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Gem State Patriot Newsletter – Volume 38

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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Integrity

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

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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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St. Luke’s is a bully

St. Luke’s is Idaho’s largest hospital system, and although it operates as a non-profit, it had nearly $1.9 billion in assets as of the September 30, 2013 according to its latest consolidated financial statement. Recently St. Luke’s has been buying up not only private practices and surgical centers but also community hospitals—which it wanted to […]

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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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The Insanity of Liberalism

Liberals can’t help themselves from constantly dreaming up ideas they believe to be best for everyone, as they see it. The basis of their daydreams are usually rooted in their compulsion to control others in their quest for power. It appears nothing is too farfetched or actually bizarre for their creations.

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Rules and Regulations in Idaho

Are you concerned with the growth of government and the never ending stream of new fees and regulations controlling your work and personal life? If so, I encourage you to continue reading to learn what you can actually do about it. Here is an important overlooked method you the Idaho citizen can be involved in […]

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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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House Votes to Revive No Child Left Behind

— Reprinted with Permission of The New American magazine — The Republican-led House of Representatives voted Wednesday to revive the unpopular, long-dead No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act — but just barely. The vote was 218-213, with 27 Republicans and all Democrats voting against the bill.

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All-Idaho Gun Debuted at SHOT Show

— Reprinted with Permission of The New American magazine — The SHOT Show is the largest tradeshow of its kind in the world. The Shooting, Hunting, and Outdoor Trade Show has more than 1,600 product and service exhibitors using over 630,000 square feet of floor space, drawing more than 65,000 industry professionals from all 50 […]

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Nullification vs. Constitutional Convention

1787: What an important year for America!

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TPP: Kissinger’s Dream Come True

“Control oil and you control nations; control food and you control the people.” – Henry Kissinger