Posts tagged: attorney general
Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden says he plans to run for his office again in 2014. Wasden first took the office in 2003, running the office that represents the state in criminal appeals, deals with consumer protection litigation, and advises agencies on contracts and other matters. He told the Idaho State Journal last week that every day is a new challenge and that keeps the job fresh. He currently leads 118 attorneys and about 185 additional employees in the office. Wasden's office recently ended years of litigation against drug companies accused of falsely inflating wholesale medicine prices to increase the amount they were paid by Medicaid for the drugs. The settlements in those cases resulted in Idaho recovering about $28 million for the Medicaid program/Associated Press.
Question: Will you support Lawrence Wasden's campaign for re-election as attorney general?
The House has voted 53-16 in favor of setting up a $200,000 legal defense fund for the Legislature, funded from the state's general tax funds and controlled by the Speaker of the House and the President Pro-Tem of the Senate. “It is for any time that they should happen to need outside legal counsel,” House Appropriations Chair Maxine Bell, R-Jerome, told the House. Minority Democrats spoke out against the bill. “This is a really interesting and I think wrong-headed precedent that we're setting here … and appropriating what's really a significant amount of money,” said Rep. Brian Cronin, D-Boise. “We already have a constitutionally elected officer in an office that handles these matters, and so we pay for that. So to have duplicative efforts like this definitely represents a growth of government, and I don't think it's prudent”/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.
Question: Doesn't this legislation show a lack of confidence in the voter-approved attorney general?
Attorney General Lawrence Wasden's office cited the exemption in Idaho's public records law that allows withholding records related to an ongoing criminal investigation. Last week, after Sen. John McGee's resignation, the Statesman asked Senate President Pro Tem Brent Hill for email, text messages, hand-written notes or any other records regarding allegations of sexual harassment brought to Hill by a Senate staffer. “We deny your requests because these documents are within the scope of a criminal investigation which is currently being conducted by the Idaho State Patrol,” wrote Deputy Attorney General Robert Adelson on Monday/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here. (AG Web site photo of Lawrence Wasden)
Question: On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being a long, long yawn, how interested are you in former Idaho senator John McGee, now that he has resigned his Senate post in disgrace & is facing a criminal investigation?
State Sen. Kathy Sims sent the following terse note to Coeur d'Alene City Attorney Mike Gridley after reading his letter denouncing her claims that Mayor Sandi Bloem & City Council members had conflicts of interest in dealing the proposed McEuen Field upgrades: “Your letter is of no concern to me. It is what I would have expected from you. it has been forwarded.” Gridley told Huckleberries: “It is troubling that facts and law are of “no concern” to an elected representative.” (You can read Sims' letter to the attorney general here.)
Brian Kane, an assistant chief deputy in the Idaho attorney general's office, offered a four-page opinion on the validity of nullification. (Click here to read the opinion.) He concludes that “there is no right to pick and choose which federal laws a State will allow.” Some Republican lawmakers are pushing a nullification bill that would stop state departments and agencies from implementing aspects of the federal health care reform. The proposal is expected to be introduced into the House State Affairs Committee on Wednesday/Brian Murphy, Idaho Statesman. More here.
Question: Anyone surprised that Idaho can't unilaterally ignore federal health care reform?