Packed house in Coeur d’Alene for town hall on citizen initiative rights. Stop No. 3 on Reclaim Idaho’s #Idaho Speaks Town Hall series drew a packed crowd at the Coeur d’Alene Library where close to 140 people turned out to debate Idaho’s citizen initiative rights. The event featured all three state legislators from District 4, Sen. Mary Souza and Representatives Paul Amador and Jim Addis, as well as former Idaho State Supreme Court Justice Jim Jones. Senator Jim Woodward of District 1 (Sandpoint) also attended.

 

“The Idaho Speaks tour is proving that Idahoans all over the state are fired up about protecting their constitutional rights to bring ballot initiatives. They have not forgotten what the state legislature did in 2019 and they are ready to defend those rights again next year,” said Rebecca Schroeder, Executive Director of Reclaim Idaho.

Reclaim Idaho kicked of their Town Hall series earlier this month in Boise, drawing more than 100 people. The next stop, in Sandpoint, attracted 80 people including Sen. Woodward. The next stop on the Idaho Speaks tour will take place Aug. 7, 2019 at 6:30pm at the College of Southern Idaho, Fine Arts Building, Room 119.

The Coeur d’Alene event came just days after Idaho’s Secretary of State rejected a campaign finance complaint filed by the “Idaho Freedom Foundation’s” Chairman Brent Regan against Reclaim Idaho, claiming the group was being financed by an out-of-state special interest group.

“While certain partisan groups spend all their time trying to divide this state, we are bringing people together from all ideologies and party affiliations to talk honestly about a vitally important right which every Idahoan enjoys,” Schroeder added. “Tonight’s turnout is a testament to the people of Idaho who are rejecting the anger and fear being peddled by the IFF.”

Reclaim Idaho is the nonpartisan, volunteer organization responsible for getting Medicaid Expansion on the November 2018 ballot. The measure passed with 61% of the statewide vote. In addition to providing healthcare access to tens of thousands of Idahoans, Medicaid Expansion is expected to bring back $400 million in federal funds to Idahoshore up Idaho’s rural hospitals, and create thousands of jobs around the state.

Kauffman elected to vice chair at CSG West. Idaho House Republican Caucus member Rep. Clark Kauffman will be the next Vice Chair of the Council of State Governments West (CSG West). The Nominating Committee’s 12 members interviewed Kauffman on July 17 at CSG West’s annual meeting. The Executive Committee accepted the Nominating Committee’s recommendation two days later. Kauffman’s term starts in January with the expectation that he will become chair in 2022.

“I am humbled and honored by the election,” said Kauffman. “I am looking forward to helping to lead this organization that serves the West, its legislators, and its people.”

CSG West is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that serves the western legislatures of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, the Pacific islands of American Samoa, the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, and Guam. CSG West facilitates regional cooperation, exchange of information and fosters the strengthening of legislative institutions among its 13 member states.  This includes policy forums, sharing of best practices, professional development training, international relations opportunities, publications and institutional linkages with other political entities in the West as well as nationally.