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Nonini Sends $$$ To D1 Challengers

Rep. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d'Alene, is targeting two fellow North Idaho GOP lawmakers for defeat, campaign finance reports filed today reveal. Nonini's PAC, the Idaho Association for Good Government, donated $1,000 each to the campaigns of Danielle Ahrens, tea party adherent and the GOP primary challenger to Sen. Shawn Keough, R-Sandpoint, and Pam Stout, the GOP primary challenger to Rep. George Eskridge, R-Dover, who also is head of the Sandpoint Tea Party Patriots. Nonini's PAC also donated $8,000 to the “Free Enterprise PAC,” which then sent out fliers in North Idaho targeting Keough, vice-chairwoman of the Legislature's Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee, as “the No. 1 big spender in Boise” and touting Ahrens as “an actual Republican”/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here. You can see the campaign finance statement filed by Nonini's PAC here.


Nonini Gives $1K To Cameron Rival

Rep. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d’Alene, who’s running for the Idaho Senate, has made a last-minute $1,000 campaign donation through his PAC to the primary election challenger of the sitting chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Sen. Dean Cameron, R-Rupert. That’s a form of political heresy in the Senate that Nonini hopes to join, where past attempts to back challengers to fellow GOP incumbents have brought major sanctions from the Republican caucus. “It’s not particularly good form,” Cameron said. Nonini’s Idaho Association for Good Government PAC made the contribution Wednesday to the campaign of Douglas Pickett of Oakley, who is running against Cameron, an 11th-term senator and co-chairman of the Legislature’s most powerful committee, the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.

Question: Is this a good way to win friends & influence people in the Idaho Senate that Nonini hopes to join in January?

MT: Ringo Flunks, Nonini Aces Test

CHEERS … to state Rep. Shirley Ringo (pictured), D-Moscow. She not only flunked the Idaho Freedom Foundation's “legislative freedom index,” but Ringo got the lowest score of any of Idaho's 105 lawmakers - a negative-125. Most of north central Idaho's lawmakers didn't fare much better. For example, Rep. John Rusche, D-Lewiston, got a minus-111. The region's highest score came from Sen. Sheryl Nuxoll, R-Cottonwood, who got a 46. The Freedom Foundation advocates constant legal warfare with the national government, undermining public services and making certain tax laws coddle the comfortable. Topping its scorecard were the ethically challenged Sen. Monty Pearce, R- New Plymouth, who got a plus-65, and Rep. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d'Alene, who got an absolutely stratospheric 117. That's no agenda for ordinary Idahoans/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. Marty's weekly Cheers & Jeers column here.

Question: Would you rather have your legislator ace the Idaho Freedom Foundation “legislative freedom index” or flunk it?

Hucks: Video Return Nothing Personal

You may have heard that state Sen. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d’Alene, returned his copy of the movie “Brokeback Mountain” that Sen. Nicole LeFavour, D-Boise, sent to all Idaho senators last yuletide. LeFavour, the state’s only openly gay legislator, told the Idaho Statesman she circulated the video about a closeted gay relationship to launch a discussion about expanding human rights protections for Idaho gays. On my Huckleberries Online blog ( last week, Nonini’s wife, Cathyanne, explained why LeFavour’s actions fell flat with her and her husband: “We returned the movie without a fuss and public comment – and it was my idea. I am a cradle Catholic and found her sending this movie in very poor taste, especially at Christmas. Nothing was written to Nicole, nor was anything unkind said to her. Nicole and the media were responsible for this being made public”/DFO, Sunday Huckleberries. More here.

Marty Jeers LeFavour’s Gift Video

JEERS … to Sen. Nicole LeFavour, D-Boise. Idaho's only openly gay legislator, LeFavour has championed extending protection under Idaho's Human Rights Act to gays, lesbians and transgender people. As a Christmas present, LeFavour distributed DVD copies of “Brokeback Mountain” to 60 lawmakers at their homes. Rep. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d'Alene, took offense. Imagine returning from a St. Patrick's Day celebration to find a copy of “Clean and Sober” waiting for you. Or after participating in a Planned Parenthood rally, you discover an audio set of “Rush Limbaugh's Greatest Hits” at your door. LeFavour simply went too far/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here. (AP photo: Nicole LeFavour giving her farewell speech to Idaho Senate Thursday)


Nonini Gives Up On $10M Tax Credit

House Education Chairman Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d'Alene, has thrown in the towel on his $10 milion tax credit bill for private school scholarships; he just asked for unanimous consent to return the bill to the House Education Committee. “In light of HB 670 as amended and we being at the end of our session, I think probably the right thing to do without asking this body to vote on a suspension of rule and to continue to work on this and maybe look at it again, next year, I would ask HB 670 be returned to the Education Committee,” Nonini told the House/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.


