Posts tagged: Lawrence Wasden
Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden says he plans to run for his office again in 2014. Wasden first took the office in 2003, running the office that represents the state in criminal appeals, deals with consumer protection litigation, and advises agencies on contracts and other matters. He told the Idaho State Journal last week that every day is a new challenge and that keeps the job fresh. He currently leads 118 attorneys and about 185 additional employees in the office. Wasden's office recently ended years of litigation against drug companies accused of falsely inflating wholesale medicine prices to increase the amount they were paid by Medicaid for the drugs. The settlements in those cases resulted in Idaho recovering about $28 million for the Medicaid program/Associated Press.
Question: Will you support Lawrence Wasden's campaign for re-election as attorney general?
The photograph of a smiling trapper in front of a living wolf in a leghold trap surrounded by bloody snow has angered wildlife groups and captured national attention. But Idaho Department of Fish and Game official said the trapper broke no laws. The trapper had all of the necessary permits, permission from the landowners and he had participated in the mandatory wolf trapping class, conservation officers found when they investigated. “They couldn’t find that he did anything illegal,” said Mike Keckler, Fish and Game communications chief. Had the trapper followed guidance provided in the trapping class he would not have photographed himself with the live-trapped animal, Keckler said/Rocky Barker, Idaho Statesman. More here. (Earth Island Journal photo)
Question: Right or wrong?
Nobody in the Idaho Legislature says Attorney General Lawrence Wasden is giving them bad advice. They just don't agree with the good advice Wasden's giving them. So rather than heed what Wasden is telling them, these lawmakers want to squander your money buying bad advice. Then they intend to waste more of your money following this bad advice. Finally, they lose even more of your money when the bad lawyering backfires on them. That's right. The same lawmakers who slashed spending on schools, higher education and health care during the Great Recession and have yet to restore those cuts now have $200,000 to hire their own lawyers. In the House, their plan passed on a party-line vote/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.
Question: Are you satisfied with the job Lawrence Wasden has done as attorney general?
Attorney General Lawrence Wasden's office cited the exemption in Idaho's public records law that allows withholding records related to an ongoing criminal investigation. Last week, after Sen. John McGee's resignation, the Statesman asked Senate President Pro Tem Brent Hill for email, text messages, hand-written notes or any other records regarding allegations of sexual harassment brought to Hill by a Senate staffer. “We deny your requests because these documents are within the scope of a criminal investigation which is currently being conducted by the Idaho State Patrol,” wrote Deputy Attorney General Robert Adelson on Monday/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here. (AG Web site photo of Lawrence Wasden)
Question: On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being a long, long yawn, how interested are you in former Idaho senator John McGee, now that he has resigned his Senate post in disgrace & is facing a criminal investigation?
The Idaho Attorney General's office and the Idaho Sheriffs Association have gotten together to make available free, wallet-sized cards to Idahoans who have a long-term civil protection order, so they can quickly alert law enforcement officers to the order in case of violations. The cards will include a photograph of the person whom the order requires to stay away. “It is much easier to carry with you than the actual, multiple-page legal-size court order,” said Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden. “In case of a potential violation of an order, a law enforcement officer can quickly refer to the Hope Card for more information”/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.
Question: Do you know someone who currently has a restraining order against another person?
If conservative lawmakers take another run at nullification in the upcoming legislative session, Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden could once again find himself at the center of the legal storm. That was where he ended up last session, after refusing to play along with efforts to prohibit state and local government agencies from enacting or enforcing any portion of the federal health care reform legislation. … “I think there's a body of legislators who want to listen to what we have to say, even if they don't agree with it,” said Wasden, who was in Lewiston Friday. “Then there's a more vocal group who couldn't care less what we have to say. They want to take away our funding and hire their own attorneys. Is that good public policy? Are they going to get an honest broker, or someone who'll say what they want to hear? My job isn't to tell you what you want to hear. It's to tell you what the law says”/William L. Spencer, Lewiston Tribune. More here.
Question: Will the 2012 Legislature pass the nullification bill pushed by the Far Right, led by Rep. Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens?
It's a balmy 28 degrees in Sandpoint this morning, where last night more than 50 people packed the public meeting room at the Sandpoint Library to learn about Idaho's open meetings and public records laws. “Open meetings and public records are very important to us as a citizenry,” Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden told the group. It was the first of four North Idaho seminars this week sponsored by Idahoans for Openness in Government, IDOG, in partnership with the Attorney General's office and recommended by the Idaho Press Club, the Idaho Association of Counties and the Association of Idaho Cities. Last night's seminar was co-sponsored by the Bonner County Daily Bee; publisher David Keyes said the turnout shows people here really want to know about these issues/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.
Question: Do you think Idaho's open meetings/open records laws are adequate?
Lawmakers have received two Idaho attorney general's opinions on nullification; the first said any attempt by state lawmakers to nullify a federal law through legislation would violate both the U.S. and Idaho constitutions and lawmakers' oath of office. The bill was revised after that, but the second opinion still said the new version likely is unconstitutional; plus, it said HB 117, if passed, could have the effect of opting Idaho out of participation in the federal Medicaid program - including receiving more than $1 billion in federal funds that now provide health care to the state's poorest and disabled residents/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.
Question: Are 'nullification' advocates in Idaho Legislature playing with fire — and the possibility that they could cost the state $1B in Medicaid funding?
A recent agreement with the federal government could put Idaho at the forefront of a “resurgence” in nuclear reactor research, Gov. Butch Otter and Attorney General Lawrence Wasden said today. In a joint guest opinion, Otter and Wasden defend a decision that allows the Department of Energy to ship limited quantities of used nuclear reactor fuel to Idaho for research. They say the deal, announced Jan. 6, does not compromise a 1995 nuclear waste cleanup agreement forged by former Gov. Phil Batt/Kevin Richert, Idaho Statesman. More here.
Question: Does this send a message that Idaho has changed its mind re: being a repository for nuclear waste?
Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden has reached a settlement with two prescription drug manufacturers that requires them to pay Idaho more than $1.2 million in a dispute over how much they charged Idaho Medicaid for drugs based on published average wholesale prices. “Where published prices are false or misleading, the taxpayers are significantly harmed by excessive Medicaid reimbursements,” Wasden said. “This settlement reimburses unfair costs to Idaho taxpayers.”/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise
Question: What’s the most outrageous prescription drug price you’ve encountered?