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All Votes Count

  There was a recent Opinion Piece that got me thinking. In it, Idaho House Majority Party Assistant Leader Brent Crane was cited: He offers caution to those who think Troy’s district would be better served by a Democrat, who … Continue reading

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Tragedy and Public Policy

  We had a hearing this last week to consider whether Idaho should change Medicaid eligibility so all folks in Idaho can have insurance coverage. This sometimes gets shortened to “Medicaid Expansion”. The hearing was short and mostly civil. One … Continue reading

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Choose your Blandishment

“We look to the States to defend their prerogatives by adopting the simple expedient of not yielding to federal blandishments when they do not want to embrace federal policies as their own.” Justice John Roberts in the Affordable Care Act … Continue reading

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Highways and Hybrids and the Man Behind the Tree

    The Idaho legislature made a great leap in highway funding this last legislative session. It was years in the making with many failed attempts and some painful last minute compromises. But the years of discussion built an awareness … Continue reading

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Ghosts and Governing

      We finished an extraordinary session last May to address some unfinished business. The legislature had adjourned and left a bill in committee that would have made enforcement of Idaho child support payments impossible. Some thought this was … Continue reading

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2015 End of Session Letter online version

Session ends Soon (maybe) I write to share and reflect on the work of the Idaho legislature this past session. This letter was mailed to many constituents, But I post it here with links, pictures, and graphs. ________________________ We start … Continue reading

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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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