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Idaho Sen. Jim Risch became chairman of the prestigious Foreign Relations Committee last week and as nearly his first act he bashed the two Idahoans who held that position in the past, William Borah and Frank Church. In an interview with Idaho Press reporter Betsy Russell, Risch also said his “repertoire does not include

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The operative phrase used to be “don’t Californicate Idaho.” Now, in the age of the meme, it’s an image, showing Idaho melded to the top of California, the merger called Idafornia. On a shirt. An artist from Nampa named Scott Pentzer created it, though the design is so simple almost anyone could have. Pentzer said h

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It can be hard to confront a colleague with their misbehavior. I’ve done it a time or two and it sure got me to thinking about my loyalties. When I chose to act, it was out of a sense of loyalty to a purpose, a profession, a greater good that deserved my service. There were also times in my life I passed on the confrontat

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One decade ago, following the 2008 general election, something unusual happened at the Oregon Legislative Assembly: One party controlled both chambers with supermajority numbers. Democrats held 18 of the 30 seats in the Senate, and 36 of the 60 seats in the House of Representatives. The numbers were significant, because sin

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The Idaho Constitution flatly declares: “All political power is inherent in the people.” Those people established a government of elected representatives to carry out regular public business. However, they wisely reserved the right to initiate and pass laws when their representatives balk at carrying out the public’s

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The national political air is full of 2020 talk these days. For both parties. Ohio Governor John Kasich seems ready to formalize his run against Trump. Jump in early, suck up media attention but, more importantly, get into the pockets of Republican fat cats. Wise move. To some extent, Sen. Elizabeth Warren is doing the same

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This is a summary of a few items in the Idaho Weekly Briefing for January 7. Would you like to know more? Send us a note at stapilus@ridenbaugh.com. The Idaho Legislature kicked off with a new speaker about the state of the state, Governor Brad Little. In Washington Senate committee assignments were parceled out, and Senato

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In his speech from the Oval Office, Trump dwelled on a handful of grisly scenarios, relating in detail violent crimes committed against U.S. citizens by undocumented people. He did this well-knowing that undocumented individuals commit violent crimes (indeed all crimes) at a per capita rate far lower than that of U.S. citiz

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Like many State of the State speeches by Idaho governors, Brad Little’s first speech to a joint session of the Legislature this week was notable for what the new governor said and what he left unsaid. No one will accuse Little of scaling many oratorical heights, but his compact, workmanlike 35-minute address did help to b

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Brad Little now has two major addresses – inaugural and state of the state – under his belt as Idaho governor, and they might have given a focused indication of what he will do. But not exactly. We’re probably going to have to keep watching to figure that out. The speeches were capable, professional and approp

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My daughters don’t use Facebook. They have their reasons, and I agree with most of them: waste of time, privacy, concern for the level of conversation. So, I was a bit surprised when I got a text from a daughter the day after Christmas asking me to post something on a Facebook site. They had gone for a ski out in the east

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The presidential historian Robert Dallek has frequently said that it typically takes 50 years after a president leaves office to fully reckon with their legacy. It takes that long for the documents to become available, for the memoirs to be written and for the consequences of actions to become clear. This is typically good

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Shortly I’ll get around to an overview look at the first state of the state spe3ech delivered by new Idaho Governor Brad Little. But before I get to that, one allegation contained in it deserves a review. The context was Little’s statement that “I intend to work with you to implement Medicaid expansion usi

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In July of 1964, I visited East Berlin and learned something about walls. They are ineffective to keep desperate people penned in, or kept out, without the certain use of lethal force against them. Despite strict border security in the late 50s and early 60s, hundreds of thousands of East Germans fled to freedom in West Ber

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I was raised in an old line Republican home and voted that way much of my life. Richard Nixon brought an end to that, even before Watergate. Amazing how corruption and outright criminality can change a guy’s voting habits. Permanently. So, I came late to the ways of the donkey party. Though that happened some 45 years ago

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This is a summary of a few items in the Idaho Weekly Briefing for January 7. Would you like to know more? Send us a note at stapilus@ridenbaugh.com. The new year is starting, with inauguration of new Idaho state officials and – this week – opening of this year’s regular legislative session. Governor-elect

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When in early 2006 Idaho was mentioned as source material for a new federal Interior secretary, I was a little skeptical. But it panned out: The state’s then-governor, Dirk Kempthorne, was named and confirmed to the position. My reason for being dubious wasn’t specific to Kempthorne. He was a second-term governor not se

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On election night 2018, the dour countenance of Democratic strategist James Carville filled our TV screens. In a tone of resignation, Carville opined, “There was some hope the Democrats would have a wave election. It’s not going to be a wave election.” Across the country, crestfallen Democrats took his pre

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When Governor Little addresses the legislature Jan 7th with his budget address he’ll be hard pressed to beat Butch Otter’s charm or delivery. I hope he feels no pressure to. But Brad will have a chance to strike a new pose. The speech is required in the Idaho Constitution at the beginning of each legislative session

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This is a column that first appeared on ridenbaugh.com on January 6, 2009. The occasion was the arrival of Brad Little to his first statewide Idaho elective position – almost exactly a decade before he would assume his second one. In these days of controversial appointments to high office, here’s one that (overw

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President Ronald Reagan often characterized America as “the shining city upon a hill.” He explained in his 1989 farewell address, “in my mind, it was a tall proud city built on rocks stronger than oceans, wind-swept, God-blessed, and teeming with people of all kinds living in harmony and peace–a city with free p

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2018 is in the history books, and a new year awaits. Take a deep breath, and off we go.   Share on Facebook

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Here a “base.” There a “base.” Everywhere a “base, base.” (With apologies to Old McDonald.) Our national media, it seems, can’t do a Trump story about anything he says or does without referring to his “base.” Whatever the action, whatever the latest lie, there’s constant referral to his “base.” A pol

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The Federal Communications Commission definitely must investigate CenturyLink’s massive Internet system failure that lasted from early Thursday, Dec. 27, through early Friday, Dec. 28, which was an unmitigated disaster, and publicize its cause, which CenturyLink seems loathe to divulge. This not only was a public rela

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When Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke slinks away next week from the big building on C Street in Washington, D.C., he will have, in the space of less than two years, placed himself in the history books along side Albert Bacon Fall. For a guy who once claimed to be a “Teddy Roosevelt Republican,” committed to conser

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Two data points are not much to draw conclusions for the future of a state for a whole year. But we may – may – have something to judge against in the preparing-for-office moves of Idaho’s two top incoming elected officials. Governor-elect Brad Little has been announcing appointments to his impending administr

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Ever get a present that made you really happy? Ever get one that disappointed? Well, the Idaho legislature got a present from the voters November 6th they didn’t really like: Proposition 2, Medicaid expansion. This citizen initiative passed in 29 of 35 legislative districts; in many of those districts legislators actively

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President Trump made four adversaries and an erstwhile ally extremely happy on Wednesday by announcing a precipitous withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria. The governments of Russia, Syria, Iran and Turkey, as well as the Islamic State terrorists, have been hoping, praying and clamoring for just such an American retreat. The

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With a Happy New Yeat just around the bend.   Share on Facebook

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In the weeks since the November elections, Republicans in several states have reacted to losses at the polls by trying their damndest to cripple their duly elected replacements. Acting like spoiled children on a playground who’ve lost while playing by the rules, they’ve been changing the rules. In those cases, new GOP l

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