Guest Commentary


Proposition 2 saves lives; vote yes

The greatest benefit of Prop 2 is it provides medical insurance to the working poor and the mentally ill in the “Gap.” People in the insurance “Gap” (those that cannot qualify for Medicaid because they make too much money and not eligible for subsidies by not making enough money) consist of approximately 62,000 Idahoans.

October 3, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Support critical sportsmen’s access

Approximately 9.5 million acres of public lands in the West are landlocked, meaning they are not accessible to hunters, anglers, and others. In Idaho, approximately 208,000 acres are landlocked. We have an excellent opportunity to fix some of these access issues with the inclusion of Making Public Lands Public (MPLP) provisions in LWCF reauthorization legislation.

September 26, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Medicaid Expansion: The right, responsible thing to do

When voters consider expanding Medicaid to Idaho’s Gap Population (those who make too little for federal subsidies and too much for state assistance), it’s more than being compassionate to Idaho’s working poor. A recent Milliman study confirms that Idaho’s economy will be strengthened, and taxpayers’ dollars will be used more efficiently and effectively.

September 12, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Supporting all parts of opioid fight

Opioid abuse has crept into all parts of our country, destroying lives and requiring a range of skills and professions to fight it. There are big glimmers of progress in this effort, and we must continue to get all the needed tools in place to help those who are working hard to protect American families from this destructive problem.

August 15, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Fighting sex assault crimes in all of Idaho; St. Mary’s Hospital on board with initiative

Idaho is working on tangible changes to better protect and care for survivors of sexual violence from the moment their attack is reported, all the way through the legal process. The next phase of this fight against sexual assault in Idaho is to provide respectful and humane care to survivors – no matter where they live. The changes we’re seeing couldn’t have happened without Idahoans working together and putting victims at the center of their focus.

August 8, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Idaho needs strong borders to protect our public waterways

A story broke this month about a boat being stopped at the Washington-Idaho border. At first blush, it might seem like an odd event to draw news coverage. However, it wasn’t the boat the inspectors were interested in – it’s what was on the boat that made them nervous. What they found on that boat were zebra mussels.

August 1, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

A path to cut govt. subsidies for media

For numerous years, newspapers throughout Idaho have received millions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies. For as long as Idaho has been a state, newspapers have benefited from laws that require government agencies to post public notices in newsprint. In 2017, government entities paid more than $3 million for such notices, exceeding what the Legislature appropriated from the General Fund for state-run media outlets.

July 25, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Challenge to Idaho GOP to support act

Last week, Idaho County Republicans (otherwise known as your Idaho County Republican Central Committee) – the “pro-life” party - issued a formal challenge to all county Republican organizations throughout the State of Idaho: Join us in actively supporting and campaigning for the passage of the Life at Conception Act bills currently pending in the U.S. Congress. Of all bills pending in Congress, why are we focusing on the Life at Conception Act?

July 25, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Idaho can’t remain scroll-down state

Idaho’s chronic failure to invest in its people has made us a “scroll-down state.” That is, when you look at rankings for different categories that measure a state’s health and prosperity, you must scroll down to find Idaho.

July 11, 2018 6 a.m. read more..



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