Idaho lawmakers don’t like the people telling them how to run the state, and they never have. When Idahoans attempted to institute term limits, the Legislature reversed them. When Idahoans pushed through Medicaid expansion, some tried to reverse the people’s will. And when that failed, they …
The right thing isn’t always the popular thing.
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-…
Eastern Idaho lawmakers should be commended for showing up to debate proposed changes to the initiative process at a town hall organized by Reclaim Idaho on Tuesday night. Organizers noted that the Idaho Falls town hall had better attendance by lawmakers than any of the similar events that h…
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.
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.
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.
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.
A recent ruling by the Idaho Supreme Court will have a dangerous effect. The court unanimously ruled that police cannot make a misdemeanor arrest based on probable cause alone. Officers must either witness a crime taking place or obtain a warrant.
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…
Bart Davis is a son of Idaho Falls.
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.
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.
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.
Rep. Chad Christensen appears not to understand what it means to be a lawmaker. Taking his office too lightly, he abused it this week.
The Idaho Supreme Court made abundantly clear this week that there is no constitutional issue with Medicaid expansion.
We are now — finally — getting a more complete picture of why the state government is so reluctant to disclose the drugs it uses to administer lethal injections in death penalty cases and where it gets those.
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,…
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.