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Make Rod Beck’s Day, Get Unaffiliated

Before former state Sen. Rod Beck, R-Boise, weighed in, anybody who so desired could - within the privacy of the voting booth - participate in Idaho's GOP primary election. Idaho voters liked the flexibility of participating in the party primary that, given the relative weakness of the Democratic Party, became Idaho's de facto election. But Beck, who had been having trouble winning election in the Republican primary, figured the pesky Democrats were fouling the works by crossing over. The candidates he prefered - rigid ideologues on the GOP's fringe -- couldn't win nomination. So he led a court battle to close the GOP primary to anyone unwilling to register as Republican. He won. U.S. District Court Judge B. Lynn Winmill said the Idaho GOP could follow through on its plans. Beck got what he wanted. A lot of you stayed home/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Do you still think Unaffiliated is the right way to go?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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