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Vick Continues Obamacare Fight

Sen. Steve Vick, R-Dalton Gardens, spoke out against HB 248, Gov. Butch Otter’s state health insurance exchange bill, saying he rejects the idea that health care reform is “the law of the land.” Said Vick, “Those states that opposed slavery, did they say, well I guess the best we can do is when those slaves get into our free states, is make sure that we take care of ‘em well, clean ‘em up and send ‘em back home to their slave owners? No they did not. They formed the underground railroad and they got those people to Canada.” He brought up civil rights icon Rosa Parks and her resistance to segregation laws/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

  • Rep. Cherie Buckner-Webb, D-Boise, via Facebook: “I dare say that the name of Rosa Parks has been invoked in the Idaho Legislature more in the last couple of days than since her arrest for refusing to move to the back of the bus. I am not amused.”

Question: Are you bothered that exchange opponents are invoking name and memory of Rosa Parks this session?

3 Local Senators Back Telemarketers

Originally posted 10:49 a.m. Wednesday

The Senate has voted 26-6 in favor of HB 55, the bill brought by two phone companies to allow telephone, cable and other telecom companies to make commercial solicitation calls to their existing customers even if they’re on the do-not-call list. Sen. Chuck Winder, R-Meridian, noted that the bill adds those companies to the existing do-not-call exemption for businesses with an existing relationship with a customer; and also adds a clause saying if one of those businesses calls and the customer tells them to stop calling, they can’t call again. Violations could mean a $500 fine/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

AYES — Bair, Bayer, Bock, Brackett, Buckner-Webb, Cameron, Fulcher, Goedde (pictured), Guthrie, Heider, Hill, Lacey, Lakey, Lodge, Martin, McKenzie, Mortimer, Nonini, Pearce, Rice, Siddoway, Stennett, Thayn, Tippets, Vick, Winder
NAYS — Davis, Durst, Johnson, Keough, Patrick, Werk
Absent and excused — Hagedorn, Nuxoll, Schmidt
Floor Sponsor - Winder

3 OK w/GOP Pledge, Sen. Vick Not

Former Idaho Sen. Mike Jorgenson, pictured, who’s running again for the Senate seat he lost two years ago to an ally of tax-protesting Rep. Phil Hart, has signed and sent to all District 2 GOP candidates a “Republican Principle Pledge” pledging to “obey the law, honor Idaho courts and pay my taxes.” “I hope they all sign it,” said Jorgenson, a Republican from Hayden Lake, who said he was prompted by Hart’s continuing tax and legal fights. “Quite frankly, people are so disillusioned with the antics of Phil Hart and the embarrassment that it’s caused the county, the state, the party, that I thought it a good thing to make it a commitment to the constituents that the candidates would not have any part of that behavior,” Jorgenson said. The pledge, in full, says the candidate promises “to the citizens of Kootenai County to be honest, have integrity, obey the law, honor Idaho courts and pay my taxes”/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.

Question: Sen. Steve Vick calls Jorgenson's Republican Principle Pledge “grandstanding.” But 2 other Legislative District 2 candidates are happy to sign it. What do you think?

Jorgenson Signs GOP Principle Pledge

Republican Mike Jorgenson, pictured, today signed the “Republican Principle Pledge,” an integrity pledge to the people of Legislative District 2. He has called upon his fellow candidates to join as co-sponsors. The petition calls for a return to the basic Republican values Idahoans had previously come to expect from their northern Idaho candidates for the Legislature before the election of tax scofflaw Phil Hart. “I believe the Republican Party stands for integrity, honesty, trust and respect in the rule of law. Every Idahoan knows it is his own personal responsibility to carry his own water and we Republicans value the Code of the West. Phil Hart can no longer pretend to uphold this public trust and therefore no longer deserves the right to represent the people of District 2.” Tuesday, Mike Jorgenson will mail a copy of the pledge to all the Republican candidates in District 2/Jorgenson campaign news release.

Question: Should Legislative District 2 candidates sign the “Principle Pledge”?

