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Tribe opens books for S-R

Betty Squires, of Moscow, tries her luck at the Coeur d’Alene Casino on Wednesday, Kathy Plonka SR

When the Coeur d’Alene Tribe first signed a gaming compact with the state of Idaho in 1992, tribal leaders insisted on donating 5 percent of net casino gaming proceeds to education on or near their reservation – a gesture that has added up to $16.8 million in donations since 1994, including $1.5 million this year and $1.8 million last year.

“The tribe originated the idea,” said David High, the now-retired deputy Idaho attorney general who for years oversaw negotiations with the state’s Indian tribes over gaming. “They didn’t have to do it.”  Full story. Betsy Russell, SR

Why do you suppose the Tribe initially refused to disclose this information? Will this story be enough to quiet the their critics?

Goedde Pushing Luna Plan Start-Up

The north Idaho state senator who helped shepherd wide-reaching changes to the state’s public education system says he thinks voters won’t strike down the reform efforts and that state education leaders must now get started rolling out the policies and rules to that follow the changes of the laws. Sen. John Goedde, R-Coeur d’Alene, sponsored the “Students Come First” plan from Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna, and chairs the Senate Education Committee, which formally introduced the legislation of the plan, heard the most testimony on the education reform package and cast the narrowest votes on package/Brad Iverson-Long, Idaho Reporter. More here.

Question: Do you have a different view of Sen. John Goedde, R-Coeur d'Alene, now that he and Rep. Bob Nonini, R-Post Falls, have been instrumental as Education committee chairmen in pushing through Tom Luna's education 'reforms'?

School bus ads

The House Education Committee has voted to send SB 1111, the bill to permit advertising on school buses, to the House's amending order with a series of amendments attached, designed to address concerns  raised by opponents in an earlier House debate. The concerns were so widespread that House Education Chairman Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d'Alene, pulled the bill back to committee for more work, rather than see it killed.

The measure was proposed by the Meridian School District, which estimates it could make hundreds of thousands for schools by selling the bus ads. Betsy Russell, EOB Read more.

What do you think about the idea to place ads on school buses?

Nonini Threatens To Clear Ed Hearing

Scott Nicholson, who described himself as a Vietnam veteran and a Republican, said he congratulated state schools Supt. Tom Luna on Election Night on his re-election, because he fought for education. But Nicholson said he's against SB 1108 and 1110. “I'm a tad tired of the vilification of teachers,” he told the House Education Committee. “Politicians calling teachers union thugs is unacceptable and disrespectful.” He said, “Silencing the opposition is never a good path forward. Engage them and they will help you.” Nicholson's testimony was followed by a burst of applause. House Education Chairman Bob Nonini, pictured, not only banged the gavel, he warned the audience that he could easily have the room emptied and just call them in one at a time/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.

Question: Do you think an individual known for his hot temper, like Bob Nonini, is the right person to be chairing a critical committee meeting on public education?

IACI Bankrolls Otter/Luna Phone Call

Thousands of Idahoans participated in a telephone town hall led by Gov. Butch Otter and other advocates of school reform. Monday night’s forum was paid for by the state’s largest business lobby, the Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry. Otter was joined by the author of the “Students Come First” plan, Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna and the two chairmen of the Legislature’s education committees, Sen. John Goedde and Rep. Bob Nonini, both Republicans from Coeur d’Alene. Otter invited recipients of the call to join the one-hour forum in a recorded message, and they could choose whether to participate in the live call. Participants were asked two questions, according to IACI President Alex LaBeau, basically: “Do you support education reform?” and “Do you support raising taxes or not?” The reform question did not specifically mention the Luna-Otter “Students Come First” plan/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here. (AP Photo/Idaho Press-Tribune, Charlie Litchfield)

Question: What do you make of Idaho's largest business group bankrolling a telephone town hall, featuring Gov. Butch Otter, Superintendent Tom Luna, and the 2 education chairman pushing ed 'reform'?

Vestal: Children’s rights don’t play in Idaho house

Kids in Idaho could use a right or two.

Or maybe just a hand. About half are living in “low-income” homes. A fifth live in homes headed by single mothers, whose unemployment rate is twice that of married men and women. The state ranks 41st for overall child health and well-being, according to a new scorecard.

Too bad the state House of Representatives is primarily concerned about their parents.

And the Constitution, of course.

You might have missed this, but the Idaho House, faced with all the woes of our day, voted for a nonbinding memorial Monday to support amending the Constitution to protect parental rights.

Protect them from whom, you might ask.

