There is a bright side to the Medicaid sideboards By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor A good number of people especially on the Democratic side have good reason to be seething over the passage and governor's signing of the controversial "sideboards" law that goes with Medicaid expansion. But there is a bright side to an otherwise sorry story.
Commemorations are an important part of us By Jim Jones Every year, there are days we remember for better or for worse. They play an important part of who we are--birthdays, wedding anniversaries, historic events, accidents and illnesses, triumphs and tragedies. Yearly remembrance of the important days in our lives allows us to reflect on how they have affected us--to appreciate the good events and to avoid a repeat of the bad ones. April 11 is an important day for me.
Guest opinion: Sen. Crapo's housing affordability proposal is good for Idaho By Josh Scholer, Idaho Voices for Children Affordable homes are essential for a thriving Idaho. Yet many Idaho families are finding it harder to obtain an affordable home as growth in rent prices outpace growth in paychecks and folks continue to move to our state. Idaho U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo understands that Congress can help make sure that affordable homes are available to more families in our state.
Guest opinion: Tax day reflections on benefits of tax reform By Sen. Mike Crapo This tax filing season is a reminder of the benefits of the 2017 tax reform law already being realized and the long-term positive effects taking shape. These gains include an average 3.1 percent growth in our economy, the creation of more than 2.6 million jobs and a 3.4 percent increase in wages in the last year alone. The considerable progress being made is worth consideration as Americans file taxes this year.
Campaign tip: How to leverage the ground game to win votes By LaVarr Webb, Publisher Municipal election campaigns are underway, and candidates are determining the best way to win votes. With all the high-tech means of connecting with voters, walking neighborhoods might seem old-fashioned and ineffective.
Idaho redistricting can be improved By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor Former Chief Justice Jim Jones, who gets his kicks these days writing independent political columns, can put together mind-numbing legal opinions with the best of them. He has written plenty of those during his 13-year career with the Idaho Supreme Court.
Where next on Idaho ballot issues? By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor The big news last week was Gov. Brad Little's veto of SB 1159, the hotly debated measure to dramatically increase the requirements to qualify an Idaho initiative or referendum for placement on the Idaho ballot.
Trump's helter-skelter foreign policy endangers our national security By Jim Jones On March 28, a headline on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security website proudly declared, "Secretary Nielsen Signs Historic Regional Compact with Central America to Stem Irregular Migration at the Source, Confront U.S. Border Crisis." The story under the headline told of how El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras would continue to work cooperatively with the U.S. to address the "ongoing humanitarian and security emergency at our Southern Border."
Boise Chamber Congressional Forum with Mike Simpson When: Tuesday, April 16, 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Where: Boise Centre, 850 W Front St, Boise, ID More info and register here.
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