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May 23rd, 2018

When Tommy Ahlquist decided to seek the governorship he made a series of critical decisions regarding the team that would make it happen. He hired Travis Hawk as his chief consultant and David Johnston as his campaign manager. He then reportedly hired Greg Stremple as his pollster. All are some of the best in the game and h

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May 22nd, 2018

There has been a disturbance in the force. Bill Hall has passed away. The first time I met Bill Hall I was an impressionable 13-year-old in the company of my dad, a force of nature whose esteem was not easily earned. Pointing to a gentleman some way from us on the sidewalk, Dad said, “There’s Bill Hall. I want you to me

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May 21st, 2018

What the Hell is wrong with us? A day doesn’t go by without someone, somewhere, making the national news with a racist act aimed at someone not Caucasian, and therefore, not “a real American.” Makes no difference what ethnic group you’re talking about. Our own president, with more attention paid to his foul mutterin

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May 20th, 2018

This is a summary of a few items in the Idaho Weekly Briefing for May 21. Interested in subscribing? Send us a note at stapilus@ridenbaugh.com. The governor’s primaries are done, with Brad Little winning on the Republican side and Paulette Jordan on the Democratic. A string of other contests, notable among them races for

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Paulette Jordan won a convincing primary victory in her bid to be the next governor of Idaho. She convinced more than 60 percent of Democratic voters that her progressive message would work in November. “I am so moved by the strength and determination of our Idaho voters today. Their voices were heard loud and clear — o

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May 19th, 2018

Watch carefully my friends over the next six months. You can watch the remnants of the Idaho Democratic party commit seppuku – the ritualized form of Japanese hari kari (suicide). In the Democratic gubernatorial primary by a 60/40 margin Idaho Democrats rejected the clearly most qualified, most experienced candidate,

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May 18th, 2018

In choosing Brad Little and Paulette Jordan to be the Republican and Democratic – respectively – nominees for Idaho governor, the voting bases of the two parties made decisions quite a few partisan observers didn’t expect, but that are consistent with their roles as long-standing majority and minority parties

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May 16th, 2018

There is no end to the awfulness emanating from the Whitehouse. Even when Trump is right, he manages to make it wrong just by the clumsy, crass manner decisions are being implemented. Consider: Trump pulled the U.S. out of the Iranian nuclear deal for no good reason, announcing that he intended to reimpose economic sanction

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May 15th, 2018

Tonight, a short running updated blog on the elections. My intent is to keep at it until we get resolution of the key races … as long as that’s tonight … 8:55p Ah, the New York Times has faster data. The Democratic contest foe governor is quite the spectacular. With 17% of precincts in, Paulette Jordan is

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions has ordered federal prosecutors to file criminal charges against every person illegally crossing the border. In order to carry out the order he is sending 35 prosecutors and 18 immigration judges to the border states. As part of this crackdown, Sessions says that kids will be separated from th

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May 14th, 2018

It’s no secret ours has become an ever increasingly crass society. Entertainment, media, politics and even ordinary conversation. Evidence is everywhere. Spend time around an elementary school playground, for example, and you’ll pick up words you might not have heard before. Not that kids know much about what they’re

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May 13th, 2018

This is a summary of a few items in the Idaho Weekly Briefing for May 14. Interested in subscribing? Send us a note at stapilus@ridenbaugh.com. And it’s (almost) all over but the voting, for the primary election at least After more than a year on the campai9gn trial, Raul Labrador, Brad Little and Tommy Ahlquist are about

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May 12th, 2018

White House aide Kelly Sadler recently responded to Sen. John McCain’s principled opposition to Gina Haspel, President Trump’s nominee for CIA director. In an offensive remark that she later called a “joke,” Sadler dismissed McCain’s concerns saying “he’s dying anyway.” A graduate of the Unit

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May 11th, 2018

Primary elections, one which Idaho holds this week, are in a sense first or preliminary elections – hence the name – but for many people they take on another meaning. These are the elections in which major party – Republican and Democratic – nominees are chosen. But that’s not all they are. Non-par

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May 9th, 2018

To those readers who might be interested, I am recommending two books, which reflect my bias. The first is “Hells Heroes,” which hit bookstores this week. Published by Caxton Press of Caldwell, it is my fourth book. It is the fascinating story of how one of America’s hidden gems, Hells Canyon, finally obtained federal

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May 8th, 2018

In an Idaho Public TV gubernatorial debate on April 27, Congressman Labrador suggested that, if elected, he might try to overturn the Medicaid expansion initiative if the voters approve it. He later issued a partial walk-back but still said he would treat the initiative “like any other piece of legislation” and consider

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