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Former lawmaker plans lawsuit against sheriff

Here’s a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Former Republican Rep. Mark Patterson of Boise has taken the initial step in filing a lawsuit against Ada County Sheriff Gary Raney after Raney stripped Patterson of his concealed weapons license last year. The Idaho Statesman reports ( in a story on Monday that Patterson last month filed a tort claim, a precursor to a lawsuit against a public entity. Raney revoked Patterson's concealed weapons permit in late October for not revealing an attempted rape conviction from 1974. However, as long as he remained a legislator, Patterson was able to continue carrying a concealed gun without a permit. But he quit the Legislature in January. Patterson declined to comment. Sheriff spokesman Patrick Orr says Raney doesn't consider the county vulnerable to Patterson's claim.

Rod Beck tops list of nominees to replace disgraced Rep. Mark Patterson

GOP activist and former Senate Majority Leader Rod Beck, R-Boise, tops the list of three nominees to replace former Rep. Mark Patterson, R-Boise, reports Idaho Statesman columnist Dan Popkey. Beck, who served in the Senate in the ‘80s and ‘90s, has clashed with Gov. Butch Otter – who will make the appointment – over such notable issues as Beck’s push for a closed GOP primary election and his leading of the successful effort in 2008 to oust Kirk Sullivan, Otter’s choice for Idaho Republican Party chairman. “I’ve had some political differences with the governor over the years, but never a personal issue,” Beck told Popkey today.

The other two nominees for Patterson’s seat, submitted to the governor by the District 15 Republican Party committee, are Patrick McDonald, U.S. marshal for Idaho under President George W. Bush and a 33-year veteran officer of the Idaho State Police; and Sam Hoagland, a Boise lawyer since 1982 who also is trained as a pharmacist. McDonald had been campaigning against Patterson and planned to challenge him in the May GOP primary, before Patterson resigned after news surfaced that he had failed to disclose his guilty plea in a 1974 rape case. Popkey's full reports are online here and here.

Patterson’s House seat to be vacant when legislative session opens next week

Rep. Mark Patterson’s House seat will be vacant when Idaho’s legislative session opens next week, Idaho Statesman columnist Dan Popkey reports, because of Patterson’s decision to make his resignation effective at midnight on Jan. 5. Patterson, R-Boise, was urged to resign by his GOP legislative district committee, after the revelation last month that he pleaded guilty in a 1974 rape case; that news surfaced after the Ada County sheriff revoked Patterson’s concealed weapon permit for not revealing the case in his application. The first-term lawmaker claimed the sheriff was after him because of legislation he proposed.

Popkey reports that the District 15 GOP committee set a Dec. 27 meeting to consider nominees to replace Patterson, hoping to get the required three names to Gov. Butch Otter in time to have the seat filled by Jan. 6. But Otter’s office reviewed state law and concluded that the committee would have to wait until after Patterson’s resignation took effect, so the meeting was canceled. “Our interpretation of the statute is the vacancy must occur before the process can begin,” said Jon Hanian, Otter’s press secretary. “We’re prepared to fill that seat as quickly as they can make the nominations, but we’re going to do it by the book.”

Popkey reported that the committee is now targeting Jan. 9 or 10 for its meeting, after which Otter must make the appointment. He also reported that Patterson will continue drawing his legislative pay until his resignation takes effect; he’ll receive his last full biweekly paycheck for a gross of $632.23 on Jan. 3, followed by a pro-rated check on Jan. 17 for his final days in office. Popkey’s full report is online here.

Patterson submits resignation letter, says he’ll quit as of Jan. 5

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Rep. Mark Patterson said he'd resign by the end of this week in the wake of revelations that he'd pleaded guilty to a sexual assault charge in 1974. But when Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter got the resignation letter Friday evening, it was clear that wasn't quite the case — Patterson made his resignation effective at midnight, Jan. 5. Now Otter's office is trying to figure out if that leaves enough time to seat a replacement before the legislative session with Otter's State of the State address on Jan. 6. Patterson has faced growing pressure to quit since the 39-year-old Florida criminal case came to light. Patterson pleaded guilty to assault with intent to commit rape, but didn't disclose the case on his application for an Idaho concealed weapons permit.

