Idaho Speaker Bedke headed for new speaker training, courtesy of big business

House Speaker Scott Bedke will leave his gavel with Majority Leader Mike Moyle on Thursday and Friday to attend orientation for more than 20 new speakers at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas.

The training is sponsored by the Massachusetts-based State Legislative Leaders Foundation and runs Thursday through Saturday in Austin, hosted by Texas Speaker Joe Straus. The group also holds annual meetings for speakers.

"Previous speakers have told me that it's very good training, will broaden my perspective and at least one of them said I needed that," said Bedke, R-Oakley, after announcing his absence to the House Wednesday.

His predecessor, Rep. Lawerence Denney, R-Midvale, went to the orientation six years ago. "Let's put it this way: The whole time he is at this training he will be outside his comfort zone," Denney said. "One of the things I remember is role playing. I was the union boss, which was totally out of my category. But it's fun and it's a learning experience."

The three days of training is paid for by the foundation, which is funded by a Who's Who of corporate America.

Among the sectors on the foundation's Advisory Council are agriculture, communications, energy, entertainment, finance, insurance, media, retail, technology, telecom and transportation. Manufacturers of automobiles, beer, cigarettes, computers, drugs, liquor, software, textiles and wine, among others, help fund the group.

The group was founded in 1972, with a grant from the Ford Foundation.

Here's the pitch on the 2013 training:

In January 2013, at least 20 Speakers of the House will take the gavel for the first time. Not a record turnover but pretty darn close and to make it really interesting, all these new Speakers take office at one of the most critical junctures in America’s history.

Digging out of a deep, deep recession; implementing a far reaching new healthcare law; contending with ever spiraling costs for just about everything; and, of course, confronting the continuing sharp partisanship that has so often thwarted sound compromise—these are just a quick sampling of what awaits these competent men and women.

The State Legislative Leaders Foundation and the National Speakers Conference are again offering our nation’s top legislative leaders an opportunity to come together to discuss, debate and learn, from a faculty that includes nationally recognized scholars and experienced Speakers of the House.

h, great -- an ignorant

h, great -- an ignorant person learning new skills for imposing his ignorance on others.

What?

I don't know what you are trying to say with the beginning of your statement. Even when I disagree with Bedke, I have never found him to be ignorant. Having a different opinion or view of the issues doesn't make one ignorant. There are a few ignorant legislators at the Statehouse, but Scott Bedke isn't one of them.

Your shoe fits in your Mouth well

Speaking of ignorant...you must be staring in the mirror. Of the dozens of my friends, business associates and contacts in Magic Valley...without exception think Bedke is a quality, honest and yes, smart individual. You're simply a turd with a computer.

Mr. Bedke is a capable leader.....

Bad form. Mr. Bedke is a capable leader.....

Jury is still out on whether

Jury is still out on whether Bedke is a capable leader or not. To be determined.

Are we trying to skirt the censor with abbr's folks?

The Abbr's and acros are getting pretty petty.

----------

People are broad-minded. They'll accept the fact that a person can be an alcoholic, a dope fiend, a wife beater and even a newspaperman, but if a man doesn't drive, there's something wrong with him.

Big Business

Shall we list all the big businesses and how they help the "liberal" agenda.

Education is good right?

JA Albertson Foundation goes to all of Idaho
Micron Foundation = BSU Engineering
Simplot Ski lodge
Microsoft helping the world
Buffett foundation helping the world

If it's a good training program, who cares where the money came from?

Hey, is there ANY money in America that doesn't come from Big Business?

So I guess liberals are stuck sucking up to Big Business too, if they want to get anything done.

Is there any money in America that doesn't come from

Big Business? You're kidding, right?

I care where the money comes from, but am fine if there is transparency in the source.

then stop buying everything and live in a tree

and find one that doesn't belong to somebody

hi there homeless person

----------

People are broad-minded. They'll accept the fact that a person can be an alcoholic, a dope fiend, a wife beater and even a newspaperman, but if a man doesn't drive, there's something wrong with him.

Question...

Do the lobbyists for each of as they call them sectors come with the training?

Lobbyists come free for all legislators.

You don't need to be Speaker or go through any special training. :)

Lobbyists

No doubt in my mind you are absolutely right and there is no aisle between. That in my mind is the biggest thing we could do, get rid of them.

What's the matter?

Is the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) otherwise occupied that week, so they have to cede to the State Legislative Leaders Foundation the responsibility of giving Bedke his marching orders?

get your own conspiracy son

----------

People are broad-minded. They'll accept the fact that a person can be an alcoholic, a dope fiend, a wife beater and even a newspaperman, but if a man doesn't drive, there's something wrong with him.

Hmmm...three questions.

1) The 71 Corporations or industry groups are listed as the Advisory Counsel, not sponsors. There are no public representative groups on the list. 2) If Denney went, it would be hard to see that much was learned in terms of the people's business. 3) Is putting Moyle in charge of anything a good idea?

Spot on....all three points.....

Spot on.....all three points. Did Denney attend this conference in years past?

Most importantly, I forgot that Moyle, one of Denney's "baby steps to ethics boys" would be left in charge. Mr. Bedke, please cancel that trip.

why don't you get the baby steppers a nummy?

----------

People are broad-minded. They'll accept the fact that a person can be an alcoholic, a dope fiend, a wife beater and even a newspaperman, but if a man doesn't drive, there's something wrong with him.

fo, you have often displayed

fo, you have often displayed a significant amount of knowledge and shared such with others but these off the wall comments do nothing by negate your image.

Negate her image?

Is that possible?