Vick: Why I Back 2/3s Vote Rule

In an op-ed article, Idaho Sen. Steve Vick, R-Dalton Gardens, defends his unsuccessful legislation that would require a two-thirds vote of the Legislature to raises taxes & fees: “When considering taxes and our liberty, I think of a quote from Daniel Webster, during the famous Supreme Court case McCullough v. Maryland, stating “An unlimited power to tax involves, necessarily, a power to destroy.” I believe there is an important relationship between taxes and individual freedom: any time you raise taxes, you take a little bit of freedom away from those you are taxing. Therefore, it is important that the Legislature puts this in place to ensure that proposals which have a deep impact on our liberties are deliberative and have widespread support from our elected representatives.” More here.

DFO: I believe this bill would hamstring the already tight-fisted Legislature from reacting responsibly to growing revenue needs for education, social services, corrections, and sundry other budget items.

Question: Do you think the Republican dominated Idaho Legislature already does a good job keeping the state budget in check?

Vick Wants To Bring Back 2/3s Tax Bill

Here's a link to Betsy Russell's full story at on the failure today of freshman North Idaho Sen. Steve Vick's proposed constitutional amendment to require two-thirds votes not only for any tax increase, but also for any fee hike or the removal or reduction of any tax break. The measure, HJR 1, actually got a bare majority - 37-33 - but not the required two-thirds. If he's re-elected, Vick said, “I do plan on bringing it back in the future.” More Eye On Boise here.

Question: Do you consider Senate District 3 Sen. Vick to be as radical as district mates Rep. Phil Hart and Rep. Vito Barbieri?

A Prolife Woman & The Ultrasound Bill

HucksOnline has received the following op-ed column from Linda Cook of Rathdrum: “I attended a Town Hall meeting in Hayden on March 17th and listened to Phil Hart, Steve Vick and Vito Barbieri address the crowd and take questions. One man inquired about the legislation requiring women considering an abortion, to have a transvaginal ultrasound first. The audience member’s main concern was that it was too intrusive on the part of government and Steve Vick’s three-word response was chilling. “It’s not vaginal.” The room was completely silent and so Senator Vick repeated himself. Still there was silence so Phil Hart jumped in and messaged the issue differently, which won applause from nearly every one of the 40 or so attendees. Two things were clear, this was a pro-life crowd and Steve Vick needs an emergency truckload of media consultants directed his way as soon as possible. Hearing a state senator speak with such blunt and quiet indifference implied a shallow understanding of the issue. Vito Barbieri’s assertion that women “must listen to that beating heart” seemed puritanical and punitive rather than truly informational. I’m saying this as a woman who aborted her first child. More here.

  • Full disclosure: Linda Cook is chairwoman of Mike Jorgenson's state Senate campaign against Vick.


Vick’s 2/3s Vote Tax Bill Stalls

After much discussion and debate, the House State Affairs Committee has voted to hold off on passing HJR 1, Sen. Steve Vick's measure to amend the Idaho Constitution to require a two-thirds vote of the House and Senate for any tax or fee increase; committee members want to work on amendments.  Several committee members, including Rep. Lynn Luker, R-Boise, advocated doing away with the “net increase” wording Vick included in the measure/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.

Question: Do you support a two-thirds vote requirement for the Idaho Legislature to pass bills that increase taxes?

Vick To Seek Re-election From SD2

State Senator Steve Vick, a Dalton Gardens resident and Home Renovation Contractor, will seek re-election to the Idaho State Senate in the new District 2. “It has been a great privilege to serve my friends and neighbors in North Idaho” said Vick. “I want to continue to be a strong conservative voice in the Idaho Senate.” Senator Vick is in his first term and currently represents District 3, northern Kootenai County. Vick will seek re-election in a new District 2, which includes much of his old district along with all of Kootenai County east of Lake Coeur d’Alene. Vick serves on the Agricultural Affairs Committee and the Health and Welfare Committee. He also serves on the Senate Judiciary and Rules Committee as its Vice-Chair, a high honor for a freshman legislator/News release from Steve Vick. More here.

Question: Do you consider state Sen. Steve Vick as extreme in his politics as Legislative District 2 mates Reps. Phil Hart and Vito Barbieri?

Treasurer Crane Backs Santorum

At Tuesday night's rally in Boise, Crane introduced Santorum and sat behind the presidential candidate on stage at Capital High School. Crane is the first statewide official to endorse anyone other than Mitt Romney for the GOP nomination. Former state Sen. Ric Branch, R-Midvale, warmed up the crowd, saying Santorum caught his eye early in the contest. “I thought, if they ever pay any attention to him his conservatism is going to shine through.” Also on hand in VIP seats were at least four GOP lawmakers: House Education Committee Chairman Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d'Alene, and GOP Sens. Dan Johnson of Lewiston, Sheryl Nuxoll of Cottonwood and Steve Vick of Dalton Gardens/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Will there be fallout from Crane, Nonini, Vick, and others bucking major, mainstream Idaho political support of Mitt Romney?

