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IDAHO HOUSING ALLIANCE UPDATE
November 7, 2012

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In this Issue:

  • State Legislative Update
  • MHI Legislative Report

 

TO: IHA Board of Directors

FROM: Jack Lyman
                       
RE: Election Result

DATE: November 7, 2012

Here is a summary of the general election results. 

FEDERAL ELECTION
President:  President Obama was re-elected with fewer electoral college votes than he received four years ago.  That has happened only three times before in American history.  Woodrow Wilson was re-elected with fewer electoral college votes as was Franklin Roosevelt in his third and then again in his fourth election as president.

Congress:  The Republicans will continue to control the House of Representatives and the Democrats the Senate.  The Republican majority in the House will be six fewer and the Democrats will increase their majority by two in the Senate.

Both of Idaho’s Congressmen were re-elected with over 63% of the vote.  There was no U.S. Senate race this year in Idaho.

STATE ELECTION
District 1:  Senator Shawn Keough, Reps. Eric Anderson and George Eskridge were re-elected.  All are Republicans.

District 2:  Senator Steve Vick and Rep. Vito Barbieri, both Republicans, were re-elected.  Ed Morse beat Phil Hart in the Republican primary and won the general election.

District 3:  Rep. Bob Nonini was elected to the Senate, Rep. Frank Henderson was re-elected and Ron Mendive won Nonini’s seat.  All are Republicans.

District 4:  Senator John Goedde and Rep. Kathleen Sims were re-elected.  Luke Malek won an open House seat.  All are Republicans.

District 5:  Senator Dan Schmidt and Shirley Ringo were re-elected.  Both are Democrats.  Republican  Cindy Agidius won an open House seat.           

District 6:  Appointed Senator Dan Johnson won election; Rep. John Rusche, House Democrat leader, was re-elected.  Thyra Stevenson  won the open House seat.  Johnson and Stevenson are Republicans. 

District 7:   Senator Sheryl Nuxoll and Reps. Shannon McMillan and Paul Shepard were re-elected.  All are Republicans.

District 8:  Rep. Stephen Thayn was elected to the Senate; Rep. Lenore Barrett was re-elected and Terry Gestrin was elected to the open House seat.  All are Republicans.

District 9:  Senator Monty Pearce, Speaker of the House Lawerence Denny and  
Rep. Judy Boyle were re-elected.  All are Republicans .

District 10:   Appointed Senator Jim Rice won election.  Rep. Darrell Bolz was re-elected.  Brandon Hixon was elected to the open House seat.  All are Republicans.

District 11:  Senators Patti Anne Lodge and Reps. Gayle Batt and Christy Perry were re-elected.  All are Republicans.

District 12:  Todd Lakey was elected to the Senate and Robert Anderst and Rick Youngblood were elected to the House.  All are Republicans.

District 13:  Senator Curt McKenzie and Reps Gary Collins and Brent Crane were re-elected.  All are Republicans. 

District 14:  Rep. Marv Hagedorn was elected to the Senate.  Reps. Mike Moyle (House Majority Leader) and Reed DeMordaunt were re-elected.  All are Republicans.

District 15:  Fred Martin was elected to the Senate in the most expensive legislative race in Idaho history ($150,000+).   Rep. Lynn Luker was re-elected.  Mark Patterson won the open House seat.   All are Republicans.

District 16:  Senator Les Bock and Rep. Grant Burgoyne were re-elected.  Hy Kloc was elected to the other House seat.  All are Democrats.

District 17:  Senator Elliot Werk and Rep. Sue Chew were re-elected.  Former Rep. John Gannon was elected to the open House seat.  All are Democrats.

District 18:  Senator Mitch Toryanski, one of only two incumbents running that lost, was bested by former Rep. Branden Durst, the only Democratic pick-up.  Rep. Julie Ellsworth, the other incumbent running that lost, was beat by Janie Ward-Engelking.  All are Democrats.

District 19:  Rep. Cherie Buckner-Webb was elected to the Senate.  Mathew Erpelding and Holli High Woodings were elected to open House seats.  All are Democrats.

District 20:  Senator Chuck Winder (Assistant Majority Leaders) and Rep. Joe Palmer were re-elected.  James Holtzclaw won the open House seat.  All are Republicans.
District 21:  Rep. Cliff Bayer was elected to the Senate and Steven Harris and Tom Dayley were elected to open House seats.  All are Republicans.

District 22:  Senator Russ Fulcher (Senate Caucus Chairman) and Rep. John Vander Woude were re-elected.  Jason Monks was elected to the open House seat.  All are Republicans.

District 23:  Senators Bert Brackett and Reps. Peter Nielsen and Rich Wills were re-elected.  All are Republicans.

District 24:      Senator Lee Heider and Rep. Stephen Hartgen were re-elected.  Lance Clow won the open House seat.  All are Republicans.

District 25:  Rep. Jim Patrick was elected to the Senate.  Rep. Maxine Bell was re-elected.  Clark Kauffman was elected to the open House seat.  All are Republicans.

District 26:  Senator Michelle Stennett (Senate Minority Leader) and Rep. Donna Pence were re-elected.  Both are Democrats.  Steve Miller, a Republican, won the open House seat formerly held by Wendy Jacquet, the former Minority Leader of the House. 

District 27:  Senator Dean Cameron and Reps. Scott Bedke and Fred Bedke were re-elected.  All are Republicans.

