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Ralph's opponent, Tom Loertscher, has been in office for 24 years, and it's been at least a decade since he has faced a challenger in a general election. This election is important because FINALLY, the citizens of Southeast Idaho will have a chance to CHOOSE how they want their Representative to serve them.

We believe that when you see what Loertscher has been doing in the Statehouse, you will agree that this election matters to us all.

Questionable Decisions in the Legislature of Tom Loertscher
  • Technical Problem?...
    In 2007 a bill widely supported by every county clerk, would have had the clerks send every registered voter a ballot. It would have made elections less expensive for counties and encouraged more people to vote. Tom asked that it be sent to his committee because it had a "technical problem". He said "Don't worry, it won't get stuck in a drawer." It was never seen again... (Spokesman-Review 2/16/07)

  • Honest Mistake?...
    In 2010, after Tom's committee approved a Cost of Living Adjustment for retired State employees, the next day, without a public hearing, and without putting it on the agenda, they reversed their decision. Tom said he, "Just felt like it probably shouldn't go on the agenda"... (Spokesman-Review 2/18/10)

  • Respect for Other's Opinions?...
    In March of this year, an anti-animal cruelty bill was developed by a broad based task force, mostly to make dog and cock fighting a more serious crime. (Idaho is the 4th easiest State in which to abuse an animal). It passed the Senate 34-1, yet when it went to Tom's committee, he never gave it a hearing, thus killing the bill... (Spokesman-Review 3/24/10)

  • Equal Treatment?...
    In 2010, Tom was made chair of an ethics committee to decide if there was a conflict of interest by another Representative who refused to pay his taxes while still remaining a member of the Taxation committee. The ethics committee decided, along strict party lines, that there was no conflict of interest because the Representative in question spoke for an entire class of people who didn't feel they should have to pay taxes... (Spokesman-Review 7/30/10)

  • Conflict of Interest?...
    In 2010, in December, Loertscher's longtime political ally, former State Sen. Stan Hawkins of Ucon, asked Bonneville County's commissioners to delay the mapping of public roads in the Bone area, where Loertscher and Hawkins own land. Hawkins told commissioners Loertscher would be too busy with the legislative session to participate in the process. Hawkins' request was granted. In March, Stuart Davis, lobbyist for the Idaho Association of Highway Districts, introduced a bill that would have guaranteed disputes over county roads first go through a public hearing process and be fought in the courts only as a last resort. The bill, House Bill 246, was printed in the House Ways and Means Committee. Rep. JoAn Wood, R-Rigby, who chairs that committee, has long been involved in legislative attempts to protect public access to county roads. Wood told the Post Register she asked the clerk of the Idaho House of Representatives where HB 246 had been assigned. The clerk, Wood said, told her the bill was in the House Transportation Committee. That was confirmed by Davis and then-House Transportation Committee Chairman Leon Smith, R-Twin Falls. Wood said she next checked with the Transportation Committee secretary to find out when a public hearing would be scheduled. Wood said the secretary told her HB 246 had been moved to State Affairs, the committee chaired by Loertscher. Knowing that only the speaker of the House can order such a move, Wood said she asked Denney why he had taken the bill from Smith and given it to Loertscher. Wood said Denney told her Loertscher came to him and requested the bill be moved to State Affairs. Loertscher told Davis he needed to work on the bill and bring it back next year. The bill died without a public hearing. In April, Loertscher, Hawkins and three other local landowners filed suit against Bonneville County. The lawsuit claims three roads on the county map are actually private and asks a judge to confirm that claim. Had HB 246 become law, Hawkins and Loertscher would have been forced to go through a public process before filing suit. Hawkins and Loertscher's neighbors have requested public hearings on all three roads named in the lawsuit.
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  Loertscher's Campaign Contributors 2008
Who does Loertscher really represent if he only received 2 contributions from people who actually live in the District: two neighbors, one an ex-legislator?

I don't have a problem with lobbyists, I think they're important to the discussion. But decisions should be made based on facts, not funding.

