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May
U.S. Congressman Raul Labrador: Since I was first elected to Congress in 2010, I have advocated for fixing our broken immigration system. In addition, I have frequently stated that the most important step in completing that process is getting serious about enforcing existing law.
U.S. Senator Mike Crapo: I recently had the great honor of meeting with Mary Lynn Spiker, who was selected to be the 2017 Idaho Teacher of the Year. The role of teachers cannot be overvalued. Robert Frost characterized teachers as “awakeners.”
U.S. Congressman Raul Labrador: Americans celebrated National Police Week with events across the country honoring those who risk their lives to keep us safe. Almost 23,000 officers have died in the line of duty since 1791, including 66 in Idaho.
Kirk Dixon: Hey Larry Bauer ... Prove to me that Heather Scott is a laughing stock of this state. There is no two party system anymore. Investigate it out for yourself.
Larry Bauer: Thank god, a Republican is stepping up in the primary. A Democrat would never beat Heather. She is a laughingstock around the state and a true embarrassment to our area.
Greg & Kathy Garrison: Oh no! We’re so sad to read about Valdie’s falls, surgery and subsequent weakness. You are in our thoughts and prayers, Valdie.
U.S. Senator Mike Crapo: In past columns, I have written about legislative efforts to stop the abuse of asset seizure laws to take Americans’ property without proof of a crime, or even an arrest or warrant.
Pearl Theater staff: From all of us at The Pearl Theater, thank you for making Idaho Gives so successful! Idaho Gives 2017 raised more than $1.3 million for nonprofits across the state. You've proved that Idahoans (and friends from other states!) are caring and sharing kinds of folks!
April
Rosanne Smith: The land within the city limits Moyie Springs is changing by leaps and bounds! New housing is replacing fields and pasture land. This rapid growth is placing severe demands on city services.
U.S. Congressman Raul Labrador: As you may know, Saturday is President Trump’s 100th day in office, and while the media has a habit of overhyping the 100-day mark in a new President’s term, it does provide a good opportunity to reflect on the pace of the President’s accomplishments and his commitment to keeping his promises.
Richard Cowell IV: On behalf of Explorer Post 190, I would like to wish everyone a very large thank you. From the beginning, we had people both within our organization and in the community believing we had truly signed up for an impossible task.
Rosanne Smith: Moyie City Council is holding a special meeting at 6 p.m. this Wednesday, April 19. They will decide whether an individual may develop his property by placing two homes (trailers) on one parcel without splitting it.
Idaho Representative Heather Scott: Just because the legislative session is over doesn’t mean the job of the legislator or the citizen is done. Now, through the end of the year, is the most important time to pay attention to proposed rules, regulations and fees which bureaucrats and lobbyists are drafting.
U.S. Senator Mike Crapo: Helen Keller wrote in 1930, “It is not possible for civilization to flow backward while there is youth in this world.” Meeting with Idaho delegates to the U.S. Senate Youth Program is a reminder of the great promise for the future of our state and nation found in Idaho’s young leaders.
U.S. Congressman Raul Labrador: On Friday, the U.S. Senate confirmed an outstanding jurist, Judge Neil Gorsuch, to the U.S. Supreme Court, ensuring his place as the 113th justice in U.S. history. I was pleased when President Trump nominated Judge Gorsuch back in January and I publicly supported his nomination.
Idaho Representative Heather Scott: The 2017 session proved to be what I believe is the beginning of real change in the Idaho legislature as debates and conversations are starting to shift in the right direction. More legislators are beginning to question the agendas and motives behind bills and policy in an attempt to expose top down centralized planning and crony capitalism at the expense of citizen.
U.S. Congressman Raul Labrador: All across Idaho, families and small business owners are struggling to keep up with skyrocketing health care costs caused by the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare. If you’ve seen your health insurance premiums rise in the past few years, it’s almost certainly because of ACA regulations.
March
Idaho Representative Heather Scott: As the tentative March 24th session deadline drew closer, there was an urgency to “get done and go home.” This reckless pace of Pelosi-style “pass-it-to-find-out what’s-in-it” style of legislating is counter productive to what Idaho really needs and justification for a major overhaul of the committee system.
