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Anderson Rips Hart’s Gold/Silver Bill

The House State Affairs Committee voted this morning to introduce a new version of Rep. Phil Hart's gold and silver currency bill, which declares that Idahoans may use gold and silver coins at face value as “legal tender” and “as an alternative to the Federal Reserve Notes that currently circulate as our only currency,” and also bans any tax on ownership of the gold and silver coins. It's a new version of HB 430, which Hart earlier introduced as a personal bill; you can read my full story here at Rep. Eric Anderson, R-Priest Lake, (pictured) voted against introducing the new bill. “To me, it looks like nothing more than a tax avoidance,” Anderson said. “I don't buy the argument”/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.

Question: What do you think of Anderson's remark about Hart's legislation?

Panel KOs Harwood-s Anti-EPA Bill

Rep. Dick Harwood, R-St. Maries, (pictured) introduced legislation in the House Environmental Committee Wednesday that would repeal 10 pieces of legislation that he says allows the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to dictate laws in Idaho. The bill didn’t get out of committee, failing on a 9-5 vote. Harwood is vice chairman of the committee. Harwood’s plan was to have it sent to print but not go any further, thus putting it up on the Legislature’s website in hopes that other states could access it and begin a process of coming together to fight the EPA. Rep. Pete Nielsen, R-Mountain Home, proposed a motion to send the bill to print, citing the 10th Amendment and the commerce clause within it. This led to some harsh words from Rep. Eric Anderson,R-Priest Lake. Anderson felt that the bill was flawed and that it would reflect badly on the legislative body and him personally/Mitch Coffman, Idaho Reporter. More here.

Question: Who was right in this instance — Dick Harwood or Eric Anderson?

Huckleberries Hears …

… That all three incumbents of the Legislative District 1 will face challengers in the state GOP primaries this spring. Dr. Lorna Finman is sponsoring a reception for two of them from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday in the Grove Hotel Hospitality Room in Boise. The two are Pam Stout, leader of the North Idaho Tea Party movement and the Bonner County Property Rights Council, who will be running against state Rep. George Eskridge, and Danielle Ahrens, who will challenge long-time state Sen. Shawn Keough. Also, Donna Capruso already has circulated an email announcing her intention to run against state Rep. Eric Anderson, R-Priest River. You can see Finman's flyer for Saturday's event here. (SR file photo: Pam Stout is shown during a tea party rally in 2009)

Question: Are Keough, Eskridge, and Anderson vulnerable from a challenge from the Far Right?

Anderson: Spencer Was On Crusade

(Larry) Spencer's complaint, which questioned everything from how much Anderson paid for his home to whether he had a conflict of interest in voting on contractor registration legislation, led to hours of investigation that turned up nothing. “I didn't anticipate having a pretty thorough background check done on my life,” Anderson said, and joked, “but maybe that'll help me apply for future high-security government jobs.” Said the fourth-term lawmaker, “I've always tried to do the right thing. I've always tried to be honest in my actions.” Of Spencer (who is pictured), he said, “Larry's on some sort of crusade. … He seems to have a cause, and apparently I was it”/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.

Question: Do you agree with the ethics decision to drop Larry Spencer's complaint against Rep. Eric Anderson?

No Ethics Action On Phil Hart Today

Idaho's House Ethics Committee met behind closed doors for an hour and a half today, but reached no decisions and took no action. Rep. Tom Loertscher, R-Iona, the committee chairman, said much of the time was spent going over materials the committee had requested from the Idaho Attorney General's office in regard to a complaint filed by Rep. Eric Anderson, R-Priest Lake, against Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol, charging that Hart has violated his oath of office. There was also brief discussion of two citizen complaints that have been submitted to the committee, one from North Idaho political activist and Hart supporter Larry Spencer against Anderson, and one from Hayden businessman and former Hart write-in election challenger Howard Griffiths against Hart/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.


Richert: Can Spencer File Complaint?

