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Rammell Loses Elk Poaching Appeal

Former Idaho gubernatorial candidate Rex Rammell has lost his second appeal over a 2010 elk poaching charge, with the Idaho Court of Appeals ruling unanimously that two lower courts correctly upheld Rammell’s misdemeanor conviction. He challenged it on multiple grounds, nearly all centering around his contention that the state didn’t prove he intended to unlawfully kill an elk in the Tex Creek Zone on Nov. 30, 2010. But the high court found that the offense requires no specific intent/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here. (Eye on Boise file photo)

Question: Anyone out there admit that they've voted for Rex Rammell at one time or another?

Edit: Rammell Left Idaho Too Soon

Marty Trillhaase/Lewiston Tribune cautions voters about the constitutional amendment guaranteeing Idahoans the right to hunt, fish & trap:

Sure, the proposed amendment marks all the appropriate boxes. The right to hunt, fish or trap does not trump private property rights. No trespassing is allowed. Water rights are preserved. The Legislature retains control over fish and game laws. And Idaho Fish and Game can suspend or revoke the hunting, fishing or trapping license of anyone who violates its rules.But how do you license a constitutional right? Who's to say when a state regulation or law infringes on somebody's constitutional right to hunt, fish or trap? Do you have a right to hunt, fish or trap if you can't afford the license and tags? What's the point of a constitutional right to hunt if seasons and zones are tightened down to the point that you're frozen out? Presumably the courts would resolve these questions as the amendment's authors anticipate - but maybe they won't. For every 10,000 Idahoans who respect a balance among competing rights and interests, there's a (Rex) Rammell looking for every advantage. So, why even raise this uncertainty? More here.

Question: Do you plan to vote for/against this constitutional amendment?

Rammell gets his day in court

BOISE, Idaho — A legal dispute over then-Gov. Jim Risch's 2006 order for state wildlife agents to shoot Idaho elk rancher Rex Rammell's escaped animals has now reached the highest state court.

Supreme Court justices Wednesday heard arguments from Rammell's lawyer contending Idaho law doesn't permit domestic elk to be shot without a good reason.

Rammell's elk escape caused a furor in 2006, precipitating efforts in the next Legislature to more strictly regulate ranches offering high-priced hunts behind high fences for prized bucks.

Read more here.
Any predictions as to the outcome of this case?

Trib: No More Rex To Kick Around

How will Idaho ever survive without Rex Rammell? Says the itinerant politician who abandoned eastern Idaho for the promise of elective office from north central Idaho: You'll just have to try. After this region turned thumbs down on his legislative ambitions in the May 15 primary, Rammell decided to head into the sunset - make that, sunrise - and go east, young man, to Torrington, Wyo. He's lined up a new career as a veterinarian at the Torrington Livestock Auction. “I've kind of given up on Idaho, to be right honest with you,” Rammell told the Tribune's Kathy Hedberg. “Nothing's ever going to change here and people are just going to continue to suffer and I don't want to be a part of it.” Nor is this the first batch of sour grapes from Rammell/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here. (SR file photo of Rex Rammell in Sandpoint)

Question: Now that Rex Rammell has left Idaho … who do you think is the most annoying current Idaho politician?

Rammell: I’m Outta Here

Rex Rammell, unsuccessful candidate for the U.S. Senate, Idaho governor and the Idaho Legislature, and who once joked that Idaho should sell “Obama tags” to hunters, has said he's leaving the Gem State. This morning's Lewiston Tribune reports that Rammell said he plans to move to Torrington, Wyo., next week, when he takes a new veterinary job at the Torrington Livestock Auction. Rammell made the announcement shortly after having four misdemeanor Fish and Game charges dismissed in Idaho County. Rammell had been accused of hunting with a suspended license. He had previously been convicted in 2011 of poaching an elk in Bonneville County. “If I do anything with politics, it won't be in Idaho,” Rammell told the Tribune. “I've kind of given up on Idaho, to be right honest with you”/George Prentice, Boise Weekly. More here.

Question: Good riddance?

Sho-Con: Rammell Over McMillan? No

Sho-Con: Yes, Rammell polled well in Idaho and Bonner Counties when he ran for Governor, but they weren’t voting FOR him, so much as they were voting AGAINST Otter. Also, that was BEFORE his two arrests, and his bizarre “sovereign citizen” line that he used in open court. Unless you’re banking on them setting up a polling place at the State mental hospital in Orofino? Look at what he’s posting on @FakeRexRammell on Twitter (yes, it says “fake” in the name, but I’ve heard that’s really him) for an idea of how he’s gone completely bonkers … Bonner, Idaho, and Clearwater counties have a right-wing constituency, especially in the GOP, but they haven’t gone THAT far off the deep end.

Question: Can controversial Rex Rammell beat incumbent Rep. Shannon McMillan in the new far-flung House District 7?

Extra! Rammell To Challenge McMillan

If the far-flung new Legislative District 7 wasn't enough to scare off state Rep. Shannon McMillan, this might. Dustin Hurst/Idaho Reporter just tweeted: “Rex Rammell has filed to challenge Rep. Shannon McMillan in the Republican primary!” I wouldn't wish a race against Rex Rammell on anyone.

