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This Week In Idaho Politics
This senator lives with today's business struggles By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor When Sen. Mary Souza of Coeur d'Alene talks about the state of the economy with businesses closed and staff reductions she isn't thinking only of situations happening to "somebody else."
Can Gov. Little legally require Idahoans to stay home? By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor With the coronavirus spreading rapidly in Idaho, Gov. Brad Little last Wednesday issued a proclamation directing most Idahoans to stay home for 21 days and all businesses, except those involving essential services, to close for the same period. Little could extend the period still further, depending on the outcome over the next few weeks.
Candidate filings show GOP strengths, Dem weakness By Stephen Hartgen Overlooked mostly by the coronavirus pandemic and legislators wrapping up the 2020 session, candidate filings for state legislative offices show a sharp drop in the Democratic Party competition statewide and an upswing in contested races in the May primary election for Republicans.
A look back: Boise's forgotten pandemic By Todd Shallat, Ph.D., professor emeritus of history and urban studies at Boise State University. Mistie Rose and Molly Humphreys contributed to this essay (Notes: The full text of this essay was published in the most recent edition of the Blue Review.)The Great Pandemic of 1918 spread through a fatal cough. Vomiting and delirium followed. Victims spat blood, then suffocated. Most died within 24 hours.
Guest opinion: We are confronting COVID-19 By Sen. Mike Crapo The coronavirus, or COVID-19, pandemic has challenged our sense of normalcy, and it has tested every institution of daily life we know. The crisis has had a major impact on the physical and economic health of our country, and a major response has been required.
Short takes to ponder during anxious hours in isolation By Jim Jones Now that the Legislature has wrapped up its 2020 session and vacated the capitol, citizens can rest somewhat easier. Legislators could not bring themselves to provide adequate school funding and residential property tax relief. However, they did address some critical issues--letting out-of-staters pack concealed weapons in our state without a license, passing two transgender bills that are likely unconstitutional, and striking a blow against affirmative action.