Where do candidates stand on ultrasound legislation? Here's a breakdown

Abortion opponents are planning to rewrite their bill requiring women to undergo an ultrasound before an abortion.

But based on our interviews with candidates in contested May 15 primaries, a rewritten bill could face long odds.

In our endorsement interviews — and in our online voter guide — we asked candidates about the ultrasound issue.

Here's where I place the 70 Ada and Canyon county candidates facing contested primaries on May 15:

• Twenty candidates, all Republicans, support the bill or are leaning in that direction.

• Forty-one candidates — 27 Republicans and 14 Democrats — are opposed or are leaning in that direction.

• Three Republican candidates said they are undecided or did not voice an opinion.

• Six candidates — four Republicans and two Democrats — did not respond to requests to interview with the Statesman editorial board, and did not fill out an online voter guide.

Of course, there is a lot of gray in the candidates' positions. For example, candidates who expressed a desire to work on some sort of ultrasound bill fall under the "leaning yes" category. Candidates who question the need for an ultrasound bill, or government's role in this decision, fall under the "leaning no" heading.

If you want more detail, I'd encourage you to read the detailed responses in our online voter guide — or listen to the candidate interviews. But here's my thumbnail analysis:

• District 10 Senate, GOP: Jim Rice (YES), Kent Marmon (NO).
• District 10 House A, GOP: Brandon Hixon (UNDECIDED), Jarom Wagoner (LEANS NO).

• District 11 Senate, GOP: Patti Anne Lodge (YES), Maurice Clements (NO).
• District 11 House A, GOP: Gayle Batt (YES), Greg Collett (NO).
• District 11, House B, GOP: Christy Perry (NO), Matt Dorsey (YES), John Gough (NO), Ronalee Linsenmann (YES).

• District 12 Senate, GOP: Robert Schaefer (LEANS YES), Todd Lakey (LEANS YES).
• District 12 Senate, Democrat: Maria Mabbutt (DID NOT RESPOND), Melissa Sue Robinson (NO).
• District 12 House A, GOP: Robert Anderst (NO), Roger Hunt (YES), Steve Nible (NO).
• District 12, House B, GOP: Aaron Gonzalez (DID NOT RESPOND), Sherri Nible (NO), Rick D. Youngblood (DID NOT RESPOND).

• District 13 Senate, GOP: Curt McKenzie (VOTED YES DURING 2012 SESSION), Hubert Osborne (NO).

• District 14 Senate, GOP: Marv Hagedorn (LEANS NO), Stan Bastian (NO), Gary Bauer (DID NOT RESPOND).
• District 14 House B, GOP: Reed DeMordaunt (LEANS YES), Michael Greenway (NO).

• District 15 House A, Democrat: John Hart (NO), Richard Keller (NO).
• District 15, House B, GOP: Curtis Ellis (YES), Mark Patterson (LEANS YES).

• District 16, House B, Democrat: David A. Honey (NO), Hy Kloc (NO).
• District 16, House B, GOP: Fairy Hitchcock (UNCLEAR), Graham Paterson (NO).

• District 17 Senate, GOP: Thomas Bullock (DID NOT RESPOND), Judy Peavey-Derr (NO).
• District 17, House B, Democrat: Sue Chew (NO), Greg Nielson (NO).

• District 18, Senate, Democrat: Matthew Duncan (NO), Branden Durst (NO).
• District 18, House B, GOP: Brad Bolicek (YES), John Hruby (LEANS NO).

• District 19, House A, Democrat: Mathew Erpelding (NO), J. Dallas Gudgell (NO), Troy Rohn (NO).
• District 19, House A, GOP: Geoffrey Talmon (NO), Mike Washburn (NO).
• District 19, House B, Democrat: Andy Edstrom (DID NOT RESPOND), Brad Goodsell (NO), Holli High Woodings (NO).

• District 20, House A, GOP: Joe Palmer (UNDECIDED), Richard Dees (NO), Chris MacCloud (YES).
• District 20, House B, GOP: James Holtzclaw (LEANS YES), Tom LeClaire (YES), Patrick Malloy (YES).

• District 21, House A, GOP: Steven Harris (NO), Parrish Miller (NO), Robert Simison (LEANS NO).
• District 21, House B, GOP: Thomas Dayley (NO), Charles Hoffman (YES), Lori Shewmaker (NO), Mike Vuittonet (NO).

• District 22, House B, GOP: Michael Law (YES), Jason Monks (LEANS YES), Fred Tilman (LEANS NO), Stephen Warren (NO).

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men women

Of the Republican women I count 4.
2 supporters and 2 against.
Just a quick glance through the list though.

KR, I would be interested in reading a story of why these 4 women decide how they do.


Its ironic the GOP touting less government and yet introducing and passing laws inflicting more government in our lives. Plain as the dirt on their respective faces -- they double speak and don't speak the truth.

Evidently, religion trumps belief in "less government" .


Hypocrisy is a Bipartisan Thing

It is not like either party has cornered the market on hypocrisy. Both like to talk about the rights of the people and the importance of protecting freedom, but they fail to walk the talk. Many Republicans talk about lost liberties but still want the government to tell us what we can and cannot do in our bedrooms and what chemicals we can and cannot put in our bodies. On the other hand, Democrats claim to be looking out for the little guy, but are willing to impose all kinds of taxes and regulations on businesses that often hurt the little guy far more than the big corporations. We would all be far better off if the government (especially the Federal Government) took a more minimalist approach to governing, and let people engage in voluntary transactions as much as possible.

Also, to be fair to Republicans, 27 out of the 47 that responded opposed the bill. That is more than half. I think that Democrats in Idaho would be wise to seek out and engage those more libertarian-leaning Republicans that would at least agree with Democrats on certain social issues, rather than assuming that all Republicans are evil simply because they have an 'R' next to their names.

More Government and Less Personal Liberty

Send friends a copy/link to this list. Politicians hate the sunshine.

also, what they tell you

and how they vote can be two different things.