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'Add the Words' hearing about to resume, vote likely to be tomorrow

spokesman.com — The hearing on HB 2, the "Add the Words" bill to add civil rights protections in Idaho for gays and transgender people, is about to take back up this morning. House State Affairs Committee Chairman Tom Loertscher, R-Iona, said the plan is to take testimony this morning until the House has to go on the floor at 11:30, and to return at 5 p.m.

AG's opinion: HB 2 wouldn't force clergy to marry gay couples, wouldn't impair free speech

spokesman.com — An Idaho Attorney General's opinion on HB 2 concludes that the bill as written would not force clergy to marry gay couples, and would not impair any Idahoan's freedom of speech; you can read it here. Both questions were posed by Rep.
Jan 27, 2015

Eye on Boise: AG's opinion: HB2 wouldn't force clergy to marry gay couples, wouldn't impair free speech goo.gl/88a2CA #idleg

Zags making strides defensively

spokesman.com — Back from media day and I took a deeper look at Gonzaga's defense. It's been outstanding the last three games, bouncing back from a rough second half against Pepperdine. Read on for more on the defense, a progress report on redshirts Bryan Alberts and Ryan Edwards and Super Bowl predictions from Kevin Pangos and Mark Few.

Hearing wraps up for evening; will resume at 8 a.m. Wednesday

spokesman.com — Tonight's portion of the two-day hearing on HB 2 has wrapped up; the House State Affairs Committee heard from 25 people tonight, just three of them opposed to the bill, and all the rest in favor. Committee Chairman Tom Loertscher, R-Iona, said the committee will meet again in the morning at 8 a.m.
Jan 27, 2015

Eye on Boise: Tally: 118 people have testified over the 2 days, 70 in favor of HB 2 and 48 against goo.gl/11Shqd #idleg

Jan 27, 2015

Eye on Boise: #AddtheWords hearing wraps up for evening, will resume at 8 am Wednesday goo.gl/11Shqd #idleg

Testimony: 'End a special wrong,' 'Commission serves a great function,' 'Being gay was not a choice'

spokesman.com — In continuing testimony tonight on the "Add the Words" bill: Ben Wilson, a board member of the Interfaith Alliance of Idaho, said, "It is unfair and not an Idaho value at all to discriminate against anyone in the employment or social marketplace. ... No one here wants to undermine religion.
Jan 27, 2015

Eye on Boise: Testimony: 'End a special wrong,' 'Commission serves a great function,' 'Being gay was not a choice' goo.gl/jcpHIn

Testimony: 'Right thing, right time,' 'Nowhere is safe'

spokesman.com — From testimony tonight on HB 2: Larry Chase told the lawmakers, "Never in my business career have I ever seen any difference between gay or straight workers." He said he once had to respond to an age discrimination complaint at the Idaho Human Rights Commission that was determined to be unfounded; he didn't have to hire a lawyer, and the matter was quickly resolved.
Jan 27, 2015

Eye on Boise: #AddtheWords testimony: 'Right thing, right time,' 'Nowhere is safe' goo.gl/gZK32X #idleg

Testimony: 'It's not logical,' 'Telling people they don't matter,' 'All are diminished'

spokesman.com — More testimony: Linda Brown, who spoke at length in opposition to HB 2, said she was born in Tunisia, but can't check the box saying she's African-American. "They want to claim that what is inside their head is their true sexuality. It's not logical," she said. "Observable facts reveal that I am Caucasian.
Jan 27, 2015

Eye on Boise: Testimony: 'It's not logical,' 'Telling people they don't matter,' 'All are diminished' goo.gl/BM5p83 #idleg

Testimony: 'Vagueness in these terms,' 'Discrimination must be stopped,' 'I've been fired for being gay'

spokesman.com — More testimony from tonight's hearing on HB 2: Barry Peters said he thought the term "sexual orientation" in HB 2 could be interpreted as including pedophilia.
Jan 27, 2015

Eye on Boise:Testimony: 'Vagueness in these terms,' 'Discrimination must be stopped,' 'I've been fired for being gay' goo.gl/zasVtk

Spokane River flow rules below paddlers' expectations

spokesman.com — RIVERS -- The state of Washington adopted instream flows for the Spokane River today, but the levels are likely to disappoint rafters and environmental groups, who had pushed for higher flows, according to a story just filed by S-R reporter Becky Kramer.