Rammell: Put Shock Collars On Cops

Rammell's latest missive to the media says Americans are “brainwashed” to sheepishly follow immoral laws and that he'll stay in the news crusading for legal reform. A perennial losing candidate for high office, Rammell was convicted of poaching and criminal contempt this summer, prompting his August essay predicting “blood in the streets” and collapse of the US government. His Halloween message focuses on his legal reform ideas. Writes Rammell: “There are too many laws and regulations and our policemen, prosecutors, and judges need electric shock collars to remind them that we are not all criminals!” Rammell calls himself proud of his reputation as Idaho's “poster child for government insubordination”/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: A Facebook Friend asks why Idaho Republicans more or less have rejected Rammell but continue to back Rep. Phil Hart. Anyone?

Trib: Why Rex Rammell Fascinates Us

If Rex Rammell's tale were strictly a political one, his 15 minutes of fame would be up. He lost last year's GOP gubernatorial primary to Gov. C.L. (Butch) Otter by more than a 2-to-1 margin. He carried only two counties - Benewah and Idaho - which explains his move to the Grangeville area. Two years earlier, he did no better than 5 percent against U.S. Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho. In 2004, he got only 35.7 percent of the vote against state Rep. Mack Shirley, R-Rexburg. In 2002, he ran fourth in a five-way Republican primary for a seat in the Idaho House. He self-financed his campaigns while declaring bankruptcy/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Are you fascinated by the train wreck that has become Rex Rammell?

Sho-Con: Rammell Is Idaho’s Lohan

Shoshone Conservative: Rex Rammell is to Idaho politics what Lindsey Lohan and Britney Spears are to entertainment - like watching a trainwreck in slow motion. Before, yeah, there was the whole misguided independent Senate campaign, and, yeah, he said some stupid things (“Obama tag”), but, on the whole, nothing goofier than Biden or Bachmann. And his views weren’t any further “out there” than most of the Idaho Right. But, now - it’s like he’s had some sort of nervous breakdown or something. Seriously. The guy needs professional help.

Question: Which other Idaho/national leaders do you consider as extreme as Rammell?

Rex Rammell Now ‘De Jure’ Citizen

Claiming Magistrate Judge Jeff P. Payne has no jurisdiction over him, former gubernatorial candidate Rex F. Rammell pleaded innocent to a misdemeanor charge of battery Tuesday. Rammell told Payne that he is a “de jure” citizen and invoked his ninth constitutional amendment rights, which makes him exempt from the laws of the corporate state. Rammell said after the hearing he filed a Ninth Amendment affidavit claiming such rights in Boise earlier this year. “I am no longer a member of the corporate state of Idaho,” Rammell explained. “It doesn't mean that we don't follow the law and rules - it means that we're not part of the corporate system.” Even so, Rammell is scheduled for a pretrial hearing in the case Oct. 11 at 10:30 a.m. Payne, who ignored the part about being a “de jure” citizen, told Rammell he faces a possible $1,000 fine, six months in jail and two years probation/Kathy Hedberg, Lewiston Tribune. More here. (Lewiston Tribune photo of Rex Rammell)

Question: Why are we Idahoans so fascinated by the ever curiouser and curiouser life & times of Rex Rammell? Or are you?

Rammell Faces Misdemeanor Not Felony

Former gubernatorial and congressional candidate Rex F. Rammell is scheduled to appear in Magistrate Court here Sept. 27 on a misdemeanor charge of battery involving an altercation with another man a week ago. An earlier story in the Lewiston Tribune presumptively indicated Rammell was facing a felony charge. The Tribune's story was based on a probable-cause affidavit filed at the Idaho County Courthouse by Idaho County sheriff's Sgt. Carlos Martinez, which didn't indicate whether Rammell would be charged with a felony or a misdemeanor. A formal complaint was filed at the Idaho County Courthouse Friday. According to Martinez's report, Rammell is accused of twice grabbing another man by the throat during a Sept. 8 confrontation. Rammell said during an interview Friday the Sept. 8 incident involving William Shira had to do with the Shiras allegedly trespassing on Rammell's property/Kathy Hedberg, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Do you expect Rammell to run again for statewide office in Idaho?

Rex Rammell: There Will Be Blood’

Fresh from his guilty plea to criminal contempt, perennial candidate Rex Rammell says “The federal government will fail. It is inevitable.” Rammell also reviews his July poaching conviction, which he is appealing. Rammell, who spoke of the “White Horse Prophecy” during his 2010 gubernatorial race, wrote, “It has been prophesied that there will be 'blood in the streets.' Fathers will turn against their sons and sons will turn against their fathers. Mothers will turn against their daughters and daughters will turn against their mothers. People will be starving. Crime will become rampant. America will be on the verge of crumbling to pieces.” His opinion piece may again draw on the prophecy, attributed by some to Joseph Smith, that the Constitution of the United States would “hang by a thread” and be saved by elders in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, of which Rammell is a member/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Do you believe in the literal fulfillment of religious prophecy?

