Posts tagged: 2010 Legislative Tour
Some guys just can’t catch a break. It seems Rep. Tom Trail, R-Moscow, is one of those guys. Trail, a veteran of the Idaho Legislature, has pitched a resolution supporting production of industrial hemp to his colleagues in the Idaho House of Representatives on an annual basis for the past 12 years with no success. Trail’s run of proposing the resolution will end in 2011, the Moscow legislator announced earlier this week. At the North Idaho Legislative Tour in Coeur d’Alene Sunday, Trail told IdahoReporter.com that thanks to a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals in December 2009, there is no point in proposing the resolution anytime soon/Dustin Hurst, Idaho Reporter. More here.
Question: Should it be legal to grow industrial hemp?
Following the banquet, as legislators were making their way to the hotel bar, their waiting cars or beds, Hart could be found in the ballroom’s adjoining hallway kibitzing with (Wayne Hoffman of Idaho Freedom Foundation) and receiving occasional handshakes and back-slaps from well-wishers. One, Coeur d’Alene Republican Rep. Bob Nonini, was overheard bolstering Hart’s spirits, telling him that he’s “a tough guy.” Hart exited the hallway and made his way through the rush of legislators after seemingly ignoring several requests for comment from Boise Weekly/Zach Hagadone, Boise Weekly. Full story here.
DFO: The story also points out that Eric Anderson’s recent complaint against Hart carries more weight than John Rusche’s earlier one which led to action by the House Ethics Committee, because it focuses on a possible crime committed by a legislator.
Question: Do you think this thing’s over?
Dustin Hurst/Idaho Reporter, a former North Idaho College student, is in North Idaho again today, covering the 2010 Legislative Tour, sponsored by area chambers of commerce. Hucks will continue to publish his Twitter:
At the Coeur d’Alene Inn Monday night, Gov. Butch Otter joined a young pianist for a duo that delighted the crowd of legislators, lobbyists, and others involved in the 2010 Legislative Tour. Dustin Hurst/Idaho Reporter was on hand to video this:
Four bus loads of legislators encountered a small group of people protesting against Rep. Phil Hart when they drove into the Coeur d’Alene Inn a few minutes ago. The individual holding the sign on the right is Howard Griffiths, who won 25 percent of the vote as a write-in against Hart last Tuesday. (Idaho Reporter photo from Dustin Hurst)
Dustin Hurst of the Idaho Reporter is one of the boys on the Legislative Tour 2010 bus. His morning tweets are in the drop-down box. You can follow his tweets at Idaho Reporter:
Question: Does anyone have questions you want Dustin to ask Phil Hart?
In Coeur d’Alene for the North Idaho 2010 Legislative Tour, Anderson told IdahoReporter.com Sunday that he wants to see Hart voluntarily resign or be forced out of the Idaho House of Representatives. “These are serious issues he needs to deal with,” said Anderson. “His continued service does a disservice to the institution as a whole.” Anderson, focusing on Hart’s 1996 theft of timber from state endowment lands, said that the miscues of the Athol Republican are a “huge stain upon the reputation on the Idaho House of Representatives and those who serve in that body.” … The grievance isn’t personal for Anderson. “This isn’t about me, this is about my desire, my conviction, to see the institution sanctified and appreciated for what it actually is,” he explained/Dustin Hurst, Idaho Reporter. More here.
Question: Feel free to predict what House Speaker Lawerence Denney will do with state Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol, this week.