Bonneville County Republican Party: A Message From The President

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Dear Fellow Republican:

It has been said that actions speak louder than words.  One of the great tools I have found to measure our lawmaker’s efforts is by how they vote on the issues that affect all of us.

Idaho’s own Freedom Foundation is also such a tool that quantifies all of this.

“The Freedom Foundation (IFF) is a non-partisan educational research institute and government watchdog dedicated to improving the lives of Idahoans by promoting private free market solutions, holding public servants accountable, exposing government waste and corruption, and promoting policies that advance Idaho’s independence.”

The report card will measure and define who they really are and what they really stand for through their voting behaviors.

“The Idaho Freedom Index serves as the Gem State’s only conservative scorecard to rate legislators and legislation. IFF analyzes bills affecting economic and workplace freedom, federal dependency and individual liberty.”

Take a look, consider, and see how your state legislator’s are serving you at the following online address:

You may also see timely analysis of legislation issues developing in our Idaho State House by clicking on the following IFF Chart below:

Bill Number Bill Name Last Action Action Date Rating Categories Comments
H0331 Amends existing law to define “powdered alcohol,” to prohibit the possession, use, sale or purchase of powdered alcohol and to provide for the revocation of liquor licenses held by violators. Reported out of Committee, Recommend place on General Orders 1/28/2016 -2 Individual liberty Full Analysis
H0340 Repeals existing law relating to regulation of contraceptives and prophylactics. Reported Printed and Referred to Health & Welfare 1/19/2016 1 Workplace freedom Full analysis
H0372 Adds to existing law to provide that any regulation regarding the use, disposition or sale or any prohibition, restriction, fee or taxation of auxiliary containers at the retail, manufacturer or distributor setting shall be done only by statute enacted by the Legislature. U.C. to hold place on third reading calendar until Monday, February 1, 2016 1/29/2016 1 Workplace freedom Full analysis
H0383 Repeals and amendes existing law relating to the Aquaculture Commission; and providing for the transfer of certain moneys. Reported Printed and Referred to Agricultural Affairs 1/28/2016 1 Economic freedom Full analysis
H0388 Amends existing law to add an exemption to the Public Records Act for certain cell phone numbers and email addresses on file with the Secretary of State’s office. Reported Printed and Referred to State Affairs 1/28/2016 -1 Individual liberty Full analysis
HJR001 Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the State of Idaho to provide that nothing in Section 5, Article IX shall be construed to prohibit the Legislature or any county, city, town, township, school district or other public corporation from making appropriations, payments, grants or donations of public funds or moneys for the purpose of providing grants, scholarships, loans or other assistance to students or parents of students for educational purposes. Reported Printed and Referred to State Affairs 1/28/2016 2 Individual liberty Full analysis
S1194 Amends existing law to remove references to a park model. Reported Printed; referred to Commerce & Human Resources 1/18/2016 1 Workplace freedom Full analysis
S1209 Amends existing law regarding the general powers of the board of trustees of each community college district. Read second time; Filed for Third Reading 1/29/2016 1 Economic freedom Full analysis



Doyle Beck Chairman

An Update from District 30 – Representative Jeff Thompson, Idaho State Legislature

Jeff Thompson

The 2nd Regular Session of the Idaho Legislature is up and running.  There has been a great deal of activity here at the Capitol in Boise.

The session kicked off with Governor Otter’s “State of the State” speech given to a joint session of the House and Senate.  In this speech, Governor Otter presented his spending priorities for the session.

You can access Governor Otter’s full Budget address by clicking here [ ]

It is clear from the Governor’s address, as well as the general feeling among legislators, that Education Funding will be the number one priority this year.  Betsy Russell in her “Eye on Boise” article outlined additional suggested funding items that were discussed.  Here is that story:


Eye on Boise

Gov. Butch Otter gives his State of the State address to a joint session of the Idaho Legislature on Monday, Jan. 11, 2016 (AP / Otto Kitsinger)

*MONDAY, JAN. 11, 2016, 12:39 P.M.*

*By Betsy Z. Russell*

*Eye On Boise *

*Otter concludes address, lawmakers applaud; link to budget docs*

Gov. Butch Otter has concluded his State of the State message to a joint session of the Legislature; as he shook hands with Supreme Court justices on his way off the dais, he joked “Get me outta here!”

Otter’s address touched on an array of themes, but was dominated by education, which both he and lawmakers have made clear will be the top priority for this year’s legislative session.

Read the complete story by clicking here [ ].


JFAC, the Joint Finance and Appropriations Committee, has been conducting hearings each day regarding state agency budget requests. I will work to keep you updated on this hearing process.  During the first few weeks of the session, JFAC has reviewed budget requests from the following:

The Department of Health & Welfare
Hearing Specialists
Mental Health Service
Health Care Policy Initiatives
Psychiatric Hospitalization
Substance Abuse Services
Licensing and Certification
Developmentally Disabled Services
Child Welfare Services
Catastrophic Health Care
Public Health Districts
Division of Veterans Services
Commission on Hispanic Affairs

Please feel free to share your ideas and input on these issues by emailing, calling or visiting me at the Capitol Building or in Idaho Falls as I try to travel home to be there on Saturday.


Rep. Jeff Thompson


Buy Idaho 2016

Rep. Jeff Thompson visits with a vendor during ‘Buy Idaho Day’ at the Capitol.

