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Gem State Patriot Newsletter – Volume 44

Welcome to the latest edition of our web-based Gem State Patriot newsletter. This interactive newsletter 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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Evolving tactics have not changed tea party mission

Originally published here Conservative organizations have been battling with establishment Republicans for the past five years. In retrospect, the 2010 takeover of the House by Republicans was achieved because of conservative groups like the tea parties who were fed up with President Obama’s agenda.

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Taking Politics out of our Schools

At last Tuesday’s West Ada School Board meeting there was no shouting out about recalls, just quiet understanding that this new board is in listening mode.

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“Get Over it” No Recall of West Ada School Board

In a recent OPED published by the Statesman Mr. Oppenheimer, tried to infer that the problems with the West Ada school district were about Dr. Clark?

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No Improprieties on Secret Tax Committee Meetings?

So why didn’t the committee notify taxpayers?

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Legislative No-Shows for Life Chain Event

It was Sunday, October 4, 2015 when Pro Life groups gathered for their annual Life Chain event, where people from all over assembled at the Boise Mall and lined the sidewalks holding signs protesting abortion in a peaceful assembly.

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RX for Lobbyist Disease

A most debilitating disease for the health of our Republic is one that could be called Lobbyist Disease (LD).

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ISAA’s ‘Constitutional Carry’ Campaign Completes Successful Rallies

The Idaho Second Amendment Alliance (ISAA) concluded a five city speaking tour of the state on Saturday, October 3rd at the Coeur d’Alene City Park with a large crowd of Second Amendment supporters who wish to see the organization’s push to get ‘Permitless Carry’ which is often called ‘Constitutional Carry’ signed into law in Idaho.

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A Letter from an Environmental Jail

If you have not read Martin Luther King’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” you should. Though I do not write from a jail I feel the cold hard floor of the concrete and the imposing presence of the dark steel bars that are encaging the West.

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Letter to the Editor by Russell Joki, West Ada School Board Trustee, Zone 5

When I ran for the board, my campaign was pretty simple: Fiscal Integrity, Support Teachers, Involve Parents.

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Letter to the Editor: ‘The Media on CAIR’

I would like to tell you about an incident that occurred while I was at a protest against the Council on American and Islamic Relations (CAIR).

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The Destruction of our Forests – Part 2

Part 1 of this article is available here. Hopefully, the reader now has a better understanding of just one pine tree, forest management practices that maintain forest health, and practices that are detrimental. So, just how are Idaho forests being destroyed? Looking at the historical events provides a timeline of events.