But don’t be silly. From the government. Federal, state and water district. From courts and schools. From international treaties that try to assert the rights of children. From the red-hot threat that our constitutional parental rights are dangling by a thread. Shawn Vestal, SR Read more.

Nonini said, “Longstanding constitutional rights are now hanging by a precarious thread.” Agree or disagree?

House hears Nonini’s resolution re: parental rights

Rep. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d'Alene, argues in the House on Monday for his resolution backing an amendment to the U.S. Constitution supporting parental rights.

The Idaho House is now debating a resolution pushed by Rep. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d'Alene, backing an amendment to the U.S. Constitution promoting parental rights, and opposing the United States ratifying the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, a treaty that already has been ratified by 194 nations - all nations except the United States and Somalia. “Such enumeration of these rights in the text of the Constitution will preserve them from being infringed upon by the shifting ideologies and interpretations of the United States Supreme Court,” the non-binding measure, HJM 1, declares.

Nonini said the proposed amendment “will not alter the current state of parental rights in this country. It will simply ensure that our current rights will remain free from erosion due to judicial activism” or international law. Nonini said he's convinced there's risk. “Longstanding constitutional rights are now hanging by a precarious thread,” he told the House. Read more. Betsy Russell, EOB

Do we need this change to the U.S. Constitution?

Update: House passes parental rights memorial after much debate.

Nonini Glad To Throw Hat In The Ring

Rep. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d’Alene, didn’t win his race last night for leadership, challenging House Majority Caucus Chairman Ken Roberts, R-Donnelly, but Nonini said this morning, “I was glad I put my hat in the ring. I think our caucus deserved choices.” He said he was proud of Rep. Cliff Bayer, R-Boise, for running as well; Bayer unsuccessfully challenged House Majority Leader Mike Moyle. Nonini said he thought having choices was “good for the system”/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.

Question: Should Nonini be kept as chairman of the House Education Committee?

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?

Nonini To Seek GOP Caucus Post

Lawmakers from around the state, including some newly elected, rolled on buses into the Silver Valley this morning as part of the North Idaho legislative tour, after hearing a presentation from Lt. Gov. Brad Little about the work of the governor’s transportation funding task force. Last night, the legislators held party caucuses, which included an announcement at the House GOP caucus from Rep. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d’Alene, that he’s running for majority caucus chairman, challenging current Chairman Ken Roberts, R-Donnelly. If Nonini won that spot - elections will happen at the early-December organizational session - he’d have to give up the chairmanship of the House Education Committee/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.

Question: Would you like to see Nonini become GOP caucus chairman?

Griffiths Wasn’t 1st Hart Write-In Foe

I’m still trying to read the tea leaves re: one oddity from Election Night. As we all know by now, write-in candidate Howard Griffiths received 24.75 percent of the vote in his long-shot race against embattled Republican Phil Hart in their House District 3 race. But did you know that Democrat David Larsen, who was on the ballot, pulled 26.92 percent of the vote against House Education Committee Chairman Bob Nonini. What does this say re: the underdog, given that it takes more effort to write-in a candidate’s name? BTW, for those keeping score at home, Hart beat another write-in in 2004 — the late Wayne Meyer, who ran as a write-in after losing to Hart in the GOPrimary. Hart won the spring election 60.25% to 39.75% and then beat write-in Meyer in the general election (91% to 9%). In the 2002 general election, Hart, running as a Constitutionalist received 3114 (31.7%) votes to Republican Meyer’s 6705 (63.3%)

Question: Why did Howard Griffiths (24.75%) pull so many more write-ins this year than the late Rep. Wayne Meyer (9%) did against Hart in 2004?

Nonini Caught In Campaign Fax Snafu

Item: Campaign funding fax bloopers abound: Legislature candidates both sent disclosure reports from colleges/Maureen Dolan, Coeur d’Alene Press

More Info: An investigation of Nonini’s own campaign financial disclosures revealed that his own campaign financial disclosure was faxed last week from a University of Idaho machine located at the university’s research center in Post Falls. Nonini’s campaign manager/treasurer is Jerry Baltzell, a University of Idaho employee and the business manager at the research center. “I certainly don’t approve of that,” Nonini said when made aware of the source of his own campaign fax. “I’ll take the responsibility myself.”

Question: What do you make of Nonini getting caught in the same faxing blunder that he’d contacted NIC & the Press to issue a complaint re: Dave Larsen’s campaign?

