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Alma Hasse

ICARE members are protesting House Representative Lenore Barrett's refusal to bring SB1056 out for hearing in the Local Government Committee, which she chairs, and therefore, controls.

This bill passed the Senate on a 30-4 vote, with many Republican Senators stating a constitutional wrong to Idaho citizens was being righted by its passage, while some stated the bill's language did not go far enough to assure adequate access for all citizens to petition and address local governments on CAFO issues.

Rep. Barrett's arbitrary stance, trying to deny this bill its due process is a slap in the face of democracy. Angry citizens all across the state are flooding the legislature with emails and phone calls blasting her obstinate abuse of legislative power. She refuses to listen to reason from anyone, including her peers in the House and give way for the voice of the people to be heard.

House Speaker Lawrence Denney is also guilty of trying to subvert this bill. He is very aware of the people's protest and, by lack of action, refuses to move this bill from Local Government to a committee willing to provide a hearing for its message.

ICARE, joining with others named by the Idaho Farm Bureau Federation (whom I and other ICARE members intend to boycott because of their support to defeat this bill) are fighting to get this legislation to the House floor for a vote before the end of the legislative session. This bill deserves to be heard and allowed to pass or fail on its own merits. Please contact these two legislators and let them know Idaho wants this bill heard.

Local Government Committee phone # (208) 332-1147
Lenore Barrett lbarrett@house.idaho.gov Lawerence Denney ldenney@house.idaho.gov


Alma Hasse, Executive Director
ICARE (Idaho Concerned Area Residents for the Environment)
An Idaho Non-Profit Corporation
P O Box 922
Fruitland, Idaho 83619


MountainGoat

Thanks for providing the information on this bill. I hadn't kept up with it after it passed the Senate so decisively. Hopefully all the attention will make a difference.

Julie in Boise

Tourism is a growing force in Lemhi County. I didn't follow the link from Ralph Maughan yet, but I'd bet a huge chunk of that $58 million is due to people running the Salmon River and folks going on hunting and horsepacking trips thereabouts. And of course, the big federal dollars come from the Forest Service and BLM, major employers in Sacajawea country, too.

As for the CAFO bill, it's a travesty that Barrett is sitting on it, just as it was a travesty that she and others decided that Treasure Valley residents can't vote on whether to tax ourselves for transit.
She has got to go, plain and simple. I hope she enjoys her last session next year. I know there are Democrats in Lemhi County, and one of them needs to stand up and give people a choice.

Sisyphus

Julie I love your optimism. I share it but not in a race against her. There have been some expensive races against her which she has no problem winning. I do think the demographic is changing up there but not as fast as in Valley County. I'd focus on Ken Roberts. Her District is very conservative, they love her and her folksy obstructionist cattle lovin' ways. I'd be surprised if this piece of hypocrisy will change that, might even help her. I hope I'm wrong.

Sisyphus

And MG thanks. I think I once reminded you of Ralph's site now you've returned the favor. That was very informative. I'm a salmon advocate and that info is useful.

Alma Hasse

Thanks MG for the action update. Rep. Barrett believes she can stymie this democratic process with impunity. ICARE looks forward to her constituents, many we are sure who support freedom of speech, letting her know they do not support her position come election time 2008.

MountainGoat

Hey Sys, happy to have been helpful.

As of yet, Barrett hasn't budged. At least some local officials have done the right thing. From the Times-News: (click my name for the link)

"JEROME - It's finally official: Anyone who wants to testify at a livestock-permit hearing in Jerome County can now be heard."

"After months of consideration, commissioners unanimously voted Monday to pass a resolution that expands testimony at livestock-permit hearings to anyone who wishes to speak - regardless of proximity to the proposed feedlot."

As others have commented, hopefully the voters of District 35 will hold Barrett acountable.

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Quotes For 2010

  • "The main thing is to keep everybody going down that road as we try to find the answers and solutions to all these problems. It'll be fun! We'll get it done." — Majority Leader Mike Moyle (R-Star) when asked in an Idaho Reports broadcast how the State House will handle making tough budget decisions this year, 1.29.10.

