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Pearce Ethics Complain Dismissed

Sen. Jim Hammond, R-Coeur d'Alene, moved to dismiss the ethics charges against Senate Resources Chairman Monty Pearce. “In terms of public perception, he would've been well-served to disclose in committee,” Hammond said. “That would have helped the situation. But what I don't want to do is get us in a situation where when we pass a budget for education, I've got to disclose because my children or my grandchildren go to school in the state of Idaho. Or when we pass the higher education budget, I've got to disclose because my wife is an employee of Lewis-Clark State college. There is a huge disconnect, and that's a huge class of people who benefit from that budget. Do we need to disclose for every one of those? I don't think so”/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.

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Pearce Sez Ethics Complaint ‘Political’

Sen. Monty Pearce, R-New Plymouth, the subject of an ethics inquiry in the Senate over failing to disclose a conflict of interest through numerous committee and full Senate votes on oil and gas rules and legislation, tells the Associated Press he did nothing wrong, pointing out that he did disclose during Senate-floor debate on Wednesday over House Bill 464 that he had leases dating back to the 1980s for oil and gas. Pearce's latest leases in western Idaho are to Snake River Oil and Gas, one of the main companies behind the 2012 legislation/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.

Question: Of course this is political. But does that mean it isn't valid, too?

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?

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.

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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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