M 2012 Idaho General Election

Vito Barbieri

A candidate for State Representative, Pos. A, Idaho Legislative District 2 in the 2012 Idaho General Election

Party: Republican

City: Dalton Gardens

Occupation: lawyer; small business owner

On this race: “Remain true to the conservative ideology, and that is to somehow shrink government … shrink the regulations that are stifling businesses.” Wants to deregulate driver training businesses in Idaho; and to look into a way to charge the federal government for destruction of Idaho wildlife by wolves. Backs tax credits for private schools; supports “Students Come First” school reform laws.

Retired attorney, practicing in California for 20 years. Incumbent state representative. Barbieri owns a catering business and the “Vap-It” electronic cigarette store in Post Falls. In his two terms in the House, he’s been an outspoken tea party supporter and opponent of Medicaid expansion and civil rights protections for gays. Barbieri is board chairman of the Open Arms crisis pregnancy center and clinic in Coeur d’Alene. A home-schooling advocate, he’s called on Christians to pull their children out of Idaho’s “Godless” public schools.

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Competitors

Last updated: Nov. 7, 5:30 p.m. Election results

CandidateVotesPct
Vito Barbieri (R) 14,132 65.74%
Cheryl Stransky (D) 7,364 34.26%
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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… Read more

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… Read more

Rep. Barbieri calls on Christians to pull their kids from Idaho’s ‘Godless’ public schools

Rep. Vito Barbieri is defending a statement he 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 between Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens, and his Democratic challenger Cheryl Stransky, also from… Read more

Idaho lawmaker stands by calling public schools ‘Godless’ institutions

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.” Read more

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… Read more

Balance, compromise are topics in Idaho’s District 2

The ballot looks very different in North Idaho’s most Republican legislative district this fall, now that tax-protesting four-term state 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. Read more

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… Read more

Eye on Boise: Lawmakers bill state for conference costs

BOISE – 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. Read more

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… Read more

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… Read more

Eye on Boise: Andrus Center’s new director brings statewide experience

BOISE – David Adler, a longtime political science professor and constitutional scholar at Idaho State University, has been named the new director of the Andrus Center for Public Policy at Boise State University. Since he spent the last two years as director of the University of Idaho’s James A. and Louise McClure Center for Public Policy Research, Adler is completing an arc over all three of the state’s universities. “With our designation by the State Board of Education as Idaho’s public affairs university, Dr. Adler’s appointment allows us to realize the full extent of our public affairs mission,” said Boise State President Bob Kustra. Read more

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…. Read more

Eye on Boise: Cigarette tax hike quickly stubbed out

BOISE – When a proposed $1.25-per- pack cigarette tax increase was rejected by a House committee last week – the panel refused to introduce the bill or allow a hearing – two North Idaho lawmakers were outspoken in their opposition to the bill. Rep. Dick Harwood, R-St. Maries, said, “The smokers, I want to thank them for this building we’re in,” noting that Idaho tapped cigarette tax proceeds to pay for the bonds to renovate the state Capitol. “It’s kind of ironic that they can’t smoke in it,” he said. Read more

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,… Read more

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,… Read more

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… Read more

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…. Read more

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… Read more

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… Read more

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…. Read more