States do abuse citizens’ voting rights

“One of the most fundamental and significant rights afforded to American citizens is the right to vote. This right must not be hampered or denied to any citizen through discriminatory tactics” (Sen. Susan Collins, R-ME, 2006).  Sen. Collins is one of the 16 current Republican senators who voted for the Voting Rights Act of 2006 …

Income tax cuts not Idaho’s greatest needs

“First, I want to correct the notion of a ‘budget surplus.’ This money was generated by systematically underfunding vital services. If you haven’t paid your mortgage or utility bills, you may appear to have a lot of money in your checking account, but you would not call that a true surplus or a sign of …

Fulcher poll offers limited options

Last week I got a peek at a private survey that said 53% of Idaho Republicans rated CRT as one of their top concerns.  CRT in Republican-speak is coming to mean letting students hear of how hard it’s been for workers, women, blacks, Jews, Indians, etc. to achieve equal rights. Some of those opposed support …

Idaho legislature fails the big issues

Five years ago, writing as a mythical Democratic governor, I wrote a brief State-of-the-State address. Now seems a good time to check up on five actions that seemed most important then.    One did get accomplished–Medicaid expansion. It took $1.7 million, 60,000 signatures, and 365,000 votes–plus some court actions to get rid of restrictions the legislature …

Farewell to 2021

2021 is limping toward its last days. Many will remember it for not fulfilling the promise of putting Covid-19 to rest.  Others bear personal injuries from the recent tornadoes and hurricanes Ida and Nicholas, as well as the record numbers of deaths from homicides, auto accidents, and drug overdoses. Not that 2021 didn’t have its …