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Brent Hill Advocates GOP Big Tent

In a guest opinion that is appearing in southern Idaho newspapers, Idaho Senate pro tem Brent Hill targets Constitutionalists embedded in the Idaho Republican Party:

As I was traveling recently, I picked up a campaign brochure in which the candidate described himself as a “Constitutional Republican.” The implication was that his fellow Republicans were somehow not “constitutional” — that they cared little about protecting the God-given rights delineated in the U.S. Constitution. Over and over again in the recent primary election campaign, candidates touted the Constitution as if they were the only ones who loved, honored or understood that great document. Such rhetoric is not only demeaning but dangerous. More here.

Question: Which political party has the biggest tent — Democrats or Republicans?

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Hi-Noon: Little Ethics Reform In 2012

House Speaker Lawerence Denney told the Idaho Press Club today, “I think we're at the point where we're ruling out the independent ethics commission.” A bipartisan House-Senate working group couldn't reach agreement, and there were separation of powers issues with the question of whether a commission could oversee both the legislative and executive branches, Denney said. However, both Denney and Senate President Pro-Tem Brent Hill said they still expect some moves toward ethics reforms in this year's legislative session, including, at the very least rules changes in both houses adjusting how ethics committees work and requiring annual ethics training for lawmakers/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.

Question: Are you surprised that early ethics push by Legislature apparently has fizzled out?

Brent Hill Gets Lewiston Trib Jeers

JEERS … to Idaho Senate President Brent Hill, R-Rexburg. Hill is the epitome of transparency and ethical political behavior. Yet he so mishandled the Sen. John McGee fiasco that in comparison, Boss Denney's mild rebuke of tax scofflaw Phil Hart last year looks like a public flogging. And Hart was only guilty of hypocrisy - refusing to pay his own taxes while serving on the House Revenue and Taxation Committee.McGee, R-Caldwell, on the other hand, committed a crime - one that could have killed somebody/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. Marty's Cheers & Jeers column here.

Question: Do you agree with Marty Trillhaase that Brent Hill's protection of Sen. John McGee is worse than Lawerence Denney's protection of Phil Hart last year?

Crusader Wants Solon Sobriety Oath

A former Las Vegas TV reporter turned anti-drinking crusader received pledges from 13 Idaho lawmakers over the Christmas weekend that they will abstain from drinking during the 2012 session. Scott Andrus, 50, of Twin Falls, sent the solicitation to all 105 lawmakers on Dec. 23, receiving 17 responses. Four lawmakers replied with equivocal answers. Wrote Andrus: “I humbly ask that you pledge that no beverage alcohol will pass your lips during the 2012 legislative session. Please remain sober as you conduct the affairs of state.” Most of the pledges were quite brief, such as that from Senate Majority Leader Bart Davis, R-Idaho Falls: “I promise.” Senate President Pro Tem Brent Hill, R-Rexburg: “No problem”/Dan Popkey, Statesman. More here.

Question: Do you want Idaho legislators to take a sobriety oath?

Hill, Denney Lead Top 5 Pol List

HucksOnline isn't surprised that no Democrat makes StateImpact's list of Top 5 most influential Idaho legislators. The superminority Democrats have little clout in the state Capitol. But no North Idaho legislators made the list either — not even Shawn Keough, R-Sandpoint — who should get an honorable mention, at least. Oh well, article by Emilie Saunders Ritter about Brent Hill, Lawerence Denney, & three other friends worth the read as we all prepare for 2012 version of legislative Keystone Kops. Click here.

Question: Do you agree with this list of Top 5 legislators?

Hill Wants To Raise Faith In Gummint

Sen. Brent Hill of Rexburg, the Republican majority’s new leader in the Idaho Senate, told the Rexburg Standard Journal, “If I had one goal, it would be to create a better level of trust between the citizens and government as a whole. Part of the way we do that is to be honest, up front and communicate so people know what’s going on in government.” Hill, 61, was chosen last Wednesday by the state Senate’s 28 GOP members to serve as their new president pro tempore. He will replace Sen. Bob Geddes, R-Soda Springs, who held the post longer than any state lawmaker before stepping down this year/Associated Press. More here.

Question: What would the Idaho Legislature have to do to restore your faith in state government?

Randy: Pro Tem Hill Non-Ideological

The new leader of the Idaho Senate, Republican Brent Hill of Rexburg, has developed a generally broad respect among Idaho legislature-watchers. He seems, based on his statements and initiatives, to be relatively non-ideological and willing to work with unexpected allies. That’s a broader picture than you might have expected from this year’s round of leadership races, with the Senate top job open for choice/Randy Stapilus, Ridenbaugh Press. More here. (And: Idaho’s Senate leaders won’t rubber-stamp House conservatives/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman)

Question: Which house of the Idaho Legislature will you look toward for leadership in 2011 — House or Senate?

IMHO: UI/BSU Basketball Or Steele?

What to do if you’re a Republican politician on a Wednesday night, when two big events are in town? Do you listen to newly minted Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele? Or do you take in the Boise State-Idaho basketball game? To see how Senate Local Government and Taxation Committee Chairman Brent Hill of Rexburg voted, check out photo #10 in this Statesman photo gallery. Considering the finish of last night’s game, I’m not going to second-guess Hill/Kevin Richert, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: What would you do if you happened to be a high-profile elected official confronted with the choice of watching the UI/Boise State basketball game or hearing national Republican Chairman Michael Steele?

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