Fear and Loathing, 2016 Version

By Chris Carlson He is one of the top behind-the-scenes political operatives in Idaho. Rarely does he say anything on the record, preferring to stay behind the scenes, quietly, efficiently and effectively going about his business whether successfully running statewide campaigns (he’s never lost any race he has managed) or representing clients with interests across Idaho.

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1 comment - What do you think?  Posted by ifennell - March 15, 2016 at 12:14 am

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The hypocrisy of the GOP and the Supreme Court vacancy

By Susan Green Barger Many Republicans have made it abundantly clear that they do not intend to let President Barrack Obama nominate a justice to the Supreme Court to replace Justice Antonin Scalia. According to Politico, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) “vows to bar a replacement” should the president have the gall to submit a name. Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), hints that he might use his power as chair to stop the nomination process. During the debates, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) promised to filibuster any attempt to consider a nominee. Donald Trump has called for the Senate to “Delay, Delay, Delay.”

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10 comments - What do you think?  Posted by ifennell - March 13, 2016 at 3:36 am

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The importance of play

By Mayor Brian Blad It’s hard to overstate the value of play in our lives. When we were young, it’s where we learned our earliest lessons about life and the world around us. Into our formative years, it takes on a different role in helping us figure out who we are, what we like, what we do, and what we are made of.

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Hog wild and no radio

By Michael H. O'Donnell When I think of the Idaho Commission on the Arts and state funding that helps keep it going, my mind takes a trip back to a Canadian hog barn where I spent many glorious hours assisting in the care of future pork roasts. The Canadian farmer who ran the cow-calf and swine operation had a pretty slick setup for raising pigs from birth to “see ya, wouldn’t want to be ya.”

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Idaho would suffer directly from Cruz’s proposed elimination of NEH and NEA

By Susan Swetnam Much has been made recently of the potential negative economic effects that eliminating the Department of Energy could bring to our region. Less obvious but equally devastating would be the grassroots effects of Cruz’s elimination of two other agencies, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

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Why must we delist the Yellowstone Grizzly?

By Dr. Ralph Maughan In the 1970s there was a sharp drop in the number of grizzly bears in the Yellowstone National Park area. By 1975 the grizzly population had fallen to less than 200 bears, perhaps as few as 136. Since those dark days of the 70s, there has been success recovering the grizzly. The official count is now 717. Notably, however, the population stopped growing 13 years ago.

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Rep. Packer, not just another Rino, she’s a liberal

By Wayne Hoffman Rep. Kelley Packer’s recent unprovoked attack on the conservative Idaho Freedom Foundation shocked many. More disturbing, however, has been her decision to continue misleading her constituents about IFF — and her voting record.

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Mitt Romney’s Concern for America

By Richard Larsen

The vitriol heaped upon former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney this past week is entirely illogical and irrational. It only makes sense in the emotion-driven context prevailing during this election cycle. But alas, due to the prevailing emotional populist sentiment, logic has become the most obvious casualty of the primary election season. No wonder this is often referred to as the “silly season.”

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4 comments - What do you think?  Posted by Richard Larsen - March 12, 2016 at 6:40 am

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Be careful what you wish for

By Martin Hackworth

Utah lawmakers recently passed legislation establishing a fund for what could potentially be a $14 million lawsuit to seize control of federal lands. This is one of the biggest actions to date in a series of skirmishes throughout the West involving a burgeoning movement to transfer Federal lands to the states.

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4 comments - What do you think?  Posted by ifennell - March 11, 2016 at 5:16 pm

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When you’re out cold in the ring, you can hear the angels sing

By Mike Murphy

I certainly am not an expert when it comes to discussing the history of Ireland. Quite honestly, my only obvious claims to being Irish are the fact that my last name is Murphy and my nose resembles a potato suffering from the blight.

The tiny bit of the Emerald Isle’s history that I have studied is quite fascinating, however. For example, I learned that the Irish actually invented the guillotine long before the French, as proven by the discovery of a 500-year-old print depicting Liam O’Shaughnessy using a guillotine to slice potatoes shortly before he picked up the nickname “Stubby.”

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