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September 23rd, 2018

This is a summary of a few items in the Idaho Weekly Briefing for September 24. Interested in subscribing? Send us a note at stapilus@ridenbaugh.com. The Paulette Jordan gubernatorial campaign because the subject of discussion and controversy after several members departed, while both major ballot issues picked up support a

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September 22nd, 2018

Few issues so clearly define the extent of the Trump takeover of the Republican Party as the GOP’s wholesale abandonment of concern about deficits and debt. Once the principle talking point of nearly every Republican “fiscal responsibility” is now as quaint as a president who isn’t an unindicted co-conspirator. The

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September 21st, 2018

Hang around political people long enough, and you’ll become struck by how personal much of it is. Personal relationships matter a lot in places high and low. In places like a state legislature interpersonal relationships can sometimes swamp all other considerations, leading to results even many constituents can puzzle ove

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Once again, as this is written, people are divided into those who “believe her” and those who … And again we have a failure to communicate. The he said/she said in this most recent case is that of Brett Kavanaugh, the nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court, and Christine Blasey Ford, who has said he sexually as

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September 20th, 2018

I forgive ignorance. I tolerate stupidity. I cannot abide cruelty. If you believe government programs foster or promote or have created slothful citizens, please, look in your heart and figure out where this sort of belief comes from. It is pretty widely held. I just heard a local politician espouse this tripe. I will not d

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September 19th, 2018

Most of the kerfuffle Paulette Jordan’s campaign for Idaho’s governorship is in will evaporate in another news cycle or so, with little actual damage to the candidate or her campaign. In the ordinary scheme of things, rearranging a political campaign just before the run-up to the final event is not that unusual. Here, i

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The phrase “sovereign citizen” sounds in its way innocuous, even an expression of basic Americanism – of the idea that the highest office one can hold in the United States is that of citizen. Many people who aren’t familiar with the SC “movement” maybe suckered in by that. But among people who aren’t simpl

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September 18th, 2018

Because of the carnival atmosphere of Supreme Court confirmation proceedings in recent years, it has been increasingly difficult to evaluate a nominee’s qualifications for a lifetime job on the Court. The Senators on either side like to grandstand with questions they know the nominee either will not or should not answer.

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September 17th, 2018

“Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything” Those words come from Nike’s new advertising. They appear beneath a black-and-white picture of Colin Kaepernick who used to be an NFL quarterback. It’s the 30th anniversary of the company’s “Just Do It” slogan. Kaepernick hasn’t played an NF

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September 16th, 2018

This is a summary of a few items in the Idaho Weekly Briefing for September 17. Interested in subscribing? Send us a note at stapilus@ridenbaugh.com. The Medicaid expansion ballot initiative got some organizational backing last week, as political campaigns continued to gain in visibility around the state. The Idaho Sheriffs

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This is a guest opinion written by Gregory A. Raymond, which is Distinguished Professor of Political Science Emeritus at Boise State University and a past recipient of the Idaho Professor of the Year award from the Carnegie Foundation. Of those men who have overturned the liberty of republics, the greatest number have begun

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September 15th, 2018

Please welcome Marc C. Johnson, a fine participant, observer and commenter on politics generally and Idaho politics specifically. He was press secretary and chief of staff to Idaho Gov. Cecil D. Andrus. His biography of Montana New Deal-era Sen. Burton K. Wheeler will be published early next year by the University of Oklaho

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September 14th, 2018

You can tell campaign season is kicking in by the flurry of data points arriving. Here are two sets from the forthcoming Idaho campaigns – one that might be over-rated in importance, and one under-rated. First up is the latest poll, covering the races in Idaho’s two U.S. House districts, from Dan Jones & Associ

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September 13th, 2018

When a place feels like home it’s a treasure. But all homes need maintenance. I was born in a city but moved to a small town when I was very young. As I grew the town’s population exploded. When I started kindergarten, we had one small high school, but by the time I graduated from the new second high school, graduating

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September 12th, 2018

On September 7, Fox News host Tucker Carlson ran a series of video clips promoting the idea of diversity – presumably, ethnic, cultural and otherwise – in America, and then proceeded to take on the idea. It has become an increasingly heated topic, much more so than two or three decades ago, and Carlson went righ

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September 11th, 2018

In his Farewell Address, George Washington warned the nation of the dangers of partisanship in an elective government like ours. He advised that “the common and continual mischiefs of the spirit of party are sufficient to make it in the interest and duty of a wise people to discourage and restrain it.” Partisanship is t

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September 10th, 2018

As usual, our national media folks are running around, chasing their tails again. The herd mentality permeating today’s print and broadcast practitioners is at a fever pitch as they try to find out who wrote that anonymous New York Times op-ed. In their frenzy, nearly all are missing the real issue. It’s not WHO wrote i

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September 9th, 2018

This is a summary of a few items in the Idaho Weekly Briefing for September 10. Interested in subscribing? Send us a note at stapilus@ridenbaugh.com. Education was a keynote last week, as the state considered funding formulas, the Boise School District held its election, the College of Idaho got an honor and another college

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Forget about the Infowars conspiracy nonsense. That’s just there to pull in the easily entertained and credulous, to rev up the emotions of the market segment Alex Jones is really aiming for. That would be the people headed for the store. The Infowars store is where the action is. Hawking oddball conspiracies doesn

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September 8th, 2018

Long time GUARDIAN readers will recall “we told you so!” when it comes to recent revelations about Boise Fire Dept. financial ineptitude disclosed by the Idaho STATESMAN. In his Statesman Thursday piece, reporter Sven Berg said Boise officials spent twice as much as they promised four years ago in a bond proposal. The b

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