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Vito Opposes Garnishment Bill

Legislators and other elected officials are currently exempt from having their wages garnished for state court judgments, according to Rep. Ed Morse, R-Hayden, who introduced legislation this morning to remove the exemption. Morse said his bill would treat elected officials like anyone else. Rep. Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens, spoke out against the bill and opposed introducing it. “During the Legislature, we are doing the people’s business,” he said, and shouldn’t “be distracted by such things as this.” He asked his fellow lawmakers to “reflect for a moment on how intense this three months is” and the “emotional drain,” and said, “This exception makes a lot of sense to me”/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: Is Vito ever correct?

Quotable Quote

“I’m just spouting off numbers and am creating confusion,” (state Rep. Vito) Barbieri acknowledged, promising to clean up his arithmetic.

DFO: Three legislators need to be replaced to dramatically improve the Kootenai County legislative delegation, one from each district: Barbieri, District 2, Sen. Bob Nonini, District 3, and Rep. Kathy Sims, District 4. A case also could be made for Rep. Ron Mendive, District 3. What do you think?

GOP Leaders Say Barbieri Off Base

Every day that the Idaho House passes a spending bill, Rep. Vito Barbieri says he’ll chime in to give the public a running count of the damages. “Taxpayers will be delighted to know that we only spent $1,931,200 today, for a total of $142,153,900,” Barbieri said during the announcement period at the close of Tuesday’s floor session. That was the fourth time Barbieri offered his accounting, a practice he vows to continue through the end of the session. “It’s a minor attempt at just highlighting the importance that what we do is appropriate billions of dollars,” said Barbieri, a fourth-year lawmaker from North Idaho. … But (Barbieri) got some recalibration after legislative leaders decided that it was time to correct Barbieri’s figures — which were exaggerated by about eight-fold”/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Whose calculations do you believe — Barbieri's or GOP legislative leaders?

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Rep. Shea: Vito’s Radical Buddy

Reps. Matt Shea, R-Spokane Valley, and Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens, were featured speakers at a survivalist rally at Farragut State Park/Bayview last weekend. Rachel Maddow discussed Shea's presence in a blog post, citing the Southern Poverty Law Center's data about him:

In a profile of Shea, the SPLC said that he has not recently been involved in the immigration issue, but he is actively perpetuating a conspiracy that the government has plans to disarm Americans and round them up into concentration camps run by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.  His talk at the rally didn't mention the concentration camps, but he did urge attendees to get organized and to prepare for when the government steps in after the “inevitable collapse. When it happens, we need to look at this as an opportunity, not a crisis,” he said. “Who's job is liberty? That's our job.” (Rep. Matt Shea, 2nd from left, with Idaho Reps. Phil Hart, left, and Vito Barbieri, right, at 2012 Ron Paul rally in Spokane.)

Question: Is this the type of guy you want your representative running with?

Tribune: Vito Veto

Marty Trillhaase/Lewiston Tribune gives Jeers … to state Rep. Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens (pictured). Here's what Barbieri thinks of state government's primary obligation — the education of your children: “If you accept Jesus Christ as Lord and God, then pull your kids out of that Godless institution.” Barbieri deliberated over this quip, wrote it down and published it on his website. When his Democratic challenger, Cheryl Stransky, also of Dalton Gardens, pressed him about it during a debate, he didn't retreat: “My words exactly.” Then he launched into a call for a tax credit to “allow an alternative to this public school system that is certainly serving a purpose, but there are questions about the curriculum, and that's what I'm concerned with”/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Will Rep. Phil Hart replace Rep. Phil Hart as the uberconservative lighting rod in the Idaho Legislature?

Barbieri Calls Public Schools ‘Godless’

Rep. Vito Barbieri is defending a statement posted on his re-election campaign website in which he called on Christians to pull their children out of Idaho’s “Godless” public schools. In a debate on TV Channel 19 between Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens, and his Democratic challenger Cheryl Stransky, also from Dalton Gardens, Barbieri was asked about this statement posted on his website regarding public schools: “One more thing: If you accept Jesus Christ as Lord and God, then pull your kids out of that Godless institution.” Barbieri told questioners from the Coeur Group that he stands by the statement. “My words exactly,” he said/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: Do you agree/disagree with Rep. Barbieri's description of public schools as “Godless”?

Vito’s Words Come Back To Haunt

The ballot looks very different in North Idaho's most-Republican legislative district this fall, now that tax-protesting four-term Rep. Phil Hart is out and an array of new candidates are jostling for attention. Democrats are challenging Republicans for all three of District 2's seats this fall - the first time a Democrat has appeared on the ballot there since 2002. The last time one won was in 1994. Cheryl Stransky is among the new crop of candidates. A just-retired high school counselor who's been active in the community for 35 years, she has a quote from her opponent, first-term Rep. Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens, emblazoned on her campaign website: “If I wanted a reasonable Republican, I'd vote for a Democrat.” “I feel like I am almost a polar opposite of my opponent,” said Stransky, who says the district's lawmakers have gone too far and crossed a “tipping point.” Says the Democratic challenger, “I sense that people are ready for a reasoned representative”/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: Do you consider Rep. Vito Barbieri to be a “reasonable Republican”?