Lake Of Nonini Tactic: ‘Think It Stinks’

Asked what he thinks about House Education Chairman Bob Nonini's scholarship tax credit bill bypassing the House Rev & Tax Committee, instead coming through Education, House Tax Chairman Dennis Lake, R-Blackfoot, said, “I think it stinks.” Asked if the bill would have passed in Rev & Tax, Lake said, “Who knows? I'm not going to speak for the committee, but at least we ought to have a chance to take a look at it and see how it fit in with all the other tax credits we do, and we do a lot of 'em.” He noted that the panel hasn't done any this big in some time. Nonini's bill would give $10 million a year in tax credits for donations to scholarships for K-12 kids to attend private schools/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.

Question: Nonini claims his bill will save money because it'd thin the ranks of public school students. Lake says he thinks the bill stinks. Who's right?

‘Brokeback’ Xmas Gift Offends Nonini

A bit more on an Idaho Legislature culture clash, which was reported Wednesday by the Statesman's Sean Cockerham in a profile of Boise Democratic Sen. Nicole LeFavour, who is retiring from the Senate to run for 2nd District Congress. Cockerham was unable to reach House Education Committee Chairman Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d'Alene, who LeFavour said was the lone lawmaker among 60 who received a DVD of “Brokeback Mountain” as a Christmas gift and expressed his disfavor. LeFavour intended the gift as an icebreaker that might help convince lawmakers to finally expand the Idaho Human Rights Act to cover discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. I caught up with Nonini this morning after his committee passed a compromise on teacher pay that's one of the few puzzle pieces left before lawmakers can adjourn for the year. Nonini explained why he took offense and how he returned the disc to LeFavour when the Legislature convened in January/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Was it bad form on Sen. LeFavour's part to send “Brokeback Mountain” to a social conservative like Nonini? Or bad form on Nonini's part to make an issue of it?

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Nonini Says Why He Sat On Bully Bill

House Education Chairman Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d'Alene, defended his decision not to hear the (anti-bullying) bill. “We had a hearing on that last year, and it was somewhat of a contentious hearing,” he said. “I talked to  (Senate Education) Chairman (John) Goedde early in the session and said I wasn't interested in seeing a bullying bill over here.” The bill came through the Senate Judiciary Committee this year. Nonini said, “I'm not hearing that it's a big problem — I'm sure there's isolated instances, for sure, but I think the districts have policies to deal with those.” He added, “Some of my committee members asked if we could just get by another year without hearing another bullying bill”/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.

Question: Are you buying what Nonini's selling here re: not wanting to get into contentious hearing?

Nonini’s Bill Helps Private Schools

Among the bills successfully amended in the House this afternoon: HB 670, Rep. Bob Nonini's bill to grant up to $10 million a year in tax credits to individuals or corporations for donations to “scholarship granting organizations” that would give scholarships for K-12 students to attend private schools; and SB 1303, the Senate-passed animal cruelty bill, which was amended to include one of the provisions of HB 650, the House-passed animal cruelty bill, regarding penalties for cockfighting/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.

Question: Do you support Rep. Bob Nonini's bill to grant up to $10 million per year toward scholarships for private K-12 schools?

Nonini Sitting On Anti-Bullying Bill

Rep. Brian Cronin, D-Boise, tried a parliamentary maneuver in the House this morning to pull SB 1358, the Senate-passed anti-bullying bill, out of the House Education Committee, where Chairman Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d'Alene, hasn't held a hearing on it. Nonini argued against the move. “I have talked about SB 1358 with my committee members, and I believe the best place for that Senate bill to sit right now is in the Education Committee,” he told the House/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.

Question: Do you support Nonini's attempt to kill the anti-bullying bill?

Nonini Disturbing The Peace Bill Dies

The Senate has voted 12-22 against HB 524, House-passed legislation from Rep. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d'Alene, to expand Idaho's disturbing the peace law to address a situation that's arisen between hostile neighbor his his district. Numerous senators said the bill, which would make it a misdemeanor to engage in “conduct that is intended to seriously alarm or harass a person such as would cause a reasonable person substantial emotional distress,” appeared to restrict both freedom of speech and private property rights, by criminalizing, for example, the hanging of a sign on one's own property/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.

Question: What do you make of this bill?

Brannon Manager Wants Nonini Seat

Home builder and Republican activist Jeff Tyler will file Monday for election to Idaho House of Representatives Seat A, a district containing Post Falls, Rathdrum and southeast Kootenai County. Tyler, in his first run for public office, will seek a two-year term to the seat currently held by Rep. Bob Nonini, who announced he is running for the Senate. Tyler, 52, is a long-time Republican and conservative activist as a founder and 1st Vice President of the Kootenai County Reagan Republicans and a founder of the Panhandle Pachyderm Club.  In 2009 Tyler became well known as the campaign manager for Republican Jim Brannon in his campaign against Democrat Mike Kennedy for the Coeur d’Alene City Council. A resident of Kootenai County since 1994, Tyler lives with his wife of 25 years, Pam, on Harbor Island.  Jeff and Pam have 2 grown sons, Kenny and Keith/News Release. More here.


Bill Would Lift Charter School Cap

HB 481, Rep. Bob Nonini's bill to lift both of Idaho's current caps on creation of new charter schools - the six per year total statewide, and the one new one per year per school district - is up for a hearing in Nonini's House Education Committee this morning. Rep. Cliff Bayer, R-Boise, Nonini's co-sponsor, told the committee that the cap “limits Idaho's competitiveness for federal grants,” and also may be keeping some private foundations from awarding grants to Idaho charter schools. “The existence of the cap is limiting opportunity to bring non-state funds into the state for charter schools,” Bayer said/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.

