Thursday, March 20, 2014

March 2014 Town Hall Meeting

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District No. 29 Legislators Elaine Smith, Roy Lacey, and Carolyn Meline in conjunction with the Bannock County Democrats will be hosting a Legislative Forum to give Bannock County residents an update on what is happening in the Idaho Legislature.

The public meeting will be held at Pocatello City Hall, located at 911 N. 7th Ave. on March 28th, from 5pm to 7pm.

They will discuss the 2014 Legislative Session and answer questions from the public. Come learn first-hand about which bills passed, which didn't, and why. They look forward to meeting and talking with Bannock County residents. Light snacks will be served.

March 2014 Central Committee Meeting

democrat-signOn Tuesday, March 25th, the Bannock County Democrats will be holding their scheduled monthly meeting of the Bannock County Democrats' Central Committee, beginning at 7:00 PM and ending shortly after 8:00 PM. Precinct Captains are reminded to attend, and all county Democrats are invited to attend and participate.

This event will be held at our headquarters, which are located at 355 Yellowstone Ave., across the street from Mama Inez restaurant. Entrances are at the front and back of the building, with parking in back.

This month's agenda is available online here. The treasurer report for the month of March can be found here.

Attend Central Committee to get updated with what is happening with the party and our plans for the future. We look forward to seeing you there! For more information about this event, please contact our organization via email at, find us on Facebook or call us at (208) 234-8908.

Bannock County Democratic Candidates Event

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Pocatello — Meet and hear from local Democrats running for county, state and national office this year, including Richard Stallings, 2014 candidate for Congress in the 2nd Congressional District.

Beginning at 10:30 a.m. this Saturday, March 22nd at the Pocatello Labor Temple located at 456 N. Arthur, local citizens will have the opportunity to speak with former Congressman Stallings, as well as legislative and county-office candidates from Pocatello and Bannock County, including:

• Mark Nye, Idaho House of Representatives candidate
• Lin Whitworth, Idaho Senate candidate
• Peggy Evans, Idaho House of Representatives candidate
• Tamara Code, candidate for Bannock County Commissioner
• Robert Poleki, Bannock County Clerk
• Radene Barker, Bannock County Treasurer
• Jared Paul Stein, candidate for Bannock County Assessor

In a legislative year where Idaho Republicans have once again failed to properly fund education, gambled away millions of taxpayer dollars, gave more tax breaks to the 1%, refused to protect those most vulnerable in our state and willingly threw away half a billion dollars over ten years in Medicaid funding, it's time to elect Idaho leaders who will bring sanity back to our state government. Please attend our event this Saturday and meet the candidates who will truly work for you and your family, and for the betterment of Idaho.

For more information about this event, please contact our organization at or call 234-8908.

Monday, March 10, 2014

March 2014 Political Soup

elainesmith The Bannock County Democrats welcome Representative Holli Woodings, the Democratic Party's candidate for Secretary of State, to speak to Bannock County residents via speakerphone about her campaign at their monthly Political Soup luncheon on Wednesday, March 12th.

This event will be held at our headquarters, located at 355 Yellowstone Ave., across the street from Mama Inez restaurant. Yummy food will be served between 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

Holli Woodings founded Woodings Group, which is an energy development consultancy and helped her husband’s company grow from a tiny startup to a thriving small business. She was elected to the State Legislature in 2012 and she was named an Idaho Business Review Woman of the Year in 2013. She has served on the Idaho Council on Industry and helped found the Idaho Clean Energy Association. More information about the candidate can be found at

Political Soup is a great way to stay in touch with fellow Democrats in our area, as well as to pass around ideas and suggestions. Entrances are at the front and back of the building; with parking in back (please do not take parking spaces belonging to businesses along adjacent buildings). We look forward to seeing you there! For more information about this event, please contact our organization at or call (208) 234-8908.

Friday, March 7, 2014

2014: Week 9 at the Capitol

It is my usual practice at this time to write what I feel is important about the week’s Legislative functions.   However, today I am feeling full of emotion and seem to be of the opinion that when we all look at the scope of things we accomplish each day, much of what we do is insignificant.

In our Senate today we had the most moving memorial of Idaho’s fallen soldiers, those who lost their lives this last year. Their names are Thomas Paige Murach, Mitchell Daehling, Octavio Herrera and David Lyon.   These young men gave the ultimate sacrifice so we, as citizens of the United States and the State of Idaho, can carry on with our lives enjoying the freedom that we sometimes take for granted.

Please excuse me for not writing today, but my heart is full and maybe each of us can take a moment to thank these fine soldiers and the others that have defended our Country and our Freedom.

Senator Roy Lacey

2014: Legislative Week 9

Guns on Campus bill was passed in the House by a vote of 50 yes and 19 no with 1 absent.  The 19 no votes were from 13 Democrats and 6 Republicans.  My e-mail was overwhelmingly opposed to Senate Bill 1254 on firearms/concealed weapons on campus.  Nearly seven hours of  testimony occurred last week in House State Affairs.  I believe there were  7 in support of the bill and 41 opposed and 10 others signed to testify, but they left before their names were called.  The bill now goes to the Governor.     

House Bill 548 gives a $126 million income tax cut over six years, and I voted no on this bill.  I believe we need this $21 million annually to be used elsewhere in our state budgets.  I understand this tax cut bill which passed the House will not be heard because  the Senate Committee Chair  where it was assigned is not going to give it a hearing.   The education budget that is coming out of the JFAC Committee is a lot better than the past few years, but Idaho still has a long way to go to get our education funding back to previous years, so I believe no new tax cut is needed now.  

Idaho Democrats are supportive of hearing Add the Words legislation to end discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.  In fact all of us have signed on for the past eight years as co-sponsors.  I do understand the frustration of the people who have sent e-mails and are participating in protests.  However, I do not see any movement by the Majority Party to hold a hearing on a bill to add the words this session.  It will be crucial this fall when there are candidate debates that citizens ask the candidates their opinion on this issue.   

There is a bill back this year that was stopped last year.  House Bill 507 would give up to $10 million in tax credits for investing in scholarships for private schools.  I believe this violates our state constitution, but it also undermines public education.  This bill has passed the House Revenue and Taxation on a split vote and now goes to the entire House.  This bill encourages kids to switch from public to private schools.  There would be a tax credit for 50% of the donation for investing in scholarship and donors could deduct the full donation from their state income tax for a double benefit.  Contact your legislators with your opinion of this bill.

The House voted on House Bill 487 which pertains to Labor Negotiations.  The City of Pocatello, Firefighters Union, and the Police Union are opposed to this bill.  It passed the House on a vote of 44 yes and 24 no with 2 absent and it is now assigned to Senate State Affairs for a hearing.  This bill would not allow either side to discuss negotiations in executive session. 

Thank you for the opportunity to serve as your State Representative.  Please continue to contact me at or 208-332-1031 or 237-1462 on weekends. 

Elaine Smith
District 29