … So, until March's Super Tuesday the nation will believe that Idaho is owned by Ron Paul.” More here. (In this April 2008 file IPT/AP file photo by Mike Vogt, Ron Paul prepares to sign his book, “The Revolution,” during a visit to Caldwell)

Question: Does Ron Paul “own” Idaho?

Ron Paul Wins Idaho GOP Straw Poll

Despite a speech from U.S. Sen. Jim Risch backing Mitt Romney, Rep. Ron Paul won Friday’s pay-to-play vote. Paul’s surrogate was Washington state Rep. Matt Shea of Spokane Valley. How strong a win? The former Libertarian got 43 percent (173 votes) to the former Massachusetts governor’s 34 percent (135). Trailing them were Newt Gingrich with 12 percent (47 votes), Rick Santorum at 10 percent (40) and Jon Huntsman with 1 percent (4). A total of 399 people from across Idaho participated. Rick Perry's campaign asked not to be included on the straw poll ballot. What’s it mean? It cost $30 to participate, and party officials cautioned against making too much of the result. The poll was a party fundraiser held at the Riverside Hotel in Garden City/Dan Popkey, Statesman. More here.

Question: Do you see any significance in this vote?

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