Posts tagged: Chuck Winder
Marty Trillhaase of the Lewiston Tribune takes former House Speaker Lawerence Denney and state Sen. Chuck Winder to task for wasting taxpayers money by hiring an outside attorney to pursue an unconstitutional issue. Denney and Lawerence put Idaho taxpayers on the hook for $41,736 — and counting — because they refused to accept the advise from Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden's office that the state can't take over federal lands: “We hired legal counsel from outside of state government primarily because we didn't feel as the Legislature that we were getting the help that we needed from the attorney general's office, once they determined the legal prospects of the case against the federal government on this didn't have much merit,” Winder told Montana lawmakers last month. Full editorial here.
Question: Izzit just me — or is it OK for conservative hardliners to waste money on a quixotic clause as long as the cause is popular with their base?
This July 18 aerial photo shows the mixed ownership of forests north of the Clearwater River in Idaho, including Potlatch private forest, Idaho State Endowment Lands and the Clearwater National Forest.
BOISE – A chairman of a legislative committee studying the pros and cons of the state taking control of federal land in Idaho has a simple message for the public and his colleagues: Be patient.
Sen. Chuck Winder, R-Boise, vowed that the Federal Lands Interim Committee he co-chairs will take its time to study all the angles, benefits and consequences of such a big idea. The first few meetings will be devoted to education before members turn their focus to a report and recommendation due to the Legislature in 2015.
“These first few meetings will be more educational than anything else,” Winder said as part of his opening remarks at the panel’s first meeting Friday. Full story.
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Idaho Sen. Chuck Winder has landed in Garry Trudeaux's “Doonesbury” Web page “Say What?” feature. Dan Popkey/Idaho Statesman writes: “Winder, the sponsor of the stalled ultrasound mandate measure, Senate Bill 1387, is quoted in the comic strip's online “Say What?” feature. Winder's statement in Monday's Senate debate on the bill has made him an international object of derision. “I would hope that when a woman goes in to a physician with a rape issue, that physician will indeed ask her about perhaps her marriage, was this pregnancy caused by normal relations in a marriage or was it truly caused by a rape.” I spoke with Winder, R-Boise, on Thursday, who is chagrined by all the attention and saddened that it may have contributed to the sidetracking of his bill in the House. More here.
Question: At this point, what would you do if you were Chuck Winder?
Ultrasound technologist Jeanine G. conducts an abdominal ultrasound at the Idaho Statehouse on Wednesday in Boise. The organizers back Senate Bill 1387, which mandates ultrasounds that determine heartbeat and gestational age before a woman can receive an abortion. At right is Brandi Swindell of Stanton Health Care. See Betsy's ultrasound bill story below. (AP Photo/Idaho Statesman, Joe Jaszewski )
An ultrasound is performed on a pregnant mother inside a committee room at the Idaho Statehouse on Wednesday in Boise. The demonstration was put on by Stanton Health Care, a pregnancy resource center in Boise, to provide legislators with a look at an abdominal ultrasound after the pre-abortion ultrasound bill recently passed the state Senate. (AP Photo/Idaho Press-Tribune, Charlie Litchfield)
Anti-abortion activist Brandi Swindell is conducting the live ultrasound demonstration in the Statehouse today with the enthusiastic air of a lively state fair product-demo host. “Isn't this fun? Who doesn't love seeing an ultrasound image of a baby?” she asked, adding, “Remember, this is first trimester, so the baby is tiny, tiny, tiny.” A bamboo screen hung with a banner saying, “Voices from the Womb” and “Knowledge is power,” is set up to screen the table where the three pregnant volunteers from Swindell's organization, Stanton Healthcare, are taking their turns lying down for ultrasounds that are being projected on screens. Only two lawmakers have been sitting through the demonstration, Rep. Janice McGeachin, R-Idaho Falls, and Sen. Sheryl Nuxoll, R-Cottonwood/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.
Before Monday, I doubt anyone at the Huffington Post had heard of Chuck Winder. The Boise Republican senator took care of that when he argued in favor of his bill to require women to get an ultrasound before an abortion — even in the case of rape. Said Winder: “Rape and incest was used as a reason to oppose this. I would hope that when a woman goes into a physician, with a rape issue, that that physician will indeed ask her about perhaps her marriage, was this pregnancy caused by normal relations in a marriage, or was it truly caused by a rape. I assume that’s part of the counseling that goes on.” Had he tried, I don’t think Winder could have found a more insensitive way to argue for his insensitive legislation. Winder is taking a well-earned pounding, not just on Huffington Post’s national Internet stage, but, closer to home, on his own Facebook page/Kevin Richert, Idaho Statesman. More here.
An anti-abortion group planning a live ultrasound exhibition in a Senate hearing room today can't restrict attendance to only those it wants in the room, the Associated Press reports. The event in room WW53 on the state Capitol's lower level is part of efforts by anti-abortion advocates to require women seeking an abortion to undergo an ultrasound examination. Right to Life of Idaho, the exhibition's promoter, indicated in an e-mail it would limit attendees to lawmakers, their families, Capitol staff and accredited media. However, the AP reports that Capitol officials said Tuesday the building's meeting rooms are open to the public/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.
Betsy Russell/Eye On Boise reports that Chuck Winder's comments in his closing argument re: his pre-abortion ultrasound bill has launched a firestorm nationwide. He said: “In his closing debate in favor of SB 1387, Sen. Chuck Winder, R-Boise, said, “This bill does not require a trans-vaginal exam. … It leaves that up to the patient and the physician to make that determination.” He said, “Rape and incest was used as a reason to oppose this. I would hope that when a woman goes in to a physician with a rape issue, that physician will indeed ask her about perhaps her marriage, was this pregnancy caused by normal relations in a marriage or was it truly caused by a rape. I assume that's part of the counseling that goes on.” More here.