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This Week In Idaho Politics
Rebels without a valid cause By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor As an Idaho attorney, I have deep reverence for the United States Constitution. Those who are squawking about the "unconstitutionality" of Gov. Brad Little's efforts to contain the coronavirus really need a refresher in the basics of the American constitutional system.
Risch: Voting 'no' to relief bill was unthinkable By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor Think back to a couple of months ago, when senators only had to worry about whether to remove an impeached president. Those were the good-old-days light work compared to the coronavirus pandemic.
Guest opinion: The American spirit -- confronting COVID-19 head on By Sens. Mike Crapo & James E. Risch As the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, has spread across our world, our communities have confronted this unprecedented challenge head on. In the face of adversity, we are seeing innovation and compassion from those working hard to contribute to the solution-the American spirit at its best.
Guest opinion: Biological sex or gender identity? By Sen. Mary Souza, R-Coeur d�Alene Governor Little recently signed into law H500, the Fairness in Women's Sports Act. The focus of this bill is to protect women's sports for women and girls. Rep. Barbara Ehardt, from Idaho Falls, was the primary sponsor of the bill and I was the Senate sponsor. We worked tirelessly for months to get the right language and support from other legislators as well as outside groups.
Guest opinion: Legislature's priorities aren't serving Idahoans By Rep. Lauren Necochea, D-Boise Idaho can have the brightest future possible when we are inclusive and ensure that everyone has opportunities to contribute to the success of their community. Unfortunately, our state is moving away from these ideals. It is a dark day when the governor signs three discriminatory bills into law at once, as he did this week.
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.