Monthly Archives: April 2015

WA Secretary of State Elections Div. on Process to Appoint Replacement for Pullman Rep. Fagan

The Washington Secretary of State’s Elections Division released the following information today (April 30th) on the process to replace District 9 Rep. Susan Fagan of Pullman, who has announced her resignation:

An appointment will fill the gap between resignation of the incumbent and certification of a newly elected representative for this position.

Candidate Filing:  If the office vacates prior to the beginning of Candidate Filing Week (May 11 through May 15), this position opens as a one-year unexpired term on the 2015 ballot during the candidate filing period.  RCW 42.12.040 & RCW 29A.24.171

Candidates would file with the Secretary of State’s office and all rules applicable to candidate filing will be in effect. The filing fee is $421.06.  

Temporary Appointment Process. The process for filling a vacancy in a joint state representative’s position is described in Article II Section 15 of the Washington State Constitution.

Qualifications:  An appointee must be from the same legislative district and be of the same political party as the legislator whose office has been vacated.  Representative Fagan indicates a Republican Party preference.

The process for selecting the appointee: 

  1. The Republican State Central Committee submits the names of three nominees.
  2. From the list of nominees, the county commissioners of Adams, Asotin, Franklin, Garfield, Spokane, and Whitman counties will jointly select an appointee.  The counties have 60 days from the date of vacancy to make the appointment.  The selection is by majority vote.
  3. If, within sixty days of the vacancy, the county commissioners do not make an appointment, the Governor must make the appointment within thirty days.

Here is a link to the state constitution:  http://leg.wa.gov/LawsAndAgencyRules/Pages/constitution.aspx

Here is the language for Article II, for Section 15:

SECTION 15 VACANCIES IN LEGISLATURE AND IN PARTISAN COUNTY ELECTIVE OFFICE. Such vacancies as may occur in either house of the legislature or in any partisan county elective office shall be filled by appointment by the county legislative authority of the county in which the vacancy occurs: Provided, That the person appointed to fill the vacancy must be from the same legislative district, county, or county commissioner or council district and the same political party as the legislator or partisan county elective officer whose office has been vacated, and shall be one of three persons who shall be nominated by the county central committee of that party, and in case a majority of the members of the county legislative authority do not agree upon the appointment within sixty days after the vacancy occurs, the governor shall within thirty days thereafter, and from the list of nominees provided for herein, appoint a person who shall be from the same legislative district, county, or county commissioner or council district and of the same political party as the legislator or partisan county elective officer whose office has been vacated, and the person so appointed shall hold office until his or her successor is elected at the next general election, and has qualified: Provided, That in case of a vacancy occurring after the general election in a year that the office appears on the ballot and before the start of the next term, the term of the successor who is of the same party as the incumbent may commence once he or she has qualified and shall continue through the term for which he or she was elected: Provided, That in case of a vacancy occurring in the office of joint senator, or joint representative, the vacancy shall be filled from a list of three nominees selected by the state central committee, by appointment by the joint action of the boards of county legislative authorities of the counties composing the joint senatorial or joint representative district, the person appointed to fill the vacancy must be from the same legislative district and of the same political party as the legislator whose office has been vacated, and in case a majority of the members of the county legislative authority do not agree upon the appointment within sixty days after the vacancy occurs, the governor shall within thirty days thereafter, and from the list of nominees provided for herein, appoint a person who shall be from the same legislative district and of the same political party as the legislator whose office has been vacated. [AMENDMENT 96, 2003 House Joint Resolution No. 4206, p 2819. Approved November 4, 2003.]

Governmental continuity during emergency periods: Art. 2 Section 42.

Vacancies in county, etc., offices, how filled: Art. 11 Section 6.