Rep. Patterson says he’ll resign from Idaho House

Embattled Rep. Mark Patterson, R-Boise, now says he'll resign from the Idaho Legislature, a day after party colleagues from his district in Boise urged him to quit. The AP reports that Patterson said today he'll submit his resignation to Gov. Butch Otter this week. The move comes after a three-hour meeting Tuesday night in which members of the GOP District 15 precinct committee voted unanimously to ask Patterson to quit; that followed revelations in early November that he pleaded guilty in a 1974 rape case in Florida.

They came to light after the local sheriff revoked Patterson's concealed weapons permit — on grounds he didn't disclose the criminal case on his application. Patterson believes he's being retaliated against. Still, in a brief statement, Patterson agreed with the District 15 committee, saying that in the current climate, his ability to serve had been called into question.

House Speaker Scott Bedke, R-Oakley, told the Associated Press today, “This is the best course forward, not only for Rep. Patterson and his family, but also for his constituents in District 15, the House of Representatives and the state of Idaho.” Bedke said he hadn't spoken with Patterson on Wednesday before the announcement. “I know that he'd been seriously considering this for some time, and regardless of the atmosphere, it's a hard thing to do, resigning your seat,” Bedke said.

Click below for a full report from AP reporter John Miller.

GOP officials call on Rep. Patterson to resign, say they have no confidence in him

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Republican officials from Boise want Rep. Mark Patterson to resign, saying they have “no confidence” in his ability to serve his district or the state of Idaho after disclosure of his guilty plea in a 1974 rape case. District 15 precinct committee members Tuesday voted unanimously to urge Patterson to quit at the conclusion of a three-hour meeting, most of which was behind closed doors at a Boise retirement home. Two policemen from Boise were posted outside after some members of the committee expressed concerns for their safety. There were no incidents, and Patterson didn't attend the meeting, despite an invitation. In a telephone interview Tuesday before the vote, Patterson said he “knew it was going to be a circus” so he opted not to accept the panel's invitation for him to come and explain his actions. He didn't respond to a request for comment after the no-confidence vote. The committee's vote is only a request; it can't remove him.

Click below for a full report from AP reporter John Miller.

Embattled Rep. Patterson won’t seek re-election, hasn’t decided on resignation

Embattled Rep. Mark Patterson, R-Boise, told the Associated Press today that he won't seek a second term in the Idaho House, but said he hasn't decided whether to resign. Ada County Sheriff Gary Raney revoked Patterson's concealed weapons permit in October, contending he twice lied on his application by failing to mention his guilty plea and withheld judgment for assault with intent to commit rape in Florida in 1974. Idaho GOP officials are planning to meet with Patterson on Tuesday night and  are urging him to resign.

Patterson told the AP today that he never planned to run for re-election. “I knew I was going in one time, and one time only,” he said. He said amid this last month's furor, he initially considered resigning from the House but is currently mulling his options. “Nobody can give me a reason to resign,” Patterson said. “What I have I ever done wrong as a legislator?” Click below for a full report from AP reporter John Miller.

GOP sets meeting to urge Rep. Patterson to resign

Boise Republicans Wednesday invited Rep. Mark Patterson to a meeting next week where he could be asked to resign, the AP reports. The session, at an as-yet undisclosed Boise location, is meant as a forum for party officials to discuss the furor surrounding the revocation of Patterson's concealed weapons permit after he failed to disclose his guilty plea in a 1974 rape case. Dan Luker, the District 15 precinct committee secretary, confirmed the meeting on Wednesday in an interview with The Associated Press. Another member of the 15-person GOP committee, state Sen. Fred Martin of Boise, has said he wants party officials to urge Patterson to resign on grounds his behavior is inappropriate. Click below for a full report from AP reporter John Miller.

GOP leaders mull asking for Rep. Patterson’s resignation

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Some Republican leaders in Boise have drafted a resolution calling for Rep. Mark Patterson's resignation and may meet on the matter next Tuesday. Officials in District 15, which Patterson represents, say they're still mulling plans to discuss Patterson's future. Dan Luker, District 15's secretary, said the situation remains “fluid” and that no meeting agenda has been finalized. But other District 15 leaders including Sen. Fred Martin are pushing to meet to resolve uncertainty over Patterson's political future one month before the 2014 Legislature. Martin hopes Patterson resigns voluntarily. Patterson has been the focus of attention since his concealed weapons permit was revoked in October by Ada County Sheriff Gary Raney for not disclosing his 1974 guilty plea in a Florida rape case on his application. Patterson couldn't be reached Tuesday.

