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Barbieri’s Raw Milk Bill Shot Down

Dalton Gardens Rep. Vito Barbieri proposed legislation this afternoon to ease Idaho's rules on sales of raw milk, and ran into opposition in the House Agriculture Committee, whose members noted that extensive work was done just last year to revise Idaho's rules for raw milk. “We did compromise a lot,” said Rep. Jim Patrick, R-Twin Falls. “This kinda takes a lot of that away.” Said Rep. Dennis Lake, R-Blackfoot, “I think this is opening the door that we tried to close last year.” Rep. Roy Lacey, D-Pocatello, said, “I'm concerned about this, because it pretty much opens it up to everybody. Pretty much anybody can produce raw milk and sell it.” Barbieri responded, “I believe you're correct”/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here. (AP file photo for illustrative purposes)

Question: Would you like to see the rules eased for raw milk production in Idaho?

Idaho Legitimizes Raw-Milk Producers

Idaho, by contrast, has taken a very different raw-milk route. “Raw milk comes straight from the cow or goat. We don't do anything to it except filter it and flash cool it and bottle it,” said Debra Jantzi, owner of Treasured Sunrise Acres, a Grade A raw-milk dairy in Fruitland. Pasteurization, on the other hand, is a heating process that kills bacteria and other pathogens and has been a standard practice in the U.S. dairy industry since the mid-20th century. Many state and federal health agencies claim that raw milk is dangerous to drink—citing a 2010 outbreak of campylobacter from raw milk in Indiana—and, therefore, ban or greatly restrict its distribution. Raw-milk advocates, like Jantzi, counter that pasteurization kills flavor, as well as beneficial bacteria and the nutrients that make milk healthful/Guy Ford, Boise Weekly. More here. (AP file photo of raw-milk producer for illustrative purposes) H/T: SamC.

Question: Do you drink raw milk?

Poll: Idaho Solons Take Care Of Own

  • Wednesday Poll: 72 of 122 respondents (59.02%) view the $94,633 in bonuses given to legislative staffers during these hard economic times as an example that lawmakers “take care of their own.” 25 respondents (20.49%) say bonuses meant some state workers are more important than others. 12 respondents (9.84%) say state workers are more important than private ones. 9 (7.38%) said bonuses were a reward for good work. 4 people were undecided.
  • Safe Driver Poll: 67 of 77 (77.01%) said they are “absolutely” safe drivers. 17 (19.54%) described themselves as “so-so” drivers. 3 (3.45%) admitted they are bad drivers.
  • Raw Milk Poll: 19 of 41 respondents (46.34%) said they're less likely to support Republicans as a result of GOP-suppored raw milk seminar Wednesday. 17 (41.46%) said forum has no affect on their political support re: Republicans. 3 (7.32%) said they're more likely to back Republicans for pushing the local forum. 2 were undecided.
  • Today's Poll: Which major Inland Northwest event this weekend interests you more — Hoopfest or Ironman?

Duane: Raw Milk Draws Small Crowd

Duane Rasmussen: I attended the first half hour of the meeting. I counted six people on the stage and thirty in the audience. Nine of the people in the audience were children. Bruce Maddox, Paul Mathews, Mike Oliver, Roger Benoit, Tom Robinson, and Bjorn Handen were all on the stage sitting at a table. It appeared that most of the people present were in favor of raw milk. Ron Paul was mentioned as the sponsor of the Raw Milk Freedom legislation which is federal legislation. Bjorn stated that the Town Hall Meeting was sponsored by the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee. No raw milk was served.

Question: Are you surprised by the small turnout for the raw milk seminar?

GOP Raw Milk Townhall Set Today

Originally posted at 2:01 p.m. Tuesday, June 7

Following is a notice circulated by the Kootenai County Republican Legislative Subcommittee: “The Kootenai County Republican Central Committee encourages the public to attend an open forum/town hall meeting concerning U.S. House of Representatives Bill H.R. 1830, authorizing the sale of raw milk by private citizens. The meeting will be held Wednesday, June 22 (today), from 6 to 7:30 p.m., in the community room of the Coeur d'Alene Library (702 E. Front Ave./Coeur d'Alene). More here.

Question: Do you plan to attend the raw milk townhall meeting, pushed by Kootenai County Republicans, tonight?

Poll: Local GOP Pushing Raw Milk? No!

  • Thursday Poll: A supermajority of Hucks Nation say that the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee shouldn't be pushing a townhall meeting advocating distribution of raw milk. (The local GOP is urging members to attend such a meeting at Coeur d'Alene Library community room June 22.) 91 of 133 respondents (68.42%) say the local R's shouldn't sanction the townhall meeting. Only 32 of 133 (24.06% say they should. 10 (7.52%) were undecided.
  • Today's Poll: Are you more or less likely to join the local Constitution Party as a result of planned protest against Hindu art in downtown CdA by its members?

Poll: Speaker Denney Needs To Go

  • Wednesday Poll: 67 of 109 respondents (69.72%) say Idaho House Republicans need to find another House Speaker in lieu of the several ethics problems dogging foot soldiers of Lawerence Denney. 19 of 109 (17.43%) could care less. Only 11 of 109 (10.09%) support Denney's leadership. 3 were undecided.
  • Today's Poll: Should Kootenai County Republicans be promoting a townhall meeting backing distribution of raw milk?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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