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Hart, Clark Back Vick Over Jorgenson

(Steve) Vick told Eye on Boise he was recruited to run against Jorgenson by the two state representatives from Jorgenson’s District 3: Reps. Jim Clark, R-Hayden Lake, and Phil Hart, R-Athol. “They just felt like their district there would be better represented by somebody else than Sen. Jorgenson,” said Vick, a former four-term Montana state representative/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.

Jorgenson’s Try To Block Vick Fails

A North Idaho senator’s initial attempt to get his primary challenger tossed off the ballot has failed, but Sen. Mike Jorgenson says he’s not giving up. Jorgenson, R-Hayden, last week filed a complaint with the Idaho Secretary of State’s office saying that his GOP challenger, Steven Vick of Dalton Gardens, isn’t qualified for the ballot because of a 2006 voter-registration glitch. Idaho Secretary of State Ben Ysursa said today that Vick meets registration requirements to run; Jorgenson now plans to take his complaint to court. You can read my full story here at spokesman.com. Vick told Eye on Boise he was recruited to run against Jorgenson by the two state representatives from Jorgenson’s District 3: Reps. Jim Clark, R-Hayden Lake, and Phil Hart, R-Athol/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.

Question: Did Mike Jorgenson hurt himself by making an issue of Steve Vick’s eligibility — and providing Vick w/a lot of ink and pixels that he wouldn’t have had otherwise? And/or: What do you make of Vick’s statement that Jim Clark and Phil Hart recruited him to run against Jorgenson?

Phil Hart wants transparency

Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol, keeps a well-highlighted printout of the U.S. Constitution on his desk in his state Capitol basement cubicle. The third-term Idaho lawmaker has proposed a dozen bills so far this session, his busiest session yet.

COEUR d’ALENE - By next year, Idaho taxpayers might be able to go online to take a look at school districts’ checkbooks.

A bill that requires districts with more than 300 students to post their expense and receipt registers on the Internet was approved Tuesday by the House Education Committee, despite opposition from the state’s school boards, school administrators and rural school districts.

Pitched by Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol, the bill requires that districts post their financial data on their Web sites by the end of 2010.

“Idaho lags pretty far behind in what we consider transparency in government,” Hart said during a telephone interview from Boise.  Maureen Donlan, Cda Press More here.

Good idea or not?

Silver and…well…silver

Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol, pitches his bill Monday morning to have Idaho create an official silver medallion that could be used to pay state taxes.

BOISE — Idaho lawmakers are backing a plan that would allow state tax bills to be paid down with silver medallions instead of cash.

Athol Republican Rep. Phil Hart’s bill approved Monday is intended to encourage the use of silver as a form of currency and reinvigorate Idaho’s silver mining industry, which has been in decline for decades. More.

Personally, I’d rather pay my taxes in pennies, but I can’t count that high. What do think of Hart’s proposed legislation?