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Simpson Absent in Fight Against Federal Vaccine Mandates

Idaho Falls, ID – Once again liberal Mike Simpson is missing in the fight for our freedom. Much like on protecting the unborn, Simpson is one of the few Republican members of Congress not to oppose federal vaccine mandates. An amicus brief was filed by 47 United States Senators and 136 Members of the United […]

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Mike Simpson Fails to Stand-Up for Pro-Life Community, Again

Idaho Falls, ID – An amicus brief on a Mississippi abortion law banning abortions after 15 weeks was filed in July 2021 by a large coalition of interested parties, urging the Supreme Court to recognize state government as the proper level of authority to settle controversy on that matter.  Over 200 members of Congress signed onto […]

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Bryan Smith: Why I’m running for Congress

Last Saturday, I announced that I’m running for Congress to replace Mike Simpson in the United States House of Representatives. For over 20 long years, Simpson has been in Washington where he’s voted for amnesty for illegals, massive spending increases, bigger government, and gun control. And now he’s joined radical environmentalists to destroy four dams […]

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Senators Risch and Crapo: The Case for Term Limits

United States Senators Jim Risch and Mike Crapo recently joined 17 other Senate Republicans and all 50 Senate Democrats to pass Biden’s $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill. Risch and Crapo joined the likes of Mitt Romney, Susan Collins, and Lisa Murkowski in supporting the infrastructure bill. This bill was not offset with any spending cuts, which […]

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Governor Little Should Have “Let the People Go”

Last week while Governor Little was out of state, Lieutenant Governor Janice McGeachin, acting as Governor in Little’s absence, signed an executive order that prevented cities, local school boards, and other local government authorities from mandating masks. Upon his return, Little immediately rescinded McGeachin’s executive order. Now local governments can once again mandate masks. Little […]

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Idaho Republicans Have No Confidence in Simpson

In response to Congressman Simpson’s proposal to breach four hydroelectric dams on the lower Snake River, I wrote an article last month entitled, “Congressman Simpson Should Put Idaho First and Do No Harm.” The article named players who oppose Simpson’s plan including, Governor Brad Little, United States Senators Jim Risch and Mike Crapo, Representative Russ […]

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Congressman Simpson Should Put Idaho First and Do No Harm

The expression “first do no harm” is a popular phrase often attributed to the Hippocratic Oath taken by doctors. The idea is that it may be better to do nothing rather than intervening and causing more harm than good. The Hippocratic oath taken by dentists includes a similar promise to do no intentional harm to […]

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Rule of Law Vanishing, Anarchy to Follow

Those paying attention are watching as the rule of law is vanishing. When laws become inconsistent, unfair, and incomprehensible, people lose faith in laws and the government institutions that create them. The natural result is a loss of “law and order” and ultimately some form of anarchy. Americans have always relied on laws being applied […]

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The Idaho Freedom Foundation Measures Promises Made (Part 3 of 3)

During the recent election cycle, some were critical of the Idaho Freedom Foundation Index (IFFI) which scores how legislators vote. Some voices proclaimed the IFFI is an extreme hard right ideology out of step with “common sense” Idaho conservative values. These and similar statements often are made by liberals masquerading as Republicans hoping that Republican […]

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The Idaho Freedom Foundation Aligns With Conservative Principles (Part 2 of 3)

Later this month, Republicans state-wide will gather for their convention to elect leaders and once again adopt their Idaho Republican Party Platform (IRPP). Many people don’t realize grass roots Republicans review and approve the IRPP every summer before a fall general election because the IRPP serves as the gold standard for Republican beliefs ahead of […]

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The Idaho Freedom Index — A Scorecard for Conservative Principles (Part 1 of 3)

I have recently written two articles discussing the first eight of the twelve principles the Idaho Freedom Foundation Index (IFFI) uses to score bills that legislators vote on. The IFFI principles are also found in the Idaho Republican Party Platform (IRPP), the gold standard for Republican beliefs. So, when a legislator gets a bad IFFI […]