Posts tagged: Brian Kane
Huckleberries has received the lengthy response by the Idaho Attorney General's Office into a request by Rep. Kathy Sims, R-CdA, to investigate possible conflicts of interest involving local elected officials and the McEuen Field project. Deputy AG Brian Kane dismissed Sims contentions that Council members Al Hassell and Deanna Goodlander have conflicts simply from serving on the council and Lake City Development Corp. Also, he said Mayor Sandi Bloem gets no direct benefit from the project simply because a building she and her family own is nearby. Also, he said the AG's office is not authorized by statute to initiate a law enforcement investigation into a local matter at the request of a legislator. “If after reviewing this analysis, you believe an investigation is warranted, I recommend that you contact your local county prosecutor or county sheriff s office because they have primary law enforcement authority.” Read full response here.
Question: What is your reaction after reading Brian Kane's response to Kathy Sims?
Huckleberries has acquired a copy of a response sent by City Attorney Mike Gridley to Assistant Chief Deputy Attorney General Brian Kane re: state Rep. Kathy Sims' claims (which Gridley called “scurrilous”) of widespread conflicts of interest among elected officials who OK'd McEuen Field changes. Quoth Gridley: “It appears that Rep. Sims has opened a new front in her on-going battle against urban renewal and Coeur d'Alene city government.” Gridley then goes on to break down the allegations raised by Sims. You can read what he says about Mayor Sandi Bloem's ownership of one-third of a building a block from McEuen Field and other so-called conflicts that Sims' claims 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?
Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol, is being investigated by a group of his peers
on a House Ethics Committee regarding his actions in using his status as
a state lawmaker to avoid legal proceedings associated with recent tax
woes. That panel, called for by House Minority Leader Rep. John Rusche,
D-Lewiston, is being aided in the process by Brian Kane, a deputy
assistant in the attorney general’s office. Hart told IdahoReporter.com
recently that Kane’s presence advising the panel is a conflict of
interest and a breach of constitutional protocol because one of the
agencies in litigation with Hart also uses legal counsel from the
attorney general’s office/Dustin Hurst, Idaho Reporter. More here. (Idaho Reporter photo of Phil Hart)
Question: Hmm. Hart may have a point here. What do you think?