Obama donor Frank VanderSloot — not what he pretends to be

By Bryan Smith | Idaho Freedom Foundation Board Member Recently, Frank VanderSloot wrote an opinion piece taking aim at the Idaho Freedom Foundation. Frank, who’s been referred to as “Idaho’s multilevel marketing baron,” said: “I consider myself an avid conservative. I believe that conservative solutions have proved to be far more successful than the solutions usually touted by the ‘liberal

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Ada County deputies visit covert – possibly illegal – hair salon during statewide shutdown

An unknown number of deputies of the Ada County Sheriff’s Office have been using a private and possibly illegal hair salon to keep their appearance neat and tidy during the COVID-19 crisis and government shutdown of Idaho’s economy, the office confirmed Tuesday.  The covert salon was set up at the clubhouse of the Ada County Sheriff’s Office Employees Association, off

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Stay-home stories: Kearsy Hoffman & V-Sports Arena

Kearston “Kearsy” Hoffman and her husband Colton are proud to run the V-Sports Arena, an entertainment center with virtual reality, laser tag, and nerf guns. “We have a virtual simulation of falling off an eighty story building that’s so realistic, I’ve seen grown men freeze up and back away. Out of our 200 different experiences, I really like this one!”

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Some localities are declining to enforce the governor’s reopening plan

As business owners look forward to reopening their currently shut-down businesses, many of them are becoming well-acquainted with the expectations of their state government. They may, however, find that the expectations of local governments are not as accessible. Since local governments, such as cities and counties, are in charge of enforcing statewide and local orders, it is important that local

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Stay-home stories: Alisha Anderson

Alisha Anderson, cosmetologist at Bling Salon in Hayden, said when the shutdown began, she felt paralyzed. “At first I was depressed and scared, because you don’t know if someone’s a carrier of coronavirus, and you question whether you already have it. And then it was scary because I have no money, and I wondered ‘how long can I go without

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Little threatens business, amplifying need for a special legislative session

In a recent interview on government-owned radio, Gov. Brad Little threatened the licenses of businesses that open before he’s granted them permission.  Little warned, “If their license, if it’s a cosmetologist or somebody that has a liquor license, they are putting their license at risk” if they opened ahead of the governor’s adopted schedule. Some of that statement contradicts what

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VanderSloot attacks IFF because it didn’t love his one liberal bill

The Idaho Freedom Foundation, a conservative think tank, analyzes more legislation than any organization in the state — hundreds of bills per year. IFF analysts have reviewed more than a thousand bills since we started the Idaho Freedom Index eight years ago.  We look at bills for what they do, not who sponsors the bill or what those sponsors’ intentions

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Boise has different reopening standards than the rest of the state

Idaho Gov. Brad Little has set out a phased plan to reopen businesses throughout the state. The logic of the plan is not always obvious. For example, why can restaurants that serve food and alcohol open a month before bars that serve food and alcohol? Or how can kids that are participating in youth activities be trusted with social distancing

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Malek, Van Orden behind dishonestly-named “Idaho Conservatives” website

Two of the shadowy figures behind the dishonestly-named “Idaho Conservatives” website aren’t conservatives at all. No surprise.  In a recent Facebook video, a contractor for the website revealed that former Reps. Luke Malek and Julie Van Orden played a role in the website’s creation. Both ex-legislators have well-established Big Government voting records.  Immediately below are Malek’s Idaho Freedom Index scores,

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