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Work together to defeat Reclaim Idaho’s $570 million tax increase

By Wayne Hoffman
July 25, 2022
The mendacious leftists at Reclaim Idaho, the group that gave us Obamacare expansion four years ago, appears to have collected enough signatures to put a massive tax increase on the November ballot. It will be known as Proposition 1.  The proposal would make Idaho’s income tax 10.925%, the highest in the state’s history and representing […]
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Conservatives must keep fighting leftist indoctrination in higher education

By Ronald M. Nate, Ph.D.
July 22, 2022
Idaho’s public universities sacrifice excellence in higher education in favor of advancing a woke, leftist agenda. We know it, the universities know it, the education establishment knows it, the media knows it, and the legislature knows it.  Yet, here we are again, reading an article in the Chronicle for Higher Education denying that such agendas […]
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Idaho Statesman’s latest fake news hit piece falsely portrays legislators as extremists

By Wayne Hoffman
July 22, 2022
I try to avoid reading articles in the Idaho Statesman, even though I was one of its reporters from 2001-2005. But much like watching a train wreck, it’s hard to look away. Witness the paper’s most recent pseudo-journalistic offering in its July 22 edition, in which a trio of journalists try to paint conservative legislators […]
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Idaho Medicaid should expressly ban sex change treatments

By Wayne Hoffman
July 22, 2022
Idaho Gov. Brad Little’s administration has no policy on whether the state’s Medicaid system will pay for surgeries, hormone therapy, or puberty blockers for so-called transgender adults and children. That is worrisome, and it is personal. Even in Idaho, the lack of a policy statement means public dollars could be used to help people medically […]
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Idaho GOP supports direct election for State Board of Education members

By Matt Cookson
July 22, 2022
The Idaho Republican Party signaled its future plans for the Idaho State Board of Education (SBOE) by changing its party platform to support direct election of SBOE members, rather than gubernatorial appointment. The SBOE has promoted initiatives that go against family values, so parents deserve the agency to directly elect these officials who play a […]
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Government "investments" hurt real people, delay solutions

By Wayne Hoffman
July 20, 2022
Whenever someone says government is going to "invest" money toward a problem, remember the warning from the great economist Thomas Sowell: There are no solutions, only tradeoffs.  A recent headline used the "I" word to describe the $66 million the state of Idaho plans to put toward "behavioral health." It's an investment, the article claims. […]
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Ignore the legacy media

By Wayne Hoffman
July 11, 2022
What you read in most local daily newspapers or see on the daily news isn’t really journalism. It’s leftist propaganda. That’s why a year ago, I decided the Idaho Freedom Foundation would stop answering most questions from Idaho reporters and many national “news” outlets like the LA Times and the Washington Post. Talking to reporters […]
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Idaho families look on as Arizona leaves the Gem State in the dust on school choice

By Matt Cookson
July 8, 2022
Idaho legislators should follow the Arizona Legislature’s example and bring school choice to Gem State families.  On June 24, the Arizona Legislature passed a bill that expands access to Empowerment Scholarship Accounts (ESAs). This historic bill empowers all families to choose the education that works best for their children.  The Arizona bill immediately returns Arizona […]
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Idaho should emulate Tennessee’s example and hold universities accountable

By Kaitlyn Shepherd
June 29, 2022
Tennessee’s Legislature passed a law that strengthens protections for free speech and resists the progressive ideology dominating the state’s public colleges and universities. This legislative victory is thanks in part to a pair of reports on the University of Tennessee Knoxville (UTK) and the Tennessee higher education system, which were written by the Idaho Freedom […]
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Idaho should adopt social studies standards that teach kids about birthright of liberty

By Kaitlyn Shepherd
June 28, 2022
Idaho should adapt and adopt the “American Birthright: The Civics Alliance’s Model K-12 Social Studies Standards.” The standards were released yesterday by the Civics Alliance, a coalition of individuals and organizations devoted to improving civics education across the United States. The American Birthright standards are designed to give students a high-quality civics education that focuses […]
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