Barbieri Defends Salt Lake City Trip

Five Idaho lawmakers attended the American Legislative Exchange Council’s annual conference in Salt Lake City last week, but only two – Rep. Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens, and outgoing Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol – went at state expense. The others either traveled at their own expense or got scholarships from ALEC, a group that brings together business interests and state lawmakers to work on policy issues. “This was the only way that I could attend,” Barbieri said, “so I asked the speaker and he approved it.” House Speaker Lawerence Denney also approved state payment for Hart’s trip to the conference. House chief fiscal officer Terri Franks-Smith said several House members typically attend the ALEC conference each year, some at state expense. “I’ve known over the years it to happen both ways,” she said/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.


Challenger Has Had Her Fill Of Vito

Cheryl Stransky says she “reached her tipping point” during the last legislative session. A Democrat, Stransky is challenging Rep. Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens, for his District 2 seat in the Idaho House because she says Barbieri has “strayed too far from the mainstream.” “North Idaho is sacred ground for me. This is where my two children were born and raised. This is where I had my career. This is my home,” Stransky said. A Dalton Gardens resident since 1985, Stransky said her openness to new information, organized thinking and the fact that she is “not controlled by a restrictive ideology,” make her the best candidate. Her main priorities, she said, are economics and education, and that the two are inextricably intertwined/Maureen Dolan, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Have you had your fill of Vito, too?

Barbieri: ‘This Cannot Be Reality’

Outspoken Idaho Representative Vito Barbieri has pledged to continue his fight against President Barack Obama's health care reform despite the Supreme Court's final ruling on Thursday. Barbieri — who sponsored a 2011 bill to nullify health care reform in Idaho, told KTVB he wants to try to nullify the law again. “This cannot be the reality,” Barbieri told KTVB. Barbieri said he's deeply concerned that the federal government is overstepping its bounds and invading the personal lives of its citizenry. Barbieri said the next step for Idaho Republicans was to continue fighting the measure through any means possible/KTVB. More here.

Melissa Davlin, Twin Falls Times News via Twitter: “One repercussion: the ID Legislature didn't introduce a bill for the state-run insurance exchange, meaning the fed gov't will impose one.”

Question: Is the repeal of Obamacare a sure-fire winner in presidential/congressional races for the GOP?

Hart, Vito Oppose Canada Trade Idea

Ten House Republicans have voted against a non-binding memorial backing improved cooperation with Canada on trade and security, but HJM 13 passed the House, 56-10, and now moves to the Senate.  The memorial, co-sponsored by Reps. George Eskridge, R-Dover, and Max Black, R-Boise, and Sen. Curt McKenzie, R-Nampa, recognizes that the U.S. and Canada are each other's largest single export market, and calls for Congress and the federal administration to work together to carry out the “Beyond the Border Action Plan” released in December 2011, pursuant to an initiative announced a year earlier by the president of the United States and the prime minister of Canada/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.

Question: Hart & Barbieri can waste the Legislature's time with “sound money” and nullification bills; yet, they oppose a memorial supporting trade with Canada? Seriously?

Hart, Vito Oppose Animal Cruelty Bill

The House has voted 64-4 in favor of HB 650, Rep. Ken Andrus' animal cruelty bill; the measure now moves to a Senate committee. The only “no” votes came from Reps. Barrett, Barbieri, Hart and Harwood. In his closing debate, Andrus, R-Lava Hot Springs, said, “I don't care if we're the only state that doesn't have animal cruelty for a felony if we're right. But I think there is some concern about … treatment of animals. … I think this is a reasonable approach.” He said, “I don't guarantee you that this will stop initiatives”/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.

Question: Are you amazed that two of the four votes against the animal cruelty bill came from Reps. Phil Hart & Vito Barbieri in the same North Idaho House District?

RR: Vito Faces Tough Foe In Fisher

Reagan Repub (with disclaimer that he's working for Fisher): Rep. Barbieri (pictured) has been closely allied with Hart and although he does not face the problems Hart faces, he has focused on a similar very narrow agenda like Hart. Niche issues like nulification, silver coinage, raw milk and hiring new attorneys for the Legislature does not resonate with a voter losing his or her job or business. Fisher has a much broader perspective and more impactful issues. Again I put my money on Fisher for better connecting with the average voter. Remember Ron Paul, even with the protest vote against McCain, was weak in 2008 in this district. Barbieri has endorsed Paul and shares a similar priority of issues. I am curious how the race will be impacted by Rep. Hart running or not running. Rep. Barbieri may be hurt by his alliance to Hart but Hart’s loyal followers will also help Vito in the precincts if Phil runs again. It may be a wash.

