How Conservatives Learned to Love Free Lawyers for the Poor

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By reframing the issue around the evils of big government, Republicans are notching victories that have eluded more liberal legislatures.

Christy Perry, a Republican state representative and co-owner of a gun shop in Boise, regularly travels with her husband to gun shows to sell their wares.

Voters come to her booth so often that her husband jokingly plunked a sign next to the AR-15s: “Gun talk only. No politics.”

Zau 1aA couple of years ago, Perry began broaching a subject with her customers that was mostly unfamiliar to them: the nation’s crumbling system of free legal defense for the poor.

In Idaho, where personal responsibility is a foundational value, anything that smacks of a…

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