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In Coeur d’Alene, the GOP censure bid that wasn’t

A couple of days ago, we wrote about a movement within Kootenai County GOP circles to censure Senate Education Committee Chairman John Goedde and three House Republicans. On Tuesday night, the censure bid fizzled. After about a hour’s worth of parliamentary squabbling,

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Senate Education chairman faces censure from local GOP

Senate Education Committee Chairman John Goedde — facing a full summer on K-12 issues — is also facing some unrest at home. Sen. John Goedde The Kootenai County Republican Central Committee will meet Tuesday night to consider censuring Goedde, R-Coeur

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More on Rosa Parks in the Idaho Legislature and an unexpected apology from Nonini

Civil rights hero Rosa Parks’ name was invoked again Thursday by an opponent of a state health exchange, arguing Idaho shouldn’t cooperate with President Obama’s Affordable Care Act. Sen. Steve Vick, R-Dalton Gardens, used Parks as an example of defying

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Opponents of Otter’s health exchange begin debate with delaying tactic

Above: Sheryl Nuxholl of Cottonwood debates against the health exchange. Opponents of Gov. Butch Otter’s state-run health exchange are playing hard ball in attempting to stall the bill before final passage. At the start of Thursday’s debate, Sen. Dean Mortimer,

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Seven Idaho lawmakers ask AG to investigate robocalls opposing Otter’s health exchange

Rep. Wendy Horman, R-Idaho Falls, and six other lawmakers have asked for an inquiry into possible violations of the Idaho Telephone Solicitation Act by opponents Gov. Butch Otter’s health insurance exchange bill. Attorney General Lawrence Wasden’s office is reviewing the

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Idaho House passes Otter’s state-run health exchange, 41-29

The Idaho House delivered Gov. Butch Otter the most significant legislative victory of his six years in office Wednesday, passing his bill establishing a state-run health insurance exchange. The 41-29 vote on House Bill 248 came after a two-year effort,

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Idaho health exchange hearing begins with homage to civility, moves to talk of socialism, fascism

House and Welfare Committee Chairman Fred Wood invoked President Lincoln’s memory Thursday in urging calm and respect on the hot-button issue of the year, GOP Gov. Butch Otter’s push for a state-based health insurance exchange to allow consumers to shop

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Otter: Health exchanges were a good idea long before Obamacare

Pressing his case after a 23-12 Senate vote for his state-based health insurance exchange, Gov. Butch Otter says in an op-ed that such exchanges were considered good policy in the private sector long before the passage of President Obama’s Affordable

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16 Idaho House GOP freshmen endorse Otter health exchange, with new ‘trailer’ bill

A bill intended to add to Gov. Butch Otter’s Senate Bill 1042 by strengthening legislative oversight has won a key block of votes for the most controversial measure of the 2013 session. A “trailer” bill to complement SB 1042 was

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New health exchange bill up for introduction Wednesday in Idaho House

“Be there or be square” was the talk of the Statehouse Tuesday, as behind-the-scenes negotiations intensified on Gov. Butch Otter’s plan to enact an Idaho-run health insurance exchange under the Affordable Care Act. A new bill aimed at capturing votes

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