Let Idaho voters rank the candidates 

Idaho’s primary elections are 11 months away. We won’t know who all will be on our ballots until the early March filing deadline, eight months away.  Yet, we know of 10 Republicans who will be running for state office: three for governor–Brad Little, Janice McGeachen, and Ammon Bundy; two for lieutenant governor–Luke Malek and Priscella …

Public divided on Supreme Court issues 

Since June is the end of the Supreme Court’s term, a number of important rulings are expected this month. With six conservative justices now, Democrats can expect setbacks. The New York Times has predicted, however, that the Affordable Care Act will survive its third Supreme Court challenge.  In December 2018 a Federal judge in Texas …

Democrats prevent extremist takeover of Idaho House

As temperatures soar into the 90s this week, many of us will be spending time with kids home from school, keeping newly sprouted plants from burning up, and making plans for a vacation getaway.  I’m sure most would rather put Idaho’s worst legislative session ever behind. But last week the Idaho Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee …

Unintended consequences difficult to predict

One doesn’t have to study a lot of history to learn about unintended consequences.  We know the British certainly didn’t get the revenue they were hoping for when they put a tax on tea going to the American colonies. And 20 years ago, Americans set out to end Taliban rule in  Afghanistan and to bring …

Idaho’s legislature won’t change if we don’t make it happen 

I breathed easier this week knowing that the legislature can’t do any more damage–for a while..But it’s not time to rest easy. Idaho has an ultra-right legislative majority that plans on keeping our state too poor to pay for roads, schools, and needed services. And nothing is going to change if we don’t make it …