February 25, 2016

Rep. Wintrow – A Patient’s Right to Try & Sexual Assault Protections

This session, we’ve seen success for legislation promoting strong, safe communities with a high quality of life. When it comes to promoting every Idahoan’s well-being, Representative Melissa Wintrow, my good friend and a fellow member of Team 19, is ahead of the curve. I’m a proud co-sponsor of two of Representative Wintrow’s bills: the Right to Try, which increases terminally ill patients’ access to treatment, and a bill …

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February 25, 2016

Celebrating the Rich Mosaic of Black History in Idaho

Not much passes unanimously – but in spite of our differences, there are things that bring us together, and things worth taking a moment to celebrate (even in the middle of a busy legislative session). Senate Concurrent Resolution 133, written and sponsored by Team 19’s very own Senator Cherie Buckner-Webb, is just that. An affirmation honoring black history month, SCR 133 passed …

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February 16, 2016

Correcting the Record: Minimum Wage Helps Families

Some opponents of Idaho’s minimum wage increase don’t even live in the state. That doesn’t stop them from trying to keep wages in Idaho low. In the Magic Valley Times-News, D.C.-based lobbyist Michael Saltsman did exactly that, advocating on behalf of special interest groups at the expense of hard-working Idahoans. It’s not the first time he’s been quoted in local newspapers, and it …

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February 16, 2016

Online Voter Registration, A Case Study in Leadership v. Power

Leadership and power are two different things. The House minority caucus only has 14 votes in the House. There are no easy victories: every time we pass a bill, we have to work across the aisle and within our caucus to create legislation that gets the votes. Yet, even the bills that don’t pass show our leadership. When it comes …

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February 12, 2016

Homeowner’s Exemption, and Minimum Wages, Fixed in Place

Recently I voted against House Bill 431, which locks in the homeowner’s exemption at $100,000. The bill effectively guarantees that Ada County residents will pay increasing taxes on their homes as the real estate market improves. The value of Idaho homes are increasing. That should be good news for most Idahoans. Right now, our state’s existing homeowner tax exemption is indexed: it rises and falls …

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