Idaho House Jumps the Rails

Last week the Idaho House jumped the rails and headed into brambles.  This might be the historic moment when the extremists wrench power away from the mainstream Republicans–or not.  A similar peevishness upset three appropriation bills last year.  What happened?  Well, usually bills pass in two ways.  Sometimes almost everyone is in favor of them–like …

Politics has its own March Madness 

March Madness isn’t restricted to basketball–clearly not in an election year.. Just over a week ago Democrats had six strong contenders for president–four men and two women, four old and two young, four moderate and two progressive. In a matter of days, four contenders dropped out. Now, many Democrats are trying to work up enthusiasm …

A Republican’s Republican needs replaced

I imagine President expected praise for getting 1,000 American troops out of the way of a Turkish attack into Syria. It looked so good, he didn’t ask generals–or Republican leaders–what they thought.    He seemed unaware that he’d agreed to a Turkish massacre of the Kurds the U.S. was counting on to guard 11,000 ISIS prisoners–and …

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 …