Idaho legislature: Perennial issues up front

by Judy Ferro I’ve heard no Idaho legislature really gets to work until the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee presents a budget. Some make it sound like we could send everyone else home for three weeks. Others point out each committee is now honing possible legislation and deciding whether to have public hearings before bringing bills to …

Politics: Note What Republicans Do

                I don’t care about your facts.  I can hate the President if I want.  I hated the last one, and, I’ll probably hate the next one, too.”                 “Obama is such a liar.  You know the hospital in Kenya where he claims he was born wasn’t even built yet?”                 “We don’t need …

Elections: Republican negatives

by Judy Ferro “Is the R enough?” That question—posed by Randy Stapilus in a recent column—is a central one this election year. Pit a Republican with no real qualifications against a Democrat with a good track record in civic activities and business or education, and the R is often enough.  But what if the Republican …

Idaho politics: Republicans fight one another

Judy Ferro     [Published in the Idaho Press-Tribune on June 23, 2014] No one should vote Republican this year.  Okay, maybe if your son or daughter is running, but that’s the only excuse.  I wouldn’t vote for my own brother this year. I know, when the Republican politicians shoot themselves in the foot. Democrats should stay …