Poll: Yes To Larsen, SF, No To NPR

  • Wednesday Poll: Demo David Larsen (90 of 159, 56.6%) is the pick over Rep. Bob Nonini (55 of 159, 34.6%) in the House District 5A race. 13 respondents won’t vote for either man.
  • NPR Poll: 74 of 144 (51.39%) don’t support federal funding for public radio. 70 of 144 (48.61%) do.
  • World Series Poll: 54 of 105 (51.43%) want to see the S.F. Giants win the World Series. 51 of 105 (48.57%) prefer to see the Texas Rangers win the series.
  • Today’s Poll: Are you going to write-in a candidate’s name in the 2010 general election?

David: Forgot More Than Nonini Knows

Re: Is Nonini’s Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce comment age-ist?

David Larsen: After having read (Bob Nonini’s) responses to the Cd’A Chamber of Commerce Candidate Questionnaire and comparing them to mine, it became apparent that Bob’s remarks about his elders are based on the obvious fact that we have simply forgotten more than he ever knew! I wonder if his comments will result in his being taken off Frank Henderson’s Christmas card list!!

Question: Is the main problem with the Idaho Legislature the high average age of the solons or the political dominance of one party? Or do you see either to be a problem?

Is Nonini’s Chamber Comment Age-ist?

In his reply to a Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce question (“What qualifies you over others for the elected office you are seeking?”), state Rep. Bob Nonini writes: “I am actively running my insurance practice and my opponent is a retired school teacher. The Idaho Legislature has the second highest percentage of age 65 year olds or older that are retired. I believe that high of percentage of retired persons is not healthy in creating state laws. Those retired people are no longer dealing with the everyday issues that affect businesses.” A supporter of Nonini’s opponent e-mails Huckleberries Online to say: “I think Bob Nonini is bordering on ‘age-ism’ trash talk about Dave Larsen being too old to help make legislation.” Nonini, of course, serves in House District 5 with octagenarian Frank Henderson.

Question: Do you think Nonini’s statement is age-ist — or simply stating the facts?

Richert: Dems Don’t Challenge Moyle

Like any football coach, Mike Moyle, pictured, is playing them one game at a time. When the House majority leader came in to interview with the Statesman editorial board last week, we asked him about his prospects in House GOP leadership. Moyle, R-Star, went all Coach Pete on us. “Hey, I’ve just got to get re-elected, then I can worry about that stuff,” Moyle said. “Let’s get through November, make sure everybody gets re-elected, then we can worry about leadership stuff.” There could be some shakeups in leadership. If Moyle doesn’t run against House Speaker Lawerence Denney of Midvale, he expects that he’ll get a challenge for majority leader. House Education Committee Chairman Bob Nonini of Coeur d’Alene is looking at a run against caucus chairman Ken Roberts of Donnelly/Kevin Richert, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Are you happy with the current Republican leaders of the Idaho Legislature? Would you like to see state Rep. Bob Nonini as caucus chairman?

Nonini Working On Immigration Law

One state lawmaker wants to bring Arizona’s new illegal immigration laws that have sparked a federal lawsuit north to Idaho.  Rep. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d’Alene, is working with other north Idaho lawmakers on adapting the Arizona laws to Idaho. “It’s pretty much the Arizona bill that’s raised all this controversy, but I think it’s a good bill obviously,” Nonini told  “If the federal government isn’t going to go out and enforce their own policies, as they’re not in Arizona, then the states sure need to defend their borders.” The proposed laws would allow police to check the citizenship of anyone they think might be in the country illegally if they have been detained for another possible offense.  The legislation also allows citizens to sue cities and counties for not enforcing federal immigration laws/Brad Iverson-Long, Idaho Reporter. More here.

Question: Is the Idaho Legislature ready to pass stronger laws against illegal immigration?

Nonini To Address Reagan Republicans

On Facebook, the Reagan Republicans give notice that House Education Committee Chairman Bob Nonini will speak at noon Thursday at Templin’s Resort in Post Falls. Among other topics, Nonini will discuss his re-election campaign, Raul Labrador’s campaign, and the legislation he plans to introduce next session (if he’s re-elected) re: illegal immigration.

DFO: I wish someone would ask him why Nonini why he, as House Education Committee chairman, opposes the education corridor, which would benefit so many of North Idaho’s graduating high schoolers.

Nonini: ‘I Don’t Hate Teachers,’ But …

Rep. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d’Alene, the House education chairman and sponsor of HB 373, told the House, “Counter to everything you might read in the newspaper, I don’t hate teachers - I admire teachers. I think it’s an admirable profession.” But he said no other state employees get an early retirement incentive. “In a time of budget constraints … we need to try to keep as much money in the classroom as possible,” Nonini told the House/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.

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