Do you and your legislator agree? Part 2

There is a major mismatch between Idaho voters and the representatives they elect.  Okay, that is straight out my last column–but there’s more that needs said.  You see, Medicaid expansion, voter initiatives, local option taxes, and adequate education funding aren’t the only issues where the majority of legislators disagree with the majority of their constituents.   …

Public Lands: Keep them public

Judy Ferro    [Published by the Idaho-Press-Tribune on Aug. 11, 2014] August is wildfire season, and this year is no exception. A recent AP article states “some 30 large fires are burning their way through federal and state forests in California, Oregon, Washington and Idaho.”  Drought-stricken California is suffering the worst with 209 square miles …

Elections: Woodings can save us

Judy Ferro    [Rejected for publication] Holli Woodings may not look like the Lone Ranger, but that’s the role she’s been called upon to play this year. You know the scenario: the cattle baron and his ranch hands run roughshod over the citizens and drive out one, two, three challengers. Things look bleak. Then the music stills, and a silent …

Politics: Idaho Republicans split

by Judy Ferro There’s an old saying among Democrats—and perhaps among Republicans also—that when the opposition shoots itself in the foot, it’s best to stay out of range.   So, generally, I’ve had little to say about Republican primary elections. This presents a problem for a liberal columnist:  The Democratic primaries lack drama.   Sure, we have …