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Bedke: No action this session on post-Patterson ethics rule changes

House Speaker Scott Bedke says revisions to make proceedings of the House Ethics Committee more transparent will have to wait until next year. “I’m afraid we’re not going to get it done,” Bedke, R-Oakley, said of changes to House Rule

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Senate panel votes to continue concealed weapons privilege for Idaho elected officials

The Senate State Affairs Committee voted 6-2 Monday to kill House Bill 514, which would have ended the privilege enjoyed by elected officials who may carry concealed weapons without a permit. The measure was prompted by last year’s news that

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Beck tops list of nominees to replace Idaho Rep. Patterson

Former Senate Majority Leader Rod Beck was the leading vote-getter among three nominees chosen Thursday night to succeed former Rep. Mark Patterson, R-Boise, who resigned Sunday. The District 15 Republican Committee will submit the nominees Friday to GOP Gov. Butch

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Patterson’s seat to be vacant as Legislature opens

Boise GOP Rep. Mark Patterson’s decision to resign 12 hours before the 2014 Legislature convenes guarantees his seat will be vacant for a period not to exceed 30 days. Such a lengthy vacancy is unlikely, however, and West Boise citizens

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Idaho Rep. Patterson lets campaign domain name expire

The campaign website operated by Rep. Mark Patterson, R-Boise, has gone dark, a possible signal that Patterson won’t seek re-election in the May 2014 primary. In an interview that aired Nov. 18 on 580 KIDO, Patterson told interviewer Kevin Miller,

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Patterson postscript: How did politicians get exempted from Idaho’s weapons law?

There’s been a good deal of commentary questioning why Idaho exempts more than 3,000 elected officials from the rigors of the state’s concealed weapons license process. The flap was prompted by last week’s news that Rep. Mark Patterson, R-Boise, can

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Ben Swann headlines Treasure Valley Liberty Expo, Sen. Fulcher also speaking

Award-winning television reporter Ben Swann will keynote the event with a Saturday lunch talk titled, “Liberty is Rising: Truth in Media.” Sen. Russ Fulcher, R-Meridian, who is exploring a run against two-term GOP Gov. Butch Otter,  will follow Swann. Fulcher

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