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MONDAY, SEPT. 23, 2013

Liberty Caucus Dreams Of Nullification 17 

State rights were a common theme among many of the break-out session at the Republican Liberty Caucus of Idaho's Liberty Expo on Saturday - specifically the need to exercise nullification. About 100 people turned out for the event that was held all day at the...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 29, 2012

Obamacare: Idaho In State Of Denial 13 

Idaho politicos have spent two years viewing President Barack Obama’s health care law with scornful suspicion. That is, when they haven’t covered their eyes and tried to wish the law away. State lawmakers spent the 2011 session indulging in constitutional conceit, convincing themselves that states...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 5, 2012

Vito Backing Away From Nullification? 

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...

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'Feds' Isn't A Four-Letter Word 

We're not happy with the federal government, either. But in the winter of their discontent, some citizens are going too far in condemning the very role of federalism in our daily lives. At their most extreme, some of these people consider themselves patriots and constitutional...

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SATURDAY, DEC. 10, 2011

AG Won't Bend On Nullification Push 21 

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...

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TUESDAY, DEC. 6, 2011

Photo Of The Day -- 12.6.11 10 

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...

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FRIDAY, NOV. 18, 2011

In Vito We Trust? 

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...

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THURSDAY, NOV. 17, 2011

Barbieri Still Pushing 'Nullification' 28 

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...

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MONDAY, APRIL 25, 2011

Rusche: Otter Veto Stopped Mayhem 

House Minority Leader John Rusche, D-Lewiston, a pediatrician, is praising GOP Gov. Butch Otter's veto of HB 298, the grandson-of-nullification bill on health care reform, saying, “Gov. Otter prevented legal mayhem - for that he is to be thanked.” He has concerns, however, about the...

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THURSDAY, APRIL 7, 2011

Barbieri 'Really Enjoyed' '11 Session 

Rep. Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens, a freshman representative who won a four-way GOP primary last spring but then ran unopposed in November, is more upbeat than most in looking back on this year's legislative session. Barbieri, who stepped into the spotlight as the lead sponsor...

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TUESDAY, APRIL 5, 2011

House OKs 'Grandson Of Nullification'

HB 298, nicknamed the “grandson of nullification” as the latest version of legislation aimed at barring the national health care reform law from being implemented in Idaho, has passed the Senate on a 24-11 vote and headed to the governor's desk. This version targets the...

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MONDAY, APRIL 4, 2011

Senate Panel OKs Nullification Jr. 

HB 298, the bill that's being referred to as the “grandson of nullification,” has passed the Senate State Affairs Committee on a rather unenthusiastic, divided voice vote. Rep. Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens; Wayne Hoffman, executive director of the Idaho Freedom Foundation; and a citizen who...

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2, 2011

Statesman: Right Vote On Nullification 

Three Canyon County senators made the tough vote Friday. But the three Republicans — Curt McKenzie of Nampa, Patti Anne Lodge of Huston and John McGee of Caldwell — also cast the right vote. By opposing Idaho’s foolhardy and constitutionally dubious flirtation with health care...

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SATURDAY, FEB. 26, 2011

Marty: Hoffman Should Write A Check 

Funny, isn't it, how some of the biggest fiscal tightwads have no difficulty spending your tax dollars when it's something they want. This time, it's Wayne Hoffman, executive director of the Idaho Freedom Foundation. Last year, Hoffman bemoaned the Democratic Congress back-filling almost half of...

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FRIDAY, FEB. 25, 2011

'Obamacare' Vote Disappoints Vick 

State Sen. Steve Vick, R-Hayden Lake, tweets: "HB 117 Hearing, Opting out of Obamacare: I am terribly disappointed to tell you that the bill died on a voice vote in committee today. But I ask you today to remember the words of noted abolitionist Wendell...

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Senate Hears 'Nullification' Arguments 12 

The Senate State Affairs Committee has a substantial crowd in the Capitol Auditorium this morning for its hearing on HB 117, the health care nullification bill. Rep. Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens, the bill's lead sponsor, asked the panel, “Are the state agencies responsible to the...

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TUESDAY, FEB. 22, 2011

Montana Guv: Nullification unAmerican 13 

Gov. Brian Schweitzer, pictured, told fellow Democrats Monday that bills advancing in the Republican-controlled Legislature to "nullify" federal laws in Montana are "anti-American" and do nothing to solve problems faced by the state. Schweitzer, speaking to a meeting of House Democrats, said if Montanans and...

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FRIDAY, FEB. 18, 2011

Kevin: Barbieri Said ... What?! 44 

Some nullification supporters tried their best to sound level-headed Wednesday. They tried to paint their effort as something straightforward: a bill simply directing state agencies to do nothing to implement federal health care reform. “It does no more, no less,” said House Assistant Majority Leader...

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 16, 2011

Trail: Should State Laws Be Nullified? 

Rep. Tom Trail, R-Moscow, asked Rep. Vito Barbieri about unfunded mandates that the state passes down to cities and counties. “Would they not have the right also to pursue nullification?” he asked. Barbieri responded, “Contrary to what others expressed here, I do not believe the...

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AG: 'Nullification" Price Tag: $1B? 17 

Lawmakers have received two Idaho attorney general's opinions on nullification; the first said any attempt by state lawmakers to nullify a federal law through legislation would violate both the U.S. and Idaho constitutions and lawmakers' oath of office. The bill was revised after that, but...

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TUESDAY, FEB. 15, 2011

Kos: Idaho Solons Deaf To Fed Law 11 

Despite the testimony from Idaho's (Republican) attorney general that a proposed law nullifying the Affordable Care Act was unconstitutional, the House State Affairs Committee voted 14-5 last week to approve the bill. One Republican lawmaker (Eric Anderson, R-Priest River, pictured) on the committee joined with...

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TUESDAY, FEB. 1, 2011

Tea Party Boise Backs Nullification 15 

Item: Tea Party Boise backs nullification, aims for 1,000 to show for Feb. 7 hearing/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman More Info: Idaho's most active tea party group is urging members to help bring a crowd of at least 1,000 to next week's hearing on House Bill...

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SATURDAY, JAN. 29, 2011

Nullification Authors Defend Stand 11 

We have proposed a simple, well-reasoned solution that is rooted in America’s history. We propose recognizing the national health care plan for what it is – a vast overreach of federal power. To stop it, we invoke our right to opt-out of the program, to...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 28, 2011

Chasing One Bad Idea After Another 

Let’s start with the good news from the Idaho Legislature. Lawmakers have apparently abandoned the misguided notion of pursuing an Arizona-style immigration law. Here’s the bad news. Lawmakers haven’t given up on this kind of time-wasting windmill tilting because they have had some sort of...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 27, 2011

Marti: Nullification Doctrine Unlawful 56 

The U.S. Constitution gives small states - notably Idaho - such an oversized voice about choices they don't like, it's a wonder anything gets done in this country. But when the people of this land overcome obstacles that states such as Idaho, Wyoming, Alaska and...

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