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Applause for Smith’s defense of constitution

Smith gave a memorable and earnest defense of the state constitution, not as an attorney doing a job for his client legislators, but as a resident of the state. It was he who realized in April that the governor’s veto was improper and that the constitution wasn’t being followed.

June 21, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Idaho needs veto override amendment

As the state Supreme Court gets ready to consider the fate of the sloppily vetoed grocery-tax repeal legislation, it’s increasingly apparent that Idaho’s constitution contains a major defect. That defect allows too much power to be concentrated in the hands of the governor and silences the voices of the people’s representatives in the Legislature.

May 17, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


2018 governor campaign starts now

In little more than a year, Idahoans will begin making their selections as to who will become the next governor. The exceptionally good news is, at least on the Republican ticket, candidates are already staking out their space (and there’s plenty of it) to the right of the incumbent governor.

May 3, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Let’s debate sales tax on groceries

Of all the public policies that enjoy wide support at the Idaho Statehouse, one idea has received consistent bipartisan love through the years: a plan to eliminate the sales tax on groceries.

February 8, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Fix health insurance marketplace

Word on the street: Some Idaho lawmakers want more health insurance regulations after consumer complaints about new, exorbitant out-of-network costs and the failure of some companies to pay claims. A real solution: Legislators in Idaho and elsewhere should remove insurance regulatory hurdles, including coverage mandates and market barriers.

December 28, 2016 6 a.m. read more..


Give all Idahoans a raise in 2017

During the last five years, Gov. Butch Otter and the legislature have raised taxes and increased the size of the state budget by a third. And it sounds like Otter is gearing up for a repeat in the 2017 session. He recently told a crowd that he has no plans to propose tax relief. Willing to listen to ideas, yes. But that’s about it. That’s not the conservative leadership Otter promised when he was first elected governor in 2006.

December 14, 2016 6 a.m. read more..


Idaho must rethink cannabis laws

Idaho lawmakers should revisit the state’s marijuana laws. Idaho is already surrounded by states that allow cannabis use in one form or other

November 23, 2016 6 a.m. read more..


HJR 5 allows Legislature to keep killing bad regulations

Other states envy Idaho’s unique regulatory review process. Idaho’s regulatory review process has spared businesses unnecessary expense and requirements. It has stopped agencies from creating new hassles and hardships for taxpayers. It will continue to do so if HJR 5 wins approval of voters Nov. 8.

October 19, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

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