Dems and BSU elites to critics: Don’t question school’s radical agenda

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Shortly after 28 Republican legislators let Boise State University President Marlene Tromp know they’re concerned the school is using student and taxpayer dollars to advance an openly leftist agenda, top college officials and Idaho’s legislative Democrats made it absolutely clear there’s nothing to talk about—unless we discuss how much more money the school will get.  While Tromp hasn’t rescinded her …

State lottery: 30 years of victims is nothing to celebrate

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Ronald Reagan once quipped that a government agency “is the nearest thing to eternal life we’ll ever see on this earth.” So it’s hard to see a good reason to celebrate the state government’s lottery, which turns 30 this month; No doubt the state lottery will still exist 60 years henceforth, perhaps outlasting the readers and writer of this column. …

Lawsuit against state treasurer continues path toward full-time Legislature

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House Speaker Scott Bedke and Senate Pro Tem Brent Hill contend that Julie Ellsworth is a squatter in the Statehouse. They say the newly-elected Idaho state treasurer has been served an eviction notice but refuses to comply. They’ve sued Ellsworth so the House can take over the treasurer’s office space and build private offices therein.  Ellsworth is right to stay …

Lackluster results prove Idaho must end Common Core

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Almost nine years after Idaho adopted Common Core, state officials still can’t say whether the supposedly-more-rigorous education standards have made a positive difference. Worse, mounting evidence from across the country shows the standards are nothing short of a disaster. I asked both Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherry Ybarra’s office and the State Board of Education (SBOE) to supply proof that …

Idaho’s public colleges’ “inclusion” efforts promote victimhood

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Idaho’s post-secondary schools have joined the legion of left-leaning institutions that are using their campuses as state-sponsored platforms for intolerance, division, and victimhood. Hurt in the process are students, taxpayers, and donors to college scholarship funds, all whom are misled in believing they’re paying for “higher education.” Witness Boise State University’s interim president, Martin Schimpf, whose most recent newsletter offered …

Jobs are plentiful, but Idaho teens aren’t working

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Though their population has increased, there are fewer Idaho teenagers in the workforce than there were 20 years ago. In 1998, more than 25,000 Idahoans between the ages of 14 and 18 were employed, two decades later, about 24,500 Idaho youngsters earn a paycheck, according to government data. That four percent drop in the number of young employees today versus …