This morning, the Idaho GOP convention will vote on the recommendations from its four committees: Resolutions, Credentials, Platform and Rules. Then, this afternoon, delegates will elect the next party chairman. In the photo above, from Melissa Davlin of Idaho Reports, the roll of delegates is being called. Lewiston Tribune reporter Bill Spence reports that in a three-hour meeting yesterday, the resolutions committee approved 10 resolutions – including one that wasn’t in its packet of proposed resolutions – and rejected or tabled six.
The surprise resolution was one calling for repeal of the state health insurance exchange; Spence reports in today’s Tribune that delegates approved it almost unanimously without even reading it. The others approved include opposition to Medicaid expansion; an anti-tax measure that includes opposing tax or fee increases to pay for transportation improvements; opposition to Common Core standards and support for more parent input in education; and a measure promoting Bible study in public schools. The resolutions committee removed a clause from that measure calling for a Constitutional amendment requiring Bible study, Spence reports, instead leaving the issue up to local school districts. During the discussion, state schools Superintendent Tom Luna said, “Everyone wants local control until their district doesn’t do what they want, then they want the state to mandate it.”
Among the resolutions rejected by the committee was one from Sen. Patti Anne Lodge’s primary opponent calling for her to be ejected from the Senate over a residency question.