Question: Will Mark Fisher beat Vito Barbieri in House District 2A GOPrimary?

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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Barbieri’s Raw Milk Bill Shot Down

Dalton Gardens Rep. Vito Barbieri proposed legislation this afternoon to ease Idaho's rules on sales of raw milk, and ran into opposition in the House Agriculture Committee, whose members noted that extensive work was done just last year to revise Idaho's rules for raw milk. “We did compromise a lot,” said Rep. Jim Patrick, R-Twin Falls. “This kinda takes a lot of that away.” Said Rep. Dennis Lake, R-Blackfoot, “I think this is opening the door that we tried to close last year.” Rep. Roy Lacey, D-Pocatello, said, “I'm concerned about this, because it pretty much opens it up to everybody. Pretty much anybody can produce raw milk and sell it.” Barbieri responded, “I believe you're correct”/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here. (AP file photo for illustrative purposes)

Question: Would you like to see the rules eased for raw milk production in Idaho?

Vito Refuses To Go Through Scanners

Dalton Gardens Republican Rep. Vito Barbieri, who a year ago labeled the Affordable Care Act “socialism,” and sponsored a nullification bill of what he called “Obamacare,” this year has another federal behemoth in his crosshairs: the Transportation Security Administration. In an interview with the Idaho Reporter, Barbieri said he hadn't consulted with the TSA about a measure that would outlaw unwanted searches at Idaho airports, and he wasn't “even sure that the state has the authority to end the pat-downs,” but he still was ready to introduce a bill that would amend Idaho Code preventing TSA personnel from touching a person without consent. But in a real head-scratcher, Barbieri, in the same interview, said he also opposed full-body scans of passengers/George Prentice, Boise Weekly. More here.

Question: Would you want to go back to the way airport security was handled pre-9/11?

Barbieri Targets TSA Patdowns

On Monday, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., was detained by airport security in Nashville for refusing to take a pat-down by Transportation Security Agency officials. Maybe Idaho state Rep. Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens, sympathizes with the U.S. senator because he is readying a bill that would outlaw unwanted TSA searches within the Gem State’s borders. In an interview with, Barbieri said the pat-downs do little to improve airline security and are more for show than anything else. “I’m just adding that federal TSA personnel cannot touch a person that does not want to be touched,” Barbieri said. “And if they do, without consent, they are subject to the state battery law”/Dustin Hurst, Idaho Reporter. More here.

Question: Do you agree with Barbieri that TSA patdowns aren't needed in Idaho?

Hart Opposes Tardy Tax Notice Bill

Idaho could save $200,000 a year by no longer using certified mail to send two types of deficiency notices to delinquent taxpayers, and instead using first-class mail. The reason: 35 percent of certified mail is returned, simply because folks don't bother to pick it up. Today, Rep. Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens, urged the House to support HB 362, legislation from the state Tax Commission to try first-class mail instead for a year, to see how it works; the Tax Commission would report back to lawmakers after a year on the results/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.


Vito Backing Away From Nullification?

Idaho Representative Vito Barbieri talks with reporters at the Capitol building this morning in Boise. Rep. Barbieri shared his thoughts on the upcoming debate over Idaho's acceptance of Federal money to develop a state health insurance exchange. Also, he told Eye on Boise that he may not introduce nullification legislation this year. (AP Photo/Matt Cilley)

Idaho Rep. Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens, who unsuccessfully pushed legislation last year to “nullify” the federal health care reform law, now says he's leaning toward holding off on another similar push this year. Barbieri said he's being encouraged to propose the legislation again to take advantage of the issue's “momentum,” but said, “Since the Supreme Court has it, I'm reticent to jump back in again. … I think we need to just hold off, cool our heels, and wait to see.” He said he's still discussing the issue with other backers of the idea/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise.

Question: Why is Barbieri possibly putting his nullification legislation on the back burner?

Vito: Health Care Mandate=Socialism

Idaho Rep. Vito Barbieri declared, “This health care mandate is not good for the nation. It's socialism. … A socialist America is a broken America.” Speaking on a panel about a proposed state health insurance exchange at the AP Legislative Preview today, Barbieri said, “It's a fundamental ideological principle: Can bureaucracy help deliver health care, let alone set costs?” He said he thinks it can't. “A bureaucracy will, a it grows, propose more rules, more regulations, they will use the rules of course to increase their power over time and they will devour competition, which is what a bureaucracy does,” Barbieri declared. “Rules and regulations are the means of achieving these goals, and it will be used - that's what a bureaucracy does”/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.

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Question: Do you agree with Rep. Vito Barbieri that the health care mandate is socialism?

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