Category: Idaho

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Shutter the Legislative Doors

From Eye On Boise: If legislators need a reason to start wrapping up their session, now that it’s moved into its 64th day, here’s one: Today is the opening of the filing period for the May primary election, and every seat in the Legislature is up for a vote. Here is a better one: If they end the session there will be no more misguided legislation passed. With respect to the May primary election: apply term limits. Send all the incumbents home.

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Part of the Lottery Scam

A gentleman in Boise recently became somewhat wealthier: There’s a lot of “if I won the lottery” talk in Boise these days, what with an unidentified, 30-something Boisean holding a $220.3 million Powerball jackpot ticket. The unnamed winner has to decide whether to take his winnings as a single, $125 million payout (before taxes) all at once, or a 30-year annuity that would total the full $220.3 million, made in equal payments of $7.3 million a year for 30 years. Congratulations and may you live a long and fruitful life. However, how do you feel about being lied to. Folks,...

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An Idea That Should Catch On

Something is quite broken if we can’t get along with each other without a spate of new laws being rolled out by legislatures each year. This is a refreshing idea from Idaho: As they plan for a future state capitol renovation, state officials have always factored in a need to hold one or two years’ legislative sessions outside the building during construction. House Minority Leader Wendy Jaquet, D-Ketchum, offered a different plan today: Why not skip a year? Great idea! One that should be made permanent and one that should be contagious.

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Short on Water?

The Oregon State University Extension Service has put up a new site called Drought in Oregon with a bunch of informative links In this new website, the OSU Extension Service has compiled publications and information to help Oregonians cope with water shortages at home, in the garden and on the farm. This is targeted at Oregon residents but there is information that will be useful throughout the region this summer. For those of you who want state specific material here are a few more links: Washington State University Drought Alert Washington Department of Ecology: 2005 Drought University of Idaho: Drought...

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The DNC is Coming

Yes, it is coming to Boise on 5/25: The Democratic National Committee (DNC), under the chairmanship of former Vermont governor and 2004 presidential candidate Howard Dean, is sending assessment teams around the country to speak with Democratic voters. Chairman Dean is eager to put DNC resources into states that have traditionally been overlooked, and the first step in this process is gathering input from Democrats throughout the country. This means sending teams out to get your ideas and opinions on what needs to be done for Dems to win more offices. Serephin is correct in saying that this is an...