  • Idaho Bankers PAC
  • Idaho Chooses Life PAC
  • Agra PAC
  • House Republican Victory Fund
  • Idaho Committee on Hospitality and Sports
  • Winning for Idaho
  • Idaho Dental PAC
  • Qwest ID PAC
  • Idaho Cable Telecomm Assoc PAC
  • Pacific Corp – Portland, OR
  • Melaleuca Inc
  • Idaho Truck PAC
  • Idaho Association for Good Government
  • Two Jinn, Inc – Carlsbad, CA
  • Avista Corp – Spokane, WA
  • Potato PAC
  • Property Casualty Insurers Association of America – Des Plaines, IL
  • K12 – Herdon, VA
  • Idaho Republican Party
  • Merck – West Point, PA
  • PHRMA – Olympia, WA
  • Simplot Shared Services
  • Walgreen Gov’t Relations – Deerfield, IL
  • Qwest
  • Rocky Mountain Power – Salt Lake City, UT
  • Coeur D’Alene Tribe
  • AT&T – Redmond, WA
  • Idaho Dental PAC
  • Idaho Telephone Association
  • Altria Client Services – Richmond, VA
  • Wells Fargo & Co Employee PAC – Minneapolis, MN
  • Idaho Petroleum Marketers Association
  • Idaho Optometry PAC
  • Idaho Physical Therapist PAC
  • Idaho AGC Inc PAC
  • PAC of Idaho Veterinary Medical Association
  • Johnson & Johnson Services Inc – Scottsdale, AZ
  • Idaho Healthcare Assoc. PAC
  • HCA Good Government PAC
  • Monsanto Company – Saint Louis, MO
  • Idaho Bankers PAC

Loertscher Contributors 2010 as of May 18, 2010

  • Idaho Bankers Association
  • The GlaxoSmithKline PAC – Lindon, UT
  • Idaho Healthcare Association PAC
  • Holloway Properties LP
  • Agra-PAC
  • Blue Cross of Idaho
  • Eli Lilly and Company – Indianapolis, IN

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"Cheers and Jeers: Sending Mom to Work" - A Telling Op-Ed from the Idaho Falls Post Register, 2007.
J. Robb Brady and Marty Trillhaase
March 2, 2007

JEERS to Rep. Tom Loertscher, R- Iona.
Just a few days ago, he helped sink a badly needed improvement in Idaho's day-care licensing program -- ranked the worst in the nation by the National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies.

And here's what he said, "What can we do to keep Mom at home?"

Is this the same Tom Loertscher who in 1996 voted to slash welfare? That change pushed more than 20,000 poor Idaho women into the work force -- and their children into government-subsidized (at a cost of $31.2 million a year) day care. Not that Loertscher has anything against welfare -- provided he's the one getting it. The Environmental Working Group estimates Loertscher has raked in more than $900,000 in farm subsidies during the past 10 years. Included in that is $765,000 he received through the conservation reserve program. Essentially, he got that money for doing nothing.

What a hypocrite.

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Good Bills that Loertscher Voted Against (they passed anyway)

  • In 2008, Loertscher voted against a program to grow the media production industry in Idaho. The Dept. of Commerce would have utilized the program as an economic stimulus and to develop a media industry workforce by providing a cash rebate on specific Idaho expenditures. 45 states are benefiting from similar film incentive programs. The bill passed 51-17-2.

  • In 2008, Loertscher voted against a bill that would end the archaic ban on election day sales of packaged alcohol beverages from state liquor and contract stores and allow liquor by the drink. Wine and beer are already available on election day. Idaho is 1 of only 9 states that still practice Election Day restrictions. The fiscal impact of opening state/contract stores statewide on Election Day would result in an increase of $350,000 and net profits of $122,000 per Election Day. The bill passed 44-25-1.

  • In 2008, Loertscher voted against a bill to create a new pilot Key to the Future Scholarship Program. The program would provide $1,000 per year college scholarships to select Idaho high school students who sign an agreement that they will remain drug, alcohol and tobacco free during 11th and 12th grades, will participate in random drug testing and will maintain at least a 2.5 GPA. Scholarships would be awarded for the first two years of post-secondary education as long as the student remained drug/alcohol/tobacco free while he was in the post-secondary institution. The bill passed 55-14-1.

  • In 2006, Loertscher voted against a bill that would criminalize acts in the form of a misdemeanor committed by any person on school grounds, including pupils, relating to serious threats of violence towards any person in or on school property using deadly or dangerous weapons and or firearms. The bill passed 49-12-9.

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