Click below for a full report from AP reporter John Miller.

Rep. Patterson allows campaign website domain name to expire

Embattled Idaho Rep. Mark Patterson, R-Boise, has let his campaign website domain name expire, the Idaho Statesman reports, in a sign that he may not seek re-election. Patterson is the freshman lawmaker who recently had his concealed weapons permit revoked for not revealing a 1974 guilty plea and withheld judgment for assault with intent to commit rape; he’s lashed back at Ada County Sheriff Gary Raney, contending the revocation was retaliation for his sponsorship of a controversial gun bill and his scrutiny of the Idaho Sheriffs Association. Even after his concealed weapon permit was revoked, Patterson continues to fall under the exception in Idaho law that lets elected officials carry concealed weapons without a permit.

You can read Idaho Statesman reporter Dan Popkey’s full post here; Popkey notes that Patterson already has drawn a primary election challenger, longtime Idaho State Police officer and former U.S. Marshal Patrick McDonald, who filed in August to run for the seat in the May GOP primary.

Freedom Foundation lauds Rep. Patterson’s gun bill, voting record in email to lawmakers

An email from the Idaho Freedom Foundation arrived in the inbox of nearly every Idaho legislator last week touting a controversial and unsuccessful bill to criminalize Idaho police officers who enforce federal gun laws that might pass in the future as a paragon of “constitutional principles.” Last Tuesday’s mass email came just as the bill’s sponsor, embattled state Rep. Mark Patterson, R-Boise, hit the national news with his claims that a local sheriff’s move to revoke his concealed weapons permit over an undisclosed past assault with intent to commit rape case really was retaliation for his bill, and his criticism of the Idaho Sheriff’s Association for not backing it.

Idaho Freedom Foundation President Wayne Hoffman says the timing of the email was coincidental, and had nothing to do with Patterson’s case. “We just thought it was an interesting little tidbit to share,” he said.

The email, which went to a list of close to 5,000 addresses, including more than 150 Idaho legislative addresses, noted that the Freedom Foundation scores bills and tracks lawmakers’ voting records on them. After praising HB 219 as an example of legislation advancing “constitutional principles,” the email lists the foundation’s top 10 highest rated Idaho House members in the category of constitutional principles. Patterson is tied for 7th on the list. Senate members aren’t mentioned.

Hoffman said the Freedom Foundation isn’t involving itself in Patterson’s case. “It’s not our deal. We don’t have a dog in that fight,” he said. “That’s about politics, not public policy. That’s not an issue in which we engage.” You can read my full story here at

Rep. Patterson considers suing sheriff

Embattled Idaho state Rep. Mark Patterson, R-Boise, is now threatening to sue Ada County Sheriff Gary Raney for revealing Patterson’s 1974 guilty plea and withheld judgment for assault with intent to commit rape, the Idaho Statesman reports today. The freshman lawmaker told KIDO radio that the sheriff wants to “write me off as some kind of criminal and a nut job,” the newspaper reported. Raney revoked Patterson’s concealed weapon permit after determining that he twice lied on his application by failing to disclose the 1974 case. Raney told Statesman reporter Dan Popkey, “We had a duty and followed it. Any suggestion otherwise is false.”

Popkey reported that Patterson also said during the radio interview that he may not seek re-election in 2014, and didn't rule out resigning from office; the Statesman article is online here.

Ada sheriff accuses Reps. Patterson, Boyle of ethics violations

In the latest twist in the tale of Rep. Mark Patterson, the Boise GOP lawmaker whose concealed weapon permit was revoked by the county sheriff because Patterson failed to reveal his guilty plea and withheld judgment in a decades-old Florida rape case, the Idaho Statesman reports today that Ada Sheriff Gary Raney has filed an ethics complaint against Patterson and Rep. Judy Boyle, R-Midvale, charging that they used their public office for personal gain - by requesting legal advice from the Idaho Attorney General's office, but using it not for the duties of their office, but for Patterson's own case. “Because Rep. Patterson procured and used this advice for his personal benefit, this is a violation of the Ethics in Government Act,” Raney wrote House Speaker Scott Bedke on Oct. 31. The ethics law provides for civil penalties of up to $500 for using public office for personal gain.

