Sunday, June 16, 2013

Idaho GOP Against Add the Words and Affordable Care Act, But For Party Oaths

Posted By on Sun, Jun 16, 2013 at 9:59 AM

McCall has never been known for keeping people indoors, but a few hundred Republican Party faithful are spending their weekend inside the McCall-Donnelly High School debating nearly three doze resolutions at their annual summer confab.

A high-profile proposal that would have required vetting by the party elite before a candidate could appear on a GOP ballot was ultimately defeated, with Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter leading the opposition.

But GOP committee members passed another resolution pushing back against Add the Words ordinances, already passed in six Idaho cities: Boise, Coeur d'Alene, Ketchum, Moscow, Pocatello and Sandpoint. The Central Committee approved a resolution that urges state lawmakers to enact legislation prohibiting extension of anti-discrimination protections to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals. The so-called Add the Words ordinances have been passed n Idaho's major municipalities in the wake of the Idaho Legislature's refusal to consider the initiatives, including its refusal to hold any public hearing on the matter.

Other highlights:

-Four separate resolutions that reject the Affordable Care Act and the creation of a state-run health insurance exchange, dubbed by some GOP committee members as "Ottercare."
-A rejection of elements of the Common Core State Standards Initiative—which takes effect this coming school year—and its requirement to collect student data.
-A rejection of scrapping the Republican Party's closed primary system.
-Approval of a new rule that requires GOP candidates to sign a platform party oath before securing an official endorsement.

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