February 23, 2017

Saving Idaho’s Pristine Waters from Invasive Species

Invasive species can wreak havoc on ecosystems and the quagga mussel is no exception. Once introduced, this mussel grows at alarming rates and can take over an entire lake. Since it prefers to grow and reproduce on metals under water, it has the potential to heavily impact hydroelectric facilities and agricultural irrigation systems, hurting two of the largest drivers of …

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February 23, 2017

Don’t be Conned into a Constitutional Convention

You may have heard about the movement supporting an Article V constitutional convention to add amendments like a balanced budget amendment or a “marriage” amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Also known as a “con-con,” this is a very dangerous movement that threatens our entire constitution. This movement was developed by an organization called ALEC, which works to pass legislation to benefit far-right and corporate …

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February 23, 2017

Making Sure Public Lands are Public

Hunting, fishing, climbing, recreating, and enjoying our outdoors are central to Idaho’s western heritage. That outdoor heritage includes both public lands and state managed lands. From the Selkirks to the Owyhees, Idaho’s public lands are a treasure that belongs to Idahoans and all Americans. National forests and public lands – and the freedom to enjoy them – are the very …

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February 23, 2017

Inspector General for Integrity and Accountability in Idaho

Currently, Idaho has a near failing grade (D-) in its State Integrity Investigation Score, which is based on an assessment of state government accountability and transparency. Idaho received such a low score due to the fact that it lacks important ethical components found in other states such as a state ethics commission, financial disclosure laws, and does not currently enforce …

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February 17, 2017

Passing Bonds: HJR3 to Help our Communities Grow

The Constitution of the State of Idaho clearly outlines that the legislature is required to establish and maintain a free, general, uniform, public school system. However, the Idaho Legislature has continually left Idaho schools behind with inadiquate funding levels. As schools continue to face maintenance, inflated costs and as student populations increase, the passing of these measures ensures our schools are able to …

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