As a long time Democrat in a red state, I was dismayed when Idaho Republicans closed their primary to anyone not registered as a Rep. Having lived in Valley County for 15 years, voting in the Rep. primary was the only way to have a voice in local politics since Rep. generally ran unopposed. A Valley County Commissioner was defeated in the primary due to Dems voting in the Rep. primary and replaced by a more centrist Republican.
I recently moved to Boise and changed my party affiliation to Rep. Not because I support anything that Republicans believe but so that I can have a voice as to who will run in the presidential election. I plan to vote in the primary for the most unelectable Rep. I can find. I encourage other Dems to do the same.
In response to Teacher123, I take issue with your assertion that property taxes have decreased. In the past three years, the assessed value of my house has decreased by $60,000. Last year, my propeety tax increased by $300. I am retired and live on a fixed income. According to your estimate the levy will increase what I pay by about $260 a year. I do not believe this is a temporary increase. In 5 years, I predict there will be another levy for more money. A levy is just a tax by another name. The Republicans may say they've reduced taxes but really they've just shifted it to a levy. On the issue of class size, my husband and I both went to Catholic schools, both in different states. My second grade class had 52 students. I looked through our school class pictures and neither one of us ever experienced a class size less than 30 students. Yet, we were both able to finish university and complete Master's degrees. Granted, we didn't attend Yale or Cal Poly.
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