Yesterday and today were monumental days in legislative hearings.
First the good news.
This morning the House State Affairs committee passed the Nullification bill out of committee with a vote recommendation of DO PASS to the floor.
it was a 14 to 5 against vote
You should be aware that Rep. Eric Anderson from District 1 in Boundary / Bonner Counties voted against the bill and he was the only Republican that sided with the Democrats which were all against it.
Now the bad news and the urgent
request for help.
Please take some time and write a letter or send and email to every member of the House. Time is critical. It could be on the House floor by this Friday (today).
The House Jud & Rules committee voted to pass out of committee HB-111 Giving Indian tribes in the State unchecked Idaho state police powers, leaving open the ability of the tribes to use their tribal court system in which non tribal citizens have zero chance of due process and guaranteed protections under our laws.
Despite the fact that the Sheriffs Assn. as a body opposed this. the Assn. Counties opposed this, and the Prosecutors Assn. which was still on record from last year Opposed this. Disregarding the factual testimony against this, instead choosing in favor of false and misleading statements, they still passed it out of committee with a DO PASS recommendation. These governmental bodies represented tens of thousands of Idaho citizens, This bill is for one tribe only, the Coeur d’Alene tribe, and is against one county and its citizens which dared to stand up and tell the tribe to stop abusing our rights, We refused to submit and acquiesce to their iron fisted tactics against non tribal people of Idaho and our visitors.
If this passes into law there is and never will be any incentive for a tribe to negotiate, they will have proven that they can buy the rights of the people and the political will of its elected government.
When do these legislators think that our constitutional civil rights apply to all citizens? Why is it that a small group whose entire membership is based on race, that are afforded special privileges and opportunities that are not afforded to all. A wealthy select group that uses our own governmental body, of whom the do not recognize as having any authority over them, to strip us of being able to determine what is right for our communities?
When can we the people ever say NO? When the answer is never as it is in this legislation, my friends you have the perfect definition of communism and tyranny!
They have sold our civil and constitutional rights to have a representative government, They gave our voice no credence what so ever. There is no recourse when the tribe resumes their systematic shakedowns and abuses of non tribal citizens.
What this committee has done is sold Benewah county and its ability to determine what is right for them to the highest bidder. It is as if we have been shackled and have duct tape over our mouths and we sat watching helplessly as our rights to say no to abuse and aggression were sold as if a slave on the auction block.
I asked Matt Shay less than two weeks ago when is the right time to resist with more than just talk, His reply to all of in CDA that day “was when they come for your neighbors stuff”.
Folks I can think of no other “stuff” more valuable to all of us that the right to self determination, to say no to abuses, to revere and preserve our civil and Constitutional rights.
The citizen’s of Benewah County and all of the citizenry of Idaho that dares to use state highways and county roads that happen to pass through an Indian reservation have just had their “stuff’ taken from them.
Please we plead with you to rise up stand
with us and not let this happen to Benewah
County and all of Idaho. We must kill this
on the Floor of the House or we will have
lost the ability to stop it.
Here are the 9 members of that committee that worked so hard to strip us of our unalienable rights as enumerated in the US and Idaho Constitutions, and our civil rights in US Law.
Grant Burgoyne (D) Dist. 16 Boise (Received $1500.00 from the CDA tribe in 2010, was the main voice and mover and shaker to put this out onto the floor with a do pass recommendation)
Wendy Jaquet (D) Dist 25 Ketchum (Received $750.00 FROM CDA and Sho/Ban tribes.)
Bill Killen (D) Dist 17 Ada (Received $1000.00 from CDA tribe in 2010.)
Republican Hall of Shame
The top dollar award for our being sold out by a Republican is Mack Shirley Dist 34, Rexburg He got $750.00 from the tribes.
The top winner for new freshman of this distinction is Kathleen Sims from Dist 4 CDA. She took $500.00 from the CDA tribe, and Also took money from conservatives. She did not vote for Conservative values. Contact her conservative contributors and let them know how you fell. Ken Roberts, House Majority Caucus Leader, Wayne Hoffman – Idaho Freedom Foundation, Kelso Starr CDA Atty.
The following list are new Republican freshman legislators who were not expected to win and were wild cards, They did not receive and money in 2010, but based on the past history of the tribe compensating their friends after HB 500 hearing last spring 2010 I suspect that soon they will have sizable donation sent to their campaign funds.
Christy Perry Dist 13 Nampa She commented several times she knew what was best for the people, apparently more than the people do.
Linden Bateman Dist 33 Idaho Falls
Julie Ellsworth Dist 18 Boise
The chairman Rich Wills received the highest amount is all the House and Senate. A whopping $1750.00 (1500.00 of that from the CDA tribe) He as chairman allowed a full hour to the tribes Lobbyist Bill Roden and the tribes undeclared lobbyist Helo Hancock to pitch this bill. At the end to wrap up Bill Roden was to have 3 mins and the Chair gave him 15 min. He stripped the ability of our sheriff the ability to really give concrete examples of what is and has been happening. By his rules our sheriff was forced to strike out 3/4 of what needed to be told. You can see which side he was on
I can here the tribal lobby saying “well done our good and faithful servants”.
It shows a distinct pattern of political influence garnering through a persuasive green machine. Idaho is for sale. And the tribe has spent $74,770.00 dollars in 2010 alone to our State government elected officials. The apparent targeted committees are the ones in which they wanted help to get this HB 111 through.
Kootenai County residents- Your 3 commissioners were all so willing like lap dogs to throw their neighbor under the bus. Todd Tondee at the last minute (not signed up to testify) stepped at the last moment and told the committee that they thought it was OK to give the tribe what they wanted. One county who is getting financial perks from the tribe, sells out it neighbors. Like they are standing guard while the tribe is taking our “stuff”. Jai Nelson, who ran as a Conservative Republican stated after when asked her opinion that “the tribe wanted it so we should give it them”. What? that sounds an awful lot like a democrat speaking. Take notes for the next election cycle.
As the Russian Proverb states ” where money talks, the truth is silenced”. We have and are seeing it alive and well in Idaho
Thanks for taking the time to write to the House leadership and members to get HB 111 stopped on the house floor.