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Vick Seeks To Hamstring Tax Hikes

North Idaho Sen. Steve Vick wants Idaho to enact a constitutional amendment to require two-thirds votes in both the House and Senate to pass any tax or fee increase. Vick noted that 16 states have such requirements; all were enacted by voters through initiatives or referenda. “I think that any time you raise taxes you take a little bit of people's freedom,” Vick said. “I just think it should be a little harder to do.” Vick, R-Dalton Gardens, told the House State Affairs Committee this morning, “What you need to know is that these kinds of things are very popular with the voters.” Committee members had lots of questions about Vick's proposal, however. “Idaho is different,” said Rep. Eric Anderson, R-Priest Lake. “We aren't out there raising taxes as much as some of these states”/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.

Question: Do you support a two-thirds vote in House and Senate to pass any tax or fee increase?

9 Senators Wanted McGee To Quit

Nine Idaho senators, including Assistant Majority Leader Chuck Winder, R-Boise, said they were outvoted on last week's vote on retaining Sen. John McGee, R-Caldwell, (pictured) in his No. 4 position in the Senate Republican caucus. The nine, in a statement issued Friday, said they want to clarify how they voted. They said media reports of the vote to retain McGee “led many of our constituents to mistakenly conclude that all members of the Senate GOP caucus voted to affirm support for Sen. McGee. …” “Our constituents expect us to stand up for the convictions, principles and values we have said we represent and … our constituents deserve to be reassured that their confidence in us us not misplaced.” The signers of the statement, in addition to Winder, were Sens. Russ Fulcher, Dean Mortimer, Sheryl Nuxoll, Mitch Toryanski, Monty Pearce, Shirley McKague, Steve Vick and Lee Heider/Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: If you do the math, you'll notice that Steve Vick, R-Hayden Lake, was the only North Idaho senator who wanted John McGee to step down. What's up with the other 4 North Idaho senators?

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District 3: How Far Right Can You Go?

Conservatism is practically a religion in Idaho’s legislative District 3, the district that elected tax-protesting state Rep. Phil Hart four times and this year added two like-minded lawmakers he recruited to run. “I was considered a radical to my friends in California, and then I got up here and found out I was a moderate,” said Vito Barbieri (pictured), a first-term state representative and, like many District 3 residents, a California transplant who moved north. The district, which takes in Hayden, tony Hayden Lake, the once-agricultural but fast-developing Rathdrum Prairie and little towns like Spirit Lake and Athol, has seen massive development and population increase over the last decade, but its conservative nature is nothing new – the last time a Democrat was elected here was in 1994. No Democrat has even run for the Legislature since 2002, and then there was just one candidate, who lost/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.

Question: Would you want a hardline conservative trio like Vick-Barbieri-Hart trio to represent you?

LaPierre: Defend 2nd Amendment

Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of the National Rifle Association and a 2nd amendment advocate, speaks to state Sen. Steve Vick, R-Dalton Gardens, and Vick's daughter, Tia. LaPierre was one of the guest speakers at the Tea Party Patriots gathering at the Stateline Speedway Friday night. I'll have more photos and information about this event Monday.

Americans can't be gun-shy about defending the Second Amendment, the right to keep and bear arms, the executive vice president of the National Rifle Association said on Friday night. Wayne LaPierre told 545 people attending the first Great Northwest “Clingers” Festival and Second Amendment Rally sponsored by the Tea Party Patriots of North Idaho at Stateline Speedway that our rights are being attacked like never before. “The elites don't care about us,” he said under sunny skies. “Protection is in our own hands”/Brian Walker, CdA Press. More here.

Question: Have you ever attended a Tea Party event? And/or: Are you a 2nd amendment advocate?