Testimony: 'Not a choice,' 'Right side of history,' 'Look into your hearts'

spokesman.com — The House State Affairs Committee has resumed taking public testimony on HB 2, the bill to add the words "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" to the Idaho Human Rights Act, to ban discrimination in housing, employment or public accommodations on those bases.
Jan 27, 2015

Eye on Boise: Testimony: 'Not a choice,' 'Right side of history,' 'Look into your hearts' goo.gl/1FmiSj #idleg

Quintrall announces resignation

spokesman.com — The Spokane administrator who led Spokane's engineering, streets, business and other departments, announced Tuesday that she was resigning her position. Jan Quintrall, director of business and developer services, was hired by Mayor David Condon soon after taking office.

Quintrall leaves city

spokesman.com — From the city: Business and Developer Service Director Jan Quintrall, who has led improvements to customer service and investment in the city, announced today that she will leave the City of Spokane. Mayor David Condon named Scott Simmons interim director to replace Quintrall, whose responsibilities include streets, engineering, planning and asset management.

Man killed in crash near Maple Street Bridge identified

spokesman.com — The Spokane County medical examiner has identified the man killed Sunday morning after his car went over the embankment near the south end of the Maple Street Bridge as Chancer M. Prouty, 24. Prouty's cause of death was traumatic dismemberment from multiple blunt injuries, according to a news release.
Jan 27, 2015

RT @rachelwalexande: The man killed in a weekend crash near the Maple Street Bridge has been identified spokesman.com/stories/2015/j…

IFF: 'Add The Words' Misguided

spokesman.com — Discrimination harms society as well as the people victimized by it. We all suffer when people are denied employment, housing, transportation or any other services because of who they are, how they look or act or what they believe. This does not mean that government action can cure the problem.

PM Scanner Traffic -- 1.27.15

Jan 27, 2015

Scanner Traffic @HucksOnline includes latest on device that appears to be pipebomb found at Sherman Ave motel: spokesman.com/blogs/hbo/2015… #cdaid

Jan 27, 2015

PM Scanner Traffic @HucksOnline Budget Saver motel partly evacuated, nearby streets shut after pipebomb device found: spokesman.com/blogs/hbo/2015…

Jan 27, 2015

PM Scanner Traffic @HucksOnline Object that appears to be pipebomb found at East Sherman Ave motel: spokesman.com/blogs/hbo/2015… #cdaid

The Spokesman-Review

spokesman.com — Greg Lee & I counted a few more dozen trees that gave their lives to the Street Department buzz saws since our noon walk Monday. The city crews are concentrating their buzzsaws in the area above the North Idaho College volleyball sand courts east to Hubbard Ave.
Jan 27, 2015

More Dike Road/CdA trees are gone with the chainsaws today as city crews work to stabilize road to satisfy feds: spokesman.com/blogs/hbo/2015…

Vito: When In Doubt, Vote No

spokesman.com — District 1's Vito Barbieri was the only House member to vote "no" on a bill that calls for paying past due bills for firefighting. His reasoning? When in doubt, vote no. Which raises the question: Why was he the only one of 69 legislators who was in doubt?
Jan 27, 2015

Rep. Barbieri explains why he was only 1 to vote against paying firefighting bill: When in doubt, vote no. Seriously: spokesman.com/blogs/hbo/2015…

Wolf advocates petition for threatened status

spokesman.com — PREDATORS -- Overlooking the most astonishing if not over-successful recoveries of wildlife under the Endangered Species Act, pro-wolf groups are still trying to argue that the effort to reintroduce wolves to the Northern Rockies has failed.

Rep. Barbieri: 'When in doubt, vote no'

spokesman.com — Idaho pays its bills for firefighting after the fact - about a year and a half after the fact, after other agencies responsible for part of the costs have paid up, and the net cost to the state is known.
Jan 27, 2015

Eye on Boise: Rep. Barbieri: 'When in doubt, vote no' goo.gl/4fnxQ9 #idleg