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Integrity

The Merriam Webster’s definition of integrity – Firm adherence to a code of especially moral and artistic values: INCORRUPTIBILITY.

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Higher Taxes and Insurance Premiums: “Who to Thank”

I’m sad to say that Steve Ackerman and I were right about healthcare and insurance because it telling us that cronyism and collusion are alive and well in Idaho in the medical and insurance industry.

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Prisons and Politics: Does Anyone Really Care?

Can the IDOC actually effect change in our prison system? Now that the Idaho Department of Corrections has reclaimed our prisons to state management, is it time for prison reform? The Criminal Justice Reinvestment interim committee was scheduled to meet last December 17 to discuss when the criminal legislation they passed last year will be […]

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A Salute to Kevin Miller 580 KIDO

We at the Gem State Patriot have had the distinct pleasure of working with Kevin for three years both on and off the air and would like to take this opportunity to thank him for everything he does for this great Treasure Valley we live in. Kevin is one of the true believers, he is […]

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Black Robes for Freedom, Black Robes for Tyranny

When we look back in history at the Black Robed Regiment, we are reminded of men of God who spoke out concerning the issues of the day. These pastors and deacons of colonial America were especially instrumental in winning America’s independence.

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In the Political Arena, is Labrador back in his Conservative Shoes?

It appears from Congressman Raul Labrador’s recent votes that he is getting back in tune with his constituents after his misplaced vote for John Boehner as Speaker of the House. Our congressman from the first district has shown us some unusual fortitude over the past few weeks, casting votes against the TPA and against Boehner’s […]

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Pension Spiking Leads to Cronyism

MORE HOKUS POKUS AND LEGISLATIVE CHICANERY. Bill, Bill who’s got the bill is the game played by our untrustworthy legislators as taxpayers get saddled with even more pension obligations. In the past 3 months Governor Otter has made 4 appointments of legislators, who to say the least have been close friends of the administration for […]

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Stung by the Court! Is there still Hope?

As another chapter ends in the long saga of Obamacare, we find ourselves faced with more decisions in our lives on how to handle our healthcare protection. With the rapidly rising insurance premiums and exchange fees, there are few places to cut the cost of health insurance and still protect your family.

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Secretary of Education Arne Duncan Needs to be Reeducated

Recently Secretary Duncan lambasted Oklahoma after the state repealed Common Core Standards. Without coming right out and saying that they will cut off federal funds for No Child Left Behind, which would have put him in a proverbial corner and you know how politicians are, never paint yourself into a corner. More states are choosing […]

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Insurance Rates to Rise 25 to 30% along with Exchange Fees — Are There Any Alternatives?

We predicted this back in 2012 when our legislators were debating HB248 that if indeed they voted to put in a state health care exchange that not only rates for insurance, but fees would rise dramatically in the next few year. They did not heed our warning and instead did what the lobbyists who paid […]

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Who is Captain Randy Folwell?

UPDATE: The NRA has endorsed Capt. Randy Folwell for Ada County Sheriff Will there be a new Sheriff in town? Captain Randy Folwell retired from the Ada County Sheriff’s office in 2011, he is 65 years of age and believes he has a lot more to offer in service to the people of Ada County. […]

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Rinos Run Wild at the State House Rotunda

Once again Idaho’s legislators have proven beyond a doubt that Idaho is the bluest of the red states with the largest herd of RINO’s in the country stampeding under our State House Rotunda. With a vote of 49 to 21 in the house and 33 to 2 in the senate on bill HB1 formally SB1067, […]