Amendment 52, part (1967) — Art. 2 Section 15 VACANCIES IN LEGISLATURE AND IN PARTISAN COUNTY ELECTIVE OFFICE —Such vacancies as may occur in either house of the legislature or in any partisan county elective office shall be filled by appointment by the board of county commissioners of the county in which the vacancy occurs: Provided, That the person appointed to fill the vacancy must be from the same legislative district, county or county commissioner district and the same political party as the legislator or partisan county elective officer whose office has been vacated, and shall be one of three persons who shall be nominated by the county central committee of that party, and in case a majority of said county commissioners do not agree upon the appointment within sixty days after the vacancy occurs, the governor shall within thirty days thereafter, and from the list of nominees provided for herein, appoint a person who shall be from the same legislative district, county or county commissioner district and of the same political party as the legislator or partisan county elective officer whose office has been vacated, and the person so appointed shall hold office until his successor is elected at the next general election, and shall have qualified: Provided, That in case of a vacancy occurring in the office of joint senator, or joint representative, the vacancy shall be filled from a list of three nominees selected by the state central committee, by appointment by the joint action of the boards of county commissioners of the counties composing the joint senatorial or joint representative district, the person appointed to fill the vacancy must be from the same legislative district and of the same political party as the legislator whose office has been vacated, and in case a majority of said county commissioners do not agree upon the appointment within sixty days after the vacancy occurs, the governor shall within thirty days thereafter, and from the list of nominees provided for herein, appoint a person who shall be from the same legislative district and of the same political party as the legislator whose office has been vacated. [AMENDMENT 52, part, 1967 Senate Joint Resolution No. 24, part; see 1969 p 2976. Approved November 5, 1968.]

Amendment 32 (1956) — Art. 2 Section 15 VACANCIES IN LEGISLATURE AND IN PARTISAN COUNTY ELECTIVE OFFICE — Such vacancies as may occur in either house of the legislature or in any partisan county elective office shall be filled by appointment by the board of county commissioners of the county in which the vacancy occurs: Provided, That the person appointed to fill the vacancy must be from the same legislative district and the same political party as the legislator whose office has been vacated, and shall be one of three persons who shall be nominated by the county central committee of that party, and the person so appointed shall hold office until his successor is elected at the next general election, and shall have qualified: Provided, That in case of a vacancy occurring in the office of joint senator, or joint representative, the vacancy shall be filled from a list of three nominees selected by the state central committee, by appointment by the joint action of the boards of county commissioners of the counties composing the joint senatorial or joint representative district, the person appointed to fill the vacancy must be from the same legislative district and of the same political party as the legislator whose office has been vacated, and in case a majority of said county commissioners do not agree upon the appointment within sixty days after the vacancy occurs, the governor shall within thirty days thereafter, and from the list of nominees provided for herein, appoint a person who shall be from the same legislative district and of the same political party as the legislator whose office has been vacated. [AMENDMENT 32, 1955 Senate Joint Resolution No. 14, p 1862. Approved November 6, 1956.]

Amendment 13 (1930) — Art. 2 Section 15 VACANCIES IN LEGISLATURE — Such vacancies as may occur in either house of the legislature shall be filled by appointment by the board of county commissioners of the county in which the vacancy occurs, and the person so appointed shall hold office until his successor is elected at the next general election, and shall have qualified: Provided, That in case of a vacancy occurring in the office of joint senator, the vacancy shall be filled by appointment by the joint action of the boards of county commissioners of the counties composing the joint senatorial district. [AMENDMENT 13, 1929 p 690. Approved November, 1930.]

Original text — Art. 2 Section 15 WRITS OF ELECTION TO FILL VACANCIES — The governor shall issue writs of election to fill such vacancies as may occur in either house of the legislature.

Posted April 30, 2015

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“Important Issue”– Idaho District 5 Lawmakers on Special Session

Idaho Governor Butch Otter has ordered a special session of the Idaho Legislature on May 18th to deal with the state’s child support enforcement issues. District 5 lawmakers say the work needs to get done. Idaho Public Radio’s Glenn Mosley reports. (1:07 )

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(District 5 lawmakers Se. Dan Schmidt and Rep. Paulette Jordan were interviewed at a League of Women Voters event in Moscow April 29th. Rep. Caroline Troy was unable to attend the event.)

The problems started when a House committee voted against a bill on the last day of this year’s legislative session that was meant to bring the state into compliance with federal child support regulations.

When the bill didn’t pass, the federal government told the state it had 60 days to comply or it would lose millions of dollars in funding as well lose access to tools used in enforcing child support.

And so the special session has been called to fix the problem. District 5 State Representative Paulette Jordan:

Paulette Jordan: “I think many of us knew it was coming. The Democratic caucus had certainly tried to bring it back at the end of the session, knowing that we would come back.”

