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November 12th, 2018

On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918, the guns fell silent on the Western Front of World War One. The cessation of fighting between Germany and America’s allies was commemorated as Armistice Day until 1954, when Congress changed its name to Veterans Day. As we honor our veterans this year

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November 11th, 2018

This is a summary of a few items in the Idaho Weekly Briefing for November 12. Would you like to know more? Send us a note at stapilus@ridenbaugh.com. We’re at work trying to make the Briefing a free-access publication through contributions. See our donation site at IndieGogo. Election day is over, and in Idaho the bi

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November 10th, 2018

A few takeaways from the midterms. The State of the Union – divided. The red gets redder and the blue gets bluer. The story of the 2018 midterms will be that the deep political divisions in the dysfunctional American family are destined to only get deeper. Rural America – and rural Idaho – will continue to

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November 9th, 2018

Back during the campaign season of 2010, I sat down for coffee with a candidate who had no better than a very long shot of winning. And he didn’t win. Steve Berch, who was a long-time manager at the Hewlett-Packard plant in west Boise, was running for an Idaho House seat in what was then District 14, in the Eagle/West Boi

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November 8th, 2018

By the time this is printed the November 6th election will be over and half the electorate will think the world will end and the other half will think their prayers have been answered. And the half that didn’t vote will point to the outcome as justification for their laziness. If this representative government is going to

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When I was taking over as Idaho’s Attorney General in January of 1983, the Aryan Nations group was on the rise in northern Idaho. The Aryans were attracting dangerous white nationalists to their Hayden Lake compound from around the nation. A number of them were ex-convicts. The situation was becoming explosive. Marilyn Sh

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November 7th, 2018

The big Oregon political news on a really hyperlocal level on Tuesday was the election of Linda Watkins of Ridenbaugh Press to the Carlton (Oregon) City Council. It wasn’t totally unexpected, since she was one of three candidates for three positions, but it was local landmark nonetheless. Beyond that, looking out acro

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A few preliminary thoughts about the highly nationalized election in Idaho, which was evidently less nationalized in Idaho than in many other places. Generally, you can divide the Idaho results into big picture and granular, and the picture looks a bit different from those differing perspectives. Big picture, not a lot chan

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November 6th, 2018

It’s election day. If you haven’t already, you know what to do.   Share on Facebook

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So, Trump is sending federal troops to the border in California and Arizona to defend us from the murderous thieves and marauding thugs that make up the approaching caravan of Guatemalan migrants. Never mind that the approaching migrants mostly consist of families and largely include women and children; that there is no ind

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November 5th, 2018

Well, here we are. One day out from exercising our voting franchise. At least by those who desire to do so. Twenty-four hours from finding out how things shake out politically across the country. No more polling on this one. No more talking heads with their “best guesses” about what you and I want our nation’s governa

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November 4th, 2018

This is a summary of a few items in the Idaho Weekly Briefing for November 5. Would you like to know more? Send us a note at stapilus@ridenbaugh.com. We’re at work trying to make the Briefing a free-access publication through contributions. See our donation site at IndieGogo. As Idaho comes to the end of the 2018 gene

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November 3rd, 2018

It is now clear that the campaign of Idaho Democratic gubernatorial candidate Paulette Jordan purposefully worked to establish a “shell” company in Wyoming, channel at least $20,000 through that company and kept the connections, including who has actually benefited from the campaign’s largess, secret. The convoluted e

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November 2nd, 2018

Election day this coming week is a big national event, truly one of the most significant of our time. (That’s often said, but unusually true on this occasion.) Idaho specifically has some items on its ballot worth a close watch. Here are some I’ll be watching closely on Tuesday night, and probably writing about in the n

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November 1st, 2018

Some are arguing that rural Idaho hospitals need Medicaid Expansion to survive. I’m arguing we will need more than a simple yes vote on Proposition 2 on the November ballot. That’s just an important first step. For American healthcare to serve our citizens, big cities and small towns, we are going to need to ask and ans

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October 31st, 2018

“Economists tend to see the estate tax as one of the most economically harmful taxes per dollar of revenue raised. By raising the estate tax threshold and ultimately repealing the estate tax outright, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act would remove an impediment to economic growth.” – Jared Walczak, senior policy analyst,

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October 30th, 2018

Back in the early 1960s, when I was studying political science at the University of Oregon, I first encountered the term “Yellow Dog Democrat.” These were southern Democrats who would vote for a yellow dog rather than a Republican. Since that time the parties in the south have switched positions, but my point is that th

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October 29th, 2018

Historically, elections are supposed to settle things. Winners celebrate and get on with life. Losers pay the bills and put away their signs. Until next time. But, this one’s different. This country has not experienced an election like this in my long lifetime. When it’s over, it won’t be over. Bitterness, tribalism,

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