Posts tagged: Randy Hansen
A subdued House Speaker Lawerence Denney said after a 45-minute closed GOP caucus today that he apologized to the caucus for his handling of the attempted ouster of GOP redistricting Commissioner Dolores Crow. “Most of the comments were very, very supportive,” Denney said. He said he gave “kind of a statement as to what happened and what went on,” lasting two to three minutes, then took questions from caucus members. Then, he said, “We talked about two or three other things that kinda came up in the course of that”/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.
Question: Can Denney unilaterally declare as over the botched attempt by Stormin Norman Semanko and him to dump Dolores Crow & Randy Hansen from redistricting commission?
Idaho's six citizen redistricting commissioners have been working straight through since 9 this morning, either in small working groups or as a full commission; they worked through lunch, while reviewing all seven of the plans that already have been submitted to the commission that have the minimum number of county splits - five. (The way the Idaho Supreme Court counted it, it's seven - five with external splits, and two, Ada and Kootenai, that must have internal splits due to their population, without any district lines crossing their borders.) The five that mathematically must be split are Bonner, Canyon, Twin, Bonneville and Bannock/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.Q
If Republican leaders try to hijack the redistricting process, they run the risk of compromising years of “remarkable success” at the polls. That's the assessment from one of the architects of the GOP's success — Phil Batt, a former governor, lieutenant governor, legislator and state Republican chairman. Batt submitted a guest opinion today, criticizing House Speaker Lawerence Denney and GOP Chairman Norm Semanko for trying to fire redistricting commissioners Dolores Crow and Randy Hansen. Writes Batt: “Our party leaders want to sully the reapportionment process for more political gain. I guess they want 100 percent Republicans of their own variety (Dolores and I probably don’t qualify)/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here. (AP file photo of Phil Batt)
DFO: And you wonder why I continue to consider Phil Batt the most effective governor of my 30 years in North Idaho? I finally figured out what kind of Republican I am. I am a Phil Batt Republican — one who respects fair play and common sense over the hardline zealotry of those now in charge of the Idaho GOP.
Question: Is former Gov. Phil Batt right? Will continued heavy-handedness by Norm Semanko and GOP leaders undercut the Idaho Republican Party?
Idaho Republican leaders announced their appointments to the new Idaho Redistricting Commission today, and a Kootenai County resident is one of them. State GOP chairman Norm Semanko appointed Angela Cross of Post Falls to the commission. House Speaker Lawrence Denney selected Bob Forrey of Nampa. Semanko and Denney filed the necessary documents with the Idaho Supreme Court today to ensure the appointments are recognized by the time the commission convenes Thursday in Boise. Cross is a community activist who is deeply involved with the Idaho Republican Party. She serves on the board of directors of the 3Cs (Cancer and Community Charities) and helps coordinate Kootenai Medical Center's annual Festival of Trees benefit/Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.
Question: Do you want to see Angela Cross and Bob Forrey replace Dolores Crow and Randy Hansen on the Idaho Redistricting Commission?
The Idaho Democratic Party issued a statement this afternoon decrying the latest move by Idaho GOP Chairman Norm Semanko (pictured) and GOP House Speaker Lawerence Denney to attempt to fire their two appointees to the state's bipartisan citizen redistricting commission. “Make no mistake, this is a Republican against Republican fight and a clear example of the unacceptable culture in the GOP-controlled Statehouse. That culture is one of ongoing bullying and arrogance as GOP leaders seek to purge moderate, reasonable lawmakers from their ranks,” the Dems' statement said/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.
Republicans have picked two former lawmakers and the widow of a state GOP chairman to sit on the new, re-formed redistricting commission, which begins its work Wednesday. Former state Reps. Dolores Crow (pictured in Idaho Public TV photo) and Randy Hansen were named today, joining longtime GOP activist Sheila Olsen of Idaho Falls. I've covered all three in my various stops around the state. Olsen's GOP credentials are unquestioned, but she is a fair and independent thinker. The same can be said for Hansen. … The long-time chairman of the House Revenue & Taxation Committee, Crow wasn't exactly what one would call a consensus-builder. … Last week, the Democrats named former state Sen. Ron Beitelspacher of Grangeville, former state Rep. Elmer Martinez of Pocatello, and Boisean Shauneen Grange to the panel/Kevin Richert, Idaho Statesman. More here.
Question: With 5 commissioners from southern Idaho and the sixth from Grangeville, how sensitive do you expect the new redistricters to be to North Idaho/Panhandle legislative boundaries?