Senator Nonini sponsored the legislation that created the STEM Action Center

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February 19, 2018 at 1:44 pm | By KATHERINE JONES

This is the time of year that Team Tators lives for.

They exude an energy that is palpable because they have a mere six weeks to design, build and program a robot that is faster and smarter than any of its kind in the world.

It’s not just idle talk and theory. It’s serious work.

So serious, in fact, that in 2015, Gov. Butch Otter created the Idaho STEM Action Center to nurture education in science, technology, engineering and math. The center offers thousands of dollars in grants, teacher training and student opportunities to promote STEM activities, starting as early as kindergarten.

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Senate Panel Passes Senator Nonini’s STEM Diploma Bill

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The Idaho Senate Education Committee passed Thursday a bill to recognize students excelling in STEM disciplines with a special diploma.

The bill, SB 1267, would recognize public school and public charter school students who complete more science and math classes than the three years required by the state.

The director of the STEM Action Center, Angela Hemingway, said Ohio and Colorado have recently passed similar legislation.

Sen. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d’Alene, said he proposed the legislation because of the progress he has seen at the North Idaho STEM Charter Academy.

“There are a number of students in Idaho high schools and Idaho charter schools who do four years of math and science,” Nonini said. “I thought it would be nice to recognize those students with a STEM designation, a STEM diploma, a STEM stamp on their traditional high school diploma — or whatever that particular charter school or school district would like to do for those students.”

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Thousands of Idaho jobs that require science & math are going unfilled

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Nonini plans to keep tire shops, shoe stores busy

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Written by Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Published 12/17/17

For political candidates, few things are more daunting than launching a statewide campaign – especially if they are running for an office that hardly touches the hearts and souls of everyday Idahoans.

Such is the case for those six Republicans running for lieutenant governor in next year’s primary election. A recent poll by Dan Jones & Associates shows “Don’t Know,” as the run-away leader at 59 percent. I imagine that “Don’t Care” would win in a landslide.

A lieutenant governor’s race is one that only political junkies could love. It’s a part-time job, and all that’s required is presiding over the Senate during the legislative session and serving as governor when the real boss is out of town. From there, a lieutenant governor could be doing anything from leading international trade missions to finding somebody at the statehouse to play checkers – depending on what the governor allows. Yes, a lieutenant governor is just a heartbeat away from holding the state’s highest office, but voters typically don’t take the time to think about that.

It would make sense for a gubernatorial nominee to select his/her lieutenant governor as a running mate, but Idaho’s Constitution dictates otherwise.

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Nonini Campaigns for Lt. Gov. Post

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Sen. Bob Nonini, the latest to enter the five-way race for the Republican lieutenant gubernatorial nomination, was in eastern Idaho on Monday to tour Idaho National Laboratory facilities and meet with local political figures and business leaders.

“I can serve with any of the three people who will become governor and give them good assistance,” the Coeur d’Alene Republican said.

Nonini said he announced a year-and-a-half ago his support for Lt. Gov. Brad Little’s gubernatorial bid, and he hasn’t changed his endorsement. But he said he would be an asset if either Rep. Raúl Labrador or Boise businessman Tommy Ahlquist won the Republican nomination.

A.J. Balukoff has announced he’s seeking the Democratic nomination.

Nonini first won an Idaho House seat in 2004, winning all his reelection bids until 2012, when he successfully ran for a Senate seat. The lifelong Idaho resident has been re-elected to the Idaho Senate twice since then.

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Republican Idaho Senator Bob Nonini raises $75,000 for Lt. Governor campaign in first three weeks!

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On October 10th, 2018 Senator Bob Nonini made his announcement to run for Lieutenant Governor. Since then, Bob Nonini has been traveling the state speaking to voters, gathering endorsements, and fundraising.

“I want to be Idaho’s next Lieutenant Governor focusing on education, economic development and affordable quality health care. My 25 plus year track record in Idaho proves my dedication to this state, to being a conservative, and an effective legislator. I am honored and blown away by the support I have received thus far. I look forward to continuing to visit with voters and earning their support.” said Nonini.
Bob Nonini has raised $75,000 in the first three weeks of the campaign with ALL of his funds raised coming from family or within the state.

“The office of Lieutenant Governor calls for someone with deep ties in Idaho and elected Republican experience. I am dedicated towards continuing the local momentum and not being influenced by out of state special interest dollars.”

Nonini makes bid for Idaho lieutenant governor

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The following article was originally published in The Coeur d’Alene Press on October 11, 2017, by Staff Writter, Maureen Dolan. It has been republished here with express permission from The Coeur d’Alene Press.

COEUR d’ALENE — Sen. Bob Nonini believes his conservative voting record, years of experience and Idaho roots will help him win the Republican nomination for Idaho lieutenant governor in 2018.

Nonini, who grew up in Wallace and has lived in the Coeur d’Alene area for 35 years, filed his candidacy paperwork Tuesday with the Idaho Secretary of State’s office.

A Idaho state senator since 2013, Nonini previously served from 2004 to 2012 in the Idaho House of Representatives.
Nonini, 63, said that at this stage in his career, with an open lieutenant governor’s seat, the time is right for him to seek election to the position.

“I’m a passionate guy. That doesn’t mean everyone always agrees with me, but I have passion, and I want to continue to use that passion to do more for the state of Idaho and have maybe a bigger platform,” Nonini said. “I think the lieutenant governor’s seat allows me that platform.”

He said the good relationships he has developed through the years with his colleagues in the Idaho House and Senate will help him, as lieutenant governor, to promote the issues he thinks are most important: education, economic development and quality affordable health care.