Can citizens file ethics complaints against sitting legislators? North Idaho political activist Larry Spencer insists he can pursue an ethics complaint against Rep. Eric Anderson, R-Priest Lake. State officials, including House Speaker Lawerence Denney and a deputy attorney general, aren't so sure. In an article written by the Spokane Spokesman-Review's Betsy Russell, reprinted in the Dec. 27 Statesman, Denney downplays the notion of a citizen's complaint, but said he passed the complaint along to House Ethics Committee Chairman Tom Loertscher, R-Iona. Said Denney, R-Midvale: “Our rules on ethics are basically for the House, and I think the attorney general will say that a complaint from other than a House member is not acceptable.” Deputy attorney general Brian Kane concurred. “The general rule is that the House rules apply only to members of the House,” Kane told Russell/Kevin Richert, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Should citizens be allowed to file ethics complaints against Idaho legislators?

Malloy: Don’t Blame Speaker Denney

Years ago, I worked with a member of Congress who had this basic rule: Never repeat details of a conversation with the President of the United States. He would say in general terms what he and the President talked about, but he not say exactly what the President told him. The rule served my boss well. It’s too bad Rep. Eric Anderson of Priest Lake didn’t use similar sensible judgment before shooting his mouth off about his unfair treatment during the Idaho Legislature’s reorganization for this session. Anderson’s actions only validated leadership’s decision not to give him a committee chairmanship or vice chairmanship/Chuck Malloy, From The Inside. More here. H/T: Kevin Richert.

  • Chuck Malloy is a former editorial page editor of the Idaho Statesman. You can read his new blog, From the Inside, here.

Question: Did Eric Anderson get what he deserved from GOP House leadership for filing an ethics complaint against Rep. Phil Hart?

Spencer strikes again

BOISE - A North Idaho political activist and backer of embattled Rep. Phil Hart is trying to file a House ethics complaint against Rep. Eric Anderson, R-Priest Lake - though only House members can file such complaints. Anderson filed an ethics complaint against Hart last month, charging that the Athol Republican has violated his oath of office by refusing to pay state and federal income taxes and contending they’re unconstitutional; by invoking legislative privilege to try to win delays in his tax cases; and by illegally logging state school endowment land to build a log home and then refusing to pay a still-outstanding judgment for the 1996 timber theft. Activist Larry Spencer, in a five-page letter to House Speaker Lawerence Denney dated Dec. 20, claims Anderson has a conflict of interest because he’s a contractor and voted for contractor licensing legislation that Spencer opposes; and because he worked on a state milfoil eradication program and lives on Priest Lake, which is among the lakes where milfoil is now being eradicated. Betsy Russell/SR

Larry Spencer has been busy! Any predictions as to the outcome of his attempt to file an ethics complaint against Rep. Anderson?

Hart Denies ‘Being Watched’ Remark

Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol, says his conversation with Rep. Eric Anderson, R-Priest Lake, at the Legislature’s organizational session wasn’t confrontational. “I did approach him and I did say, ‘Eric, if you need to get together or if you see a need for us to get together and talk, I want you to know that I’m open to doing that and available,’” Hart told Eye on Boise. “And that was the first thing I said to him.” He said, “We talked for a little while. I do remember that that’s the way I initiated the conversation. It was not confrontational and it didn’t go on for too long. I did not tell him he’s being watched”/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.

Denney Warned Anderson Of Fallout

House Speaker Lawerence Denney said today that Rep. Eric Anderson’s removal as vice-chairman of the House State Affairs Committee - shortly after Anderson had filed an ethics complaint against Rep. Phil Hart - was merely an oversight, but also said he’d warned Anderson of “fallout” if he filed the ethics complaint. As for the vice-chairmanship, Denney said, “What’s done is done, and we’ll continue for two years as it is.” He said, “When you get those names and everything out there, things change and sometimes we miss things. … Sometimes people who should get something don’t. It’s not that we’re punishing anybody, it’s that sometimes we miss it”/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.

