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January 28th, 2020

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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January 27th, 2020

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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January 26th, 2020

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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January 25th, 2020

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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January 24th, 2020

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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January 23rd, 2020

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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January 22nd, 2020

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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January 21st, 2020

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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January 20th, 2020

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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January 19th, 2020

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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January 18th, 2020

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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January 17th, 2020

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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January 16th, 2020

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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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January 15th, 2020

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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January 14th, 2020

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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January 13th, 2020

“….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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