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Edit: 100,000 Ways To Upset Voters

Idaho Republicans should take editorial criticism from conservative Publisher Dan Hammes of the St. Maries Gazette-Record seriously. Hammes predicts that voters are going to be miffed when they figure out what the GOP did by pushing to close primaries and then asking the Legislature to reimburse $100,000 in legal fees. At one point in this week's editorial, Hammes suggests that the GOP pay for its own primary, since it wants party purity. Also, he pooh-poohs the notion that Democrats are crossing over to spoil GOP contests: “To suggest that Idaho Democrats n who can’t even elect Democrats n are cagey enough to somehow manipulate Republican primaries for nefarious purposes just doesn’t make much sense.” Finally, he predicts that many voters, who haven't been paying much attention to the GOP shenanigans to close primaries, to this point, are going to be miffed when they try to vote in 2012 primaries. You can read Dan's thoughts here.

Question: What do you think of Hammes' argument that Idaho Dems aren't capable of electing its own candidates, let alone disrupting a Republican primary?

Signe: Threats To Our Democracy

Signe Wilkinson/Philadelphia Inquirer

High Noon: Older Idahoans Dominate

In Idaho, according to, 56 percent of the population is 50 or older. Of that group, 37% identify themselves as Independents, 29% as Republicans, and 17% as Democrats. In other findings, 60% of the 50-and-older crowd said they always vote, 23% that they vote most of the time, and 6% sometimes. Also, 53% of the 50-and-older population say they lean conservative, 26% moderate, and only 8% liberal. Full results here.

Question: How would you describe your political leanings: conservative? Liberal? Moderate? And/or: How often do you vote?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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