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Turnout meant some incumbents were defeated by tiny slices of electorate

Widely varying turnout around the state meant that of the six legislative incumbents defeated in the May 20 primary, two were turned out of office by just tiny slices of the electorates in their districts. The lowest-turnout races that dumped incumbents were the defeat of longtime Sen. John Goedde, R-Coeur d’Alene, the Senate Education Committee chairman, by activist Mary Souza – in which just 3,440 people cast ballots, 15 percent of registered voters; and the defeat of freshman Rep. Ed Morse, R-Hayden, by Eric Redman, in which 4,736 people voted, 18.5 percent of the registered voters in the district.

Goedde’s districts has 22,545 registered voters; Morse’s has 25,604.

GOP primary voters also ousted longtime Rep. George Eskridge, R-Dover; Senate Resources Chairman Monty Pearce, R-New Plymouth; longtime Rep. Lenore Hardy Barrett, R-Challis; and freshman Rep. Doug Hancey, R-Rexburg. But those races saw considerably higher turnout. Read more.Betsy Russell, EOB

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Mortimer eyes Senate Ed chairmanship

Sen. Dean Mortimer, R-Idaho Falls, is interested in taking over as chairman of the Senate Education Committee, Idaho Education News reports today, now that longtime Chairman John Goedde, R-Coeur d’Alene, has been defeated in the GOP primary. EdNews reporter Kevin Richert reports that Mortimer, who was unopposed in the primary and also faces no opponent in November, is already thinking about how he’d head the panel; you can read Richert’s full report here. Decisions on committee chairmanships and assignments won’t come ‘til the Legislature’s organizational session in December. Betsy Russell, EOB

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?

Local GOP May Censure 4 Solons

Several Republican state legislators representing Kootenai County districts could receive a public reprimand next week from members of their own political party. When the county's Republican central committee meets on Tuesday, its elected precinct committeemen will consider a resolution that would formally censure Rep. Frank Henderson, Rep. Luke Malek (pictured), Rep. Ed Morse and Sen. John Goedde, because they voted, during the last legislative session, in favor of the creation of a state insurance exchange. “I'm confused as to why they would censure those of us who advocated for and voted for state control,” Malek, of Coeur d'Alene, said Friday to The Press. “If you didn't, you were advocating for a federal exchange, which would be far more harmful to Idaho.” … The Idaho House of Representatives passed the bill to create the exchange in March, by a vote of 41 to 29/Maureen Dolan, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (SR file photo)

Question: Izzit just me or does this censure attempt, coming months after the end of the 2013 Legislature, seem silly to you, too? What is the end game of those behind this attempt?

Trib: A Tale Of 2 Elections

Idaho is a one-party state caught between two elections. One election overwhelmingly repealed the Luna laws - the 2011 school overhaul package championed by state Superintendent Tom Luna that targeted teacher employment rights, imposed a clunky merit pay program and substituted technology for teaching. But the other election retained the same legislators who enacted the Luna laws in the first place. Is it any wonder that, when lawmakers got back to work this year, they reversed the voters by re-enacting some of the Luna law's features?/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: How can Huckleberries do a better job reminding voters which legislators bucked them and helped restore Luna Laws, prior to the 2014 GOP primaries and general elections?

Goedde Ripped For Ed Reform Hubris

Former Sen. Tim Corder, R-Mountain Home, is criticizing Senate Education Committee Chairman John Goedde, R-Coeur d’Alene, saying he displayed “wanton disregard for the public will” in helping reenact some of the anti-union measures in “Students Come First.” Though 57 percent of voters rejected Proposition 1 in November, the 2013 Legislature revived four provisions at the urging of the Idaho School Boards Association. The four bills signed by Gov. Butch Otter:  restore board authority to cut teacher pay without declaring a financial emergency; eliminate ongoing “evergreen” contract provisions; require 50 percent teacher membership to qualify a union to collectively bargain; and eliminate an early retirement program/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Will Coeur d'Alene voters remember Goedde's role in education “reform” if he seeks re-election in 2014?

