Corruption / Reform

Cleaning up corruption is going to be a big issue for Democrats in 2020.
It worked well for Donald Trump as a candidate in 2016. His calls to “drain the swamp” electrified rally goers across the country.
As President, however, Trump refused to put his Trump Organization assets into a blind trust as he had promised to do.
Staff and cabinet members felt free to follow his example. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross’s family retained businesses with ties to the Chinese and Russian governments.  Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke entered …

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Local politics

Two developments in local politics caught my interest now that filing for the Nov. 5 elections has closed: the Canyon County Elections Office was extremely slow in releasing the names of school board candidates and John McGee filed for Caldwell City Council.
For some–those for whom elections begin and end with choosing among candidates on a ballot–getting candidate names only 50 days before an election is no big deal.
Others, however, want to make sure someone they can support is on the ballot–even if they have to …

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EPA Failing America

Just over a year ago, Scott Pruitt resigned as chair of the Environmental Protection Agency. Many Americans were relieved. Not only was he involved in some ethical scandals–remember his $43,000 soundproof booth?–he managed to reverse decades of EPA action.
As CNN said, “Pruitt moved aggressively to scale back Obama-era moves on climate change, automobile pollution standards and other industrial pollutants.”
But former White House climate adviser Paul Bledsoe saw Andrew Wheeler, the 20-year Washington insider in line for Pruitt’s position, as a greater danger.
Apparently, Bledsoe was prophetic. …

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Farmers & Climate Change

August 2019 would be a month people remember if disasters weren’t so common these days.
The Amazon–an area responsible for 20 percent of the world’s oxygen generation–was on fire. An unimaginable 100,000 fires have blazed this year.
The EPA prepared to end limits on the amount of methane that the oil and gas industry are allowed to emit. (Pound-for-pound methane is 20 times the pollutant that carbon emissions are.)
Hurricane Dorian–with 140 mile an hour winds–was posed to be the most destructive hurricane to hit Florida in 30 …

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Idaho Legislature voting record

Over the summer, IDP interns compiled a list of every bill that was introduced in the legislature and how each legislator voted. This took a lot of time and a lot of work, but they did an excellent job!
Votes

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