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When Tommy Ahlquist decided to seek the governorship he made a series of critical decisions regarding the team that would make it happen. He hired Travis Hawk as his chief consultant and David Johnston as his campaign manager. He then reportedly hired Greg Stremple as his pollster. All are some of the best in the game and h

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There has been a disturbance in the force. Bill Hall has passed away. The first time I met Bill Hall I was an impressionable 13-year-old in the company of my dad, a force of nature whose esteem was not easily earned. Pointing to a gentleman some way from us on the sidewalk, Dad said, “There’s Bill Hall. I want you to me

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What the Hell is wrong with us? A day doesn’t go by without someone, somewhere, making the national news with a racist act aimed at someone not Caucasian, and therefore, not “a real American.” Makes no difference what ethnic group you’re talking about. Our own president, with more attention paid to his foul mutterin

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This is a summary of a few items in the Idaho Weekly Briefing for May 21. Interested in subscribing? Send us a note at stapilus@ridenbaugh.com. The governor’s primaries are done, with Brad Little winning on the Republican side and Paulette Jordan on the Democratic. A string of other contests, notable among them races for

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Paulette Jordan won a convincing primary victory in her bid to be the next governor of Idaho. She convinced more than 60 percent of Democratic voters that her progressive message would work in November. “I am so moved by the strength and determination of our Idaho voters today. Their voices were heard loud and clear — o

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Watch carefully my friends over the next six months. You can watch the remnants of the Idaho Democratic party commit seppuku – the ritualized form of Japanese hari kari (suicide). In the Democratic gubernatorial primary by a 60/40 margin Idaho Democrats rejected the clearly most qualified, most experienced candidate,

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In choosing Brad Little and Paulette Jordan to be the Republican and Democratic – respectively – nominees for Idaho governor, the voting bases of the two parties made decisions quite a few partisan observers didn’t expect, but that are consistent with their roles as long-standing majority and minority parties

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There is no end to the awfulness emanating from the Whitehouse. Even when Trump is right, he manages to make it wrong just by the clumsy, crass manner decisions are being implemented. Consider: Trump pulled the U.S. out of the Iranian nuclear deal for no good reason, announcing that he intended to reimpose economic sanction

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Tonight, a short running updated blog on the elections. My intent is to keep at it until we get resolution of the key races … as long as that’s tonight … 8:55p Ah, the New York Times has faster data. The Democratic contest foe governor is quite the spectacular. With 17% of precincts in, Paulette Jordan is

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions has ordered federal prosecutors to file criminal charges against every person illegally crossing the border. In order to carry out the order he is sending 35 prosecutors and 18 immigration judges to the border states. As part of this crackdown, Sessions says that kids will be separated from th

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It’s no secret ours has become an ever increasingly crass society. Entertainment, media, politics and even ordinary conversation. Evidence is everywhere. Spend time around an elementary school playground, for example, and you’ll pick up words you might not have heard before. Not that kids know much about what they’re

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This is a summary of a few items in the Idaho Weekly Briefing for May 14. Interested in subscribing? Send us a note at stapilus@ridenbaugh.com. And it’s (almost) all over but the voting, for the primary election at least After more than a year on the campai9gn trial, Raul Labrador, Brad Little and Tommy Ahlquist are about

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White House aide Kelly Sadler recently responded to Sen. John McCain’s principled opposition to Gina Haspel, President Trump’s nominee for CIA director. In an offensive remark that she later called a “joke,” Sadler dismissed McCain’s concerns saying “he’s dying anyway.” A graduate of the Unit

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Primary elections, one which Idaho holds this week, are in a sense first or preliminary elections – hence the name – but for many people they take on another meaning. These are the elections in which major party – Republican and Democratic – nominees are chosen. But that’s not all they are. Non-par

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To those readers who might be interested, I am recommending two books, which reflect my bias. The first is “Hells Heroes,” which hit bookstores this week. Published by Caxton Press of Caldwell, it is my fourth book. It is the fascinating story of how one of America’s hidden gems, Hells Canyon, finally obtained federal