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Trib: To Goedde, ‘No’ Means ‘Not Yet’

Five months ago, the people of Idaho said no. No to overturning teachers' employment rights — 57 percent. No to imposing a top-down merit pay system rewarding teachers more for whether they work in a wealthy school than what they do — 58 percent. No to pulling money meant for teacher salaries to pay for an untested technology initiative — 66.7 percent. When state school Superintendent Tom Luna was cramming this 2011 overhaul package down the throats of Idaho parents, students, teachers, and taxpayers, Sen. John Goedde, R-Coeur d'Alene, was helping him every step of the way. Since November's referendum campaign, Goedde, chairman of the Senate Education Committee, has taken any opportunity to get even with the voters for repudiating his handiwork. If there's a bill to continue weakening teacher collective bargaining rights, he's on board/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: What do you make of state Sen. John Goedde, R-Coeur d'Alene, still ignoring the will of the people to push the voter-rejected Luna Laws at every opportunity?

Nonini, Other Frosh Sink Ed Budget

When several House Republicans sought to defect to the Senate during the 2012 elections, the conventional wisdom held that this shift would make the Senate more conservative — and more like the House. The verdict: Yes and no. The newcomers certainly had a profound impact Wednesday, when the Senate rejected the 2013-14 public schools budget. The six Republican newcomers all voted against the budget: Cliff Bayer, Boise; Jim Guthrie, McCammon; Marv Hagedorn, Meridian; Bob Nonini, Coeur d’Alene; Jim Patrick, Twin Falls; and Steven Thayn, Emmett. Senate Education Committee Chairman John Goedde and fellow budget opponents needed every one of these votes, since the $1.308 billion budget was voted down by a 17-18 margin/Kevin Richert, The EDge. More here.

Question: Why am I not surprised that Bob “No Comment” Nonini joined Goedde in this rebellion against the $1.3B Education budget?

Goedde Turns Ed Funding Bill On Ear

Senate Education Chairman John Goedde, R-Coeur d’Alene, who led the historic move in the Senate to defeat the public school budget today – after it had cleared the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee on a 15-5 vote and passed the House 52-16 – said after the vote that he believes the germane committees in both houses, the House and Senate education committees, need to hold hearings on proposals like merit bonuses for teachers and technology pilot project grants. “I think leadership’s going to have to carve out time for that to happen,” Goedde said. “We’re here to do it the right way. … There was no public input on policy changes”/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: I don't know how to read this move. Is Goedde doing something to help education funding? Or something else? Anyone?

3 Local Senators Back Telemarketers

Originally posted 10:49 a.m. Wednesday

The Senate has voted 26-6 in favor of HB 55, the bill brought by two phone companies to allow telephone, cable and other telecom companies to make commercial solicitation calls to their existing customers even if they’re on the do-not-call list. Sen. Chuck Winder, R-Meridian, noted that the bill adds those companies to the existing do-not-call exemption for businesses with an existing relationship with a customer; and also adds a clause saying if one of those businesses calls and the customer tells them to stop calling, they can’t call again. Violations could mean a $500 fine/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

AYES — Bair, Bayer, Bock, Brackett, Buckner-Webb, Cameron, Fulcher, Goedde (pictured), Guthrie, Heider, Hill, Lacey, Lakey, Lodge, Martin, McKenzie, Mortimer, Nonini, Pearce, Rice, Siddoway, Stennett, Thayn, Tippets, Vick, Winder
NAYS — Davis, Durst, Johnson, Keough, Patrick, Werk
Absent and excused — Hagedorn, Nuxoll, Schmidt
Floor Sponsor - Winder

Suicide: The Need To Discuss It

It can be a difficult, heart-aching topic, but even addressing it - just bringing it up - can be an important breakthrough. Especially here, around Coeur d'Alene, where the suicide rate is the highest in Idaho, the state with the sixth highest rate nationally. While it can be much easier to ignore the problem than talk about it, the only way those alarming statistics will reverse course is if people tackle the issue head on. That means recognizing it, and discussing it. “It doesn't have to be direct, it doesn't have to be threatening,” said Raquel Kellicut, a therapist and grief counselor on reaching out to someone who may be having troubling thoughts. “It's expressing an interest in somebody”/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (Tom Hasslinger's Press photo of state Sen. John Goedde telling of the loss of his daughter)

Question: Has your family been impacted by suicide?

