March 16, 2016

Outdoor Enthusiasts Deserve More Than Private Pheasant Hunts

Let’s call a spade a spade: public lands aren’t public when they’re sold – or leased for years at a time. This week, I advanced my resolution HCR 53 to the House floor, and it’s likely to pass the House on Friday.   It makes legislators’ intent clear: we’re “opposed to any proposals that bar Idaho hunters, anglers and trappers from accessing …

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March 8, 2016

Erpelding Boils Down the Budget

JFAC, the state’s budget committee, set a budget last week that provides K-12 schools with more resources—including much-needed investments in teachers’ pay and classroom technology. With a number of important education bills still in limbo, this budget isn’t complete – but even if these “trailer bills” are passed and funded, this budget will fall short of even the Governor’s recommendation, and even further from what …

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March 8, 2016

Ottercare Keeps Rising From the Dead

Last week, I attended yet another meeting about the Primary Care Access Program (PCAP). In this iteration, comparisons were made to two existing medical care programs undergoing reforms in Idaho. These programs receive significant federal support, and PCAP, commonly called “Ottercare”, relies on a wasteful $30 million in Idaho taxpayers’ dollars. The “Idaho solution” leaves those in the gap without protections against …

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March 8, 2016

Confused?

What do bills like American laws for American Courts or growing Idaho’s businesses have in common? How about bibles in schools versus healthcare for children? Confused? Need a hint? They’re all just “personal statements,” according to Speaker of the House Scott Bedke. They don’t need a vote–or often even a discussion–because their merits don’t matter. This session, my colleagues and I have …

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February 25, 2016

Frank and Bethine Church Gala This Saturday

My highest priority is restoring balance and opportunity in our state. But, I can’t do it alone. There’s strength in numbers, and that’s why the Frank and Bethine Church Gala is such an important event. Every year, the Gala brings together Democrats from every corner of the state: established and emerging leaders, committed partners, honored guests, and other people who believe that every …

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