How Conservatives Learned to Love Free Lawyers for the Poor


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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