Jordan said the work needs to get done. State Senator Dan Schmidt of Moscow agrees:

Dan Schmidt: “Oh, it’s very important. This is a real important issue for the state and for our families, and I hope we can come to a clear understanding and get this done.”

Those who voted against the bill the first time cited concerns over federal encroachment and international law.

The special session on May 18th will deal with only this one issue, as per the Governor’s proclamation ordering the session.

I’m Glenn Mosley reporting.

Copyright 2015 Idaho Public Radio

Posted April 30, 2015

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Idaho Men’s Golf Sets Records on Way to 2015 Big Sky Championship

It was a historic finish for the Idaho men’s golf team at the Big Sky Championship at the Greekhorn Creek Resort at Angels Camp, California.

The Vandals fired a 10-under-par 276 Wednesday on their way to the 2015 Big Sky Championship. Idaho finished with a 54-hole total of 856, breaking the previous tournament record of 860. At the end, the Vandals were 21 shots ahead of second place Sacramento State.

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(Photo courtesy Big Sky Conference)

“We’ve had a good season,” Idaho coach John Means said in a press release. “We played very well coming into the event. Our goal is to be able to play for the national championship. This is one of he steps we need to accomplish to get there and do that.”

Idaho’s Jared du Toit closed with 6-under-par 66 to win the individual title. He shot an 8-under-par 208 to win by five shots over teammate Aaron Cockerill, and his 66 tied the course record from the championship tees.

“I hit a lot of quality shots and my bad shots weren’t necessarily bad,” du Toit said in a press release. “I did a good job of converting the chances that I did have. It was awesome today.”

Idaho scores included the 66 from du Toit, a 69 from Cockerill, a 70 from Rylee Iacolucci and a 71 from Daniel Sutton on the way to the 276. Sutton tied for third overall with an even-par 216. Iacolucci tied for ninth at 221. Du Toit and Cockerill (-3) were the only two players in the field to finish under par.

Du Toit, Cockerill and Daniel Sutton earned All-Tournament honors.

“I think we were a little nervous the first day,” Means said. “But then the guys played the kind of golf they’ve been playing all year in the final two rounds to convincingly put a stamp on the Big Sky championship.”

Southern Utah finished third overall with an 885. Weber State was fourth with an 890.

Idaho will play in the NCAA Regionals on May 14-16.

For the University of Idaho, it was the third Big Sky championship this week. Other tournament wins came Sunday from men’s and women’s tennis.

Posted April 29, 2015

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Otter Calls Special Session of State Legislature

Idaho Governor Butch Otter has called for a special session of the state legislature tol deal with one topic– the state’s child support enforcement issues. Idaho Public radio’s Jeff Myers was there for the Governor’s press conference Wednesday morning.

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What is this statute, the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act,  that is being questioned?

University of Idaho Law Professor Elizabeth Brandt has a long history of experience in Idaho and family law. She teaches family law, children and the law, and domestic violence and the law. Brandt is a member of the Idaho Supreme Court’s Child Protection Committee and is a past member of its Committee on Children and Families in the Courts. She is also active with the Idaho State Bar Association and is an ex-officio member of the Idaho Family Law Council.

Brandt told Idaho Public Radio’s Glenn Mosley this week that the statute is important because of the unique nature of child support enforcement.

Listen here:

Copyright 2015 Idaho Public Radio

Posted April 29, 2015

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Reno To Host Big Sky Basketball Tournaments

The Big Sky Conference announced last year that it would accept bids from cities interested in hosting the tournaments for men’s and women’s basketball. The winning bid came from Reno, Nevada. The announcement on a three year deal was made Friday at a press conference. Idaho Public Radio’s Jamie Sterbis has more. (:45)

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For more than two decades, the Big Sky Conference has held its conference tournament at the home of the regular-season champion.

But starting in 2016, the Big Sky Conference Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships will be played at a neutral site, the Reno Events Center.

This is Big Sky Conference Commissioner Doug Fullerton:

Doug Fullerton: “Folks, you’re going to like the kind of people we bring as followers of Big Sky basketball to the city of Reno. And they’re going to like the kind of people that they meet here because you’re just like us. This is a great place for the Big Sky to have its tournament. I think it could be a very, very long term, great fit.”

