Decision Weekend For State GOP
(AP) A proposal to require Idaho Republican candidates to be vetted by GOP leaders before primary elections is no longer on the agenda of an important party meeting in Moscow this weekend. Ex-state Senate Majority Leader Rod Beck wanted a nominating model similar to Utah's to be considered at the state GOP Central Committee confab Saturday and Sunday. But Beck's plan was unpopular with Republicans who first want to test a new closed primary passed by the 2011Legislature to stop crossover voting by Democrats - not try something new that puts decisions in the hands of even fewer GOP loyalists. In Moscow, party honchos are still due to vote on whether Idaho Republicans should hold a "Super Tuesday" caucus in 2012, to boost Idaho's political importance to GOP presidential candidates.