Goedde Vs. Vick In Redistricting Plan

Betsy Russell/Eye On Boise breaks down Keough-Broadsword redistricting proposal: “The new District 2 would have Broadsword along with both current District 3 representatives, Reps. Phil Hart, R-Athol, and Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens. The new District 3 would have only one incumbent, retiring Rep. Frank Henderson, R-Post Falls. The new District 4 would have two incumbent senators - Sens. John Goedde, R-Coeur d'Alene, and Steve Vick, R-Dalton Gardens - and one incumbent representative, Rep. Kathy Sims, R-Coeur d'Alene. And the new District 5 would be something of a battleground, with just one incumbent senator, Sen. Jim Hammond, R-Coeur d'Alene; but four incumbent representatives: Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d'Alene; Marge Chadderdon, R-Coeur d'Alene; Dick Harwood, R-St. Maries; and Shannon McMillan, R-Silverton.” More here. (Photos courtesy: Legislature website, of Steve Vick, left, and John Goedde)

Question: Who would win a GOP primary showdown in a new District 4, featuring state Sens. John Goedde, R-Coeur d'Alene, and Steve Vick, R-Dalton Gardens? Why?

Vick Scores 100% Conservative Rate

Steve Vick, the ultraconservative freshman state senator from District 3 was one of four Idaho senators statewide who scored a perfect 100% on Adam Graham's annual conservative scorecard. Vick voted as Adam deemed appropriate on 16 different issues during the Idaho Legislature. John Goedde of Coeur d'Alene and Jim Hammond of Post Falls agreed agreed with Adam 14 of 16 times to score 88% in the annual ratings for North Idaho senators. Bringing up the rear were Shawn Keough of Sandpoint, 63%, and Joyce Broadsword of Sagle, 40%. You can see all the rankings here.

Question: Are you surprised by any of the conservative rankings of the 5 North Idaho senators?

‘Obamacare’ Vote Disappoints Vick

State Sen. Steve Vick, R-Hayden Lake, tweets: “HB 117 Hearing, Opting out of Obamacare: I am terribly disappointed to tell you that the bill died on a voice vote in committee today. But I ask you today to remember the words of noted abolitionist Wendell Phillips, “Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.” — Don't ever give up.”

Question: No North Idaho senators serve on the Senate State Affairs Committee, which heard this bill. How do you think the five of them would have voted, if the legislation had made it to the Senate floor.

Nullification Authors Defend Stand

We have proposed a simple, well-reasoned solution that is rooted in America’s history. We propose recognizing the national health care plan for what it is – a vast overreach of federal power. To stop it, we invoke our right to opt-out of the program, to interpose the state between the federal government and its Idaho’s citizens. House Bill 59 is a capsulation of that effort. Our bill simply says that our state government will not recognize the onerous provisions of the health care plan. Under our bill, state agencies and state employees will be forbidden from writing new agency rules, creating new programs or entering into any agreements that further the federal plan/Reps. Vito Barbieri and Judy Boyle, and Sens. Monty Pearce, Steve Vick and Sheryl Nuxoll, Idaho Freedom Foundation. More here.

Question: Two of the three signers of this article are new legislators from House District 3. The third House District 3 repr is Phil Hart. How does the trio's political ideology reflect on House District 3?

Sims Targets Urban Renewal Law

Some legislators are looking to deal with budgets, taxes, and spending, while one from north Idaho – Rep.Kathy Sims, R-Coeur d’Alene – wants to reform urban renewal districts.  Others, like Sen. Steve Vick, R-Hayden, Rep. Jim Guthrie, R-McCammon, and Rep. Vito Barbieri, R-Hayden Lake, want to deal with policy issues, but also want to wage ideological battles to fight back the encroachment of government on the lives of private citizens. Rep Linden Bateman, R-Idaho Falls, says he will take issues as they come, but is open to hearing proposals about raising state revenue/Dustin Hurst, Idaho Reporter. More here.

Question: Which freshman legislator from North Idaho will gain the most notoriety in the 2011 session — notoriety meaning “widely but unfavorably known or talked about”?

Judge: English Followed Procedure

Item: Judge dismisses Jorgenson’s suit against clerk English: Luster rules official was following correct procedure/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d’Alene Press

More Info: First District Judge John Luster said that English didn’t break protocol by classifying former Montana representative and Jorgenson’s District 3 primary opponent Steve Vick as a registered Kootenai County voter leading up to the May primary election. Whether Vick was eligible to run for the Senate seat could be another question for the Secretary of State’s Office, Luster said, but English acted properly upholding Vick’s Kootenai County voter registration.

Question: I’m not surprised by this ruling. Are you?

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