All 12 men’s and all 12 women’s teams from the conference will take part in the championship. The dates and tournament format will be announced at a later date.

I’m Jamie Sterbis reporting.

Online-

Big Sky Conference:

http://www.bigskyconf.com/index.aspx

Posted April 27, 2015

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Idaho Women’s Tennis Wins Big Sky Championship

The entire Big Sky season for the Idaho women’s tennis team– the hours and hours of practice, the ups and downs, the time together, the matches– came down to a freshman at no. 6 singles, Lucia Badillos of La Rioja, Spain.

Doubles and the other five singles matches were concluded. The Big Sky Championship was tied, 3-3. Badillos was all that stood between the Sacramento State Hornets and their 14th consecutive Big Sky Championship.

“Having a freshman be able to handle that pressure for us was amazing,” Idaho coach Mariana Cobra said in a press release. “She lost the first set and was down 4-1 in the second at one point. For her to be able to stay in the match and keep fighting was amazing.”

Sacramento State’s Olivia Boija had been in a similar position last year, and she took the first set, 6-3, but the Vandal freshman came back in the second set with a 7-5 win to force a third. Badillos took the final set 6-3, and Idaho had defeated the 13 time defending champion Sacramento State Hornets, 4-3.

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(Photo courtesy Big Sky Conference)

“Knowing that they have won the past 13 years here says something about us,” Cobra said. “I could not be prouder.”

Idaho began the day behind as Sacramento State took the doubles point with wins on the No. 1 and 3 courts.

“When we went down 1-0 things did not look so great for us,” Cobra said.. “The girls did a great job of staying on the court as long as they could. We knew we had a chance but we had to put our self in that situation. The way the team competed today was unbelievable.”

Singles play was back and forth, in thrilling fashion. Idaho took a 2-1 lead when Emmie Marx and Rita Bermudez won their matches, but then Sacramento State picked up two of the next three points. Idaho’s Sophie Vickers lost, but Belen Barcenilla got the point back, only to see the Hornets tie the match at three-all when Sac State’s Alina Solitanici defeated Galina Bykova at No. 1 singles.

That set up the big finish at no. 6 singles.

“We have been through some adversity this season but the girls have stuck through everything,” Cobra added.

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(Courtesy photo)

Sunday’s Big Sky Championship gave Idaho its second consecutive women’s tennis championship. The Vandals won the Western Athletic Conference a year ago, and now the team heads back to the NCAA Tournament.

Idaho will learn its next opponent and destination on Tuesday, April 28th, with the announcement of the NCAA Tournament field. The selection show will be live on NCAA.com.

Posted April 26, 2015

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Idaho Men’s Tennis Takes 2015 Big Sky Crown

“I am very proud of how the guys played today.”

That was Idaho coach Jeff Beaman, speaking after the Vandals had defeated Northern Arizona University Sunday, 4-2, to win the 2015 Big Sky Championship.

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(Photo courtesy Big Sky Conference)

Idaho will return to the NCAA Tournament for the second year in a row. The program won the Western Athletic Conference Championship last year to advance.

This is Big Sky Championship number 11 for the program, the first since 1978. The Vandals rejoined the Big Sky this season.

NAU had taken the early lead in doubles play. The duo of Jordan Gobatie and Alexandre Locci defeated Idaho’s Cristobal Ramos Salazar and Jackson Varney 8-6, and then Eden Peleg and Adi Zilberstein got NAU on the board with an 8-5 decision over Idaho’s Odon Barta and Felipe Fonseca.

But, the Vandals roared back in singles play, winning four out of five singles matches, three of those in straight sets.

“We had to change our mentality a little bit after losing out on the doubles point,” Beaman said in a press release. “We talked about competing and every player came out and did what they needed to.”

Varney grabbed a 6-4, 6-0 win over Felix Schumann, and Zilberstein responded with a 6-1, 6-1 performance over Alberto Sanz, but the Vandals took the next three singles matches. Ramos took care of Kester Black 6-4, 6-2, while Mark Kovacs earned a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Peleg. Fonseca took his opening set 6-4, and Locci stayed alive with a 3-6 decision in the second. Fonseca took control in the third, winning 6-2 and clinching the title for Idaho.

The NCAA selection show will be Tuesday, April 28th.

Posted April 26, 2015

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