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Hoffman defends ‘Freedom Index’

Wayne Hoffman of Idaho Freedom Foundation defends his "Freedom Index":

For the 20-plus years that I’ve followed and written about Idaho politics, I’ve marveled at the narrative that Idaho’s Legislature is the most “conservative” in the country. That’s false. The Legislature is certainly among the most Republican. But, conservative? Not even close. The disconnect comes from members of the media insisting that conservative is a synonym for Republican and vice versa. Intentionally or innocently, the conservative label is a misnomer that serves to confuse voters. Indeed, the media’s mistaken viewpoint of conservatism works really, really well if you happen to be a Republican who most often votes in support of Big Government — but you’d rather your constituents didn’t know it. More here.

Question: Do you think the "Freedom Index" separates real conservatives from phony conservatives?

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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