March 31, 2017

Despite Republican infighting, Idaho Democrats stick to the issues

By now you’ve heard about the Republican infighting that has brought business at the Capitol to a standstill. Reports describe their inaction as “dysfunctional” as members struggle to resolve their differences. What wasn’t reported was the fact that while the majority spent hours fighting behind closed doors, Democrats remained on the floor analyzing legislation, talking with constituents and doing the business of the people. …

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March 31, 2017

Democrat’s end-of-sesssion Sine Die Press Conference

This week we presented our Idaho Democratic Caucus end-of-session Sine Die Press Conference. Watch the video and read the full transcript below. “Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome. In the hours after Governor Otter finished his plea to the legislature for moderate policies, we immediately started working on addressing issues that affect the majority of Idahoans. We made clear …

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March 24, 2017

Keeping the Oil and Gas Industry Accountable

Whether it is welcomed or not, Idaho is in the business of producing its own crude oil and natural gas. Since this is a new development, our state does not have a lot of experience regulating these industries. As these new developments are in their infancy, it’s important that regulations are put into place so that oil and gas companies aren’t able to …

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March 24, 2017

Advanced Placement for Advanced Kids

Advanced kids need opportunities to advance in the classroom. Unfortunately, Idaho doesn’t let children with advanced abilities start kindergarten before the age of five, no matter what. Idaho statute states that students must be the age of 5 on or before September 1st to be able to enroll in kindergarten. This year, I put forward a bill that would give gifted …

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March 24, 2017

People Power Kills Bad Bills

Every year, Republican legislators like to see what they can get away with by attempting to pass bad bills that chip away at Idahoans’ civil liberties, public services, and government transparency. There are often attempts to shift the tax burden onto hard-working Idaho families too. Although this year wasn’t any different, the people of Idaho paid close attention and spoke out when …

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