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Kudos are due to Rep. Doug Ricks, R-Rexburg, who has outlined a bill he is drafting that would remove Idaho from the shameful list of states that provide no compensation for the wrongfully convicted.

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Rep. Chad Christensen, R-Ammon, has settled into his role as the Legislature’s Don Quixote, so desperate to be seen slaying giants that windmills all around him take on threatening form.

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White Pine Charter School is a high-performing school full of excellent students and teachers. It has recently established the only high school in the city specializing in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, a vital addition to education in Idaho Falls where high-…

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A healthy democratic republic requires the active participation of informed citizens. A particularly important event for such citizens to take part in is scheduled this week.

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It is our ordinary custom not to respond when a guest columnist criticizes this newspaper. We usually give them the last word. But when a group uses the space we offer to the community to mislead our readers about important matters of fact, that demands a response.

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The Idaho Freedom Foundation likes to hold itself out as a serious, policy-minded group devoted to conservative and libertarian principles. But the controversy it has kicked off over diversity programs at Boise State University tells a different tale.

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More than two weeks ago, 28 Idaho House Republicans, led by Rep. Barbara Ehardt of Idaho Falls, chastised Boise State University’s newly arrived president, Marlene Tromp, about campus diversity programs.

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A recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine provides considerable evidence that Medicaid work requirements, even if they sound good on paper, are in practice simply an architecture of cruelty that produces no discernible positive effects, simply a lot of pain.

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We live in a political time period marked by both extreme partisanship and pervasive incompetence. Congress hasn’t functioned well in more than a decade. Sweeping new executive branch policies are haphazardly announced on Twitter, sometimes coming as a surprise to the career officials who wi…

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Two weeks ago, Destiny Osborne, who served as the key witness in the case that led to the conviction of Chris Tapp for the 1996 murder of Angie Dodge, completely recanted her testimony.

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Memorial Day, a time to remember the war dead, is also a holiday that encourages outdoor activities and family gatherings. The days are warmer and summer lies ahead.

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Angie Dodge’s murder has hung over this city like a dark mist for 23 years. It has torn countless lives to shreds. It has left a large family and her many friends in continuous grief, wondering what happened in that I Street apartment on a warm June night all those years ago.

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Two words buried in a court document should strike our collective conscience like a lightning bolt.

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Melaleuca CEO Frank VanderSloot should be commended for his decision to put focus on aggressive, high-fee medical debt collection in Idaho, and for putting a chunk of his sizable fortune behind the idea.

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The Idaho Legislature barely mustered the votes needed to pass restrictions to the initiative process earlier this legislative session. When they did, Gov. Brad Little thankfully vetoed them.

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Editor’s note: The Post Register does not normally run editorials on the front page. We have made a rare exception in this case because we fear the rights of the people of the state of Idaho are at serious risk of being eroded.

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This is a tight budget year. Tax revenue has been delayed because of changes to the tax code last year, and big spending priorities in education and health care demand funding.

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A bill now pending in the Senate would subvert the will of the people, who overwhelmingly supported Medicaid expansion in November. It would mean more total government spending, and it would create a secondary insurance coverage gap filled with unknown thousands of Idahoans.

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The Idaho Legislature appears ready to take revenge on voters for passing Proposition 2. Voters should take their revenge in turn if lawmakers continue down this road.

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Legislation pending in the Senate would create a permanent council to monitor and review policies dealing with federal lands in Idaho. It’s poorly constructed, poorly thought through and has ignored public input. Senators should reject it and go back to the drawing board.

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Throughout the legislative session, some lawmakers have been considering ways to override the will of the people, who overwhelmingly voted in November to extend Medicaid coverage to the working poor in the gap.

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Sen. Scott Grow, R-Eagle, doesn’t want you to have any say on important matters of state policy. He introduced a bill on Monday that would gut a fundamental right enshrined in the Idaho Constitution.

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Sen. Todd Lakey, R-Nampa, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, should rethink his stated intention to deny a hearing for a bill reforming Idaho’s mandatory minimum sentencing system.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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 …

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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.

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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.

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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,…

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

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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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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.

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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.

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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.