National Alliance Names Nonini as one of 20 Charter Champions for 2018

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (National Alliance) announced today that 20 local, state, and federal elected officials have been named 2018 Champions for Charters. This year’s bipartisan cohort (comprised of 11 Democrats and 9 Republicans) joins a distinguished body of Charter Champions dating back to the award’s inception in 2006. 2018 honorees include:

Federal Charter Champions

State and Local Champions

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Investing in the Gem State’s Future

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May 08, 2018 at 5:43 pm | By KAYE THORNBRUGH Staff Writer

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Bob Nonini got an earlier start in politics than most.

When he was young, his mother was an elected official in Shoshone County–the lone Republican in a political scene that was largely dominated by Democrats at the time. Nonini said people often told his mother that it would be easier to get elected if she ran as a Democrat.

“As a young boy, I asked why she didn’t. She said it was about principles,” Nonini said. “The principles of the Republican party were more important than her job.”

His mother’s commitment to her principles has stayed with him all his life, he said, and it’s had a major impact on his own political career. A member of his mother’s chosen party, Nonini has been involved in Idaho politics at the county and state levels for 30 years.

“I want to take my passion for Idaho politics to a new level,” he said. “That’s why I’m running for lieutenant governor.”

In particular, Nonini is focused on education and economic development. Idaho is a diverse state, he said. Each region has something to offer, from agriculture in Eastern Idaho to technology in Boise and mining and timber in North Idaho.

Nonini was born in Wallace and attended North Idaho College. For 19 years, he’s been married to Cathyanne, a concert violinist with the Coeur d’Alene Symphony. They have a daughter, Kristin, and two grandsons.

Outside of politics, Nonini works in insurance. It’s a good fit for him, he said, because he’s a people person above all.

“I like helping people take care of their family’s needs and plan for their future,” he said.

It’s true in politics as well as insurance. He’s invested in the Gem State’s future.

Idaho is one of the fastest-growing states in the country,and it’s easy to see why, Nonini said. The state offers a relatively low cost of living with a high quality of life. Idahoans enjoy many natural resources and activities–from skiing and boating, to fishing and camping, to biking the Centennial Trail and the Route of the Hiawatha.

But an influx of new residents could lead to a cultural shift. Nonini said it’s important to preserve Idaho as it is for future generations, and keep it affordable for the people who live here now.

“I like Idaho. I don’t want it to change,” he said. “I’m fine with growth, but I hope people who move here can accept Idaho ways… I want to make sure the quality of life in Idaho does not decline.”

Paid for by the Committee to Elect Bob Nonini for Lt. Governor – Treasurer R. Scot Haug


Age: 63

Residence: Coeur d’Alene

Born: Wallace

Education: Wallace High School, North Idaho College

Favorite Book: Hard to choose just one. I like political fiction.

Favorite Movie: “The 10 Commandments”

Favorite musical genre: ‘60s and ‘70s rock and roll

Hobbies: golfing, skiing, boating and yard work

Person who influenced you most in life: My mother. Her work ethic and political activity have been the biggest influence on my life.

Quality you admire most in someone else: Honesty

Favorite quote: “Plant your seeds firmly in the ground and don’t move from that position.”

The main thing I want people to know about my life is: I married Cathyanne. She’s the greatest part of my life. I can’t say enough about how lucky I am.

The best thing about my work is: Being able to help people, whether through insurance or the legislature.

People would be surprised to know that: I look forward to going to church every weekend.

On a day off, I will most likely be found: At home with Cathyanne. I’m a homebody.

My favorite thing about Idaho is: How friendly the people are.

My perfect day is: Breakfast on the patio (poached eggs and toast), a boat ride from my house to The Coeur d’Alene Resort golf course, and making a par on the floating green.

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.”