A Steven Thayn mystery tour

Sens. Russell Fulcher and Steven Thayn are speaking to a Coeur d’Alene group next Monday — but one of the organizers says the agenda is about policies, not politics.

The group calls itself MP2 — and according to its Facebook page, the group says its goal is to increase prosperity “by motivating people to become more productive.”

Here’s how MP2 secretary Melissa Thomas described the North Idaho College forum, according to Dave Oliveria’s Huckleberries Online blog at the Spokane Spokesman-Review: “This will be a panel discussion with local legislators previewing legislation dealing with Common Core, county indigent fund, Medicaid expansion, Obamacare, and other education issues.”


Sen. Steven Thayn, R-Emmett

Of course, neither Fulcher nor Thayn are what Panhandle voters would consider “local legislators.”

Fulcher has one obvious motivation for a long road trip; the Meridian Republican is openly talking about challenging Gov. Butch Otter in May. But what about Thayn? While he represents a far-flung legislative district — stretching across Boise, Custer, Gem, Lemhi and Valley counties — Thayn’s district doesn’t quite extend to North Idaho.

Recently, Thayn told Idaho Education News that he wasn’t looking at running for state superintendent of public instruction. “I have no plans to run for another office. I suppose it is slightly possible; however, I don’t see why I would.”

Which may be so.

But two things are worth keeping in mind.

Thayn recently co-wrote a recent letter panning the Idaho Core Standards, one of Superintendent Tom Luna’s favorite initiatives. And Coeur d’Alene is a long way from Thayn’s home district.

  • Kevin S. Wilson

    What’s the mystery? Steven Thayn has a long history of pandering to the Tea Party, whether they reside in his district or 300+ miles to the north. By appearing in Coeur d’Alene, he’s taking advantage of yet another opportunity to shout into an echo chamber. Even less mysterious is the group MP2. A quick glance at its 118 members reveals it to be nothing more than a predictable, familiar assortment of extremists, right-wing ideologues, Libertarian scofflaws, conspiracy theorists, and the tattered fringe of the Idaho Tea Party. Y’know, the usual suspects.

    They’ll welcome Thayn with open arms as he showers upon them such profundities as his theory on “The Cause of Poverty.” According to Thayn, writing for the blog of the Gem State Tea Party, “The root cause of poverty is lack of production. Laborers that produce goods and services, which can be exchanged with their fellow laborer for goods and services, are not poor. The poor either do not produce or under-produce.”