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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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Salamander will have to wait till 2015, says Chairman Loertscher

It looks like 13-year-old Ilah Hickman will have to spend a fifth year trying to convince lawmakers that Idaho needs a state amphibian in the person of the Idaho giant salamander. Though the Senate passed Senate Bill 1271 on a

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LeFavour raises hopes of Add the Words hearing, Bedke says she misunderstood

Add the Words organizer Nicole LeFavour told supporters early Thursday she had “amazing news.” House Speaker Scott Bedke “implied” the group will get a hearing before the Legislature’s adjournment, fulfilling the unrequited goal of an eight-year campaign to apply the

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Filling a gap in the clearing of Donna Denney

I thought my colleague Cynthia Sewell’s story in Sunday’s Statesman was a brilliant piece of reporting about how and why the wife of former Idaho House Speaker Lawerence Denney was twice investigated for a possible crime related to her moonlighting

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Sens. Hill, Winder: Idaho education funding trumps more tax cuts

The leader of the GOP supermajority in the Idaho Senate and his second lieutenant say rebuilding support of education is a higher priority than adding to tax relief granted in recent years. “You’re not going to see as many tax

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Firm slap at Idaho gubernatorial power unlikely to advance, say GOP leaders

House Speaker Scott Bedke says he’ll probably assign a bill limiting a governor’s power to fill vacancies in the Legislature, but House Bill 585 likely won’t get a hearing. The measure, authored by Rep. Judy Boyle, R-Midvale, was introduced Monday.

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Bracing for more arrests, Idaho lawmakers hope to limit disruption

With escalating tactics by “Add the Words” protesters aimed at delaying business in the Capitol, the Legislature’s top leaders say they hope to avoid disruption that might postpone their March 21 target for adjournment. Senate President Pro Tem Brent Hill,

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Bedke retreats on grocery tax shift, says idea sparked conversation

A week after floating the idea to lower top corporate and personal income tax rates by killing the annual $80 grocery tax credit for middle- and high-income Idahoans, House Speaker Scott Bedke has dropped the bill. In a report Wednesday

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Balukoff’s financial disclosures may revive effort to require candidate transparency

The debate over adding personal financial disclosure by candidates to Idaho’s Sunshine Law may get new life with the voluntarily disclosures of Democratic gubernatorial candidate A.J. Balukoff that he and his wife’s net worth exceeds $60 million. The man Balukoff

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Chairman Hartgen in Boise for triple bypass, to miss Friday lands meeting

House Commerce and Human Resources Committee Chairman Steve Hartgen, R-Twin Falls, is recovering from triple bypass heart surgery at St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center in Boise. The Twin Falls Times-News, where Hartgen is a former publisher, reported on the surgery

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