Education has long been one of Nonini’s priorities as a legislator. He now serves on the Senate Education Committee and chaired the House Education Committee from 2006 to 2012.

A longtime supporter of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), Nonini in 2015 helped form the STEM Caucus, a bipartisan group of state lawmakers who promote education in those fields. He also helped create the STEM Action Center in Boise.

Technology has changed the way business is done, Nonini said, including in Idaho’s natural resources industries and agriculture. Idaho workers now need training to use those technologies throughout the state, he said.

“When I say education is a platform of mine, it ties in then, to economic development,” Nonini said.

Regarding health care, Nonini said he was against the Affordable Care Act and opposed the state insurance exchange now in place in Idaho. He said he thinks health care can be delivered more effectively, and he will continue exploring ways to improve how it’s done in the state.

Since sitting Lt. Governor Brad Little announced he is running for governor, several Republican candidates have entered the lieutenant governor race, including some legislators Nonini has worked with through the years.

Among his opponents are Sen. Marv Hagedorn of Meridian, Rep. Kelley Packer of McCammon, former Rep. Janice McGeachin of Idaho Falls and former Idaho GOP Chairman Steve Yates of Idaho Falls.

He said he knows Yates, but not as well as he knows the others running.

Nonini said he worked with McGeachin in the House and has served alongside Hagedorn, and he considers them friends. Of Packer, who he never worked directly with but knows from “across the rotunda,” he said, “She’s a nice lady.”

“I don’t want to make it contentious. I want to have the best person win, and I think I’m the best person by far,” Nonini said. “You look at closed Republican primaries, and they’re going to look at who the most conservative person is… I believe I have the best voting record among conservatives.”

Senator Nonini Appointed to Idaho’s Higher Education Task Force

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The following is excerpted from the website on February 1, 2017.

Membership Announced for Higher Ed, Workforce Development Task Forces

(BOISE) – Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter announced the full membership rolls today for two new task forces created to study and recommend how best to address Idaho’s “K-through-Career” education and job training needs beyond high school.

The Governor’s 36-member Higher Education Task Force and 17-member Workforce Development Task Force both have scheduled organizational meetings in Boise on Friday, February 10th to begin their work. They are patterned on the Governor’s successful Task Force for Improving Education, which submitted 20 recommendations for K-12 public school reforms. The State now is in the third year of a five-year plan for implementing those recommendations targeting teacher pay, preparation and professional development, local school accountability, post-secondary counseling, classroom technology and student performance.

“I’m excited to see such great willingness to participate in this important process. These citizens are eager to help identify and advance the most effective ways for Idaho to aggressively pursue our goals of educating and preparing more Idahoans for productive careers while addressing the growing employer demand for skilled workers,” Governor Otter said. “Individuals and organizations from throughout Idaho are joining in this effort to improve how we plan, fund and implement public policies that work for the people we serve.”

The Higher Education Task Force, led by co-chairs Linda Clark of the State Board of Education and Bob Lokken of Boise-based WhiteCloud Analytics, includes all members of the State Board of Education, including Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra. It also includes the presidents of Boise State University, the University of Idaho, Idaho State University, Lewis-Clark State College, the College of Southern Idaho, the College of Western Idaho, North Idaho College and Eastern Idaho Technical College.

State Senator Bob Nonini of Coeur d’Alene, Abby Lee of Fruitland and Janie Ward-Engelking of Boise; and Representatives Ryan Kerby of New Plymouth, Ilana Rubel of Boise and Wendy Horman of Idaho Falls also serve on the Higher Education Task Force. They will be joined by BSU student Josh Scholer, CWI student Matt Hauser, and CSI trustee Laird Stone of Twin Falls. The business community is represented by Skip Oppenheimer of Idaho Business for Education, bankers Mike Mooney and Park Price, David Pate of St. Luke’s Health System, Kurt Liebich of Boise-based RedBuilt, Steve Meyer of Boise’s Parkwood Business Properties, and Ray Stark of the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce.

They are joined by BSU instructor and former legislator Wendy Jaquet of Ketchum, retired ISU vice president Bessie Katsilometes, and the Governor’s education adviser, Marilyn Whitney.

The Governor’s employer-driven Workforce Development Task Force is led by co-chairs Brian Whitlock of the Idaho Hospital Association and State Board of Education member David Hill. Its membership includes Bob Boeh of Idaho Forest Group representing natural resources employers, Trent Clark of Monsanto representing agribusiness, Scott Corsetti of Chobani representing food processing, Craig Graf of Meridian-based Micro 100 representing advanced manufacturing, Jeremy Grimm of Sandpoint-based Kochava and Steinar Hjelle of Micron Technology representing high-tech, Tom Harris of Western States Cat in Meridian and Bob Von Lintig of Western Construction in Boise representing the construction industry, Tim Komberec of Empire Airlines in Coeur d’Alene representing aeronautics, and Lonnie Krawl of Idaho Power representing the energy sector.

Task Force members representing workforce training and career-technical education include Staci Low of the West Ada School District, Marie Price of North Idaho College, and Scott Rasmussen of Idaho State University. The Legislature will be represented by Senator Michelle Stennett of Ketchum and Representative Rick Youngblood of Nampa. Idaho Department of Labor Director Ken Edmunds, Division of Career-Technical Education administrator Dwight Johnson and Department of Commerce Director Megan Ronk will facilitate the Task Force’s work and serve as non-voting advisory members.

The full membership lists for both task forces can be found here.