Raney goes further, saying if Boyle knowingly obtained legal advice for Patterson's personal benefit, she also committed a crime of theft through diversion. The Attorney General's office told Statesman reporter Dan Popkey that it is required by law to respond to requests from legislators, and it doesn't inquire as to the lawmakers' motivation in asking the questions. Popkey's full report is online here; click below for a shorter version of the story from the Associated Press. Patterson maintains Raney and the Idaho Sheriff's Association are out to get him because he sponsored HB 219, unsuccessful legislation to criminalize police officers who enforce new federal gun restrictions that might be passed, and then scrutinized the sheriff's association's activities and spending after it raised concerns about his bill.

Idaho lawmaker’s concealed weapon permit revoked for failing to reveal past felony

The story that has Idaho political circles buzzing this morning is about a state lawmaker from Boise whose concealed weapon permit has been revoked, after he lied twice on his application – failing to mention a withheld judgment and guilty plea to a change of assault with intent to commit rape in Florida in 1974, a felony. Rep. Mark Patterson, R-Boise, a first-term lawmaker, told Idaho Statesman reporter Dan Popkey, “I was a young kid.” He was 21 at the time.

Patterson was charged in 1974 with forcible rape, after the victim said he forced her to have sex twice and threatened to have his Doberman pinscher attack her if she refused, according to police reports. He served time in jail before agreeing to plead guilty and receive a withheld judgment and probation; he also was ordered to leave Florida on the day of his sentencing.

The Idaho permit application asks, “Have you ever had an entry of a withheld judgment for a criminal offense which would disqualify you from obtaining a concealed weapons license?” Patterson twice answered no.

Court records show Patterson was charged in a separate rape case three years later in Cincinnati for rape “by means of forcibly choking and threatening” a woman, the Statesman reported. “I was acquitted — then obviously I didn't do it,” Patterson said.

Patterson, who unsuccessfully pushed legislation to criminalize cops who enforce new federal gun-restriction laws that might be enacted, claims Ada County Sheriff Gary Raney is targeting him because of his legislation and because he scrutinized the Idaho Sheriffs Association’s spending and policies. “This whole thing is to silence me,” Patterson told Popkey.

Raney dismissed the idea. “The questions that Mr. Patterson raises and the allegations he makes are irrelevant to the fact that he lied on his initial application and his renewal application,” the sheriff said.  “That and only that is the reason for our actions.” Popkey’s full report is online here, including excerpts from the police reports and news of a primary challenger for Patterson; click below for a shorter version of the story from the Associated Press. Patterson had earlier come under fire for misrepresenting his education and background during his campaign, with his campaign website falsely claiming he was a petroleum engineer and had attended the University of Southern California; and for falsely claiming to have been a professional road-racing cyclist. He operates a lubricant manufacturing plant called Rock 'N' Roll Lubricants.

Rep. Patterson complains to Secty of State about Sheriffs Association lobbying

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The 2013 Legislature's passionate debate over gun rights has been extended beyond the session, with a lawmaker whose bill was killed now complaining that his measure was torpedoed by lobbyists who weren't properly registered. Republican Rep. Mark Patterson of Boise sponsored a measure to charge Idaho law enforcement officers with a crime for assisting the federal government in confiscating newly banned weapons. The bill died. But Patterson this month complained to the Idaho secretary of state that Idaho Sheriff's Association director Vaughn Killeen wasn't registered as a lobbyist. Furthermore, Patterson contends the group's registered lobbyist, Michael Kane, didn't properly disclose his firearms-related lobbying. Killeen and Kane have since amended their filings. Killeen contends he wasn't required to register as a lobbyist, but did so May 15 to avoid future misunderstandings.

Click below for a full report from AP reporter John Miller.

New lawmaker tones down claims in exaggerated online bio

Here’s a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A newly-minted Idaho lawmaker changed his Internet biography after questions about its accuracy. When Rep. Mark Patterson was elected in Boise's District 15, his Facebook site listed him as a University of Southern California student and petroleum engineer. But Patterson never attended USC and isn't an engineer, though he once worked in Wyoming's oil fields. The 60-year-old Republican says the inaccurate details were posted by a former campaign staffer, without his knowledge. Patterson, whose company makes bike lubrication products, did stick to claims he was a professional cyclist. Though he held no professional license, Patterson said he was paid in the 1990s by another lube company to market products by riding amateur races. House Majority Caucus Chairman John Vander Woude said the matter shows lawmakers should monitor their online identities. 

Click below for a full report from AP reporter John Miller.

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