Even I am excited about our July 23 speaker

It isn’t often that I get truly excited about something. I think I get that from my dad. Sometimes it is kind of hard to determine what he is thinking. Well, I do get excited if my Niners are in the Super Bowl. But I can sit down and write this feeling truly excited … and it is not about the NFL. We have an inspiring speaker coming to Idaho in just a couple weeks. Daniel Hannan is an amazing free-market mind from Britain and a member of the European Parliament. Hannan doesn’t back down from anyone or change his
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My pleasure to have known Gov. Evans, Sen. Wheeler

In the heat of any battle for political edge or victory, I wish people would take more time to extend the kindness and understanding to the living that we do to the dead and dying; that we don’t wait for people to exit this world to extend a courtesy, share appreciation or say thanks; that we say nothing about a living person that we wouldn’t feel comfortable conveying at that person’s funeral. That said, there is very little ideologically that I have in common with the two people I’m going to write about in today’s commentary. Both men died this
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Balukoff mistaken in endorsing expansion of Medicaid

Democrat gubernatorial candidate A.J. Balukoff believes that he is the cure for the “Otter fatigue” that is ailing Idaho. Balukoff chides Gov. Otter and the Republicans for being too close to special interests and business lobbyists. It is surprising, then, to read the following on Balukoff’s campaign website, “The Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry projects that businesses would profit from statewide Medicaid expansion.” As someone who touts his business experience, it is disturbing that Balukoff would gloss over the fact that the expansion relies entirely on federal money and largely targets childless, able-bodied adults. Medicaid expansion would increase Idaho’s
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Compliments of the taxpayer, it pays to be president of the Boise Education Association

At the end of May, the Boise Independent School District (the District) and the Boise Educational Association (the BEA) signed a new Master Contract (the Master Contract). On July 1, 2014, the Master Contract went into effect.  According to Article II, Section P, of the Master Contract, under the heading “Association President’s Leave”: “The Association president shall be allowed a leave of absence for his/her term of office with salary and benefits to be paid by the Association for the time that the president is released from teaching duties. The District shall reimburse the Association the cost of salary and
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ITD funding issue points out folly of being dependent on the feds

After all these years working with government agencies, some of their responses continue to surprise me. On July 2, I asked the Idaho Transportation Department to tell me how it was responding to a July 1 letter containing a threat from the federal government that it may curtail highway construction money that states, including Idaho, were expecting to receive. The department’s spokesman, Reed Hollinshead, responded with, “ITD will temporarily suspend further advertising of construction projects pending resolution of the funding shortfall. ITD is aware of the situation and remains hopeful that this impasse can be avoided.” The response prompted other
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