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Shortly after taking office as Idaho Attorney General in January 1983, I took a crash course in the life-and-death struggles of Idaho’s anadromous fish. The U.S. Supreme Court set oral argument that March for a case filed years earlier by a prior AG, Wayne Kidwell. The lawsuit was against Oregon and Washington, claiming t

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Soon, we’ll be done with this national impeachment embarrassment and can get back to watching Donald Trump turn whatever he touches to ashes. Maybe. Or, if scuttlebutt is accurate, we might have some witnesses and documents. Rumor at this point. But, could be. Like too many Republican senators, I haven’t watched every

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In his book Words that Matter, linguist Frank Luntz counsels against referring to “private health care,” if what you’re trying to do is to reduce, eliminate or de-emphasize such programs as Medicare and Medicaid (or, prospectively, the Affordable Care Act). Speak instead, he advised, of “free market health care.”

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You may have heard a number of references this week to the Senate impeachment trials of two former presidents, Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton, both of whom, given the long verdict of history, likely deserved to be convicted. Neither was, of course, and Donald Trump almost certainly will not be convicted either. “The proc

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If you’ve purchased a car within the last decade, there’s a good chance its technology will let you make and receive telephone calls without ever touching your cell phone. Motor vehicles produced these days, and for some time now, mostly are equipped with bluetooth technology, and every year the portion of vehicles on t

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Governor Little has a sense of justice. And he’s acting on it. He’s fighting poverty in Idaho, though he doesn’t freely use the term. This week we remember Martin Luther King. He fought against racial injustice but more, he knew poverty was a millstone around the neck, preventing young children from developing the con

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Let’s start with the agenda part of this, and work our way back to globalism. According to Conservapedia, the agenda being sought by “globalists” includes these items – comment attached here. “‘harmonizing’ our laws with foreign ones, rather than vice-versa.” In practice, this

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The object of any trial under American law is to achieve an impartial and just result. In a trial in the judicial system, jurors take a solemn oath to render a true verdict “according to the law and evidence.” That would be practically impossible without sworn testimony from witnesses. Live testimony is important becaus

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As we slide into another year of uncertainty, it’s time for counting American noses again. The U.S. Census Bureau prognosticates there are exactly – yep, exactly – 328,239,523 of us. How they do that to the last number is – like a lot of other governmental hocus pocus – top secret. But, that’s th

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Democrats who have a limited amount of faith and confidence in the socially-helpful workings of business and the marketplace are not really news: People like Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have ensured as much. But there are also Republicans who have some similar concerns. The term “market-skeptic RepublicansR

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In his scathing takedown of the modern Republican Party – How the Right Lost Its Mind – the conservative former Wisconsin radio talk show host Charlie Sykes ponders – and worries – about the state of American politics. “Did I – did we,” he asks of fellow conservatives, “contribute to this prairie fire of big

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On Thursday the Idaho House voted unanimously to tell one of it members, John Green, a Republican from Post Falls, that his services there would no longer be required. In the corporate world, you might say he was terminated. As a practical matter, there was little choice about doing something in Green’s case unless the Ho

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I owe an apology to Bryan Taylor, Prosecutor for Canyon County. I hope this is good enough for him. Last week I wrote about Canyon County’s Followers of Christ Church and their strong belief in faith healing over medical treatments and how this has led to many documented preventable deaths of children. I referenced a conv

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The subtext underlying last night’s Democratic presidential debate was the election coming up in three weeks: The caucuses of Iowa, which likely will mark a significant inflection point in the race to the Democratic nomination. The widespread and probably accurate view is that four candidates are closely bunched toget

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So many newsworthy things are happening as we enter a new decade that it is difficult to address them all. Here are some brief comments on a variety of important issues. First, sincere thanks to Governor Little, the Twin Falls County Commissioners and the Ada County Commissioners for consenting to the settlement of addition

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“….according to a news release.” To me, those are the five most irritating words in the English language. Two main reasons why they’re so infuriating. First, it means whoever wrote them wants to tell you only as much as is being “released.” When it comes to any agency of government, that means there’s like

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In the autumn of 2002, as a candidate for Congress in Idaho’s first district, I spoke to a 7th grade class at Jennifer Junior High School in Lewiston. George W. Bush was president, and tensions between the U.S. and Iraq were escalating. Armed conflict with Iraq seemed inevitable. The strutting figure in the White Hous

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In 1965 when Arkansas Sen. J. William Fulbright publicly expressed the private concerns he had long harbored about growing U.S. military involvement in Vietnam, President Lyndon Johnson blew his top. LBJ had known for some time that the influential chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee had profound misgivings about th

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It came toward the end of the state of the state speech, suggesting maybe this wasn’t one of the subjects intended to lead off discussions of the speech. But it wasn’t tossed off. Idaho Governor Brad Little spent enough time on it – more than a dozen sentences, which is actually a significant amount of speech time

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For the past eight years, advocates have come to the Idaho legislature requesting repeal of Idaho’s “Religious Shield Laws”. Advocates say children are dying because parents refuse life-saving treatment for their children. Religious Shield laws protect parents from prosecution in these instances. And so far, the legis

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As a matter of pure sound, “leftuge” is a smart portmanteau – it works in speech the way something like “rightfugee” would not. Whether it works as a realistic description is much more arguable. The term is relatively new – just starting gain traction in late 2019 and early 2020, though t

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The targeted killing of General Qasem Suleimani was a mixed blessing for the Iranian regime. It eliminated one of Iran’s most celebrated military figures, but at the same time it has strengthened Iran’s hand in the region. It is likely to play out as a net positive for Iranian hard-liners. There is no doubt that Suleima

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So. The indicted criminal in the Oval Office has broken yet another law – or maybe several – and set the stage for possibly another Mideast war. Why is it that my only reaction to such a dangerous, illegal and deadly action is – no surprise? Have we become inured to his ongoing patterns of lies, dangerous

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., on Tuesday urged the nation to move on from the Russia probe and said Democrats were suffering from “Trump Derangement Syndrome” because they cannot accept the fact President Donald Trump won the election. ► Newsmax, May 7, 2019 The current usage ordinarily is in the form

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One of the great lines in American politics — “If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog” — has long been attributed, incorrectly, to Harry Truman. The soon-to-be former mayor of Idaho’s largest city, Dave Bieter, could be excused for changing one word and adopting the line as his own. Bieter lost two election

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Put this down if you will to the grump of a watcher of long-ago Idaho legislative sessions – the arrival of a new decade tends to put exclamation points on the passage of time – but in some ways the Idaho Legislature functioned better in years, in decades, past. And some of that has to do with the environment in

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I think I just took my Family Medicine Board Certification test for the last time. They didn’t kick me out for my lousy scores, its just things are changing. Most people (patients) aren’t aware of the hoops and hurdles of medical education. Most MD’s have a four-year undergraduate degree (Bachelors), then complete fou

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And it’s 2020. A fateful year lies ahead.   Share on Facebook

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As Christians celebrate the birth of Christ, the dangerous situation he faced in his infancy should not be forgotten. According to the Gospel of Matthew, the new-born Jesus and his family fled from Bethlehem to Egypt to escape the wrath of King Herod of Judea. They were allowed to enter Egypt, where they lived in safety unt

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Bear with me. There is a point. In Bend, Oregon in 1949, I was an eighth-grader. Late afternoons, I was a carrier for The Bend Bulletin, the local daily. It was the worst in-town delivery route, stretching the length of Newport Avenue (about four miles) from Wall Street downtown all the way to where the college is now. Exce

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