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Trail Gives Up On Hemp Resolution

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 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?

Nonini To Hart: You’re ‘A Tough Guy’

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: Hart Nixed Video Interview

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:

  • 1:17 p.m. Tour has concluded & lawmakers are heading back to various parts of the state. (Sen. John McGee, R-Caldwell) left holding a garfield doll.  … for his daughter
  • 11:30 a.m. Lawmakers headed to silverwood for lunch.
  • 11:10 a.m. Responding to a Hucks Online inquiry re: his interview with Rep. Phil Hart Monday night, Dustin tweets: “he wouldnt do video (which kinda irked me) and gave very short answers. Not enough to write a whole story.” And: “Hart wasn’t rude, he just didnt have much to say. he did say his work with tax research is fulfilment of oath of office.”
  • 10:42 a.m. Touring natural gas power plant in rathdrum. interesting to see water evaporation process.
  • 10:03 a.m. Lost my phone for a second. Tramatic for a reporter. Bus is definitely from the 60’s by looks of upholstery.
  • 9:54 a.m. State lawmakers are heading out on final leg of tour. Heading to Avista’s Rathdrum plant and eventually Silverwood Theme Park.
  • 9:49 a.m. Avista CEO: There r going to be more renewables, not less. That’s just how it’s going be … It’s going to be a new world for our kids.
  • 9:42 a.m. Avista CEO says through conservation program, company has saved as much energy as would be produced by one power plant. 150 megawatts
  • 9:29 a.m. Scott Morris, CEO of Avista, speaking to state lawmakers now.
  • 8:50 a.m. It seems as if Idaho Reporter is all-Hart, all the time. I suppose that’s what north Idaho is doing to me.
  • 7:38 a.m. Kootenai Health rep says his hospital will deliver more than $40 million in service for people unwilling or unable to pay for it. Wow.
  • 7:37 a.m. During health care speech at legislative tour, group shows picture of someone getting a colonoscopy. It was modest, though still awkward.
  • 7:08 a.m. The speaker and the senate pro tem are sitting next to me at breakfast. I wonder what I have done to earn the honor.

Butch Tickles Ivory

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:

Twitter: Hart Protesters Greet Solons

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:

  • 5:33 p.m. Gov. Butch Otter is in the house in Coeur d’Alene. And I just saw Sen. Russ Fulcher (R-Meridian) in his swim trunks and a t-shirt. Odd day.
  • 4:39 p.m. Dustin: “I am back in control at HQ and quickly penning a story on anti-Phil Hart protesters.
  • 4:30 p.m. Sen. (Nicole) Lefavour on Hart protesters outside cda inn: oh that’s so great. I want to go take pictures!
  • 3:01 p.m. Rep. Phil Hart and I will have a video interview after the governor’s banquet tonight. Anyone have questions for him?
  • 2:44 p.m. There is way, way too much Vandal vs. Bronco talk going on throughout the tour. (Vandals-Broncos play Friday night in Moscow.)
  • 2:31 p.m. Sen. (Dean) Cameron, R-Rupert, jokingly asks ITD director Ness if he will help reorganize the Department of Health and Welfare to save money.
  • 2:17 p.m. (Director Brian) Ness says no ITD employees will lose their jobs as a result of reorganization, but that positions may be eliminated and people moved. Ness asks legislators for help in clearing red tape in the process (at Sandpoint Community Center).
  • 1:38 p.m. Several businesses in Sandpoint are presenting to legislators. ITD director speaks in 10 minutes, following which buses head back to cda.
  • 12:18 p.m. Sen. John Mcgee (R-Caldwell) referred to as part time legislator and part time media personality by Sandpoint chamber president.
  • 12:02 p.m. Sen. Keough wouldn’t say who she thinks is the most powerful idaho senator (re: Hucks Online poll: “Which state senator in North Idaho is the most powerful?”

Question: Does anyone have questions you want Dustin to ask Phil Hart?

Anderson: Hart’s Gotta Go

In Coeur d’Alene for the North Idaho 2010 Legislative Tour, Anderson told 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.

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