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In an Idaho Public TV gubernatorial debate on April 27, Congressman Labrador suggested that, if elected, he might try to overturn the Medicaid expansion initiative if the voters approve it. He later issued a partial walk-back but still said he would treat the initiative “like any other piece of legislation” and consider

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With the advent of radio and television (suitcase radio), the knock on newspapers was that everything in them was “yesterday’s news.” And it was, of course. But, readers also became listeners and viewers as well. We adjusted to three main sources of information and most enjoyed the mix. With the advent of computerized

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This is a summary of a few items in the Idaho Weekly Briefing for April 30. Interested in subscribing? Send us a note at stapilus@ridenbaugh.com. As votes start to drop, various forms of political conflict accelerate, including sharp discussion about a new form of political mailer. Meantime, the arrival of spring coincides

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For the elected officials in Boise who just wanted to pass laws as they saw fit and be done with it, the initiative had become a nuisance. Now, there is the potential for it to become more than that – as a result of the best efforts to hack it away. The initiative, a process that gained popularity nationally a little

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The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence recently released its Report on its purported investigation into Russian meddling in our nation’s 2016 election. The Report found “no evidence that the Trump campaign colluded, coordinated, or conspired with the Russian government.” That finding is breathtakingly pr

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Some readers have asked for my preferences in the May 15th Primary. Here’s my list. First, in full disclosure I voted an absentee unaffiliated ballot and it’s been posted and mailed. I like the convenience of vote by mail and in this highly charged partisan environment it avoids any conflicts or snide asides at the

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Ever since the Statue of Liberty raised her torch in New York Harbor, she has welcomed the “homeless, tempest-tossed” masses from foreign shores. Those masses have played a central role in making America the powerful nation it is and the moral beacon it was. America’s government has decided to pull up the welcome mat

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By now, most everyone watched the entire televised Washington D.C. Capital Correspondent’s dinner Saturday, sat through some of the grotesque outtakes or read the disastrous – and deserved – criticism. I’m a former card-carrying member of that organization and have attended a couple of the soirees. As such,

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This is a summary of a few items in the Idaho Weekly Briefing for April 30. Interested in subscribing? Send us a note at stapilus@ridenbaugh.com. Early voting is about to kick in, and the various primary contests – a considerable number of them, in both parties – are reaching their final pitches. Lots of endorsements ar

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The Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution states in pertinent part: “No person . . . shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself.” The Fifth Amendment was adopted by our founders in reaction to the excesses of Britain’s Star Chamber proceedings where convictions were often obtai

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There was a moment in the Idaho Public Television debate last week between the three main Republican gubernatorial candidates when one of them started to talk about something that wasn’t a political cliche. A little more than halfway through, businessman and physician Tommy Ahlquist was discussing health care policy. A fo

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The Trump administration is supporting a major policy shift on Indian health programs which could result in a loss of millions of dollars and sabotage treaty rights. A story in Politico Sunday raised the issue. It said “the Trump administration contends the tribes are a race rather than separate governments, and exempting

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Over the 40 years I’ve been involved in politics I’ve come to loathe negative campaign ads. They demean the process and cheapen it. They thrive on distortion, half-truths and outright lies. They are proof positive that, because they are covered by free speech, one can make any charge and it doesn’t have to be factual

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When I was growing up in the Republican party, I learned the lesson of responsible fiscal policy by heart – government must live within its means. That did not mean government could refuse or neglect to perform services or fund programs that were required by the constitution because Republicans were not law breakers.

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“He’s 92 and I’m 88 and we’d like a divorce,” she said. The attorney asked, “Why did you wait so long?” Said she, “We didn’t want to do it when the kids were alive.” Disgusting, right? A bit sick, too? Yep. But, when you live in one of three adjoining 55+ communities comprised of about 90,000 seniors, yo

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