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
State Representative, Pos. A, Idaho Legislative District 2
About this race
Rep. Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens, has made a name for himself in his first House term as a leading advocate of state nullification of federal laws, an opponent of most government regulation and an ally of tax-protesting Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol, who recruited him to run.
As he seeks a second term, he’s facing a challenge from Democrat Cheryl Stransky, a retired longtime school counselor and first-time candidate who’s been involved in the community, from 4-H to youth soccer, for 35 years.
But it’s a district that hasn’t elected a Democrat since 1994; none has even run in the past decade.
Idaho legislators are paid $16,116 per year.
Last updated: Nov. 7, 5:30 p.m. Election results
|Vito Barbieri (R)||14,132||65.74%|
|Cheryl Stransky (D)||7,364||34.26%|
* Race percentages are calculated with data from the Secretary of State's Office, which omits write-in votes from its calculations when there are too few to affect the outcome. The Spokane County Auditor's Office may have slightly different percentages than are reflected here because its figures include any write-in votes.
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… Read more
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… Read more
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… Read more
Tax-protesting Idaho state Rep. Phil Hart has drawn an opponent in the upcoming May GOP primary, as has his ally in their North Idaho legislative district, Rep. Vito Barbieri. Longtime local businessmen Ed Morse and Mark Fisher have jointly announced their legislative bids, with Morse challenging Hart and Fisher challenging Barbieri. The primary election is May 15. Read more
Two longtime Hayden-area businessmen have announced their candidacies against Idaho Reps. Phil Hart and Vito Barbieri in the GOP primary. Ed Morse, who is challenging Hart, is a real estate appraiser and consultant and board member of the Reagan Republicans group; Mark Fisher (pictured), challenging… Read more
Two longtime Hayden-area businessmen have announced their candidacies against Idaho Reps. Phil Hart and Vito Barbieri in the GOP primary. Ed Morse, who is challenging Hart, is a real estate appraiser and consultant and board member of the Reagan Republicans group; Mark Fisher, challenging Barbieri,… Read more
Tax-protesting Idaho state Rep. Phil Hart has drawn an opponent in the upcoming May GOP primary, as has his ally in his North Idaho legislative district, Rep. Vito Barbieri. Longtime local businessmen Ed Morse and Mark Fisher held a joint announcement of their legislative bids late last month, with Morse challenging Hart and Fisher challenging Barbieri; the primary election is May 15. Read more
Health care could be the defining issue of the 2012 legislative session. But how will lawmakers choose to define the issue? They should not fixate on revisiting one of the most tiresome and pointless arguments of the 2011 session - making another wrongheaded run at… Read more
Bonner County Commissioner Cornel Rasor is leading the effort to line up endorsements from GOPlegislators in advance of Idaho’s first-ever Republican presidential caucus on March 6. So far, four lawmakers are in the Paul camp: Sen. Shirley McKague, R-Meridian, Rep. Pete Nielsen, R-Mountain Home, Rep…. Read more
Republicans have strayed from reasonable governing, the leader of the Idaho House’s Democratic minority says, and the GOP’s closed primary will only aggravate the issue. “Reason and concern for the common good are clearly not GOP priorities, Rep. John Rusche, D-Lewiston, wrote in a guest… Read more
If conservative lawmakers take another run at nullification in the upcoming legislative session, Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden could once again find himself at the center of the legal storm. That was where he ended up last session, after refusing to play along with efforts… Read more
State Rep. Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens, points out something to the standing-room-only crowd of United Conservatives of North Idaho at the organization’s first meeting — if you don’t count its previous incarnation as Rally Right — last night in Rathdrum. Barbieri plans to push his… Read more
Although it looks as though state Rep. Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens, is blessing members of the Panhandle Pachyderm Club at lunch today, he’s actually proselytizing them re: his highly questionable nullification legislation — one day after taking his Pied Piper act to the Kootenai County… Read more
State Rep. Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens, speaks to the Kootenai County Reagan Republicans at noon Thursday at Fedora about nullification. He will present the same message today to the Panhandle Pachyderm Club in Post Falls. Nullification is an attempt to state-rightists like Barbieri to allow… Read more
At Kootenai County Reagan Republicans luncheon today, Rep. Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens, hangs out with RRs and their namesake at Fedora. State Rep. Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens, will be beating the drum for “nullification” when the Panhandle Pachyderm Club meets for its bi-weekly noon luncheon… Read more