Monthly Archives: March 2011

Smoke

It has been hard for me to find the heat in all the smoke surrounding this one. I expected to have an advantage understanding this, but maybe I am seeing too many subtleties. Peer review is a medical staff process … Continue reading

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Meta

I learn something new every day. Maybe those who have done this for years can see the bigger patterns, like sensing the storm when sniffing a wind shift. I am still immersed in reading each word of each bill and … Continue reading

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Bad Dog Bill

  We passed the “Bad Dog Bill” [SB1143] out of the Senate yesterday. I first saw it on the Agricultural Affairs Committee. The author, a veterinarian from here in Boise deserves a medal for perseverance and heroism. He donated two … Continue reading

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Leverage

Leverage The Senate follows rules from a different century. I am not sure if they serve the current one. The argument that “this is how we have always done things” has never sat well with me. Still, these rules serve … Continue reading

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Church & Message

Church and Message I stayed in Boise last weekend to attend some state Democratic Party functions, particularly the Frank and Bethine Church Dinner. It was sunny and pleasant here and snowy on the Palouse, but I still missed my home. … Continue reading

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Starve or Feed the Beast

Sometimes irony is everywhere. We had a full agenda in Agricultural Affairs this morning. I did not expect such a hubbub over raising fees for brand inspections. But such is senate life. Brand inspections are done by state brand inspectors. … Continue reading

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Bankrupt

I have heard this term used with respect to our federal government and the degree of debt we face as a nation. It sounds alarming. I wonder if alarm is the intent. I remember the frugal ways of my parents. … Continue reading

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The Trough

When we think about supply and demand we tend to think demand drives supply, but it can go both ways. Sometimes, if you create a supply, demand will follow. Think of high fructose corn syrup. The supply was created and … Continue reading

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Nickel and Dime

          We had a visit from Senator Risch last week. He had been a state senator, then Lieutenant Governor for a long time. He assumed the Governor’s office when Kempthorne moved on to his DC appointment. Now Risch has been … Continue reading

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