March 2, 2017

Let it be Resolved: America’s History of Immigration

Last week, an important resolution was presented by Representative Hy Kloc to recognize and support the “important history and ongoing contributions of immigrants toward the building of the United States of America.” The United States is a country founded on immigration. Immigrants aren’t just essential to our history, they are vital to our growth within the current economy. We recognize and …

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March 2, 2017

“Starship” Technology Comes to Idaho

I am cosponsoring a bill with Representative Jason Monks (R-Nampa) that prepares Idaho for a brand new potential delivery technology — autonomous personal delivery devices (“PDD”). This technology will decrease traffic, promote clean air, and create jobs in Idaho. Starship Technologies, led by the founders of the video conferencing program, Skype, is the company behind these autonomous devices. They are …

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February 24, 2017

Bill Shortens Early Voting in Idaho

Freshman Republican, Representative Dustin Manwaring of Pocatello, has put forward an attempt to constrict early voting throughout the state of Idaho. The bill would require early voting to begin no earlier than “3 Mondays” before the election, or 2 weeks, and no later than “2 Mondays” before the election, or 1 week. Currently, counties are able to decide for themselves …

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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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