Rammell Guilty Of Poaching

After many months and after getting charged with jury tampering (yet to go to trial), former Republican gubernatorial candidate Rex Rammell was convicted of poaching an elk. He was fined $1000 (after the judge suspended $500) and will serve 5 days in jail (after the judge suspended 175 days of the jail sentence). He lost his elk license for 2 years. All in all, it seems a typical Idaho sentence for poaching elk. The money to be recovered from Rammell will not go far in paying for the cost of the case to the state. Rammell also vows to appeal/Ralph Maughan, Wildlife News. More here.  (SR file photo: Betsy Russell)

Question: Did the penalty in this case fit the crime?

Kevin: Rex Is Gift That Keeps Giving

Somebody up there must have a soft spot for columnists and editorial writers trying to get through the summer doldrums. How else can you explain Rex Rammell? The former Senate and gubernatorial candidate — and reliable gift that keeps on giving to Idaho political pundits — delivered once again on Thursday. Rammell scheduled a news conference to discuss his latest criminal charge: a felony count of jury tampering. His news conference was cut short. In a scene worthy of an episode of “Cops,” Bonneville County deputies cuffed Rammell and squired him away in a squad car, over his objections/Kevin Richert, Idaho Statesman. More here. (SR file photo/Betsy Russell, of Rex Rammell during 2009 guv campaign)

Question: Which political figure is Idaho's looniest tune?

Rammell, Loertscher, & Hart, Oh My

Embroiled in a scandal? Caught breaking the ethical rules? Facing a criminal charge? Guilty as hell? Come to the firm of Rammell, Loertscher and Hart. Former Republican gubernatorial hopeful Rex Rammell, state Rep. Tom Loertscher, R-Iona, and state Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol have pioneered innovative ways to excuse, explain away or just outright stampede any and all allegations of impropriety/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Do you agree with Marty Trillhaase that Rex Rammell, Tom Loertscher, & Phil Hart have raised the bar for explaining away bad behavior?

Kevin: Keeping Tabs On Rex Rammell

Anyway, the caller says, everybody knows what Rex Rammell is all about, so why give him space on the opinion page? Her theory was that I ran the piece simply to stir up some controversy. Not so. First, since Rammell’s arrest was a high-profile story, I thought it only fair to give him his say. Second, since Rammell has run for statewide office (and might quite possibly run again), I think it’s important for voters to see Rammell as he presents himself. Including his weak “big-box retailer” defense, and his over-the-top tasteless Nazi analogy. Perhaps this is all old news to the Idahoans who have long since pegged Rammell as a wingnut and a blowhard. I do know this much: 42,436 Idahoans voted for this guy in the May Republican primary. The media has a responsibility to help voters know what they’re doing/Kevin Richert, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: I agree w/Kevin that the media should keep tabs on wingnut & former U.S. Senator/governor candidate Rex Rammell. How about you?

Rammell Wants To Eradicate Wolves

Rex Rammell is coming to Idaho County, where he aims to eradicate wolves and restore big game populations. Rammell, who lost to Gov. C.L. (Butch) Otter in the Republican primary last spring, and also lost a bid to win the U.S. Senate seat now held by Jim Risch in 2008, said he plans to move from the Idaho Falls area to the county next month and rent a home in Harpster. He will be in Grangeville Wednesday pushing a plan to wrest wolf management authority from the federal government and give it to the county. Rammell wants the county commission to pass an emergency ordinance giving Sheriff Doug Giddings authority to kill wolves/Erik Barker, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Would looney-tune Rammell have a chance of winning a legislative seat if he moved to House District 3 (now represented by Phil Hart, Steve Vick, Vito Barbieri)?

Rammell Explains His Side Of Story

Rammell was nabbed by an Idaho Fish and Game officer who found him with an elk, but not the proper tag required for hunting. “I was upset that they confiscated my elk,” Rammell said, also refuting the law enforcement version of the story that alleges he resisted. “I did not threaten the fish and game officer; I simply told him if he’s going to take my elk, he’s going to have to shoot me first,” Rammell said. When the officer told him the elk was needed as evidence, Rammell said he suggested that the officer should take a picture as evidence instead. The officer didn’t take him up on the suggestion/Ben Botkin, Capitol Confidential. More here.

Question: Would you like to see Rex Rammell run for a state or federal office again?

Rammell Caught Dragging Off Elk

Rex Rammell, Idaho Falls, is under investigation in the illegal killing of an elk following a confrontation with an Idaho Fish and Game conservation officer. The officer was patrolling the Tex Creek Wildlife Management Area east of Idaho Falls late this morning where a late season cow elk hunt is being held. The officer checked Rammell’s elk tag after he saw that Rammell was dragging a dead elk with his snowmobile. The tag was invalid because it was issued for a hunt that closed in October in the Middle Fork elk hunting zone/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.

Question: Are you surprised that the former candidate for governor and U.S. senator is in hot water again?

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