"Pro-Life" Running for Idaho U.S. Senate Seat?

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Pro-life issues receive little to no attention this political season.

News focused on such seems scarce, except for this kooky item from Idaho involving a candidate who changed his name to "Pro-Life." Pro-Life is an independent who hopes to win the U.S. Senate seat abandoned by Sen. Larry Craig who retired in disgrace after tapping his feet while warming an airport bathroom stall seat.

CBS News reported, here, on Marvin Richardson's name change last week. The organic strawberry farmer tried, but failed, to legally make "Pro-Life" his middle name when he ran without success for governorship of Idaho in 2006.

The appearance of Pro-Life's name on the ballot led to concerns among pro-life leaders and election officials that voters might be confused and pull too many levers in choosing their senator. If that happened, voters could cancel out their own votes.

So the Idaho state Senate proposed and unanimously passed "legislation to require that a candidate who changes his or her name to a political slogan have a parenthetical note after the name on the ballot, stating, 'A person formerly known as ...'" yesterday, as the Spokesman Review reports in full here.

The bill is likely to pass in Idaho's House.

Thus, Pro-Life, formerly known as Marvin Richardson, brings a neglected issue to the attention of voters in the Gem State.

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You've gotta give the guy credit for trying.

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