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The HJR 5 Constitutional Amendment: Why We Must Vote No!

James Madison said, “The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed, or elective, may very justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.” Article II of the Idaho Constitution seeks to protect us from that tyranny with language declaring […]

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HJR 5: Argument in opposition

A well-intentioned end run around the Constitution We spend over half of our local and state tax dollars for education yet we are a population that doesn’t read. If we read Article II of the state constitution, especially the last sentence, we would understand that HJR 5 is an end run around the constitutional prohibition […]

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HJR 5: Argument in favor

BACKGROUND: One of the long enduring planks of the Republican Party in most United States jurisdictions is the idea of lowering regulation, a.k.a. deregulation. After decades of regulatory activity by the executive branch, Idaho today has 722 different sets of rules that purport to assist the governor in the enforcement of the statutes passed by […]