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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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Do No Harm

This year (2012) our state has been through a difficult legislative session with a controversial mandatory ultrasound bill that got strong reaction from voters. The majority party finally decided to listen when they heard from constituent women.  I write this … Continue reading

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VINE Pickle

There once was an old man living in a little house by himself. His neighbors noticed he was getting thinner and weaker. A little girl came to visit one day and noticed the man had no food in the larder … Continue reading

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Licensing Massage

Recently we approved Senate Bill 1295a, which requires massage therapists to become licensed within the State of Idaho and “creates entry-level standards for the massage therapy profession.” It now has passed the House Commerce and Human Resources Committee and has … Continue reading

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The Cost of Choice

Public education in this country is struggling as is health care. But from a historical perspective, they are headed in opposite directions. Our state mandated public schools in our constitution. ARTICLE IX SECTION 1.LEGISLATURE TO ESTABLISH SYSTEM OF FREE SCHOOLS. The … Continue reading

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