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Last May, I wrote about a report from the Wilderness Society contending that since statehood, 41 percent of the “endowment” lands Idaho originally received from the federal government had been…

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A guest submission by Levi B. Cavener, a special education teacher in Caldwell, Idaho. He blogs at IdahosPromise.Org If you are a teacher who feels a little lost about the…

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Idaho voters thought it wise to place the legislative authority for administrative rulemaking review into the Idaho Constitution this last November (HJR5). Now we are seeing the arrogance and hubris…

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Listening to President Trump’s rambling, meandering rant against the media and its allegedly dishonest coverage of his Administration last Thursday, as well as his claim that he had inherited a…

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It is time for the Legislature to repeal the faith-healing exemption to Idaho’s statute prohibiting the injury of children. Section 18-1501 of the Idaho Code penalizes conduct by “any person”…

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Federal Indian programs have been added to the “high-risk” category by the Government Accountability Office. That designation could not come at a worse time. The details. This is how the…

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REPRESENTATIVE: “a: Standing or acting for another through delegated authority;” “b: …(c)onstituting a government in which the many are represented by persons chosen…by election” It’s no secret an “un-representative” majority…

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This is a summary of a few items in the Idaho Weekly Briefing for February 6. Interested in subscribing? Send us a note at stapilus@ridenbaugh.com. The Bureau of Land Management…

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Water rights weekly report for January 9. For much more news, links and detail, see the National Water Rights Digest. A special master on February 14 sided with Georgia in…

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Lest Donald Trump’s use of the phrase “enemy of the American people” – to describe the news media – be dismissed as just another rhetorical flights by an incoherent president,…

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After describing in a recent column annoying cell phone service gaps in the Idaho Statehouse, the Lewiston Tribune’s William Spence remarked how that serves as a metaphor for this: “I…

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Idaho conservatives are proud that the state runs a balanced budget and doesn’t do deficit spending like “the Feds”. But I have long maintained we do sustain deficit spending in…

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Please welcome our new columnist – Jim Jones, former Idaho Supreme Court chief justice and a former Idaho attorney general. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch expressed what many judges around…

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At the risk of dating myself some readers may recall an old folk song by Pete Seeger made more famous by the Peter, Paul and Mary trio whose first line…

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Almost completely overshadowed by the immigration fiasco, Trump released an executive order last week that so far has drawn very little comment. It is an order to the Secretary of…

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The 9th Circuit opinion was a complete rout. Trump lost on every single point raised. Further, it was a unanimous opinion of the three-judge panel, leaving no room to maneuver.…

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I’m a “repeat offender” when it comes to criticizing the national media. There’s so much wrong there that at least some of my anger must have some merit. This time,…

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This is a summary of a few items in the Idaho Weekly Briefing for February 6. Interested in subscribing? Send us a note at stapilus@ridenbaugh.com. H20 was the big topic…

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Water rights weekly report for January 9. For much more news, links and detail, see the National Water Rights Digest. The Supreme Court will hear next from advocates for Texas…

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A century ago, Idaho was a legislative leader in passing a law that would be adopted not long after by almost half the states: The criminal syndicalism act. It’s a…

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Small ideas take a lot of words; big ones need just a few. This was a small idea I stumbled upon, and the idea itself is not that important, but…

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It gets downright depressing to see conservatives and liberals, Republicans and Democrats oiling their guns, sharpening their knives and starting to circle each other in a modern day version of…

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Events around Trump can unfold and refold so fast, one cannot keep up. As I was writing and editing this piece, the total circumstance changed three times, not counting the…

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“Well, it’s all goin’ to pot, Whether we like it or not. Best I can tell, The world’s goin’ to Hell, And we’re gonna miss it a lot.” Willie and…

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This is a summary of a few items in the Idaho Weekly Briefing for February 6. Interested in subscribing? Send us a note at stapilus@ridenbaugh.com. The money race gets well…

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Water rights weekly report for January 9. For much more news, links and detail, see the National Water Rights Digest. A Kansas court has closed permanently two wells operated by…

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It may come as a shock to Idaho (and many other state) legislators, but their purview is limited to the borders carved out at statehood. They have a great deal…

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“What I stand for is what I stand on.” – Wendell Berry If you love where you live, stay put. Get to know your neighbors, your countryside, the history and…

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Last night we went to dinner with some friends; came home and relaxed a bit and then headed for bed – a pretty normal Saturday evening for many folks in…

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The executive director of Idaho’s Democratic party, Sally Boynton-Brown, crossed a line last week, in her long-shot pursuit to win the chairmanship of the Democratic National Committee, that can only…

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