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Gem State Patriot Newsletter – Volume 36

Welcome to the new, web-based Gem State Patriot newsletter. Instead of a single PDF file, this newsletter is interactive, allows comments and discussion, and can be easily shared via social media. Please enjoy the following articles included in this edition of the Gem State Patriot.

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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Recently Secretary Duncan lambasted Oklahoma after the state repealed Common Core Standards.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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The Statesman should not second-guess our vote for Randy Folwell

LETTER TO THE EDITOR by Steve Ackerman. REPLY by Bob Neugebauer. On May 26, the Ada County Republican Central Committee held an election to recommend candidates for sheriff to the county commissioners. Randy Folwell and Steve Bartlett were presented to us. We reviewed the records of these two good candidates, listened to their statements, and asked […]

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Constitutional Sheriff of Benewah County Personally Sponsors KrisAnne Hall’s Constitutional Seminar in St. Maries, Idaho

Benewah County Sheriff Dave Resser proudly co-sponsored with the Republican Liberty Caucus of Idaho’s (RLC) local chapter a constitutional seminar conducted by nationally renowned KrisAnne Hall on June 12 thru 14th. Sheriff Resser paid $150 of his own money for the rental of the Eagles hall and Hari Heath, Chairman of the RLC and his […]

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It Is Our Time to Hold the Line

(Speech at St Maries Memorial Day service) “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” Christ spoke these words 2,000 years ago. Here today we remember the men and women who loved their friends. Who loved their families. Their hometowns. Their country. And their God.

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Getting Bibles Back in Our Schools

Over 80% of the 200-plus voting Idaho Republican State Central Committee members were represented at the Committee’s summer meeting held on June 5-6, 2015. These Committee members are elected to represent Republicans in every Idaho county and legislative district.

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Socialists are Parasites and They Ruin the Health of a Nation

Nothing spends like other peoples’ money! And as England’s Lady Margaret Thatcher once said, “The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money.”

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The Mindset of Politicians Today

The problem with political jokes is that they get elected. You’ve probably heard it before about how well-meaning politicians of deep patriotic intentions arrive in DC or Boise to be slowly transformed into different men and women by incredibly skilled professional lobbyists and PAC’s who begin swaying their interests through deal making, lies, perks and […]

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Welcome to the United Nations of Idaho

If Idahoans don’t believe the United Nations (UN) has any influence on their lives in Idaho, they need to take another look at how the UN is operating here.

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Gallup: Americans Say Federal Government is Number One Problem

— Reprinted with Permission of The New American magazine — According to a recent Gallup poll, Americans have named the federal government as the most important U.S. problem for four months in a row, noting that “dissatisfaction with government is by no means a new issue,” having been at or near the top in its surveys […]

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Frogs, Boiling Water and the Normalcy Bias

In the last essay, “From Madison to Machiavelli”, I referenced a quote by James Madison, “I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.”