Sunday, March 12, 2006

Bill Sali

Sali, candidate for the 2nd District congressional seat against larry Grant, mailed a flyer to my house, as I am in his district. It looks pretty slick. He has the obligatory photo of his family, six kids and four grandchildren.

He lists six issues, in this order: Stopping illegal immigration, cutting taxes, reducing federal spending and balancing the federal budget, and protecting our national security. So far a pretty normal conservative agenda. Then he veers even more right.

His next issues are defending our 2nd amendment rights, and protecting our unborn children. He takes credit for Parental Consent legislation, saying that teen abortion rates fell by 30% in Idaho. He says "about 125 babies were saved." I guess by that math, there would have been around 360 teen abortions. It doesn't say the time period.

The New York Times reported here on march 6, 2006 that "Abortion rates have been dropping nationwide since the mid-1980's, most precipitously for teenagers. But in three states — Arizona, Idaho and Tennessee — the percentage of pregnant minors who had abortions rose slightly after the consent laws went into effect.

If you want to get into the weeds on percentages of abortions, much data is listed here. Bottom line is that Idaho has the lowest abortion rate, or the 2nd or 3rd lowest depending on which stat you look at.

You can look at Sali's website here. It shows some campaign Photos. I looked for pix of Barbi Talibani (Brandi Swindell), but didn't see any. Yet.

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