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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 7, 2013

Rusche: Luna Doesn't Follow Process 

Rep. JMRusche (re: Wi-Fi Deal: State downplays error): "I worry about the State's ability to develop and manage contracts. Molina Medicaid, dept of ed longitudinal data system (x2), CCA or prison health, and the laptops contract (cancelled with the defeat of the referendum last fall)--all...

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THURSDAY, APRIL 18, 2013

Rusche: NRA MIA On Mental Health 

Rep. John Rusche, D-Lewiston, in Huckleberries comments section (re: Obama on gun vote: 'Shameful day'): But in the Legislature and the Governor's budget this year spending for mental health services was decreased over the year before, and millions under pre-recession levels. Health and Welfare has...

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MONDAY, AUG. 6, 2012

Pauler Loves Sinner, Not Sin Tax 

Think you're paying too much for a pack of Marlboros? Don't like the cost of a six-pack of Budweiser? That fifth of Jack Daniels priced just too high? Then Lewiston has a candidate just for you. Daniel Santiago (pictured) is his name. Reports the Idaho...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 12, 2012

Bipartisan Support To Ethics Panel 

Idaho Democrats unveiled draft legislation setting up a new independent state ethics commission today, and they also announced that they’ve agreed with GOP leaders to set up a working group, with lawmakers from both parties and both houses, to agree on a bipartisan bill within...

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TUESDAY, DEC. 13, 2011

Unreasonable Vito Brings Response 16 

Republicans have strayed from reasonable governing, the leader of the Idaho House's Democratic minority says, and the GOP's closed primary will only aggravate the issue. "Reason and concern for the common good are clearly not GOP priorities, Rep. John Rusche, D-Lewiston, wrote in a guest...

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MONDAY, OCT. 17, 2011

Rusche: Per Diem Issue Clear As Mud 

The 2012 Legislature will likely address lawmakers' per diem expenses, to determine who should receive a $49 payment, or a larger $122 payment, House Minority Leader John Rusche said today. In a blog posted at the Idaho Democratic Party website, the Lewiston lawmaker said, "To...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 7, 2011

Dem Chided For Anti-Luna Email 

Item: Boise Democratic Rep. Sue Chew chided for email: Rep. Sue Chew sought teachers’ help in recruiting students to overturn the Luna education reform laws/Dan Popkey More Info: House Minority Leader John Rusche told Rep. Sue Chew on Monday that an email sent from her...

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MONDAY, APRIL 25, 2011

Rusche: Otter Veto Stopped Mayhem 

House Minority Leader John Rusche, D-Lewiston, a pediatrician, is praising GOP Gov. Butch Otter's veto of HB 298, the grandson-of-nullification bill on health care reform, saying, “Gov. Otter prevented legal mayhem - for that he is to be thanked.” He has concerns, however, about the...

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TUESDAY, APRIL 5, 2011

Edit: Cigarette Tax Deserves Hearing 

In a year dominated by the budget, it’s hard to see why the Legislature would deny Democrats the chance to at least tout their reasons to support an increase in the cigarette tax. Several minority party members in the Statehouse want to increase the cigarette...

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THURSDAY, JUNE 17, 2010

Rusche Seeks Ethics Hearing On Hart 12 

House Minority Leader John Rusche, D-Lewiston, pictured, has filed a formal request for the Speaker of the House to convene an ethics committee to look into two issues regarding Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol: Hart’s invoking of legislative privilege from civil process in his personal tax...

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SATURDAY, JUNE 12, 2010

Rusche Won't Ask Hart To Quit Tax Panel 10 

RE: Rep. Hart faces nearly $300K in new IRS liens/Betsy Russell, Eye On BoiseHouse Minority Leader John Rusche, D-Lewiston, told IdahoReporter.com that he won’t call on Rep. Phil Hart, R-Hayden Lake, to resign from the House Revenue and Taxation Committee following a revelation by a...

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.