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This Week In Idaho Politics
Education quality goes beyond national rankings By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor If you pay attention to what you read and hear about the national rankings, you might think that our public schools are in the water hazard.
Time for Congress to take the power back By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor Article I, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution states: "The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises . . . [and to] regulate Commerce with foreign Nations . . . ."
War crimes should not go unpunished By Jim Jones On May 6, President Trump gave a full pardon to a former Army officer, Michael Behenna, who had been convicted of the 2008 murder of a naked and unarmed Iraqi man. Trump has reportedly asked the Justice Department for pardon files on a number of other individuals involved in war crimes.
News notes: Applicants sought & governor's schedule By Idaho Politics Weekly staff Applicants sought for State Board of Education. Gov. Brad Little is accepting applications for two openings on the State Board of Education. Don Soltman and Richard Westerberg's terms are set to expire at the end of June.
Reader response: Don't place people 'in a box' By Tom Munds In reviewing the article, "Southern Idaho politics reflect common-sense conservatism" dated May 27, written by Stephen Hartgen, I was stunned to see such a one-sided absolutely biased inaccurate character assassination of a political class he prefers to distance himself from without so much as attempting to even understand the perspective from which "They" express their position.
The kids are going to do just fine By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor This last week I had an opportunity to function as the judge in a mock criminal trial at Compass Academy in Idaho Falls. I don't do criminal law and had to do a bit of preparation. I was a bit nervous on the day of the trial.
Fulcher embraces new version of freedom caucus By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor The conservative-based House Freedom Caucus, which gained political fame by ousting one Republican House speaker (John Boehner) and making life miserable for another (Paul Ryan), has added a new member to its circle. It's Idaho Congressman Russ Fulcher.
Southern Idaho politics reflect common-sense conservatism By Stephen Hartgen Recent articles on Idaho politics have reported on the apparent alignment of several elected officials with fringe and right-wing splinter groups in Idaho's political spectrum. But mostly, the politicians involved aren't from the Southern Idaho region.
Meridian Chamber Luncheon Speaker Series When: Tuesday, June 4, 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Where: West Ada School District, 1303 E Central Drive, Meridian, ID Join your Meridian Chamber of Commerce for our monthly speaker series luncheon, sponsored by Idaho State University. More info.
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