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  • The Friday Five - March 4, 2016

    Each day, the DLCC’s experts comb through statehouse political news across the country to stay on top of the latest developments. Here are five stories that may have flown under your radar this week.

  • Idaho Dems campaign on education in 2014

    David Cole at the Coeur d'Alene Press reports on Idaho Democratic efforts to gain ground by focusing on bread-and-butter issues like better schools:

    Democratic state House candidate Cheryl Stransky, of Dalton Gardens, said the party's strongest issue is education.

    She said the state has underfunded education to the point where Idaho is at or near the bottom in every significant measure of support. She spent 33 years as a high-school counselor, and both of her children went through the Coeur d'Alene School District.

  • Idaho Democrat pushes for public pre-K

    "Between 2001 and 2010 more than a dozen pro-preschool bills were introduced in Idaho’s Legislature. Some proposals would have created a statewide pre-k system. Others were small changes... All failed," writes Boise State Public Radio. "Now, one lawmaker wants to change that. State Representative Hy Kloc (D-Boise) has written legislation he plans to introduce next year to create a pilot pre-k program."

    Interview with Rep. Hy Kloc (LISTEN NOW) >>

  • Idaho Republican blames sheriffs for failure of "jail the cops" gun bill

    Earlier this year, "Rep. Mark Patterson, R-Boise, sponsored a measure to charge Idaho law enforcement officers with a crime for assisting the federal government in confiscating any newly banned weapons... Had it passed, Idaho law enforcement officers who helped the federal government confiscate any newly banned firearms or ammunition could have faced jail time and a $1,000 fine."

    After HB 219 was rejected by the Idaho Senate, however, Patterson "complained to the secretary of state that it was torpedoed by lobbyists who weren’t properly registered."  This was despite the fact that the Idaho Sheriffs’ Association and its two officials targeted by the complaint "contend they never took a stand on Patterson’s measure... 'The association didn’t take a position on House Bill 219 as it was decided that each sheriff would determine their stance on what was perceived as a controversial bill.'"