Question: Has any of your children gone to Coeur d'Alene Charter School? What do you think of the experience?

Treasurer Crane Backs Santorum

At Tuesday night's rally in Boise, Crane introduced Santorum and sat behind the presidential candidate on stage at Capital High School. Crane is the first statewide official to endorse anyone other than Mitt Romney for the GOP nomination. Former state Sen. Ric Branch, R-Midvale, warmed up the crowd, saying Santorum caught his eye early in the contest. “I thought, if they ever pay any attention to him his conservatism is going to shine through.” Also on hand in VIP seats were at least four GOP lawmakers: House Education Committee Chairman Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d'Alene, and GOP Sens. Dan Johnson of Lewiston, Sheryl Nuxoll of Cottonwood and Steve Vick of Dalton Gardens/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Will there be fallout from Crane, Nonini, Vick, and others bucking major, mainstream Idaho political support of Mitt Romney?

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Nonini, Others Caution UI Law School

Twenty Idaho legislators, including House Speaker Lawerence Denney and House Education Chairman Bob Nonini, have signed a letter asking University of Idaho Law School to jettison a perceived threat involving a diversity program next week. In the letter obtained by, the 20 Republicans have asked the Law School to ease up on threats they believe it’s making over diversity training slated for next week on its Boise and Moscow campuses. The lawmakers were concerned that failure to attend “Dialogues on Professionalism and Diversity” would be noted on the permanent record of individual law students. In a message to UI Law School Dean Don Burnett, the legislators noted that students are required to take the course and focused on this statement as threatening: ” Any student who does not participate, and has not been excused, will have a memorandum to that effected placed in his or her student record file. More from Idaho Reporter here.

Question: Should the law students be required to attend the class?

EOB: Of Ogres & Tax Credits

Rep. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d'Alene, sponsored legislation in the House today to add Special Needs Recreation of Coeur d'Alene to the list of charities and youth rehab organizations to which donations are eligible for a tax credit. Nonini praised the group, which provides recreational opportunities to disabled people, and said, “They provide a hand up instead of a hand out.” … Rep. Lynn Luker, R-Boise, said, “I hate to be the ogre here, but this is an increase in tax credits. … I've always opposed tax credits. They skew the tax system, they pay money out, it's not just a deduction.” … Nonini responded, “I appreciate the gentleman being the ogre; at least someone else doesn't have to do it.” The bill, HB 437, then passed on a 66-3 vote/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.

Question: Should the Legislature continue to add on tax credits for worth charities & youth rehab organizations?

Nonini Is Last Capitol Cig Smoker

Rep. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d'Alene, walks toward the Idaho Capitol in Boise on Monday. After another Republican representative quit smoking last year, Nonini is the lone open smoker in the Idaho Legislature. (AP photo)

Standing outside the Capitol on a brisk January afternoon, Rep. Bob Nonini cups his hand deftly to shelter a cigarette — not from the wind, but from a camera. The Coeur d'Alene Republican and House Education Committee chairman has the distinction of being the lone Idaho lawmaker who still regularly, if bashfully, steps outside for a smoke. “This is private,” Nonini says, declining further comment this week. His solo status in Idaho's Statehouse underscores a decadeslong transformation in American culture. But despite a near absence of smokers in the Republican-dominated Legislature, don't hold your breath in anticipation of new anti-cigarette laws, even with about a quarter of lawmakers belonging to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which forbids tobacco use/John Miller, AP. More here.

Question: Would you be more/less/same likely to vote for a candidate who smokes?

Nonini Eyes Hammond Senate Seat

Shortly after Coeur d'Alene Sen. Jim Hammond announced his plans not to run for re-election on Thursday, Rep. Bob Nonini declared the same day that he will campaign for Hammond's seat instead. “I wanted to get it out there. I've been thinking about it and talking to Sen. Hammond for weeks,” said Nonini, who has won four elections and served eight years in the state House. After six years as chair of the House Education Committee, Nonini said, he felt it was time to move forward and let another House member take on that role. “If I'm successful running for Senate, I'll give up my seniority, obviously, but I just think it's the natural progression for me,” the Coeur d'Alene Republican said. “I think I could do a good job over there”/Alecia Warren, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: How would you rate Nonini's overall job as a legislator in the state House of Representatives?

Hammond Won’t Run, Nonini Will

Sen. Jim Hammond, R-Coeur d'Alene, has decided not to seek re-election to the Idaho Senate. “I've made that decision,” Hammond confirmed this afternoon. Meanwhile, Rep. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d'Alene, has decided to seek Hammond's Senate seat. Hammond, a third-term senator, is the current chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee; Nonini, who's in his fourth term, is the chairman of the House Education Committee/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.

Question: Nonini is quoted as saying that he's done some heavy lifting on education reform and that his experience would be valuable in the Senate. Is that the kind of heavy lifting that voters wanted?

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