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A Family physician in the Idaho State Senate

Who’s your Senator?

I had lunch with the Idaho Medical Association Board members today. There are three doctors in the Idaho legislature and we always try to meet with this group when they are in Boise during the legislative session. We have been … Continue reading

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Inadequate and Unfair; Idaho’s Structural School Funding Predicament

    This is the season for Idaho districts to look at how to balance their budgets. An unprecedented number have turned to supplemental property tax levies. You may face one soon on the ballot in your area. There is … Continue reading

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What we Should (have) be(en) doing about IEN

    I hope you are aware of the problem our state faces in the contract for the Idaho Education Network. Idaho signed a contract for a state-wide network that has been found void. This mess will take some sorting … Continue reading

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Pulling up Signs

The morning after the election I drove my little pickup around to pull the signs I had pounded in and wired up weeks before. The results were just now sinking in; I had won, but I had a deep sense … Continue reading

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A Song

  With Bowe Bergdahl’s return in the news, the VA scandal,  and this last Memorial day I have been thinking of military service, how it serves our country and how it can shape the lives of the soldiers and sailors and … Continue reading

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Words Not Said

  It was late and we all were very tired. I could look around the Senate floor and see the sagging shoulders and the drooping eyelids. The “Ayes” were soft and the rare “Nays” even softer as we were passing … Continue reading

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No Names Please

I get hand-written letters from the penitentiary a half dozen times a year or so. I read them and often do not respond since I find the allegations so outlandish or unbelievable I fear my response would be like throwing … Continue reading

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Flat Tire Politics

  It is hard to be away from home for the legislative session, but Boise gets many visitors from around the state and I enjoy the visits. It isn’t always easy but I try to make the time. A good … Continue reading

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The Mess we are in: eRate, IEN, ENA, USAC and the Idaho Taxpayer

This week in JFAC we heard from Department of Administration Director Teresa Luna that we need $7 million to keep our schools connected to the internet. She is also asking for another $7 million for 2015. She is asking Idaho … Continue reading

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Justice

  An Oregon congresswoman spoke at my sister’s memorial service 20 years ago. It was a painful time for me, but her words stayed. She said, “If you value freedom you must work for justice.” In doing this legislative work … Continue reading

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