Category: Commentary

Anderson: Freedom of Violence 

By Abigail J. Anderson This past year, I watched painfully as my city burned to the ground. I am a native Minnesotan, born and raised in the Twin City suburbs. I love Minnesota—the lakes, natural beauty, the people, the history and culture, and all the museums and entertainment the Twin Cities have to offer.  On…

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Hanks: Critical Race Theory and Carrots

It’s an age-old trick: dangling the carrot in front of the donkey to get him to move; in other words, to induce desired behavior. Presently in Idaho, the “carrot” is the millions of dollars in federal grants, which induces acceptance of the accompanying ideologies within the Critical Race Theory and other “social justice” agendas. Critical…

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Nate: Toward a Legislature Working for the People

Several representatives have seen the legislative process shut down good legislation (without a vote), stall out on important work needing to be done, and ignore the calls of citizens to end the burdensome emergency and health orders. These representatives are using procedural motions to draw attention to growing frustrations from citizens, and I support their…

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Conzatti: Freedom – A Blessing of God

“We, the people of the state of Idaho, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, to secure its blessings and promote our common welfare do establish this Constitution.”  -Preamble to the Idaho Constitution, 1890 The Declaration of Independence articulated the “self-evident” truth that every person is “endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that…

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Zito: The Match Continues

The actions of the Executive branch this week with regard to the Stay Healthy Order are beginning to feel like a horrible game of chess. The legislature—your voice in state government—is being challenged in a most unfair way. When the legislature was not in session, the executive branch did as it pleased without listening to…

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Zito: The Problem with SJR.101 (Psychoactive Drugs)

The bill that has generated the most discussion from constituents last week was Senate Joint Resolution 101 (SJR.101). I will explain why I did not support this bill. I am not a supporter of recreational psychoactive drugs. I do see and understand the value of medical use of marijuana. You will hear the term “incorporation…

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Nate: A Bill to Protect Idaho Investments (HB.7)

The Sound Money Reserves Act (HB.7) allows Idaho’s State Treasurer to invest some of Idaho’s idle reserves in physical gold and silver quantities. The recent explosion in U.S. government spending and Federal Reserve money printing in response to the Covid-19 pandemic has sparked a renewed focus on the critical role gold and silver can play in…

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Nate: Tax Cuts Being Held on Aisle Four 

When you hit the neighborhood grocery store for your weekly shopping trip for eggs, milk, bread, fruits, and other staples, you pay the cost of the groceries plus an additional 6% for the state sales tax going to the state general fund.  The grocery tax brings in about $246 million for the state budget. You…

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Nate: Taxpayers Should Not Pay for Marxist Agendas at Our Universities

Last Friday, in our JFAC committee hearing, I asked Boise State University President, Marlene Tromp, the following question about programming and the budget for BSU. Thank you, President Tromp for your presentation. Last year in the budgeting process this area of the budget, Higher Education, was particularly contentious.  Not much has changed.  Many Idahoans and…

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A Dangerous Precedent: Covid Kills Juries

The Idaho Supreme Court has been issuing orders since September outlining changes in normal jury trial processes due to the spread of COVID-19 in Idaho. Now, they’ve completely prohibited jury trials until further notice, initiating acute violations of every Idahoan’s constitutionally guaranteed right to a “speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury.”  Timeline In…

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