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By Grant Sizemore Domestic cat legislation is probably not the top of most people’s legislative priorities. How much cat legislation could even exist, right? It turns out that recent years, 2017 included, have seen a flurry of introduced bills pertaining to cats –bills that could drastically affect pet owners and no

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The U.S. Senate election in Alabama on Tuesday settled not only the identity of that state’s new senator but also some open-ended questions about polls. There’s Idaho resonance in that, since polling results lately have become a topic of discussion in the Gem state as they are elsewhere. Several writers, including me, h

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In the aftermath of the Alabama special election for the U.S. Senate, national Democrats, along with their stable of strategists, pundits, and pollsters, need to wake up and smell the coffee. Labeling a state as “red” or “blue” – winnable or not – based solely on the results of the last presidential election is

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What do Public employee union leadership, industrial polluters, traded sector (the largest) corporations, and social conservative organizations all have in common? They want to impose policies on Oregonians that most Oregonians don’t support. How do they do that? They exert control over some part of the Democratic or Repu

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When Senator Mike Crapo was campaigning for re-election last year one of his set talks was an eloquent plea for the nation returning to fiscal sanity and getting to balanced budgets so that we quit kicking the can of the spiraling upward unsustainable debt down the road to be be paid by future generations. Crapo was one of

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Just over a year ago, Republican Donald Trump won the vote in the state of Alabama. To no one’s surprise, it was nowhere near close: He won with 62.1% of the total, leading Democrat Hillary Clinton by about 600,000 votes. A little more than a year after that, today to be exact, the state held a Senate election, and th

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A September 16 article on the Politico website caught my eye because of its Jerome, Idaho, dateline. It is not often that my home county gets national coverage, so I obviously had to read the article. It was written by Susan Ferriss, a reporter for the Center for Public Integrity, and titled How Trump’s Immigration Crackd

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Got a call today about a column from a few weeks back relating to a polling result in an Idaho contest. The point of the call was, there’s reason to think the poll result was flawed. Which may be fair enough. No one polling approach is perfect, and some are more flawed than others. The best approach in analyzing them

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A couple of weeks back, I opined all this sexual assault business had a good chance of going too far and could end up ensnaring some men – and women – who might be innocent of major wrongdoing. Seems now, it probably has. An innocent friend’s experience years ago has made me leery of taking every charge and ev

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This is a summary of a few items in the Idaho Weekly Briefing for December 11. Interested in subscribing? Send us a note at stapilus@ridenbaugh.com. As the Legislature gets closer to its 2018 session, political news picks up in advance of the political holidays: Democrats got a new governor candidate, the Republican candida

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by Michael Strickland Higher tuition, budget cuts, course shortages and parking problems are merely the beginning of a long list. Daunting challenges face many Idaho students who want to attend traditional colleges and universities. In October 2016, the State Board of Education reported that the percentage of Idaho students

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Paulette Jordan is running for governor of Idaho. This is a big deal in so many ways. First, there have been very few Native Americans who have ever run at that level (Alaska’s Byron Mallott, Idaho’s Larry EchoHawk, and Peggy Flanagan in Minnesota). Second, she’s the first Native woman who has the audacity

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When we talk about how to make our communities grow – and the state, and the nation – we often get fuzzy. Ideology tends to take over, and it seldom teaches us much. We learn a good deal from hard, concrete data, and in Idaho’s case there’s a load of it in a new multi-volume history book project just out fro

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In the closing days of the 2016 presidential campaign, candidate Trump threatened not to accept the outcome if he lost. And there is every reason to believe that, had Hillary won, he would have made good on that threat. After all, Russia wanted him to keep stirring the pot. Undoubtedly, Trump would have continued screaming

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Ascribing specific motives where they’re not entirely clear is an uncertain proposition, and I won’t here make a pronouncement on President Trump’s announcement about (eventually) relocating the American embassy to Jerusalem. I can’t read the president’s mind. But some speculation does seem war

