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Delegation Reacts To Obama Speech

Tonight’s speech was different than President Obama’s previous three versions with him now clearly switching to campaign mode. He talked about the exceptionalism of the American people and how they are the key to our country’s greatness. I agree, and I also agree with many of the ideas he set forth in his speech. Unfortunately, his words tonight did not match the policies he has put forth over the past three years when we have seen record debt, unemployment and layers of new regulation/U.S. Sen. Jim Risch, via Kevin Richert/Idaho Statesman. More here. (AP photo: President Barack Obama with Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker John Boehner, right, in background)

Question: What did you think of the president's State of the Union speech?

Delegates Rip EPA In Priest Lake Case

A Priest Lake couple is headed for the U.S. Supreme Court over a land use dispute with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that should have never occurred, according to Members of the Idaho Congressional Delegation.  Mike and Chantell Sackett were in Washington, D.C., today as part of a forum convened by Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) and attended by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, Idaho Senator Jim Risch and Idaho Representative Raúl Labrador. “This is what happens when an over-zealous federal agency would rather force compliance than give any consideration to private property rights, individual rights, basic decency or common sense,” Crapo told the Sacketts.  Crapo is a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW), with oversight of the EPA.  He said when Congress wrote the Clean Water Act, it was never intended to authorize actions against citizens such as those that the EPA has engaged in against the Sacketts/U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo, news release. More here. And: Pacific Legal Foundation take on the case here.

Question: Do you agree/disagree w/Idaho delegation re: this case involving a Priest Lake couple?

Politics As Usual In Unusual Times

On Thursday evening, an unpopular president told an unpopular Congress to get to work and pass his jobs bill. Right away, as he said several times. President Barack Obama repeatedly tried to sweeten the deal by reminding his skeptics across the aisle that many of the ideas in his bill were Republican ideas. The reaction? House Speaker John Boehner, stone-faced for much of the speech, later allowed that the president’s proposals “merit consideration.” That was more of a harrumph than the Idaho Republican delegation could muster. Our lawmakers couldn’t decide whether to rip the president for “recycling” his concept of economic stimulus (Sen. Jim Risch’s word), or rip him for offering up a bunch of “short-term Band-Aids” (Rep. Mike Simpson’s words). So they compromised and did some of both. Politics as usual, in unusual times/Kevin Richert, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Can we afford politics as usual in these unusual times, particularly from our Idaho congressional delegation?

Huckleberries: Idaho Last In Pol Clout

Idaho doesn’t fare well in that “United States of Shame” chart making the rounds in the blogosphere. The chart, provided by the Pleated Jeans blog, offers a theory that every state ranks last on some list. Someone, for example, has ranked Idaho last in terms of congressional delegation clout. But the Gem State fares better than other nearby states. Somewhere out there is a list that sez North Dakota has the ugliest residents. Montana allegedly has the most drunken drivers. Utah, believe it or not, rates last in online wholesomeness, leading the states on one list in rate of Web porn subscriptions. And Washington? The Evergreen State ranks worst for bestiality, leading the country in the number of human-animal hookup cases in 2010, with four. We Idahoans, I suppose, should be pleased that our failure involves politics rather than unwholesome affection for critters/DFO, Huckleberries, SR. More here.

Question: Now that the Republicans are in power in the House, do you think Idaho's political delegation still ranks last in terms of clout?

Risch Understands TSA Security Methods

Republican Sen. Jim Risch flies twice a week, his spokesman Brad Hoaglun said, and he’s not exempt from any security checks. Hoaglun said he spoke to Risch, who said that the threats he’s heard about on the Senate Intelligence Committee have led him to conclude that the scans are the safest way to proceed. “I don’t like it,” Risch said. “But because of my position on the Intelligence Committee, I understand why. I can’t comment further”/Erika Bolstad, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Are you surprised that Risch sounds supportive of TSA screenings/patdowns?

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