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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.

Local lawmakers’ reactions to State of the Union vary

While they liked some overall themes in President Barack Obama’s call for more innovation, more cooperation and less spending, some members of Congress from Idaho and Washington wondered about the details. “I thought he gave a very good speech,” said Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho. “Like all (State of the Union) speeches, it was short on details.”

NW delegation finds reasons to cheer, jeer in Obama speech

While they liked some overall themes in President Obama’s call for more innovation, more cooperation and less spending, some members of Congress from Idaho and Washington wondered about the details. “I thought he gave a very good speech,” Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, said. “Like all (state of the union) speeches, it was short on details.”

Idaho delegation sponsors only one successful bill

KETCHUM, Idaho – Idaho’s congressional delegation sponsored 52 bills during the 111th Congress, one of which became law. That was Democrat Rep. Walt Minnick’s measure to designate a Nampa post office as the “Herbert A. Littleton Postal Station.”