A recent bill introduced by Rep. Steven Harris, R-Meridian, should be called what it is. Whether he intends it or not, it’s a license to gerrymander.

We often disagree with the members of the Bonneville County Republican Central Committee, but when they’re right they’re right. And they’re right to oppose action by the Idaho Falls City Council to eliminate runoff elections in city council races.

Last week’s Republican winter meeting brought some great news — if you’re a Democrat.

Idaho State Police has persistently refused to release the name of the trooper who shot Jesse Quinton. This refusal undermines public confidence in the incident investigation and deprives the public of their right to know about the actions of their government.

Idaho’s new governor, Brad Little, was impressive in his first State of the State address. The vision he laid out for the legislative session was comprehensive, detailed and proposed a number of sensible, pragmatic solutions to problems facing the state.

Since the Great Recession forced steep, painful cuts to the state’s education system, state officials have done a remarkable job of getting back on track. At times, the Legislature has perhaps moved too slowly, but it’s moved consistently, which is the harder thing to do. Getting a majority …

Idaho continues to have a major shortfall in infrastructure spending, which, as former Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter regularly pointed out, is simply deficit spending. No money to maintain a road when it needs it means you spend about 10 times more to replace it later.

Lawmakers have endeavored to eliminate the tax on groceries in past years, only to be thwarted by former Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter’s veto pen. Gov. Brad Little is a vocal supporter of the idea, giving hope that soon Idahoans won’t be taxed for this basic necessity.

At present, a driver talking on a handheld phone while going down Highway 91 would be on the wrong side of the law while passing through Idaho Falls and Pocatello (and, soon perhaps, Blackfoot as well), but on the right side of the law elsewhere. Phone your mom while driving in Butte County,…

The U.S. Senate this week passed two resolutions dealing with Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen and the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.

With Sen. Bob Corker stepping aside, Sen. Jim Risch is expected to become the next chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. The former Idaho pro tem, lieutenant governor, governor and two-term U.S senator will soon become one of the most important voices in American foreign policy.

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It would look exceptionally odd if lawmakers pushed systematic changes to the state pension system now that they’ve lost access to the PERSI perk.

Idaho is the kind of place where we take care of our neighbors. That’s who we are, as became unmistakably clear when the dust settled following Tuesday’s election.

Republican Lt. Gov. Brad Little has the experience and knowledge to be an effective governor. Paulette Jordan, his Democratic challenger, has run a campaign that shows she won’t lead the state effectively.

Former Chief Justice Jim Jones has a good point — there’s no good reason for certain statewide offices, especially the superintendent of public instruction, to be partisan. What matters there isn’t ideology but ability.

Like the endorsement of Rep. Barbara Ehardt, our endorsement of Rep. Bryan Zollinger in his race against Democrat George Morrison is not unanimous.

The District 35 House race between Rod Furniss and Jerry Browne features two intelligent, well-spoken candidates.

This is not a ringing endorsement. The District 33 race between Democrat Jim De Angelis and Republican Barbara Ehardt should be better than it is.

Voters in District 33 are lucky to have a choice between two excellent candidates in the race for Senate: Republican David Lent and Democrat Jerry Sehlke.

There aren’t any bad picks in the District 30 House Race between Republican Gary Marshall and Democrat Pat Tucker.

Democrat Kristin Collum may hail from the Great State of Ada, but she showed up in Idaho Falls on Friday at what was supposed to be a debate with her opponent in the lieutenant governor’s race, Janice McGeachin.

For many years, this newspaper did not endorse candidates for public office, though we made an exception during the Idaho Falls mayoral race last year.

The Idaho Division of Veterans Services lists six central values it aims to uphold: compassion for all, unending accountability, absolute integrity, outstanding communication, dignity for everyone and unconditional honesty. The administrator of that division, former state Sen. Marv Hagedorn,…

Some members of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee did an honorable thing Friday, but Idaho’s sole representative on the committee was not among them.

Overshadowed by daily controversies, a hugely significant change in U.S. policy was announced last week. It will steal hope from thousands of the most desperate people in the world.

Paulette Jordan, the Democratic nominee for governor, had a chance to frankly address recent controversies within her campaign at a forum held Thursday by the Idaho Falls City Club. She did not rise to the task.

Much of the case against Proposition 2, which would expand Medicaid to cover 62,000 working poor, has been dominated by distractions. And that’s true of the peculiar molehill the Idaho Freedom Foundation attempted to make a mountain of last week.

Tuesday’s Idaho Falls School District 91 bond election leaves you with a sense of déjà vu. When the all the votes were counted, the proportion who supported building a new high school was identical, down to two decimal points, to the outcome in November: 58.44 percent.

School District 91 won’t like us for this, but forget all the reasons they’ve told you so far to vote for the upcoming two-tier bond.

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