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Is Critical Race Theory coming to an elementary school near you?

By Anna Miller
February 27, 2021
Nearly $6 million federal taxpayer dollars could be used to traffic the pernicious and false ideas of critical race theory and the ideology of social justice into public elementary schools. House Bill 226 sends federal funds to a non-profit education organization called the Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children (IAEYC). The IAEYC is […]
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Idaho Legislature may ponder the idea of a gas tax hike this year

By Wayne Hoffman
February 26, 2021
It’s hard to believe this, but several lawmakers have confirmed for me that there’s a plan to raise gas taxes on Idahoans during this legislative session. The word is that the proposal is to raise the tax by as much as 10 percent on the state’s already-high assessment of 32 cents per gallon. The good […]
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Lawmakers cannot avoid responsibility to defund leftist extremism at Idaho’s public colleges and universities

By Wayne Hoffman
February 22, 2021
Idaho lawmakers have only one job each and every year: deciding how much money to take out of the economy to run whatever government program they decide to fund. Media distractions to the contrary, this is the job, and lawmakers aren’t very good at it. They’re focused on evading responsibility so they upset no one […]

Idaho’s universities discriminate based on sex, foster tokenism, harm successful women

By Anna Miller
February 17, 2021
A number of programs and scholarships at the University of Idaho and Boise State University appear on their face to discriminate on the basis of sex. These universities use taxpayer dollars to enforce anti-male rules, which fosters tokenism and harms the reputations of successful women.  Several statutes prohibit discrimination in higher education. The most famous […]

Fact check: Tromp claims Boise State is not a Social Justice University

By Anna Miller
February 12, 2021
Boise State University President Marlene Tromp sent evidence to the Legislature ironically proving BSU’s effort to build what Jonathan Haidt calls a Social Justice University.  Tromp received many questions during BSU’s budget hearing on Friday, Jan. 29, referencing our report, “Social Justice Ideology in Idaho Higher Education.” Legislators asked Tromp about the university ending its […]

Legislators introduce bill to freeze tuition, let students opt out of fees for wokeness

By Wayne Hoffman
February 12, 2021
Idaho’s public colleges and universities are pushing state lawmakers hard to give them a pass on some of their  truly racist programs and social justice indoctrination efforts. Boise State University President Marlene Tromp sent lawmakers a letter dismissing criticism of how the school has fed into the Left’s “woke” narratives about race, gender, and capitalism.  […]

Hoff Time Report: Wayne & Sen. Winder talk limits on executive power, tax relief, & more

By Idaho Freedom Foundation staff
February 11, 2021
Senate Pro Tem Chuck Winder, R-Meridian, joined The Hoff Time Report Wednesday to talk limits on executive power, grocery tax repeal, and labor union misbehavior.
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Statist of the Week: C. Scott Grow

By Wayne Hoffman
February 5, 2021
Yet again, it’s time for the Statist of the Week! Now remember, a statist is someone who believes that government is the answer to all our problems. That government is … well, like your mom and dad, with the authority to direct your behavior. But it’s for your own good, dontcha know?  This week’s statist […]

GOP head honchos run oligarchy, keep conservative ideas at bay

By Wayne Hoffman
February 5, 2021
Here’s a state with big Republican supermajorities in the House and Senate and an all-Republican executive branch. And in this state, every bill is guaranteed a committee hearing and a floor vote. Every last one. I’m, of course, not talking about Idaho.  It’s North Dakota. Idaho’s Legislature is an entirely different beast, though its political […]
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How social justice silences

By Anna Miller
February 2, 2021
Higher education is a unique institution founded on the ideal of genuine commitment to unfettered intellectual exploration.  Over the past decades, though, activists on college campuses have diverted university resources toward  enforcing complete intellectual and ideological conformity to social justice theory. This ideology has grown enough to infect the procedural workings, administrative culture, curriculum, and […]
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