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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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Ride for the Brand

I spent one summer moving cows around Cuddy Mountain near Hells Canyon with my grandfather Henry. I learned a lot about him, horses, cows and the work we need to do. This reflection comes because of a phrase I have … Continue reading

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What I Did Last Summer

    Last summer I thought I could change things. I tried to be a force for justice. In the process I learned a lot about the politics of power and people. I’m not sure I made a dent.  You … Continue reading

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Ms. Information

As legislators we study bills, and then we vote to pass or kill them in our legislature. It is a process set in our Idaho Constitution, written in 1889.  But there is a way to subvert this process and technology … Continue reading

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You Can’t tell a Law by it’s Title

My expertise lies not in the law. The constitution of our nation and our state are the laws of the land, and as an elected representative I am sworn to uphold these laws. So when I read the constitution and … Continue reading

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The Drama of Business Personal Property Taxation

The legislature here in Idaho faces pressure to eliminate the business personal property tax. We have been talking about it for years. The pressure feels like a huge freight train coming at us, while we are tied to the tracks. … Continue reading

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