Every 10 years voting districts must be redrawn to account for population shifts. The critical question: Who draws these new voting districts? In most states, the legislature draws the new districts, a fact that has proved harmful to democratic governance, because legislators draw voting districts to ensure their reelection and a manufactured party majority.April 4, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
The need for timely reauthorization of the next Farm Bill is a message heard clearly in my travels around Idaho and meetings with food producers. I thank Idahoans for input on this important legislation and encourage you to continue to share your views as Farm Bill reauthorization discussions take shape.March 28, 2018 12:27 p.m. read more..
As a parting gift before the new year, the Idaho Board of Education released a painfully grim picture for teacher recruitment and retention in its ironically named “Teacher Pipeline Report.” That report details a current, a woefully inadequate, current mechanism to attract and retain qualified teachers in the Gem State that is anything but a pipeline delivering the necessary flow of new talent.March 14, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
I would like to thank all of the people from the community who have worked to educate the public through social media and face-to-face conversation and to those who contacted me directly to discuss the upcoming supplemental election. The pointed questions and open discussion have shown me that the community is interested in the future of the school and also recognize the good things that the school is doing, to not only teach our children, but adapt to the societal changes that increase the burden on a difficult job.March 7, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
On March 9th, Lewis and Idaho County Republicans will host statewide, congressional and local candidates as part of the Lewis & Idaho County Republican Party “Lincoln Day Dinner.” From now through the end of April, nearly every county Republican Party across Idaho will hold a celebratory event honoring Abraham Lincoln, America’s 16th president and the first Republican to hold that office.February 21, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
When it comes to forest management, controversies about forest fires, litigation, clearcuts, and agency gridlock often dominate the headlines. But behind the scenes, Idahoans are writing several success stories that don’t often make the news. That’s a shame, because when the timber industry, conservationists and others work together, the results are good for Idaho.February 14, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
You may have heard the term, maintenance of effort, in talking to people about the upcoming school levy election. It is a term that the State of Idaho uses to describe the portion of money that is required to be spent on specific programs or projects before money can flow back to the schools from the government.February 7, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
Access to affordable and adequate housing affects everyone — from young families to senior citizens living on fixed incomes. Affordable housing and a livable minimum wage are the foundations of economic stability, upward mobility and long-term economic growth.January 24, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
In this last week, Idaho County has had two major drug overdoses of young adults. Both were found unconscious. What brings a young person to this place in his/her life – willingly and self-induced? The answers can be complicated.December 27, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
As the old saying goes, hindsight is 20-20. Unfortunately, in Idaho, hindsight can get you 10 to 15 – years in prison. Such is the legacy of our state’s mandatory minimum laws for drug offenses. With 25 years of data in hand, hindsight now tells us that mandatory minimums for drug offenses make no sense and should be repealed.December 27, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Have you been singing along with Christmas songs, heard a word or phrase, and wondered, “Hmmm. What’s that mean?” only to go on and forget about it until the next year when the song rolls around again? Here’s a few of the more unusual words or phrases from some popular Christmas songs and what they mean:December 20, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Idaho’s 64th legislative session is just weeks away from convening, and on the eve of a highly contested 2018 election, there are several polarizing issues waiting in the wings of the capitol. One of those issues is whether Idahoans support a Constitutional Convention for the purpose of amending our U.S. Constitution.December 20, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
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