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 20, 2016, 9:54 A.M.

Eye on Boise by Betsy Russell

*‘Buy Idaho’ show fills rotunda with Idaho businesses, displays, freebies*

Today’s annual “Buy Idaho” show has brought dozens of Idaho businesses to the state Capitol, where they’re offering displays, information, free samples and more on the first, second and third floors of the Capitol rotunda. The show is free and open to the public and runs all day.

Click Here [ ] for the complete story.

Below is a list of some of the issues the Idaho Legislature will address during this session:

The State Budget
Environmental Rules
Job Creation Incentives
Business Rules
Education Innovation
Education Accountability
Education Funding
Senior Concerns
Gun Rights
Transportation Funding

Rep. Jeff Thompson
District 30


* Environment, Energy, & Technology – Chair
* Business
* Revenue & Taxation

Office Address

State Capitol
P.O. Box 83720
Boise, Idaho 83720-0081
(208) 332-1120

Otter Pac created to smear conservatives in PC races.

Ben Gregersen

Reprinted January 18, 2016 Article By Ben Gregersen

A very troubling development is taking place in the Idaho Republican Party. Our Governor is apparently creating Otter Pac to buy influence from local RINO’s and smear their conservative opponent’s running for Precinct Committeeman. Butch Otter is clearly influence peddling which is wrong. Anyone who calls themselves a Conservative should be against this. Our Precinct Committeeman are supposed to be serving the American people from the bottom up, not from the top down. Precinct Committeeman aren’t elected to serve Butch Otter, they are elected to serve the American people. Butch Otter has no business getting involved in local neighborhood races.   Why is Butch Otter doing this you ask? Could it be that he is trying to push Conservatives out of the Republican Party because they stood in his administrations way when they tried to water down the State Republican Party platform at the last GOP Convention? You see, at the last convention the Otter administration pushed to remove the family values and pro-life portions from our Party’s platform. But the conservative Precinct Committeemen united in opposition to the Governors proposed platform changes. I thought it was wonderful to see courageous conservatives standing together and telling our Governor no! A united conservative front fighting for the right things is something we need to see more often. I think it is also likely that the Governor wants to remove conservative Precinct Committeeman because Russ Fulcher nearly defeated him in the last republican primary. Governor Otter won a narrow victory last time. Could it be that Governor Otter is worried that the GOP establishment is losing their grip in Idaho? It is generally understood that Precinct Committeemen are the boots on the ground during these elections. They are the ones going door to door campaigning for the candidates they like. If you get rid of the most conservative Precinct Committeemen, you also do serious damage to Russ Fulcher’s ground game if he chooses to run again. Not only would this do tremendous damage to Russ Fulcher’s campaign, but it would also do tremendous damage to any conservative that seeks to run for public office in Idaho. There is a good reason why the Republican Party in Bonneville County and in Kootenai County are condemning Otter Pac. Both County Republican Party’s have strongly rejected Otter Pac. Bonneville County Republican Chairman Doyle Beck has openly condemned Otter Pac.   “The governor should spend his time governing, what he’s hired to do. It’s got nothing to do with re-election. Therefore it becomes total cronyism. We don’t need that in Idaho. What other purpose or benefit would you get in the next three years with Gov. Otter in donating to his PAC, other than favors?” Beck said. “I think we have too much cronyism already, and this is just icing on the cake.” Beck also said, “This is a grassroots party, let the precinct committee, let the counties become the party. Not from the top down become the party, because you know as well as I know that if you put enough money in a precinct race, you’ll probably dominate that race.” Beck says Otter “has lost his way.” The Kootenai County Republican Central Committee passed a resolution calling on Otter to renounce these activities designed to influence elections of precinct committeemen. The Main Motion reads, in part: “Resolved. That the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee calls on Governor Otter, Idaho State Republican Party Chairman Steve Yates, and all state party officials to support party unity by suspending and renouncing any state wide activities designed to influence the elections of precinct committeemen.”

The structure of our government is intended to be run from the bottom up. This means that the precinct committee person is the closest elected official to the citizens. They are the first contact the people have, and most of them are very good at their job. They know the residents of their districts, they interact with them, and they are involved in many community organizations. To have the election process tainted in anyway is an injustice to the people of Idaho, and a Super Pac designed to do just that should be very unnerving to the people of Idaho.  for further information about Kootenai County click this link.. ( If the leadership in the Bannock County Republican Central Committee had a spine, they would have joined the Bonneville County and Kootenai County GOP in publicly denouncing Otter Pac. It really is a shame that our Bannock County leaders consistently fail to do the right thing. I am proud of the Bonneville County and Kootenai County GOP. I solute them for taking a strong stand against Otter Pac. With Precinct Committeeman elections coming up soon. I just want to encourage the voters to pay close attention to who’s backing each campaign. If your precinct committeeman is being backed by Otter Pac, I strongly urge you to reconsider your vote for that individual, and throw your support behind their more conservative opponent. Ben Gregersen, of Pocatello, is a student at Idaho State University and is the acting chairman of the Bannock County Republican Liberty Caucus. He is also the host of “The Ben Gregersen Show,” which airs on Wednesdays at 9:30 p.m. on Pocatello Channel 12.

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