“Sen. Curt McKenzie, who wants to let young people with a total of 8 hours of training carry concealed weapons on Idaho campuses–despite the objections of law enforcement, college presidents, faculty, and students–is apparently so uninterested in anyone’s opinion about his bill that he played chess on his phone during public testimony. Really?” – from a friend’s Facebook page.
EXCERPT: (Jake) Ball, who resigned Thursday as U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador’s district director, gave the money on Sept. 22, 2008, to his friend Gavin McCaleb. He signed a promissory note for his investment company, called Blueberry Guru, to repay the loan with an 8 percent annual interest rate. Instead, the money disappeared.
“Mr. McCaleb invested the money in a less than professional manner and, without knowing it, in fraudulent enterprises with persons who absconded with the funds,” Ball said in the affidavit from March 13.
In 2008, when Crapo’s campaign was between treasurers, Ball had authority to withdraw money and make investments with his signature alone. … Campaign finance ethics experts say giving such power to a single individual isn’t typical.
“It certainly does not reflect best practices,” said Paul S. Ryan, senior counsel for the nonpartisan Campaign Legal Center in Washington, D.C. Many campaigns invest donor money, Ryan said, but “typically safe investments are chosen,” not speculative ventures in Las Vegas at a time when the global economy was in unprecedented turmoil and property foreclosures were escalating to record levels.
Risch is just kicking back in D.C., content to frequent the Ford Theater, take exotic trips on the taxpayer dime, and be part of the “dsysfunction.” He tells Statesman reporter Dan Popkey the job is so easy, “This you could do ad infinitum.”
Idaho has the largest percentage of minimum wage earners in the country. That’s a full-time job earning $15,000 a year. Decades of GOP control created Idaho’s economy. It will take Idaho Democrats and some reasonable decision-makers to fix this.
Plenty of examples out there of why these elections matter. A good starter would be to ask them how they voted on the Luna Laws last November.
We need to elect more Idaho Democrats in Idaho. The Idaho Democratic Party is the only organization in the state that is dedicated to doing that. Right now, we need to hire a political director. Just dollars a month from you can make that happen. Please help.
Idaho’s Latino population is poised to become an important force in Idaho politics.
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And support for Steele does not appear to be growing:
I would defy anyone that it wasn’t politically smart” to issue the bill of rights, said a Steele ally, arguing that it painted Democrats as hypocrites for wanting to cut Medicare after they’ve spent years accusing Republicans of wanting to do the same.
“None of this surprises me, writes Carmen Dixon, especially now, given that the hard right is the most powerful contingent in today’s Republican party. In fact, I have never heard any GOP heavyweight (other than Newt Gingrich) echo Steele’s stated goals of reaching out to communities of color to bring them into the Republican party.”