District 28:  Rep. Jim Guthrie was elected to the Senate to replace Democrat Diane Bilyeu, the only Republican pick-up in the Senate.  Rep. Ken Andrus was re-elected.  Kelley Packer won the open House seat.  All are Republicans.

District 29:  Rep. Roy Lacey was elected to the Senate and Rep. Elaine Smith was re-elected.  Carolyn Meline was elected to the open House seat.  All are Democrats.

District 30:  Senator Dean Mortimer and Rep. Jeff Thompson were re-elected.  Wendy Horman won the open House seat.  All are Republicans.

District 31:  Senator Steve Bair was re-elected.  Neil Anderson and Julie Van Orden won open House seats.  All are Republicans.

District 32:  Appointed Senator John Tippets won election.  Reps. Marc Gibbs and Tom Loertscher were re-elected.  All are Republicans.

District 33:  Senator Bart Davis (Senate Majority Leader) and Rep. Linden Bateman were re-elected.  Janet Trujillo was elected to the open House seat.  All are Republicans.

District 34:  Senate Pro Tem Brent Hill and Rep. Dell Raybould were re-elected.  Douglas Hancey was elected to the open House seat.  All are Republicans.

District 35:  Senator Jeff Siddoway and Rep. JoAn Wood were re-elected.  Paul Romrell was elected to the open House seat.  All are Republicans.

The Idaho House will remain split 57 – 13 in favor of Republicans and the Idaho Senate remains split 28 – 7 in favor of Republicans.  The winners in 77% of the Senate races won with more than 60% of the vote (24 Republicans and three Democrats); winners in 74% of the House races won with more than 60% of the vote (49 Republicans and three Democrats).

Twenty-seven of the 35 legislative districts will be represented by entirely Republican delegations and five by entirely Democratic delegations.  Three districts are represented by mixed delegations.

 

To: MHI Members
From: Jason Boehlert, MHI Government Affairs

Re: 2012 Election Results and Coming Lame Duck Session

While commentators will be picking over the remains of the 2012 elections for weeks to come and discussing what the political landscape will look like over the coming year and what impact the elections will have as Congress prepares to return for a lame-duck session, MHI wanted to provide members with some feedback and analysis of the immediate aftermath and outlook for the coming weeks.

While votes in Florida are still being tabulated, President Barak Obama successfully won 303 electoral votes and secured a second term as President.  By winning nearly every key swing state including Colorado, Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin, Obama was able to successfully hold off Governor Mitt Romney’s challenge.  It is expected that once the count is finalized, Obama will also garner Florida’s 29 electoral votes.  Given Democratic gains in the House and Senate, it is not widely anticipated that Obama will seek to strike a conciliatory mood with Republicans on fiscal issues, or on issues related to a softening of Dodd-Frank.

An even more dramatic surprise was the performance of Democrats in U.S. Senate races.  While defending 33 Senate seats this cycle, Democrats were widely predicted to lose (up to) a total of four seats in that chamber.  Instead, Democrats we able to successfully win two additional seats and will expand on their current majority during the 113th Congress to 55:45 (Ds:Rs).  Included in these were victories by key manufactured housing industry supporters Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and current Rep. Joe Donnelly (D-IN).  Rep. Donnelly successfully won the Senate seat in Indiana being vacated by Sen. Richard Lugar (R-IN).

Republicans are still firmly in control of the House of Representatives.  While a number of House races are still being decided, current tallies peg a net Democratic gain of five seats—far short of the 25 needed by Democrats to regain control of the House.

Looking forward, Congress is tentatively scheduled to return November 14 and work up until the Thanksgiving holiday.  The House and Senate would then reconvene in December to complete work in time to adjourn prior to the Holidays.  Issues expected to dominate the lame duck session, include:

  • FY 2013 appropriations
  • Extension of 2001 and 2003 tax cuts
  • Sequestration
  • Increase of debt ceiling

During the lame duck session, MHI will be working to pass legislation (H.R. 3849 and S. 3484) reforming portions of the Dodd-Frank and SAFE Acts.  The session could potentially offer opportunities to attach portions of these bills to larger measures moving through each chamber.  During this time, MHI members a strongly urged to continue contacting their members of Congress to request they co-sponsor either H.R. 3849 or S. 3484.   For more information, access the MHI action alert at www.mfghome.org.

For your further information, the Idaho Housing Alliance Office can provide the following analysis performed by MHI external consultants summarizing the impacts and outcomes of the 2012 election (please email them if you want a copy):

  • Porterfield & Lowenthal:  overview of the impact the 2012 election will have on banking and financial services issues, including an outlook for the 113th Congress.
  • SNR Denton: Broad and in-depth analysis of the 2012 Presidential election, including overview of House, Senate, Gubernatorial elections and ballot initiatives.

In addition, we can also included a win-loss summary of candidates the MHI-PAC contributed to during the 2012 election cycle.  In total, the MHI-PAC distributed in excess of $126,000 to support 59 federal candidates.  Of those candidates running in 2012 (excluding retiring members and Senators not currently in cycle), the MHI-PAC boasted a win percentage of 93 percent.

Please feel free to contact MHI if you have any questions.

 

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Jason Boehlert
Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI)
Vice President of Government Affairs
2111 Wilson Blvd., Suite 100
Arlington, VA 22201
Tel: 703.558.0660
Fax: 703.558.0401
www.mfghome.org


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