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Luna Reimburses Lobbyist For Lunch

After first saying, “I don't have a problem with it,” Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna reimbursed a lobbying firm that represents Apple and other clients with an interest in upholding his 2011 education reforms in November. Four state staffers were part of a table of 10 at Tuesday's City Club forum on Props 1, 2 and 3 featuring Luna and Rep. Brian Cronin, D-Boise. Most of the others at the table were guests of Luna's. Two representatives of the Boise firm Sullivan Reberger Eiguren were present, lobbyist Gloria Totoricaguena and an intern who studies at Boise State. Luna repaid the lobbyists out of his own pocket, said his spokeswoman, Melissa McGrath/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here. (Photo: Superintendent Tom Luna and Democrat Brian Cronin at City Club lunch in Boise)

Question: Did Superintendent Luna handled this situation properly?

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IPT: Legislature’s Loss, UI’s Gain

The Idaho Press-Tribune has only good things to say about state Sen. Joe Stegner, R-Lewiston, who has decided to leave the Legislature to become a lobbyist for the University of Idaho. The Nampa-Caldwell paper wonders if Far Right ideology drove Stegner out: “Perhaps Sen. Stegner’s stand against the so-called “loyalty oath” supported by the right wing of the Republican Party is what led to his decision to leave the Senate. Only a few months ago he spoke out against the oath: “It seems to be directed at purifying the party. It smacks of some rather heavy-handed party membership requirements that I think in the last century have certainly been abused in any number of nations, and I don’t think that’s the direction America should be going”/Idaho Press Tribune. More here.

Question: Are party and legislative ideologues muzzling debate by driving off members who aren't 100 percent behind current Idaho Republican leadership?

Larry Craig Lobbies Against Wolves

Former Idaho U.S. Sen. Larry Craig is working for a sportsmen's group that wants Congress to lift Endangered Species Act protections from wolves on grounds the prolific predators are hurting big game populations that are coveted by hunters in the region. Craig represents Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife and was in Idaho's Capitol Monday, touting wolf delisting bills now in the U.S. House and Senate. Lawmakers, including Idaho U.S. Sen. Jim Risch, Craig's successor in Washington, D.C., seek to bypass the Endangered Species Act and lift 36-year-old protections for today's booming U.S. wolf population. Advocates who accompanied Craig say they have about 50 co-sponsors for federal legislation, including lawmakers from outside Rocky Mountain states, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan where most of the nation's wolves roam/John Miller, AP. More here. (AP file photo)

Question: Is Larry Craig the right person to lobby against Endangered Species Act protection for wolves?

PM: Dirk’s Now An Insurance Lobbyist?

In this Sept. 18, 2008, AP file photo by Susan Walsh, then secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne left, seated next to Interior Department inspector General Earl Devaney, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, during a House Natural Resources Committee oversight hearing. Now, the former agency director will become a life insurance lobbyist. See story below.

Question: Is a job as a life insurance lobbyist a fitting next step for former U.S. senator/Idaho governor/Interior secretary Dirk Kempthorne?

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