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Attempted Censure Suffers Pratfall

It turns out the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee doesn't have the authority to censure four North Idaho legislators for voting against their wishes. “Sorry I don't have room for discussion on this,” said Chairman Neil Oliver. “I find the motion is out of order.” The central committee spent about an hour Tuesday night wrangling over whether or not to censure four North Idaho legislators for creating a state health-care exchange, only to be stopped dead in its tracks when Committeeman Luke Sommer, an expert in parliamentary procedure, pointed out that the committee could not censure anyone outside the committee itself. “If we can censure someone outside this body we could censure the president of the United States,” he said, adding there is nothing in the committee's bylaws or Robert's Rules of Order that would allow the move. Committeewoman Tina Jacobson (pictured) passionately put forward the resolution to censure Rep. Frank Henderson, Rep. Luke Malek, Sen. John Goedde and Rep. Ed Morse/Jeff Selle, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Are you surprised by the outcome?

Morse Responds To Censure Attempt

Rep. Ed Morse (pictured), R-Hayden, gave Huckleberries the following letter, which he has asked to be read to the Kootenai County GOP Central Committee prior to a vote on the motion to censure three other legislators and him for supporting a state health exchange. Morse told Huckleberries that the Central Committee chairman and secretary advised him that they wouldn't read the letter tonight. Here's the letter:

Prior to the scheduled censure vote Tuesday, please read this letter into your minutes and provide a copy of this letter to each Central Committee member.  The resolution passed Jan. 2, 2013 by the Central Committee asked for legislators to defy the Obamacare law upheld by the Supreme Court in NFIB v. Sebelius.  I took an oath as a legislator to uphold the law, even ones I disagree with.  The resolution passed by the Central committee preceded the final state bill, so it could not consider the actual House bill provisions.  We agree on our opposition to Obamacare, but we disagree on how best to achieve that. More here.

Question: I can't figure why local Republicans would refuse to read a letter presented by a Republican legislator who's facing a censure resolution. Can you?

Local GOP May Censure 4 Legislators

At its meeting Tuesday night (agenda here), the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee will consider a resolution to censure four Kootenai County legislators who voted for the controversial state health exchange, favored by Gov. Butch Otter in response to Obamacare. Here's the resolution that will be considered:

Whereas, the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee (KCRCC) voted overwhelmingly against the establishment of a State Insurance Exchange; and Whereas, several of our elected officials ignored the will of the majority of the KCRCC, and those who attended the KCRCC hosted legislative hall meetings, and voted in favor of the Exchange; therefore Resolved, the KCRCC formally censures Representative Frank Henderson, Representative Luke Malke, Representative Ed Morse, and Senator John Goedde.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Kootenai County Administrative Building, 451 Government Way, Coeur d'Alene.

Question: Am I the only one who considers this action extreme?

Ethics Panel Has 4 Possible Outcomes

The ethics committee has four possible recommendations it can make to the House regarding Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol: Dismissal of the charges; reprimand, which requires a majority vote of House members; censure, which also requires a majority vote of the House; and expulsion, which requires a two-thirds vote of the House pursuant to Article 3, Section 11 of the Constitution. Any recommendation also could carry a sanction recommendation, such as removal from certain committees/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.

Question: Which of the options would you choose for Hart?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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