State of Idaho Archives: on Drugs


Michael Crapo: 2012: Pleaded guilty after DUI arrest, and apologized

Mike Crapo announced that he'll run for re-election in 2016, seeking a fourth six-year term. There had been some speculation that Crapo might not run again after his DUI arrest in December 2012, to which he pleaded guilty and apologized. Crapo had long been known as a teetotaler because of his strict Mormon faith. The arrest shocked his supporters.

After the arrest, he told police he had consumed several shots of vodka before going for a drive. He was arrested after making a U-turn at a red light. He registered a 0.11 blood-alcohol level at the scene. He was sentenced to a $250 fine, a suspended 180-day jail sentence, an alcohol awareness program and a one-year license suspension.

After his guilty plea, Crapo told reporters he had started drinking at home during the previous year in a misguided attempt to relieve stress, and regretted bringing shame to himself and his faith. "I'm swearing off alcohol and I am not going to continue to drink," he said then.

Source: Spokesman-Review coverage of 2016 Idaho Senate race May 13, 2015

Gary Peters: Implement voter legalization of medical marijuana

Gary Peters and his opponent, Rocky Raczkowski, are like two bad sports talk radio partners: they simply disagree on everything. (Except immigration, a hot button issue in which pandering to either side can seriously jeopardize your campaign.)

The two candidates have become cartoon caricatures of their respective parties. Peters gets painted as a flaming liberal who kowtows to the "socialist" liberal agenda and Raczkowski is deemed a tin-foil hat wearing ultra right-wing lunatic. Case in point: this Freep summation of their positions on the only other 3 issues in this election:

Source: Michigan Lawyers Weekly on 2014 Idaho Senate race Sep 10, 2010

Rocky Raczkowski: No further expansion of medical marijuana laws

Gary Peters and his opponent, Rocky Raczkowski, are like two bad sports talk radio partners: they simply disagree on everything. (Except immigration, a hot button issue in which pandering to either side can seriously jeopardize your campaign.)

The two candidates have become cartoon caricatures of their respective parties. Peters gets painted as a flaming liberal who kowtows to the "socialist" liberal agenda and Raczkowski is deemed a tin-foil hat wearing ultra right-wing lunatic. Case in point: this Freep summation of their positions on the only other 3 issues in this election:

Source: Michigan Lawyers Weekly on 2010 Idaho House race Sep 10, 2010

Tom Sullivan: No mandatory prison for drugs, yes substance-abuse treatment

Q: Do you support programs that provide prison inmates with substance abuse treatment?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support mandatory prison sentences for selling illegal drugs?

A: No.

Source: Idaho Congressional 2010 Political Courage Test Sep 9, 2010

Raul Labrador: Scholarships for high schoolers agreeing to random drug test

Excerpts from legislation:: Key to the Future Scholarship: pilot program to encourage students to be drug, alcohol and tobacco free. The state board of education shall select one large school district, one medium sized school district and one small school district to participate. Eleventh graders shall complete a form that the student agrees to be drug, alcohol and tobacco free for the entire calendar year, and for the duration of the student's high school age years, and that the student agrees to voluntarily participate in a random drug testing program.

Legislative outcome: Rep. Labrador voted YEA on H 503, Scholarships for Drug-Free Students; bill passed House 55-14-1.

Source: Idaho legislative voting records: HB 503 Feb 26, 2008

Jerry Brady: Cannot just throw people in jail for drugs; more treatment

We are doing a poor job at rehabilitation, especially in regards to drug treatment. Jerry Brady is an advocate of treatment centers in prisons. We can’t simply throw more and more people into jail, where they are exposed to even more drugs. We need drug treatment centers in our prisons now. Jerry believes that by strengthening our education system, from early childhood straight through college, we will cut down on crime and prison populations.
Source: 2006 Gubernatorial campaign website, bradyforidaho.org Nov 7, 2006

Dirk Kempthorne: Target meth with more manpower

We are continuing to fight the increase in the manufacture, trafficking, and use of one of the most devastating drugs we’ve ever faced - methamphetamine. This past year, we shut down 176 meth labs across the state. Our continued success is due to community outreach, public education, and greater collaboration between federal, state, and local law enforcement. I propose that we increase the manpower in our state police this year to further our fight.
Source: 2001 State of the State address to the Idaho legislature Jan 8, 2001

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