About this race
After longtime Sen. John Goedde, R-Coeur d’Alene, the chairman of the Senate Education Committee, was defeated in the primary, GOP primary winner Mary Souza faces Constitution Party candidate Ray Writz in November; no Democrat is running.
State Senate, Idaho Legislative District 4
|Mary Souza (R)||7,406||74.80%|
|Ray J. Writz (C)||2,502||25.20%|
* Race percentages are calculated with data from the Secretary of State's Office, which omits write-in votes from its calculations when there are too few to affect the outcome. The Spokane County Auditor's Office may have slightly different percentages than are reflected here because its figures include any write-in votes.
BOISE – A service audit of the Idaho Education Network is raising troubling questions about the pricey statewide broadband and videoconferencing network that links Idaho’s high schools. Looking specifically at the videoconferencing portion of the network, the report from the state’s legislative audits division found that $3.35 million was spent on the now state-owned equipment, but roughly 6 percent of it couldn’t be located, and 53 percent of it isn’t being used. When school districts are using the videoconferencing equipment, they’re mostly not using it for classes specifically provided over the IEN, and the number of those classes has been declining over recent years. Only 2 percent of students served by the IEN are taking classes that are broadcast specifically on the network.
Idaho legislative leaders say they’re concerned about the slot machine-like “instant racing” terminals that are cropping up around the state, including at the Greyhound Park in Post Falls. The machines were authorized under a 2013 law aimed at allowing pari-mutuel betting on past horse races. “I think the extent of it maybe is a surprise, how fast it’s growing, and exactly what they’re doing,” said Senate President Pro-Tem Brent Hill, R-Rexburg. “The machines have been upgraded a lot since what we saw.”
Former longtime Senate Education Committee Chairman John Goedde of Coeur d’Alene has been hired by Gov. Butch Otter to work on the Idaho Education Network project through this year’s legislative session, the Coeur d’Alene Press reports today. Goedde has a flat-fee $4,000-a-month contract with the…
BOISE – When the Idaho Legislature convenes in January, it’ll have just one committee chairman from North Idaho: new House Business Committee Chairman Vito Barbieri of Dalton Gardens. “I look forward to the opportunity of serving in this capacity, that’s for sure,” Barbieri said after he was named to the post during the Legislature’s organizational session on Thursday. “I’m going to address it seriously.”
Widely varying turnout around the state meant that of the six legislative incumbents defeated in the May 20 primary, two were turned out of office by just tiny slices of the electorates in their districts. The lowest-turnout races that dumped incumbents were the defeat of…
Sen. Dean Mortimer, R-Idaho Falls, is interested in taking over as chairman of the Senate Education Committee, Idaho Education News reports today, now that longtime Chairman John Goedde, R-Coeur d’Alene, has been defeated in the GOP primary. EdNews reporter Kevin Richert reports that Mortimer, who…
Even as a push from the right to take over the Idaho Republican Party was falling short at the state level, it was succeeding beyond expectations in North Idaho, where two longtime state lawmakers were dumped in Tuesday’s GOP primary. A third incumbent was turned out after just one term, and four arch-conservative incumbents whose challengers were endorsed by GOP Gov. Butch Otter cruised to victory in a low-turnout election that saw one in four registered state voters cast a ballot.
BOISE – Idaho lawmakers who agreed under pressure this week to pay $6.6 million to a broadband contractor say they were dismayed and alarmed to learn that the state last year extended the contract through 2019 without informing them. The contract extension with Nashville, Tenn.-based Education Networks of America to operate the Idaho Education Network through 2019 is worth $10 million. The original five-year contract wasn’t up for renewal until January of this year, but the state Department of Administration opted to renew it in January 2013.
BOISE – Controversial Idaho schools Superintendent Tom Luna will not seek re-election, he announced Monday. That decision will help take politics out of the process of implementing school reforms recommended by a bipartisan state task force this year, he said.
BOISE – Idaho could spend tens of millions more on public schools, raise pay for teachers and state workers, and restore services to the poor and disabled – all while still balancing its budget next year with 10 percent to spare, the state’s former longtime chief economist said Monday. Mike Ferguson joined with two former state school superintendents – Jerry Evans, a Republican, and Marilyn Howard, a Democrat – to release an alternative state budget that would boost school spending next year by 8.3 percent, instead of Gov. Butch Otter’s proposed 2.9 percent. The three were joined by two members of Otter’s school reform task force, urging lawmakers to consider the plan.
In her latest newsletter Mary Souza writes: You might remember that on Dec. 6, 2013, the CdA Press ran an article announcing that Jack Riggs is buying the Coeur Building on Front street, right across from McEuen Park. It is right next to the parking…
BOISE – Idaho lawmakers on a special legislative committee voted unanimously Friday to give state workers pay boosts averaging 2 percent next year, despite Gov. Butch Otter’s recommendation for no funding for raises. A joint legislative committee recommended 1 percent for one-time bonuses and 1 percent for permanent boosts. The pay would be distributed by agency directors based on merit and other factors, and agencies also would be encouraged to tap salary savings to give additional merit boosts.
That flier from Domino’s Pizza seeking teachers to deliver pizzas and serve as customer reps part time received mixed reviews in the Coeur d’Alene High teachers’ lounge last week. Coeur d’Alene Domino’s wants teachers who like to make extra money delivering pizza after school while “driving around listening to their favorite music.”
Idaho House and Senate education chairman Rep. Reed DeMordaunt, R-Eagle, and Sen. John Goedde, R-Coeur d’Alene, have penned a joint “Open Letter to Idaho Legislators” they distributed to Idaho newspapers, among others, this afternoon, urging that the state stick with its new Idaho Core Standards…
Coeur d’Alene voters passed over a slate of hard-line conservatives and elected moderate or left-leaning candidates for mayor and City Council on Tuesday. Business owner Steve Widmyer will take over as mayor Jan. 7. He easily beat longtime City Hall critic Mary Souza 56 percent to 43 percent.