Question: Do you suppose the House GOP jumbos realize that Rep. Phil Hart is the one who’s in trouble here, not Rep. Eric Anderson?

Killen: Against Law Not To Pay Taxes

Update: Ethics committee backs full inquiry on Hart/Betsy Russell, SR

Chairman Tom Loertscher, R-Iona, said there are three points in the ethics complaint: Theft of logs from state endowment lands, claiming that state and federal income taxes are unconstitutional, and personally benefiting from silver legislation. “We dealt in our last meetings about these items having to do with taxes,” Loertscher said. “We have disposed of those.” Rep. Bill Killen, D-Boise, said, however, that he’s “an opportunity to revisit the law” since then. Killen, an attorney, said, he discovered a section of law that “makes it a misdemeanor, makes it a crime to wilfully fail to pay your taxes”/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.

Live-Blogging Hart Ethics Hearing

Idaho Reporter is providing live coverage via Twitter of the House Ethics Committee hearing on Rep. Eric Anderson’s at 10 o”clock today:

  • 11:44 a.m. Ethics committee votes 6-1 to continue investigation into Hart issues.
  • 11:40 a.m. Loertscher says Hart’s consituents had opportunity to act on issue and remove him from office. Hart was re-elected in November.
  • 11:37 a.m. Loertscher plans to vote against motion to continue, says all legislators made mistakes in their past.
  • 11:30 a.m. Brian Kane phones in while traveling, sounds like he is ordering food. Deputy AG Kane says motion on the table to continue seems like a never-ending fishing expedition. Kane says motions must be specific. He also says Hart has the right to challenge payment of taxes.
  • 11:21 a.m. Rep. Wills, now awake, formal opinion from AG’s office would be helpful to investigation.
  • 11:20 a.m. Stevenson moves for further investigation into Hart matter. Deputy AG Kane will do investigation. Jaquet seconds.
  • 11:09 a.m. I think Rep. Rich Wills, R-Glenn Ferry, just fell asleep at Hart ethics hearing. Pretty sure that just happened.
  • Much more below

Anderson: Hart & Co. ‘Watching Me’

Rep. Eric Anderson (pictured), R-Priest Lake, who filed an ethics complaint against Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol, that’s the topic of a House Ethics Committee hearing later this morning, says Hart confronted him over it during last week’s organization session of the Legislature, and Anderson subsequently was punished in his committee assignments, losing the vice-chairmanship of the House State Affairs Committee and being denied a third committee assignment he’d requested, on the judiciary committee. ,,, He said Hart told him “that he’s been cleared of all these things, it’s ridiculous that I’m doing it, and no one is that pure.” He responded, he said, by asking about Hart allies who’ve been looking into Anderson’s record with a state milfoil fund and checking into his service on a local utility board. “He says, ‘There’s people watching you all over,’” Anderson said/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.

  • Rep. Phil Hart’s third ethics hearing in the last six months is set for 10 a.m. (PST) at the Capitol. Idaho Reporter will provide live coverage via Twitter.

Question: What do you make of this revelation by Rep. Eric Anderson that Rep. Phil Hart & his allies are “watching” him as as result of his ethics complaint against Hart?

Boundary County R’s (Heart) Hart

Boundary County Republicans sent the following letter to House Speaker Lawerence Denney: The Boundary County Republican Central Committee strongly believes that our legislators should be held to the highest standards of ethical behavior and moral conduct. We believe that Rep. Phil Hart meets these expectations and has this committee’s full support and respect. Rep. Hart has, in our opinion, earned the unofficial title of the Conservative Leader of the Idaho House of Representatives. … The Boundary County Republican Central Committee hereby resolves that should the ethics complaint against Rep. Hart be shown to be unsubstantiated or unfounded, that it would be in the best interests of the citizens of the State of Idaho that Rep. Hart be reinstated to his position on the Revenue and Taxation Committee/Donna Capurso, chairman, Boundary County Republican Central Committee. More here.

