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Updated 3 weeks, 2 days ago

OPINION: Extremist GOP legislators are at it again, attacking our public libraries

The claim that Idaho librarians are dispensing pornography and other harmful materials to kids fell flat last ye...

Updated 1 month ago
OPINION: Weaponizing government against transgender kids and their doctors

Idaho’s legislative culture warriors are at it again, weaponizing the government against families with transgender kids and criminalizing their doctors. Hous...

Updated 1 month, 1 week ago
OPINION: The Idaho House has voted in favor of sticking its head in the sand

The Idaho Legislature took a bold step to improve the efficiency of state government in 1994. Tired of being blindsided by poorly performing programs, the Le...

Updated 1 month, 2 weeks ago
OPINION: What an Idaho school funding lawsuit might look like

It is not inevitable that the Idaho Legislature will invite a school funding lawsuit, but legislators appear at the present time to be heading toward provoki...

Updated 1 month, 3 weeks ago
OPINION: A disheartening preview of coming attractions at the Statehouse theater

Based upon a preview of the coming attractions that will play at the Idaho Statehouse this legislative session, it appears there will be an excess of needles...

Updated 1 month, 4 weeks ago
OPINION: Cure for Idaho’s extremist politics is reform of our election process

As another session of the Idaho Legislature cranks up, Idahoans shudder at the prospect of more needless political discord and legislative shenanigans. Inste...

Updated 2 months ago
OPINION: What’s with the Mountain States Policy Center big-spending plan? Part 2

The Mountain States Policy Center, which bills itself as a “free-market-oriented think tank,” has been promoting what it calls a “school choice” plan. The wo...

Updated 2 months, 1 week ago
OPINION: Labrador encounters conflict of interest situations as he takes office

It did not take long for newly elected Idaho Attorney General Raul Labrador to be confronted by two troubling conflict of interest situations. He mishandled ...

Updated 2 months, 2 weeks ago
OPINION: What's with the Mountain States Policy Center? Part 1

The Mountain States Policy Center recently burst upon the political scene in Idaho with 10 policy recommendations for the legislatures of Idaho, Washington, ...

Updated 2 months, 3 weeks ago
OPINION: An Idaho Attorney General transition that courts danger

As far back as I can remember, transitions in the Idaho Attorney General’s office have been rather seamless and non-political. The manner in which I took ove...

Updated 3 months, 1 week ago
OPINION: Will Dr. Jekyll or Mr. Hyde control the soul of Idaho’s Republican Party?

The serious split in the personality of the present-day GOP in Idaho was demonstrated in two articles that recently appeared in the media. The Kootenai Count...

Updated 3 months, 2 weeks ago
OPINION: Idaho owes a debt of gratitude to its longest-serving Attorney General

Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden will be stepping down at the end of the year, after providing 33 years of dedicated service in the AG’s office. I hire...

Updated 3 months, 3 weeks ago
OPINION: Idaho must once again send the hate mongers packing

Hate and bigotry often lurk just beneath the surface of civil societies. So long as a society is united in disapproving of hateful words and actions, those e...

Updated 4 months ago
OPINION: Can we improve public education by subsidizing private education?

The president and CEO of Mountain States Policy Center, which styles itself as an “independent, free market think tank,” recently floated a thought piece on ...

Updated 4 months, 1 week ago
OPINION: Supreme Court strikes out its own team ahead of the 2022 elections

The Supreme Court doomed the Republican Party’s chances in the Nov. 8 election when it issued its abortion decision last June.