Op Ed: Gun Rights and Two New Background Check Bills

Op Ed: Gun Rights and Two New Background Check Bills

Question: What is the definition of a ‘criminal’? Answer: Someone who has committed a crime by breaking the law. With this understood, it seems sensible that creating additional laws to be ignored by criminals is not the solution to stopping...
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The Facts about Border Security and the Government Shutdown

The Facts about Border Security and the Government Shutdown

As news of the government shutdown emanates from TV news channels, vastly different perspectives are communicated. The truth is uglier than any of them. A majority of members of Congress understand the facts about our southern border: 60,000 people per...
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Give Idahoans Tax Relief; Eliminate the Tax on Groceries

Give Idahoans Tax Relief; Eliminate the Tax on Groceries

I congratulate the legislature for voting to eliminate the tax on groceries! I encourage the Governor to sign the grocery tax repeal into law, and I invite the Lt. Governor to join me in this effort! That will be a...
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Whoever Controls the Resources, Controls Our Economic Future

Whoever Controls the Resources, Controls Our Economic Future

I read with interest a news headline on April 15, 2016 stating: “Idaho unemployment rate falls to 3.8 percent.” Sounds good, right? Well, whatever database this information comes from is at best, misleading. Here is the truth as validated by...
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2016 Legislative Session Summary

2016 Legislative Session Summary

In an effort to create an effective analogy and insert a little fun into a description of the 2016 Idaho legislative session, I am assigning roles to two groups of people: Group 1 is the “good guys”. In this summary...
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Why Idaho Acquiesces to the Federal Government

Why Idaho Acquiesces to the Federal Government

When the Feds say jump, Idaho leaders ask how high. Think environmental regulations and policies regarding healthcare, education, marriage, and so on. Next will be water adjudication and another national monument.
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The GOOD, The BAD, and The UGLY

The GOOD, The BAD, and The UGLY

If publicly asked the question “Do you agree more with the tax-and-spend philosophy of Ronald Reagan or Barack Obama,” I would predict that every member of Idaho’s super-majority republican legislative caucus would respond with Reagan. Howeve...
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