GOP proposal on vetting candidates will boost Idaho Democrats
At its meeting this weekend, the Idaho Republicans Central Committee must vote to jettison Rod Beck's proposal, which would require GOP candidates get party approval before entering races.
Idaho Statesman 6/14/2013
Idaho lawmaker's questioning of scholars highlight ESA divide
An exchange during a House Natural Resources Committee hearing on the federal Endangered Species Act between Idaho U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador and Reed Noss, who works on programs to protect habitat before listing, and Pat Parenteau, formerly director of Vermont Law School's Environmental Law Center, provide a good example of the divide between those who believe in the need for federal protection of species and those who believe such protection is an overreach. A column by Rocky Barker.
Idaho Statesman 6/7/2013
Locals need to involve themselves in Idaho national monument debate
The clock is ticking on President Obama's term and his ability to designate a roadless area in the Boulder and White Clouds mountains in Idaho a national monument, and local officials from Sun Valley communities and Blaine County must not wait for an invitation to participate in the planning, but should instead seat themselves at the table to ensure local voices are heard in the debate.
Idaho Mountain Express 6/5/2013
Bedke finds silver lining in repeal of 'Luna laws'
House Speaker Scott Bedke says he's determined not to "repeat any of the mistakes of the past" in dealing with public education stakeholders. Teachers would be wise to heed his promise of a consensus approach to reform.
Idaho Statesman 4/10/2013
Say hello to smoke-filled rooms, sans smoke
Idaho Republicans are cooking on a scheme to have a state convention of party activists, rather than voters in primary elections, choose their candidates for elected office.
Lewiston Tribune 4/10/2013
Otter's on the rebound
Governor Otter came away from the 2013 legislative session with a genuinely robust list of accomplishments, but he hasn't forgotten the sting of his embarrassing defeats in 2008 and 2009, when he failed to convince fellow Republicans to invest in roads and bridges.
Idaho Statesman 4/9/2013
Another verse, same as the first
Despite outward signs of change - an unusually large number of freshman and a new House speaker who took office after ousting an incumbent - this year's lawmakers were very much the same kind of legislators, with very much the same outlook on the world, as have been there for two decades.
Idaho Statesman 4/8/2013
Legislature labored at length, but not for you
Idaho's lawmakers concluded 88 days of labor and closed down for the year. Unfortunately, they didn't accomplish much for the majority of Idaho's ordinary citizens and taxpayers, e.g., those whose children attend public schools, those who own homes and pay property taxes, those who own small businesses and pay sales taxes.
Lewiston Tribune 4/8/2013
Annual Report Card for Idaho Legislature
Yes, there were some silly, headline-grabbing proposals put forth by Gem State lawmakers this year, but when it came to things that will actually matter in Idahoans' daily lives, the state's legislative body did a fairly commendable job this year.
Idaho Press-Tribune 4/7/2013
Divisiveness takes toll during legislative session
Ideological differences among GOP lawmakers made for one of the most divisive sessions in memory, and with primary elections on the horizon, the 2014 session may be worse.
Idaho Statesman 4/7/2013
Idaho Legislature's resolution on federal lands won’t have impact
The legislature has passed a resolution urging the federal government to cede title of federally controlled lands in Idaho to state control. While the state does have a legitimate beef, the more effective route to local control would be Congressional action.
Idaho Press-Tribune 4/5/2013
A mostly successful session
The 2013 legislative session came within one important action - failure to deal with Medicaid expansion - of being perhaps the most productive session of the past decade.
Idaho Statesman 4/5/2013
Idaho's federal delegation has some explaining to do
If Idaho U.S. Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch and U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson are the business supporters they purport themselves to be, just how is it they voted in favor of the Budget Control Act of 2011, aka sequestration, and are now sitting on their hands as the airport control towers in Idaho Falls, Pocatello, Lewiston and Hailey are closed, dealing a blow to those Idaho communities and the businesses located there.
Idaho Mountain Express 4/3/2013
Goedde's extended Legislature
Bruised egos and a political arm-wrestling match between two powerful chairmen - Sen. Dean Cameron of Rupert, the budget committee's co-chair, and Sen. John Goedde, the education committee chairman - kept the Legislature in session for an extra week as they battled over the education budget.
Idaho Statesman 4/3/2013
To John Goedde, saying 'no' means 'not yet'
Since November's referendum campaign on Supt. Tom Luna's education reforms, Sen. John Goedde, R-Coeur d'Alene, chairman of the Senate Education Committee, has taken every opportunity to get even with the voters for repudiating his handiwork.