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There’s an old expression, “pride cometh before the fall.” Ancient Greek dramatists wrote great theatrics around this all too common human foible. In these tragedies they wrote about hubris, the excessive pride many people in power possess though they falter at fair exercising of this power. The Greeks had another exp

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In the hotly-contested Colorado wedding cake case – in which the issue is whether a baker should be constitutionally allowed to discriminate and not create a cake for a same-sex wedding – the Supreme Court may be arguing toward a useful dividing line. It has just heard oral arguments in the case, which probably

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The President’s statements, tweets and retweets that demean, vilify or ridicule Muslims are harmful to American interests in a number of ways. Whether he is denigrating a Muslim Gold Star family or retweeting anti-Muslim video clips spewed out by a British hate group, it is dangerous for our nation. Since 9-11, the U.S. h

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That’s Winston. An 18-year-old Rat Terrier. If you can remember the old RCA Victor logo of a dog and a gramophone, that was a Rat Terrier. Very popular in the first third of the century. Now, they’re coming back. But not Winston. Last night, we had to say our last “Goodbye.” Things just suddenly started to fail and

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This is a summary of a few items in the Idaho Weekly Briefing for December 4. Interested in subscribing? Send us a note at stapilus@ridenbaugh.com. Representative Mike Simpson discussed the issue of fire borrowing during a House Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee hearing with Chief of th

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North Korea’s budding developments in nuclear weaponry coupled with its belligerent intransigence to world pressures for non-proliferation presents a significant risk to the entire world. These are not happy times, and most desperately hope that something can be done. But mislabeling this tiny nation as a terrorist state

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If I were managing the campaign of one of the Republican gubernatorial candidates – or of those in the first congressional district – I’d be heavily concerned about what the polls aren’t showing. Which is to say, the people who haven’t yet decided. Start with how long these campaigns have been going on alr

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This video (on the left)  was irresistible for several reasons, mostly personal. It was shot by a man named Robert Eller in the summer of 1988, as (he noted in his post on YouTube) he was headed home from a company picnic. In the summer of 1988 I was living in Boise and was political editor of the Idaho Statesman at Boise,

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How do you spell “hypocrisy?” I spell it J-i-m-R-i-s-c-h. For years now, Idaho’s junior U.S. Senator has been preaching that “[t]he overreaching issue is the financial condition of the country.” In a March 12, 2016, column in the Idaho Statesman, Risch lamented that the national debt had risen by about $10 trillio

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There’s a completely reasonable argument – and I’d agree with it – that many women who have been sexually harassed and abused haven’t been given a reasonable hearing when they report what has happened, and many have been discouraged from doing so. And many egregious predators have been at it fo

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If you are puzzled about what is, and is not, happening in the race to secure the Republican nomination for governor in 2018 you are not alone. Different strategies are being utilized, but the presumed front-runner, First District congressman Raul Labrador, appears to be master-minding a much different campaign than his two

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In counting my blessings at Thanksgiving, good health was at the top of my list. In January I learned I had pancreatic cancer, but it is now in remission thanks to the talented doctors at the Mountain States Tumor Institute. Dr. Akshay Gupta diagnosed it, Dr. Joshua Barton skillfully removed the cancerous tissue, and Dr. Da

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We went shopping for a new TV today, armed with a little online research and several brands and models that looked like they might be in range of what we wanted. (Cyber Monday was at hand, so it seemed like the thing to do.) They were substantial brands available online – if you wanted to wait and buy without seeing t

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The U.S. Air Force general who would control all this country’s nuclear weapons in wartime has publicly made a claim that should curdle your blood. In at least two recent public forums, Gen. John Hyten has said he would not necessarily launch nuclear weapons despite being ordered to do so by the President. That statement

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Author events are nothing unusual at Rediscovered Books in downtown Boise, but so many authors present for a single one – a dozen to use the most limiting count – was something a little different. The event went well. Visitors to the shop were handed a “passport” and encouraged to visit each of the a

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