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At a news conference Friday, Gov. Brad Little took Idaho back to Stage 2 of his four-stage reopening plan, which means gatherings of more than 10 people are no longer allowed. He did not do the most important thing, however: issue a statewide, enforceable mask-wearing mandate.

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The race between former Teton County Commissioner Bill Leake and Rep. Chad Christensen doesn’t seem so much a race between a Democrat and a Republican as between a moderate and an extremist.

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The race between Julianne Young and Travis Oler comes down to a choice between ideological stringency and practicality.

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Rep. Mike Simpson has a distinguished record of service to his home state. A practical man who knows the value of fair play and compromise, Simpson is a throwback to an older, more civil time in the Republican Party.

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In some previous election cycles, the Post Register issued candidate endorsements. We planned to do it again during this election cycle, and we started the process we normally use to come to endorsement decisions: conducting editorial board interviews with local, statewide and federal candidates.

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We were not impressed with Paulette Jordan during her run against Gov. Brad Little. She has matured considerably as a candidate since then and has been a much more active campaigner in Idaho.

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As the Idaho Council on Developmental Disabilities has sought to protect home and community-based services — Medicaid-funded occupational therapy, in-home assistance and other services that allow people with disabilities to live independent lives — Idaho’s Senate delegation has been remarkab…

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Ximena Bustillo of the Idaho Statesman documented what should be understood as a major public policy failure last week: Idaho was the last state in the nation to apply for and has not yet begun distributing supplemental funds to families with kids eligible for the free and reduced school lun…

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Eastern Idaho Public Health’s board is to be commended for taking a necessary action last week: Requiring universal mask-wearing in Bonneville County, which now has one of the highest infection rates in eastern Idaho. Bonneville’s recent spike has been astronomical.

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The leaders of the city of Idaho Falls and other cities in eastern Idaho should do the right thing. For the sake of public health, economic well-being and the education of Idaho Falls’ children, it is time to implement a mandatory public masking order, as the cities of Driggs and Victor have done.

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It seems that Sen. Jim Risch cares about nothing other than his party: not human rights, not American global standing, not even the safety of American troops.

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"It’s my face man. I didn’t do nothing serious man. Please, please, please, I can't breathe. Please, man. Please, somebody. Please, man. I can't breathe. I can't breathe. Please."

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In Idaho Falls, it has for several years been illegal to fire or evict an LGBT person because of who they are. Finally, it is also illegal to deny them public accommodations. This is now the case in more than a dozen cities and two counties in Idaho. The Idaho Falls City Council should pride…

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Rep. Britt Raybould should retain her seat in the Idaho House. She has racked up accomplishments well beyond what could be expected from her first two years in office and is admired by her fellow lawmakers both as a sharp mind and as a hard worker.

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On Feb. 1, 1960, four college freshmen walked into the F.W. Woolworth Company building in Greensboro, N.C. and sat down at a lunch counter. They ordered coffee. The counter would not serve them. They were black and sitting in an area that had been designated for whites only. They sat for hou…

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In recent weeks, the Idaho Freedom Foundation has transformed itself from an ultraconservative policy advocacy organization into one whose primary purpose is encouraging violations of the law and endangering public health. Leading its Disobey Idaho campaign of intentional lawbreaking, the Id…

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Gov. Brad Little did the hard thing but the right thing by extending his stay-home order through the end of the month.

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Gov. Brad Little has always been known as a practical man and a negotiator. And that makes his decisions on March 31 — which will be remembered as the worst day in his long career in public office to date — so baffling.

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Last week, Idaho Gov. Brad Little took the responsible step of placing the state under a stay-at-home order. Maybe he waited longer than he should have, but Little is clearly among the mainstream of governors acting to break the chains of infection with the few tools at his disposal.

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If you are not doing work that cannot be done from home, buying essentials or seeking medical care, you should be staying home right now.

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A bill that would reduce regulations on aerial pesticide application has moved too quickly through the House. The Senate should give it a much more critical look.

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Idaho’s largest employers sent a strong message to the Capitol this week: Drop the legislative attacks on transgender Idahoans. It makes us look unwelcoming, and it’s bad for business.

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Watching Idaho’s Department of Correction prepare to ship more than 1,000 overflow state inmates to a now-shuttered private prison in Colorado, you’d think it’s a done deal.

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“When once a republic is corrupted, there is no possibility of remedying any of the growing evils, but by removing the corruption and restoring its lost principles; every other correction is either useless or a new evil.”

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Everyone who knows Rep. Barb Ehardt knows she cares deeply about sports, particularly about women’s sports.

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No one in the Legislature knows education policy better than Rep. Wendy Horman, R-Idaho Falls. For precisely that reason, it’s difficult to understand a particularly bad bill she introduced recently.

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The state of Idaho is on the verge of repeating a terrible mistake. The Idaho Department of Correction has announced that it plans to contract with CoreCivic to house hundreds of inmates in Colorado due to a shortage of prison beds.

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A presentation by James Taylor of the Heartland Institute at the House Resources and Conservation Committee on Thursday should be an embarrassment to every lawmaker who takes his organization seriously.

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A lot of policymaking relies on guesswork. How many people will be eligible for a program? How much will it cost to cover each person? That’s especially true of big changes like Medicaid expansion, which is finally plugging the Medicaid gap.

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Gov. Brad Little’s second State of the State address set a promising tone for the coming legislative session, emphasizing key state investments even in a time where disappointing revenues force lawmakers to make tough decisions.

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When you talk to lawmakers, you get the sense they’re gearing up for a fight. There seems to be heated disagreement brewing between the House and Senate over the process through which administrative rules are approved, among other matters.

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On Saturday, a plane crash in South Dakota left a gaping hole in this community. It took pillars of the business, civic and religious communities. It took men just beginning to build their lives. It took children.

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We’re thankful this week for Brigham Young University-Idaho’s announcement that it will accept Medicaid as valid insurance for students to remain enrolled.