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Some Issue-Based Back and Forth

Posted by Adam Graham on February 13, 2007

Julie Fanselow has some actual legislative-issue commentary on her blog. Huzzah! Time for some fun discussion. Julie writes:

Some Idaho Republican lawmakers are mumbling over the recent choice of speakers at Boise State University, where Al Gore and Jesse Jackson spoke last month and former U.N. chief weapons inspector Hans Blix will speak March 12. But the Cato Institute chairman was here last fall, and Sen. Orrin Hatch will be coming soon, too.

While I’ve not considered Hatch all that great of a conservative, it should be noted the great ideological issue he’s coming to address:

Kustra noted that Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, will visit campus this spring or next fall to deliver a lecture about college football’s bowl championship series. He said hearings held by Hatch helped liberalize bowl rules and led to BSU’s inclusion in the Fiesta Bowl.

We know how ideological that is! (It should also be noted that a Constitutional Conservative doesn’t use a Senate Committee to change sports rules.) Of course, the complaint goes deeper as Bryan Fischer referenced about a week ago:

Ø BSU student Brandon Stoker has analyzed the roster of major guest speakers who have visited Boise State University over the last five years. (This is information I’ve discussed in this space before.) Of those 21 speakers, 18 were liberals and just three were libertarians or conservatives. (Names on that roster: Jesse Jackson, Al Gore, Gloria Steinem, Ralph Nader, Angela Davis, Danny Glover, and Peter Jennings*.) Of the 15 guest speakers the university paid for, all were liberal, meaning of course that 100% of the funds spent on guest speakers in that period have gone to left-leaning lecturers. Stoker estimates the university has spent upwards of $500,000 on these speakers, when honoraria, security, lodging, and private or first class air fare are included.

Orrin Hatch coming to talk football doesn’t cut it to make up for this amount of bias and most everyone who the students of Boise (not a liberal monolith) pay for is liberal.

Julie also writes:

Also at the Statehouse, Repub lawmakers were apparently told they couldn’t take no for an answer on the bill to require party registration. Gotta love that party discipline. By the way, I’ve gone on record as favoring party registration and closed primaries – and I still feel that way, even though the GOP agrees.

I thank Julie for not being spitefully disagreeable. :) In all seriousness, that’s been a story I’ve been dying to comment on:

Rep. Marv Hagedorn, R-Meridian, successfully introduced a bill today to require party registration in Idaho – a bill the House State Affairs Committee had refused to introduce last week, without noticing that the co-sponsors included the entire House GOP leadership team. A trip to the party leaders’ woodshed followed. Hagedorn told the committee this morning that he’d made a few changes to the bill “based on many of the comments you made last week.” The bill still requires Idaho voters to register with a political party or to register with no party, and then doesn’t let them vote in a party’s primary unless they’re registered members of that party. It does allow an exception, however, if a party chooses to open its primary to independents or to members of other parties. T

It’s hilarious how it came out, but however it came about it should be readily embraced by all Idahoans, and there are several reasons why:

1) Less money on campaigns

-The fact is that campaigns cost so much in part because primaries do. I doubt I’d have received as much mail from Elliot Werk had he realized:

1) I’m a Republican
2) I’m a Precinct Commiteeman
3) I don’t live in his district

Campaigns expend a huge amount of time and effort on voter ID. You’ll be less likely to get unwanted political mail or calls with voter ID. I also think party registration will provide a lot of tools for political scientists and party officials to measure where a county or the state ia at. Right now, we hear a lot of guess work. In my home district, we voted for the Marriage Amendment and the 10 Commandments while throwing out 2 Republican State Represenatives, who’s casting these votes?

It’ll also create a more honest atmosphere in our elections. When we have Republicans choosing the Democratic nominee and Democrats choosing the Republican, we have a problem where some folks will be tempted to cross party lines for a purpose: either to force the party to nominate someone who is closer to your party’s view or to sabotage the campaign. Neither are healthy.

Julie’s right, the Republican Party was right when they passed this at the Idaho Falls Convention, so let’s get this ratified.

*Invited but did not speak. Passed away before he could

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