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Semanko: Idaho GOP ‘welcomes today’s decision’

Idaho GOP Chairman Norm Semanko had this response to today's federal court decision asking for more proof before ruling on whether Idaho's open primary elections are unconstitutional: “The Idaho Republican Party welcomes today's decision, rejecting the attempts that have been made to throw this case out. The matter will now go forward for a final decision in an expedited manner." Click below to read the rest of Semanko's statement.

Semanko continued, "Over 30 states allow political parties to choose their candidates through the kind of process that the Idaho Republican Party has adopted. Idaho Republicans have a First Amendment right to associate and choose the Republican candidates that they want to place on the general election ballot. Idaho Democrats do the same thing when they choose their Presidential candidate through closed caucuses. We are an open and inclusive party and welcome any Idahoan to join up with the Republican Party and participate in our party's candidate selection process. We simply ask, and have a right to expect, that members of the Democrat Party or other political parties will not choose our candidates for us. This right has been upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court and embraced by numerous other states. The court's decision today gets us closer to making that a reality in Idaho, as well.”

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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