Question: What do you make of the position by Boundary County Republicans that Rep. Phil Hart should be reappointed to the House Revenue & Taxation Committee?

Some Solons Oppose Anderson Move

(State Rep. Eric Anderson, R-Priest River), who filed the second ethics complaint after news of Hart’s 1996 timber theft surfaced, left the tour early and was back home Tuesday morning. “This has been really hard on me and the family,” he said. “I’ve had a lot of calls. They’ve been very supportive from the general public, but I would say less supportive by some,” including some other lawmakers. Anderson said people in his district feel strongly that Hart’s actions, both on his tax fights and the timber theft, were wrong. “It’s obvious to most in my home of Priest Lake that these are serious things that he’s been involved in,” he said/Betsy Russell, SR. More here.

  • Hart quote in CdA Press: “”He (Anderson) is rehashing some issues that have already been settled,” Hart said. “At this point in time it’s a distraction.”

Question: Why do you suppose that Anderson in District 1 has spoken out against Hart, when not one of the 12 legislators who represent Kootenai County has?

Anderson Flooded w/Anti-Hart E-mails

Huckleberries has heard from three different sources that Eric Anderson has received thousands of e-mails over the state system supporting his position in asking that Rep. Phil Hart be removed from the Idaho Legislature, as a result of Hart’s well-publicized troubles with income taxes and state endowment timber. Seems Anderson has told people involved in the North Idaho tour for legislators that he has never received so many e-mails on a matter during his legislative career.

Anderson: Hart’s Gotta Go

In Coeur d’Alene for the North Idaho 2010 Legislative Tour, Anderson told Sunday that he wants to see Hart voluntarily resign or be forced out of the Idaho House of Representatives. “These are serious issues he needs to deal with,” said Anderson.  “His continued service does a disservice to the institution as a whole.” Anderson, focusing on Hart’s 1996 theft of timber from state endowment lands, said that the miscues of the Athol Republican are a “huge stain upon the reputation on the Idaho House of Representatives and those who serve in that body.”  … The grievance isn’t personal for Anderson.  “This isn’t about me, this is about my desire, my conviction, to see the institution sanctified and appreciated for what it actually is,” he explained/Dustin Hurst, Idaho Reporter. More here.

Question: Feel free to predict what House Speaker Lawerence Denney will do with state Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol, this week.

Tough Decisions Ahead

House Speaker Lawerence Denney got off the GOP bus tour at the Golden Spike in Oct. 22 to visit his new son’s family including his new grandchild in Rathdrum. Denney is returning to North Idaho this weekend to take part in the annual chamber of commerce tour. While here, he is likely to have discussion with legislators re: what to do with the House Ethics Committee recommendation that he boot Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol, from the Revenue & Taxation Committee, as a result of Hart’s tax problems with the IRS & Idaho Tax Commission. Complicating matters further, Denney now has to deal with a complaint filed by Rep. Eric Anderson, R-Priest River, that seeks an ethics hearing on Hart’s taking of timber to help build his house from state endowment land without paying for it.

Question: Do you think Anderson endeared himself to GOP House leadership by filing that ethics complaint against Hart late this week?

Hart Faces Another Ethics Complaint

A GOP lawmaker from North Idaho has filed a new ethics complaint against Rep. Phil Hart, saying Hart’s 1996 theft of state school endowment-owned timber, claims of legislative immunity and tax protesting show he’s violated his oath of office. Rep. Eric Anderson, R-Priest Lake, calls Hart’s actions a “stain” on the House and says he should be removed from office. “I’m a little frustrated with leadership right now because they haven’t taken action,” said Anderson, a third-term representative who just won a fourth term in the House. “The speaker should have done something a long time ago”/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. Link to full SR story here. See Anderson’s ethics complaint document here.

Question: Will a complaint by a respected North Idaho lawmaker like Anderson pressure House Speaker Denney to do something about his “Hart” problem?

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