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Idaho GOP backs contribution law changes, Bible in schools, investigating Forest Service

The Idaho GOP Central Committee, at its summer meeting today in Idaho Falls, approved three resolutions: One calling for relaxing the financial disclosure requirements for political committees or PACs by exempting them from reporting contributions of less than $200; one calling for use of the Bible in public schools in Idaho; and one calling for an investigation of the U.S. Forest Service for not giving more deference to local county commissioners in revising a management plan for the Panhandle National Forests in North Idaho.

Idaho Public TV reporter Melissa Davlin reports no other proposed resolutions passed. You can read the all the proposed resolutions here.  

Davlin reports that the tone of the gathering was considerably less contentious than last year’s Idaho GOP state convention, a debacle that ended with no decisions on a party platform, resolutions, rules or leaders. “Every Republican I spoke to noticed the change in tone,” she reports.

You can read more at Davlin’s Idaho Reports blog here. Plus, she and producer Seth Ogilvie report from the gathering and feature Brad Little, Jim Risch, Marco Rubio and Bryan Clark on their side project, the Point of Personal Privilege Podcast, also known as the ppppod, in this week's installment. You can listen here; it's entitled, “The Big Tent."

Davlin also reports that the nod for hosting the 2016 Idaho GOP convention went to Caldwell. And the Associated Press and Idaho Falls Post Register have a report here on Rubio's keynote speech to the GOP gathering on Friday night.

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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