If you want green energy, be prepared to pay for it

Idahoans groaning under the weight of their summer electric bills need to better understand the implications of so-called “green energy,” pushed by the environmental community. Currently, for example, Boise residents pay Idaho Power a base rate of 8.57 cents per KWh (non-summer rates are 7.24 cents per KWh). There are other adjustments and fees, but these are the base rates. The U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration provides a table of rates per state of the total delivered price. The May data pegs Idaho residential rates at 9.64 cents per KWh, with only hydro-power heavy Washington lower at 8.93
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Is the militarization of police making us safer?

The images that make Ferguson, Mo., look like a war zone demonstrate the dangers of militarizing our police forces. The New York Times has developed an interactive map to see precisely where military-grade equipment has been distributed to state and local police. For example, you can see that one grenade launcher has been sent to a law enforcement agency in Blaine and Bannock counties, while one law enforcement agency in Kootenai, Ada and Canyon counties has received a mine-resistant, ambush-protected armored vehicle (MRAP). While many people have heard about the “free” surplus equipment provided to local police forces, they often
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No one is dying from a lack of Medicaid expansion

  Some who advocate Medicaid expansion claim that failing to expand Medicaid will result in thousands of people dying. When translated to Idaho specifically, those estimates typically range from 200-600 people dying every year. While this might be a compelling narrative if it were true, the truth is far less persuasive. The study on which most of these claims are based was methodologically flawed from the beginning. It included data from just three states, two of which showed a decrease in mortality when Medicaid was expanded and one of which showed an increase in mortality when Medicaid was expanded—hardly conclusive.
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IACI seems to be taking dead aim … at itself

The Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry (IACI) appears to be having a change of heart; it now opposes Medicaid expansion. Or so you should assume from its tactics of late. The organization’s political action committee has launched a website berating gubernatorial candidate A.J. Balukoff for supporting Obamacare, among other things. IACI’s new website targeting the Boise Democrat says, “Idahoans know that a federal government ‘solution’ isn’t what we need. We can’t afford a governor who embraces Obama and his failed health care policies.” Balukoff, for his part, does say on his website that he opposes repeal of Obamacare, and
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