Lessons from Close Votes!

Idaho elections this month have underlined the importance of each and every vote. Who would have dreamt that the Vallivue School District bond election would be so close?  The District was seeking approval for a $65.3 million primarily to fund a third middle school and renovation of the 50-year-old Vallivue Middle School building. Vallivue’s request …

Medicaid expansion & initiative process in peril?

“Voters serious about seeing insurance coverage for the ‘gap’ population would be wise to vote for legislators who agree” (Idaho Press, Oct. 16, 2018). I wrote it once before the 2018 elections–I now regret not repeating it weekly. Last November, in the privacy of the voting booth, Idahoans passed Medicaid expansion while electing legislators who …

Elections: Liberal initiatives and conservative victors

The more I review 2014, the more confused I am about the Idaho voter. I could never plan a future campaign; I can’t even make sense of past ones. America’s 50 states have different issues, different economies, different personalities involved, and different election laws. You’d think analysts could study the effects of different variables and …