On a sunny Monday in January, Reps. Phil Hart and Lenore Hardy Barrett stood on the Idaho Capitol steps and introduced a crowd of Tea Partiers to two pieces of legislation that would have remade the state's economic landscape.

A couple of guys are sitting down to watch a much anticipated football game. The TV--a glorious 40-inch plasma affair--is being paid for in installments to a rent-to-own company, but the happy host has ignored a few weeks of late-payment notices.

Alex Livingston was just 22 years old when his idea for a portable, rechargeable electric car battery swept the 2008 Bronco Venture Championship, Northwest Venture Championship and TechLaunch 5.0 business competitions.

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