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Idaho GOP to Debate Selection Process for Candidates

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Republicans aiming to run for governor, the Legislature or even coroner may first have to win approval from GOP leaders. That’s according to a proposal slated for consideration Friday and Saturday at the Republican Party Central Committee’s meeting in Donnelly.

Idaho’s secretary of state would put only candidate names on the GOP primary ballot with their party leaders’ blessing. The proposal comes from Region 4 Republican Chairman Rod Beck. He’s among those who believe elected GOP officials are ignoring party leaders, such as when some Republican lawmakers and Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter backed a state-based insurance exchange.

The Central Committee opposed the exchange. Forces are mustering against Beck’s proposal. In a letter, lawmakers including House Speaker Scott Bedke say they worry it will disenfranchise the overwhelming majority of Republicans.

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