Tag Archives: Idaho

IDAHO: Wildlife Official Faces Resignation Calls For Boasting That He Killed An “Entire Family Of Baboons”

Do not scroll down if the photos will upset you. The Idaho Statesman reports: Idaho Fish and Game Commissioner Blake Fischer shared photos of his guided hunting trip in Africa with friends and colleagues when he returned last month, expecting they’d appreciate his success. Instead, several former Fish and Game commissioners are pushing for his resignation — with a photo …

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Payback For Neo-Nazi Robocaller: Accordion Clowns

Boise’s NBC affiliate reports: A Charlottesville, Virginia man is hoping to get some revenge on a Sandpoint man who he says has been making racist robocalls across the country. But, the payback may not be what you expect. Justin Beights says the idea was spurred after the “Unite The Right” rally that happened in his hometown of Charlottesville. Then came …

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Hate Crime Charge For Man Who Screamed Racist And Anti-Gay Slurs At Christian Youth Group [VIDEO]

The Idaho Inlander reports: A Hayden, Idaho, man has been arrested and charged with a hate crime stemming from an incident at a McDonald’s in Coeur d’Alene on July 12. Richard Sovenski, 52, was booked into Kootenai County jail Tuesday on one count of misdemeanor battery and one count of felony malicious harassment, Idaho’s hate crime statute, according to Coeur …

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IDAHO: GOP Rep Behind Anti-LGBT “Defense Act” Loses Gubernatorial Bid, Gambled Away His US House Seat

The Idaho Statesman reports: Idaho Lt. Gov. Brad Little won Tuesday’s Republican primary to replace Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter, who is retiring after three terms. Little, 64 and Otter’s handpicked successor, defeated a handful of challengers, most prominently Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) and Boise businessman Tommy Ahlquist. Labrador is the fourth Republican member of Congress to gamble on statewide office …

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Idaho Lawmaker Commits Suicide Amid Sex Probe

CBS News reports: A former Republican state lawmaker from Idaho who was facing a sexual abuse investigation has shot and killed himself, authorities said Tuesday. Brandon Hixon died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head at his home, the Canyon County Coroner’s office told CBS affiliate KBOI. A family member discovered his body. Officials have released no details about …

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IDAHO: GOP Rep Tells Audience “Nobody Dies Because They Don’t Have Access To Health Care” [VIDEO]

The Idaho Statesman reports: A statement made by U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador during a town hall meeting Friday morning has drawn criticism by those challenging his stance on health care. After a woman suggested that the lack of health care was essentially asking people to die, Labrador had a controversial answer at Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston. “That line is …

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Ted Cruz Wins Idaho, Trump Wins Hawaii

From the Los Angeles Times: Michigan was the day’s big prize, not only because it offered the largest number of delegates, 59, but because it presented the first test of the candidates’ appeal in the industrial Midwest, a traditional fall battleground. If nominated, Trump hopes his protectionist talk could win over blue-collar workers skeptical of foreign trade deals and put …

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15 AGs To Supreme Court: Same-Sex Marriage Will Cause Incalculable Damage

The attorneys general of fifteen states have filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court in which they predictably argue that a ruling in favor of same-sex marriage will “irretrievably” destroy their right to self-government. From the brief:  The Constitution takes no sides on same-sex marriage, and therefore leaves the issue up to the free deliberations of state citizens. The …

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Matt Baume: Marriage News Watch

Clip recap: “It’s been nearly two months since marriage was supposed to start in Alabama, and the state still doesn’t have its act together. Texas just filed a lawsuit to prevent gays and lesbians from taking family medical leave. And it’s going to take at least five different bills to overturn Michigan’s marriage ban.”

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IDAHO: House Votes To Impeach Any Judge That Rules For Same-Sex Marriage

By a vote of 44-25 on Friday the Idaho House approved a resolution calling for the impeachment of any federal judge that rules in favor of same-sex marriage. “I think somehow, someday we’ve gotta take a stand,” GOP Rep. Paul Shepherd told the House. A sixth-term state representative from Riggins who owns a sawmill and log home company, Shepherd was …

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IDAHO: 25 Activists Arrested In Another “Add The Four Words” Protest

Via the Associated Press: Gay rights activists once again returned to the Idaho Capitol to protest lawmakers’ refusal to pass anti-discrimination protections, this time by refusing to leave the state’s bill-drafting offices. Idaho State Police made 25 arrests, including six people who were arrested twice, Monday for trespassing in the Statehouse. Protesters staged three different demonstrations Monday. Activists taking part …

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Headline Of The Day

Via the Associated Press: An Idaho lawmaker received a brief lesson on female anatomy after asking if a woman can swallow a small camera for doctors to conduct a remote gynecological exam. The question Monday from Republican Rep. Vito Barbieri came as the House State Affairs Committee heard nearly three hours of testimony on a bill that would ban doctors …

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IDAHO: Plaintiffs Oppose State’s Demand That SCOTUS Hear Marriage Appeal

The National Center for Lesbian Rights today filed a motion which opposes Idaho Gov. Butch Otter’s petition that SCOTUS hear an appeal of his state’s same-sex marriage ruling. Equality Case Files has the motion: The Court has already granted four petitions for writs of certiorari to decide the questions presented in this case. There is no cause to add yet …

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Tony Perkins Cheers Idaho Rights Vote

“In Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Texas, Republicans are moving quickly on measures that would penalize any government employee caught issuing same-sex ‘marriage’ licenses — regardless of the courts’ orders. Meanwhile, Utah, North Carolina, and South Carolina are desperately trying to give cover to anyone with religious objections to same-sex ‘marriage’ by drafting bills that would give government officials the ability …

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IDAHO: State House Committee Kills “Add The Four Words” LGBT Rights Bill

Via Boise Public Radio: After more than 20 hours of public testimony, the Idaho House State Affairs Committee decided to kill the “Add the Words” bill that would ban discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Idahoans. In the nine years that LGBT activists have been fighting for it, this is the furthest the bill has come. Some of …

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Idaho House Committee Hears Testimony On “Add The Words” LGBT Rights Bill

On Monday, the Idaho House State Affairs Committee heard public testimony on the bill that would add the words “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to the state’s Human Rights Act. Via the Associated Press: Overall, lawmakers were largely silent during the hearing, asking only a handful of follow up questions and withholding comments. The committee — made up some of …

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