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Eye on Boise: Risch no longer among 15 richest lawmakers

BOISE – Idaho Sen. Jim Risch has dropped one spot on Roll Call’s list of the 50 richest members of Congress, to 16th. The Capitol Hill newspaper analyzes congressional financial disclosures. It reported that Risch is worth $19.78 million, up just half a percent from last year’s $19.69 million.

Timber payments have local backing

U.S. senators from Washington and Idaho all say they support a plan to extend payments to counties and school districts that have significant amounts of federal land inside their boundaries. Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington and Raul Labrador of Idaho, however, are looking at plans to increase timber sales and other money-making activities on those lands, and set it aside for the those timber counties and school districts.

Idaho lawmakers seek grizzly amendment

Both of Idaho’s U.S. senators and North Idaho’s congressman introduced legislation Wednesday to amend the Endangered Species Act to reiterate that it’s OK to shoot a grizzly bear in self-defense or in defense of another person, in response to the Jeremy Hill incident. The law already contains a self-defense provision in the very next section after the one the new bill would amend. A spokesman for Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo said the bill would “bolster” that provision, but a national conservation group called it “political grandstanding.”

Northwest lawmakers adhere to party lines

Northwest Republicans criticized President Obama’s proposed jobs bill as too much that’s been tried before and not enough that will bring long-term changes. Washington Democrats, meanwhile, said the request to put politics aside was overdue.

Eye on Boise: Senator apologizes, evades being deposed

Idaho state Sen. John McGee, R-Caldwell, came under fire at a Canyon County Republican Party Central Committee meeting last week for a recent drunken driving conviction but succeeded in heading off a move by committee member Ronalee Linsenmann to challenge McGee’s chairmanship of the local party. McGee, the Senate GOP caucus chairman, was applauded by a standing-room-only crowd at the meeting, during which he spoke at length, apologizing for his conduct.

Sen. Risch favors keeping Guantanamo detention facility open

BOISE – Idaho Sen. Jim Risch, who visited the Guantanamo Bay detention facility this week, says he believes it should stay open indefinitely and the detainees there should be held indefinitely – though President Barack Obama pledged shortly after he was elected to shut the facility down. The issue has been hotly debated in Congress, which voted in December to ban transfers of Guantanamo detainees to U.S. locations or to third countries, except under very narrow circumstances. That ban is temporary; the National Defense Authorization Act, which is now pending in the Senate, could determine Guantanamo’s future.

Risch: Keep detainees at Guantanamo indefinitely

Idaho Sen. Jim Risch, who visited the Guantanamo Bay detention facility this week, says he believes it should stay open indefinitely, and the detainees there should be held indefinitely - though President Barack Obama pledged shortly after he was elected to shut the facility down.