Quotes For 2009

  • "[Some politicians] wouldn't recognize the Constitution if it fell in their laps and called them Daddy." — Rep. Lenore Hardy Barrett (R-Challis) at a tea party tax protest.
  • "Just, you know, putting beans on the table." — former Congressman Bill Sali (R-ID-01) when asked by Nate Shelman (670 KBOI) what he's doing these days.
  • "I said yesterday we hope and pray things will get better before they get worse. It's obvious to me some of you need to do a better job of praying." — Sen. Dean Cameron (R-Rupert), Joint Finance-Appropriation Committee co-chair on the grim economic forecast facing the committee.
  • “We’ve been called a lot of things but we’ve never been called sneaks before.” — Rep. Maxine Bell (R-Jerome) in a budget dispute with the governor's staff over legislators' computer funding.
  • "I’m not wearing rose-tinted glasses. But I am a glass-half-full kind of guy." — Gov. C. L. "Butch" Otter attempting to remain optimistic while delivering tough economic news in his State of the State/Budget message.

Quotes For 2008

  • "I am not ashamed that we use a lot of energy in this country. It has made us the most prosperous Nation on the face of the planet. ... Using energy makes us prosperous." — Congressman Bill Sali (R-ID-01) during debate on an energy bill that, among other things, invested in alternative and renewable energy sources and repealed tax subsidies for large oil companies. (H.R.6899)
  • "If [Oversight Committee Chairman] Henry Waxman was interested in doing more than just showboat, we'd be there in a heartbeat. It's political grandstanding." — spokesman Wayne Hoffman explaining why Congressman Bill Sali (R-ID-01) was absent from congressional oversight hearings into the financial crisis where, among other things, it was learned that AIG executives indulged in a lavish retreat a week after the bailout.
  • "You know what, campaigns are fast and furious, I accept responsibility that we don't have the right citation there, but the facts I stand by - we are correct about that." — Congressman Bill Sali (R-ID-01) reacting to a campaign commercial fact-checking report.
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  • "People the world over have always been more impressed by the power of our example than by the example of our power." — President Bill Clinton in a speech at the 2008 DNC
  • "To my supporters, to my champions, to my sisterhood of the traveling pantsuits, from the bottom of my heart, thank you." — Senator Hillary Clinton in a speech at the 2008 DNC
  • "The America that we know, that the founding fathers envisioned, will cease to exist." — Congressman Bill Sali (R-ID-01) speaking at the state GOP convention about the possibility of a Democratically controlled White House and Congress.
  • "Sometimes the problems have to get larger before you can solve them. We can still drive around the potholes, so they must not be big enough." — House Speaker Lawerence Denney (R-Midvale), explaining that lawmakers still need to be convinced about the extent of road maintenance problems before they'll agree to tax or fee increases.
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Quotes For 2007

  • "Divorce is just terrible. It's one of Satan's best tools to kill America." — Rep. Dick Harwood (R-St. Maries) describing the work of the Idaho Legislature's Family Task Force.
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  • "We are all Nintendo warriors today. Remember that game, that electronic game, a few years ago, push buttons zim, zam, boom and it was all over with? That is not the way you fight war, although we as a society have grown to believe that." — Senator Larry Craig (R-ID) during debate on an amendment to a bill providing for defense authorization.
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  • "One of the hardest things we've had to do here is taking off our party hats." — Rep. Marv Hagedorn (R-Meridian) on a proposal to restrict Idaho's primary elections.
  • "This is outrageous. The people of Idaho are entitled to have their representatives base their votes on the merits of a bill, not on who backed the loser in a speaker's contest." — Former GOP Gov. Phil Batt responding to accusations of political retribution taken by House Speaker Denney (R-Midvale) on other members.
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  • "I'm prepared to bid for that first ticket to shoot a wolf myself." — Gov. Butch Otter, speaking to a hunters' rally at the Statehouse.
  • "To get a kick out of smoking industrial hemp, it would take a cigar the size of a telephone pole." — Rep. Tom Trail (R-Moscow), downplaying the relation between hemp and its cousin marijuana
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  • "No one wants to carry the canoe bill." — Rep. Eric Anderson (R-Priest River), agreeing with Gov. Otter that non-motorized boats should also pay registration fees, but noting any such proposal will be a tough sell.
  • "I don't think we should let the threat of a lawsuit force us to implement something that's not well thought out." — Abbie Mace, Fremont County Clerk, testifying against a "modified-closed primary" bill being pushed by GOP leaders.
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