The GUARDIAN has been enjoying some summer travel, fishing, and other activities–probably much to the delight of elected politicos. In an effort to offer some topics for discussion we will share some items which have popped up at coffee and lunch meetings.
BATT CHIEFS of Boise Fire Dept. are highest paid city employees, beating out the mayor and most department heads. We haven’t asked for the official numbers, but an insider told us at least one of the unionized commanders earned north of $140,000 last year including overtime. A Nov. 2015 CAMPAIGN FINANCE story might offer some insight.
THE AUDITORIUM DISTRICT spent $750,000 in legal fees in their successful effort to deny citizens a right to vote on debt for expansion. Even more shocking is the total lack of outrage among citizens that three quarters of a million dollars was spent to avoid an election. Disclaimer: GUARDIAN editor Dave Frazier lost that legal battle at the Idaho Supreme Court. Look for more local governments to use the “lease option” for future financing in order to evade voter approval of debt.
DEMS attending the convention in Philly have been looking for charity with on-line “Go fund me” sites.
GULEN SOCIETY which offers Idaho Legislators free trips to Turkey and free meals in exchange for hearing their pitches about funding charter schools are making the world and national news with claims from Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan that Muhammed Fethullah Gulen inspired the recent attempted coup. At least 13 Idaho legislators and their spouses have accepted trips to Turkey as guests of Gulen. The GUARDIAN sees favorable Charter School legislation as the main reason for the lobbying effort along with general support for Gulen.
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