Lewiston Tribune 4/1/2013
What 'Radiator Capping' SB 1133 Really Did
A House maneuver that replaced the content of a Senate-passed school safety bill with the combined text of two gun rights laws is cynical, underhanded, possibly illegal and most certainly unethical.
Twin Falls Times-News 4/1/2013
Idaho schools budget delay was unnecessary
While Idaho lawmakers were able to work up the energy for knee-jerk legislation and many more things they weren't legally obligated to do, they somehow couldn't find the time to do the one thing they had to do — pass a budget, specifically the state's largest budget, for education.
Idaho Press-Tribune 3/31/2013
This idea Gov. Otter can like and still veto
There are too many unknowns in the bill that would open northern Idaho's highway and bridge network to 129,000-pound trucks. Lawmakers didn't ask enough questions. They didn't ask the right people. They focused on the wrong agenda. The governor should veto this bill and start the process anew.
Lewiston Tribune 3/31/2013
Cheers and Jeers: Making the toughest call of all
Cheers to a Jefferson County couple who turned their son into local police after discovering on his tablet a list of students and adults he had apparently planned to kill. Jeers to Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter for dithering on Medicaid expansion.
Idaho Falls Post Register 3/29/2013
Idaho shows its two faces
As our legislators continue to deny basic legal protections to gays and lesbians, the rest of the country is watching, writes Andrus Center Director David Adler.
Idaho Falls Post Register 3/29/2013
Change comes from 16 directions
This year's crop of freshman House lawmakers have interesting, diverse backgrounds and many have local government leadership experience. Eventually dubbed by the media as the "Gang of 16," this group turned out to be crucial to the final passage of the health insurance exchange legislation.
Lewiston Tribune 3/29/2013
Jeers to the north Idaho lawmakers who voted for making it harder to qualify citizen initiatives for the ballot and for agreeing to let larger trucks drive the region's narrow roads. Cheers to Senate President Pro Tem Brent Hill for killing a bill that would surreptitiously route state dollars to private religious schools.
Lewiston Tribune 3/29/2013
School bullies aren't all juveniles
The Legislature will be in session for several more days at a cost to Idaho taxpayers of tens of thousands of dollars, because Senate Education Committee chair John Goedde felt disrespected by Sen. Dean Cameron, JFAC co-chair, and its proposed education budget.
Moscow-Pullman Daily News 3/29/2013
Education Budget Debacle Unveils Legislature Power Struggle
Sally Seventh-grader doesn't care whose making decisions. She just wants a good education. But lawmakers seem content to spend at least another week settling a feud between Senate Education Committee Chairman John Goedde and Dean Cameron, Senate co-chair of the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee.
Twin Falls Times-News 3/29/2013
Idaho legislators let power struggle take precedent over children's education
The fight between Senate Education Committee Chairman John Goedde and Sen. Dean Cameron, co-chair of the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee, over who should make policy decisions torpedoed the state's education budget, a decision that will cost the state $33,000 a day in legislative time and expense--about what a new teacher earns a year in Idaho.
Twin Falls Times-News 3/29/2013
Show us what reformed Medicaid looks like, governor
Gov. Otter is concerned that Medicaid expansion could create a larger dependency on a federal government beating a furious path to bankruptcy. So he raises a legitimate point in wanting to get more Idahoans to take more personal responsibility for their health.
Idaho Press-Tribune 3/28/2013
Delegation members feel rural Idaho's pain, but . . .
For nearly three months, challenging the federal government to relinquish its land holdings in Idaho has been among the Legislature's premier debates. But Idaho's congressional delegation, all Republicans, has not joined the quest.
Lewiston Tribune 3/28/2013
Idaho already has ample educational choice options
House Bill 286, which would have offered a tax credit for people who donated to private school scholarships, was both unnecessary and unconstitutional.
Idaho Press-Tribune 3/27/2013
A year later, GOP wounds still healing in Idaho
Sen. Bob Nonini's 'apology' to a colleague for spending thousands in last spring's primary to defeat a fellow Republican revives bad memories among his other targets.
Idaho Statesman 3/27/2013
Idaho's lawmakers are busy; take a number
Idaho's 105 lawmakers are so fixated on closing down their session they'll leave unfinished the most important piece of business on their plate. By refusing to consider extending Medicaid coverage to impoverished adults, millions of tax dollars will go wasted and hundreds of Idahoans could die in the process.
Lewiston Tribune 3/27/2013
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