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Lawmakers fail to protect Idahoans from forced vaccinations

By Dustin Hurst
November 17, 2021
Idaho Freedom Foundation Vice President Dustin Hurst issued the following statement upon the adjournment of the 2021 legislation session: Idaho lawmakers failed at their most sacred task: protecting the rights of Gem State citizens. On Wednesday, lawmakers finished their elongated 2021 session. Let’s look at their accomplishments.  Did they do anything to protect the medical […]
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Brad Little should follow the Constitution; lieutenant governor is governor while he’s out of state

By Wayne Hoffman
November 15, 2021
It’s been well understood since statehood that our Constitution plainly says that when the governor is out of state, he no longer exercises the power of the office. That power moves to the lieutenant governor until the governor returns. The wording of the state Constitution has never been in doubt. Its clarity is such that […]
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Four solid ideas for the state’s budget surplus

By Wayne Hoffman
November 12, 2021
Idaho Gov. Brad Little and the Legislature have an incredible — and maybe once-in-a-generation opportunity — to use the budget gargantuan surplus to rid the state of one or more albatrosses around residents’ necks. These albatrosses are, in no particular order: The state’s progressive income tax Property taxes The grocery tax Federal control of public […]
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Crony IACI lobbyist begs Idaho lawmakers to keep vaccine mandates in place

By Wayne Hoffman
November 10, 2021
Don’t be fooled by the rhetoric coming from the Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry. They’re not on the side of freedom — not now, not ever.  When IACI starts throwing around words like “conservative” and “freedom,” you know you’re being bamboozled.  No organization in Idaho has done more than IACI to promote socialism, rent-seeking, […]
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What is an education scholarship, and how can it allow families to customize education to fit their child’s needs?

By Kaitlyn Shepherd
November 10, 2021
Parents are hungry for change. For some, pandemic-related distance learning programs have revealed what their children are learning—or not learning—in the classroom, and many parents are desperate for an alternative. A survey from education nonprofit EdChoice revealed that more than two-thirds of adult Idahoans feel that education is headed down the wrong track in their […]
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Idaho officials enforce the Biden mandate while crowing about their lawsuit against it

By Wayne Hoffman
November 5, 2021
Idaho state officials aren’t suing President Joe Biden to block his vaccine mandate. They’re doing it because taking the president to court is good politics — red meat for the masses.  A phony legal challenge against Biden is the perfect tool for scoring political points and raising boatloads of campaign cash. The latest proof of […]
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Ybarra lies about Idaho’s government schools getting better

By Wayne Hoffman
November 2, 2021
Idaho parents deserve to know the truth about the quality of the state's government-run education system, not Sherri Ybarra’s rose-colored version of it.  On Wednesday, Ybarra’s Department of Education put out a misleading news release touting Idaho’s “academic success” as measured by the national publication “Education Week.”  Ybarra went as far as to claim that […]
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Trent Clark is a liar and sleazy politician, and his attack on IFF proves it

By Wayne Hoffman
November 1, 2021
For more than 40 years, much of Idaho’s state government has been controlled by liberals posing as conservative Republicans.  The myth that Idaho is a bastion of conservative public policies is easily disproved by the facts. Idaho has among the highest taxes in the region, unions have control of the state's education system, government regulations […]
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Is the Idaho Freedom Foundation conservative or libertarian?

By Wayne Hoffman
October 26, 2021
The dirty little secret about political labels is that nearly all of them are creations of the leftist legacy news media. When “news” organizations report that a politician is “conservative,” quite often that label is based on an extremely shallow subset of criteria: Republican party affiliation, pro-life and pro-gun votes, and a stated aversion to […]
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National School Boards Association likens parents to domestic terrorists, and DOJ reacts. How should parents respond?

By Kaitlyn Shepherd
October 25, 2021
Across the nation, parents are attending local school board meetings and expressing their frustrations regarding COVID-19 mitigation strategies and critical race theory in public schools. Shockingly, the National School Boards Association (NSBA) insinuated that actions by concerned parents like these “could be the equivalent to a form of domestic terrorism and hate crimes.” While NSBA […]
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