Democrats in north-central Idaho took a particular bruising, with House Minority Leader John Rusche (D-Lewiston) and Sen. Dan Schmidt (D-Moscow) going down to defeat and Republican Thyra Stevenson regaining a House seat vacated by outgoing Lewiston Democratic Rep. Dan Rudolph.
Idaho Democratic Party officials in Boise have decided to pull a party field organizers out of Legislative District No. 1 because the operative claims he was being "stalked and harassed" by supporters of incumbent Republican Rep. Heather Scott.
Among the highlights was Ybarra's request to return discretionary funding—used by school districts for staffing, utilities, supplies, transportation and curriculum—to Fiscal Year 2009 levels. The proposed discretionary funds is approximately $25.6 million, about $1.8 million higher than FY 2016.
Sen. Lee Heider (R-Twin Falls) concedes the debate is still a "freedom of religion issue," but Rep. John Gannon (D-Boise) says he's prepared to present the bill again with what he calls "new evidence."
One of the new federal stipulations for the program requires participating physicians to store the drug in a safe in their medical practice, which would be inspected by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency.
IDHW Director Dick Armstrong told the Joint Finance Appropriations Committee on January 18 that PCAP would require nearly $48 million in state funding over two years with $18 million required in its first fiscal year.
"For some, this will be the first in a long chain of academic struggles throughout their childhood. The Boys & Girls Clubs Year One Program hopes to help these kids catch up and reemphasize what they are learning in school."
Racing in the Au Revoir and the Idaho Cup Juvenile will be Scott Stevens, brother of Idaho racing legend Gary Stevens. With more than 30,000 starts of his own, Scott Stevens' horses have won $36 million.
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