Goedde Has Massive Warchest

State Sen. John Goedde, R-Coeur d'Alene, has accrued a massive warchest in his three-way race to retain his Senate District 4 seat. Goedde had a warchest of $43,936, after recording another $15,450 in during the latest recording period for campaign finance reports. He has spent only $4,871 to date. Goedde filing here. Independent Jeremy Boggess (report here) has $2830 on hand, including $516 from latest filing period, while Democrat Warren A. Ducote Jr. doesn't have his report scanned on the Secretary of State's Web page. In the two House District 2 races: Republican newcomer Luke Malek (report here) had a warchest of $16,624, including $11,275 in donations from latest reporting period, while Democrat Janet Callen (report here) had a warchest of $5460 and spent $5133, and Constitutionalist Ray Writz (report here) raised $469 in latest reporting period. In the House District 4B race, state Rep. Kathy Sims, R-Coeur d'Alene, (report here) had a warchest of $11,873, including $7,806 raised during the latest recording period, and Democratic opponent Anne Nesse (report here) had a warchest of $6546, including $4,372 raised in latest recording period.

Question: Do you find anything interesting in the campaign finance reports for Legislative District 4?

Goedde Has Doubts About Exchange

Item: Goedde: Doubts about exchange: Legislator serving on health care reform committee/Alecia Warren, Coeur d'Alene Press

More Info: A Coeur d'Alene legislator tapped with analyzing the implementation of the Affordable Care Act has doubts about a state insurance exchange. Sen. John Goedde is among 12 Idaho lawmakers and health insurance experts selected for a committee that will recommend how Idaho should carry out aspects of President Obama's new health care reform. Cobbled by Gov. Butch Otter, the group is tasked with weighing whether Idaho should create its own health insurance exchange, or participate in a federally run version. The reform only allows for one or the other, Goedde said. There are ostensible challenges to both, he added.

Question: Will Idaho take the proper steps to deal with court-approved Obamacare in good faith?

Goedde Grills Anti-‘Flagship’ Figure

As State Board of Education Member Milford Terrell came up for his confirmation hearing this afternoon in the Senate Education Committee, Chairman John Goedde, R-Coeur d'Alene, grilled him about the board's decision to remove the word “flagship” from the University of Idaho's mission statement. Terrell, who has served on the board since 2003, is a BSU alum and former president of the Bronco Athletic Association. Before he even came in for questioning, Terrell brought up the “flagship” issue. “Of the 73 land grant institutions in the United States, only six include the word flagship” in their mission statements, he told the committee. “Those are lead institutions for a statewide university system”/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.

Question: Would you vote to confirm Milford Terrell's reappointment to the Idaho Board of Education?

Marty Jeers Hear-No-Evil Goedde

JEERS … to Idaho Senate Education Committee Chairman John Goedde, R-Coeur d'Alene. He doesn't think much of teachers who criticized state school Superintendent Tom Luna's plan to divert tax dollars from the classroom into online instruction. The State Board of Education will decide how many online classes students will be required to take. A subcommittee has recommended two courses. Goedde serves on that panel. Most of the testimony that committee heard was negative, but that's because only teachers testified - and what do they know? Goedde said. “I was there for the Coeur d'Alene testimony, and without exception, every person that testified was either an educator or a former educator,” Goedde said. “And I think that is just consistent with their insistence that education reform is a bad thing.” Would Geodde support health care reform opposed by 98 percent of the nation's doctors?/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

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Question: Does Goedde deserve Marty's jeers?

