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Of all the states, Utah may be the most useful as a comparison point for Idaho. The idea of comparing isn’t commonplace. People in most places think vertically – my community, state, nation, in a way sometimes called “stovepiping” – and not so much horizontally. But that’s often where some of the most us

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President Ronald Reagan would have been repulsed by the spectacle of an American president kowtowing to a murderous dictator like Vladimir Putin. If Russia had attacked our democracy, Reagan would not have meekly stood by for months denying it. He would have taken swift and effective action to punish the attacker, rather th

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There are two predictions I can make with some surety (though I’m all too often out in the weeds) surety. No, it is not the inevitability of death and taxes. The issues are these: The Catholic church will never change its position on life and will always oppose abortion on demand as well as oppose any and all changes to l

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Wandering around election stats today, I stopped in at Cook’s report on partisan indexes but congressional district, and thought it would be interesting to compare the rankings for the Northwest. A note or two for those not conversant with the PVI (partisan voter index): It uses a set of statistical measures, includin

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About a week ago, and in the dead of night according to the New York Times, Trump started his trade war. With all the other hoopla going on, not much has been done to call attention to this event. International trade makes up around 25% of our GDP, which is a number that is not to be sneezed at. However, international trade

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Even with a near lifelong interest in politics, I avoid Sunday “talk shows” like the plague. Haven’t watched in over 30 years. Maybe longer. Maybe back to the last days of Lawrence Spivak on “Meet The Press.” Well, Tim Russert, at least. Each Sunday, reporters and opinionists – most of whom have an uncanny i

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This is a summary of a few items in the Idaho Weekly Briefing for July 9. Interested in subscribing? Send us a note at stapilus@ridenbaugh.com. The summer quiet continues. A few wildfires flare up from time to time, but they’re small; the state revenue and budget picture wound up on track; and wild animal stories prolifer

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Ada County Highway District Commishes voted Wednesday 3-2 in favor of placing an open ended fee hike proposal on the November ballot which exempts vehicles over 8,000 lbs. from ANY local fees while placing the entire burden on automobile owners. Commishes Jim Hansen and Kent Goldthorp opposed the measure while Sara Baker, R

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The latest data dump on population estimates running up through 2017 from the U.S. Census office offers, as usual, some numbers worth considering. Two items in the latest round of Idaho statistics – you can see them at lmi.idaho.gov/census – seem especially worth pondering. One of them is a chart showing the gro

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When I served on the Governor’s first workgroup that studied and recommended Medicaid Expansion for the State of Idaho, I sat on the panel next to a former director of the Idaho Department of Corrections. I had previous experience working as a physician in the Idaho prisons and we had discussed this in the past. After one

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This past weekend saw a classic example of an otherwise fine reporter filing an Associated Press story about the prospects of former State Representative Paulette Jordan (D-Plummer) to upset Lt. Governor Brad Little (R-Emmett) in this fall’s gubernatorial race. Rather than state the obvious, that she has a snow-balls chan

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It is sad that every vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court sets off a political feeding frenzy in Washington and throughout the country. It is as if a new appointee is intended to be a super legislator, rather than an impartial arbiter of disputes between and among citizens and the government. The whole process is infused with

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Someone somewhere has come up with two words that perfectly describe what I’ve been feeling for several months. “OUTRAGE FATIGUE.” At no time, in my many years, have I felt such a continuing, angry mood both personally and nationally. Seems like everybody is mad about something or at someone. Or many somethings and ma

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This is a summary of a few items in the Idaho Weekly Briefing for July 9. Interested in subscribing? Send us a note at stapilus@ridenbaugh.com. Following a weekend highlighted by biennual political party conventions at far ends of southern Idaho, Idaho politics – and much else – quieted considerably in the week followin

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No one should be impressed that the president has vowed not to ask prospective Supreme Court nominees their positions on Roe v. Wade. First, his vows — marital and otherwise — are worthless. Second, he doesn’t need to ask the question because the Federalist Society has vetted the candidates. Only those who

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Lt. Col. Oliver North, incoming president of the National Rifle Association, told an enthusiastic crowd of some 700 Republicans attending the 2018 Idaho GOP Convention inside Idaho State University’s cavernous Holt Arena that it is his objective to double the NRA’s membership from six million to 12 million as it

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Most of what you see in political party platforms and resolutions is more or less than you’d expect to see. There’s a good reason most of what they have to say generates few headlines. Close watchers could pick out a little more than that this year from the state party conventions a week ago at Pocatello (the Republican

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Trump and the Republicans keep dredging Hillary’s name up, again and again. And every time they do, some bunch of Democrats rush to her defense, playing straight into the Republican strategy of keeping Hillary’s name up in the main lights. The whole intent of this is plainly obvious: to make Hillary the face of the Demo

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It was my first good laugh of the week. My oldest daughter had circulated an item that our son, an active duty Major in the US Marine Corps, had written to military colleagues in the Canadian Armed Forces. It was indeed worth sharing and she attached a comment of her own in which she stated, “This has more actual knowledg

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As our nation celebrates its 242nd birthday, all of us living in this great country should remember that we are part of the United States. The brave people who signed the Declaration of Independence on the Fourth of July in 1776, would likely be appalled by the lack of decorum in public discourse these many years later. Aft

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Well, it’s finally happened. Our family is finally personally involved. We’re finally feeling the loss millions of families have felt because of the interminable, costly and absolutely unnecessary wars we’ve inserted ourselves into in the Middle East. Political wars of old men killing our young men. Casey is – w

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This is a summary of a few items in the Idaho Weekly Briefing for July 2. Interested in subscribing? Send us a note at stapilus@ridenbaugh.com. The two political parties in Idaho held their conventions – the Republicans in Pocatello and Democrats at Caldwell – and both generated some headlines. The Republicans had Olive

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On average, Idaho legislators, each representing one of 35 districts in a state of about 1.7 million people, have about 49,000 constituents. No legislator, however conscientious, can know them all. In practice, though, they – and not just legislators but most public officials – only really know a thin slice of t

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As the budget season reaches full swing it is downright frightening how local officials are conditioning folks for tax and budget hikes. It is also a bit frightening how glibly the legacy media offers reports like this one from the Idaho Press and Idaho Statesman regarding the proposed new Boise Library: “On top of the ci

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It is always surprising, and a bit sad when one sees another supposedly decent, mature, and thoughtful human being do something out of character beneath his standing. Usually, he or she, ends up besmirching themselves rather than the object of their metaphorical knifing they scorn. Such is the case with Stu Eizenstat, Presi

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Those effete “G-6” people got what was coming to them for questioning our President’s demands and then dissing Vladimir Putin. When that Canadian guy protested and said he was going to stand up for his country, what could a strong guy do but torpedo the joint statement everyone had already agreed upon? The nerve of Tr

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There’s no question most people in this country and around the world are outraged and heartsick about what’s happening to immigrant families. Most, but sorrowfully, not all. As if the tragedy of yanking crying toddlers and children from their mothers and fathers was not enough, the tortured “reasons” for doing so ar

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This is a summary of a few items in the Idaho Weekly Briefing for June 25. Interested in subscribing? Send us a note at stapilus@ridenbaugh.com. Traffic around Idaho drew a lot of attention last week, especially after a massive accident on Interstate 84 in western Ada County. A number of people said the fatal accident resul

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This is an opinion piece written by Idaho State Senator Mark Nye, D-Pocatello. It earlier appeared in the Idaho State Journal at Pocatello. I had been campaigning for re-election to the Idaho Senate, getting out to learn about our needs. What I found was shocking. It started when I stopped by the community action center. I

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