Goedde Dismisses Online Ed Criticism

Apparently, Senate Education Committee Chairman John Goedde is dismissing the overwhelming testimony against online education at 7 hearings around the state. Reports Betsy Russell/Eye On Boise: “He dismissed the negative testimony at the public hearings, saying, 'I don't know the makeup of the people that testified. … I was there for the Coeur d'Alene testimony, and without exception, every person that testified was either an educator or a former educator. And I think that is just consistent with their insistence that education reform is a bad thing.'” Betsy goes on to report that Goedde's subcommittee of the state Board of Education voted today to approve a two-online-course requirement for high school graduation in Idaho, starting with next year's freshmen (the class of 2016). Story here.

Question: Do you feel that Sen. John Goedde, R-Coeur d'Alene, represents your interests on the issue of online education that faces a refendum vote in fall 2012?

Goedde Vs. Vick In Redistricting Plan

Betsy Russell/Eye On Boise breaks down Keough-Broadsword redistricting proposal: “The new District 2 would have Broadsword along with both current District 3 representatives, Reps. Phil Hart, R-Athol, and Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens. The new District 3 would have only one incumbent, retiring Rep. Frank Henderson, R-Post Falls. The new District 4 would have two incumbent senators - Sens. John Goedde, R-Coeur d'Alene, and Steve Vick, R-Dalton Gardens - and one incumbent representative, Rep. Kathy Sims, R-Coeur d'Alene. And the new District 5 would be something of a battleground, with just one incumbent senator, Sen. Jim Hammond, R-Coeur d'Alene; but four incumbent representatives: Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d'Alene; Marge Chadderdon, R-Coeur d'Alene; Dick Harwood, R-St. Maries; and Shannon McMillan, R-Silverton.” More here. (Photos courtesy: Legislature website, of Steve Vick, left, and John Goedde)

Question: Who would win a GOP primary showdown in a new District 4, featuring state Sens. John Goedde, R-Coeur d'Alene, and Steve Vick, R-Dalton Gardens? Why?

John Goedde ‘Dear Neighbor’ Letter

Just when I was starting to grumble more about the weather than the Idaho Legislature, I received a two-page letter from my state senator, John Goedde. In it, Goedde underline a couple of things, including the statement: “Total General Fund appropriations for Public Education (K-12) saw a modest increase of about 1% from the previous year.” Also, the chairman of the Senate Education Committee, mentions the, ahem, “measureable impact” that educators, administrators, and other interested persons had on proposals to reform education. (And you thought that the legislators didn't listen at all? Tsk. Tsk.) You have to read pretty hard between the lines to sense any of the devastation to public education wrought by the 2011 Legislature that looms ahead like Titantic's iceberg. You can read the letter to “dear neighbor” here.

Question: What do you think of Goedde's letter?

Vick Scores 100% Conservative Rate

Steve Vick, the ultraconservative freshman state senator from District 3 was one of four Idaho senators statewide who scored a perfect 100% on Adam Graham's annual conservative scorecard. Vick voted as Adam deemed appropriate on 16 different issues during the Idaho Legislature. John Goedde of Coeur d'Alene and Jim Hammond of Post Falls agreed agreed with Adam 14 of 16 times to score 88% in the annual ratings for North Idaho senators. Bringing up the rear were Shawn Keough of Sandpoint, 63%, and Joyce Broadsword of Sagle, 40%. You can see all the rankings here.

Question: Are you surprised by any of the conservative rankings of the 5 North Idaho senators?

Sho-Con: CdA District Most Balanced

Shoshone Conservative: Well, even though the Central Committee has swung to the right, the voting pool isn’t a Heck of a lot different than it was in 2006 and 2008. I think the Kennedy-Brannon race proved that Coeur d’alene is pretty competitive and divided, as it was no secret that Kennedy is a Democrat and Brannon is a Republican. While Sayler may very well be a case of a strong candidate with weak opposition and Goedde’s close calls may be a function of Goedde’s personality and campaigning, all I’m saying is that District 4 isn’t like other areas in Kootenai County, where the Republican nomination pretty much guarantees election.

Question: Is state Sen. John Goedde vulnerable for a challenge from the Far Right and even a Democratic challenger in 2012?

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