U.S. Congressman Raul Labrador: Fresh off of an election that delivered a unified Republican government, the nation is in a position to finally see the realization of the party’s biggest campaign promise — the total repeal of Obamacare. Last week, House leadership produced a bill that fell far short of that commitment.
Anonymous: It has come to my attention that certain people in authority are pushing for a county wide fire district. While this sounds great on its face, there are many problems with this plan.
Kirk Dixon: I want to thank Rosanne Smith ("Where did $4.8 million go?") for making light on this subject. It is common sense to question what our dollars are being spent on with this levy.
Idaho Representative Ron Nate: When you hit the neighborhood grocery store for your weekly shopping trip for eggs, milk, bread, fruits, and other staples, you pay the cost of the groceries plus an additional six percent for the state sales tax going to the state general fund.
Rosanne Smith: Let me see if I have this straight. The school district collected $2.4 million a year for the past two years. With that $4.8 million they bought much needed equipment and upgrades.
U.S. Congressman Raul Labrador: For years, I have been a strong proponent of Congressional oversight of the Executive branch. In fact, Congress’ shirking of its responsibilities has been one of my biggest complaints since I was elected.
Greg Johnson: The big news on our schools these days is that the Boundary School District 101 Board of Trustees has voted not to raise the amount of the M&O Levy that is up for vote on March 14.
Dennis Weed: Our community has another great opportunity to show support for our schools on March 14. Boundary County school administration, teachers and support staff do an outstanding job in educating our students for the next working generation.
Idaho Congressman Ronald Nate: In the modern era of school shootings and growing gun ownership, many states are returning to gun safety classes in schools. I am working on a bill to allow and encourage school boards to approve gun safety classes for Idaho schools.
February
U.S. Senator Mike Crapo: The U.S. Census Bureau reports that the majority of Idaho’s veterans served during the Vietnam War. Veterans put their lives on the line and lost friends and family during their service to our country. Many lessons can be learned from these great Americans.
U.S. Congressman Raul Labrador: It was a great week to be home in Idaho. I always love the change of scenery and the opportunity to travel through the district and spend time with my constituents.
Idaho Representative Heather Scott: Week 7 of the 2017 Legislative Session has been the busiest yet! Floor sessions have been starting earlier than usual in order to have enough time to vote on all the bills and conduct our regular business.
Idaho Representative Ronald Nate: Sometimes a bill doesn't need to pass in order to have an impact. Merely bringing the issue forward causes key decision makers to reconsider current practices, explore alternatives, and respond to citizen input. The bill to repeal the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) test is a perfect example.
U.S. Senator Mike Crapo: In Idaho, one in three Medicare beneficiaries have chosen a private health plan through Medicare Advantage, which allows beneficiaries to select a health plan that best suits their individual budget and health needs.
Linda Sue Nash: Shane Rucker is my nephew. He lived with me in 2015. Poor kid should never have joined the Marines.
W. Gillham: I recently called the NewsBF office to seek assistance with finding a contractor to clear the snow off my parents house on Wells Street while my elderly parents were hospitalized in California.
U.S. Congressman Raul Labrador: This week I was honored and humbled to introduce the Shauna Hill Post 9/11 Education Benefits Transferability Act (H.R. 1112). This legislation will correct an oversight in current law regarding benefits under the GI Bill on behalf of one of Idaho’s veterans.
Melonie: I want to say thank you to the men who came and plowed my mother in law's drive way!
Clara: I just wanted to say thank you to the guy in the truck who helped push our car onto the highway from Deep Creek Loop during the first snowfall.
Carol: Thank you to Rory and his group of five others from the Mennonite Church for getting our roof clear!
U.S. Congressman Raul Labrador: It’s been an amazing two weeks in Washington. Congress has moved swiftly and boldly to repeal overreaching last-minute rules from the Obama Administration, reasserting its constitutional duty to make the law and pushing back against abuse of executive authority.
District 1 Representative Heather Scott: Week #5 of the 2017 legislative session is coming to a close and legislators have been busy. To date, a total of 155 House Bills and 82 Senate Bills have been printed.
U.S. Congressman Raul Labrador: The American electorate surprised the world in November because they were tired of their government acting as master instead of servant. The people’s message is clear: It’s time for real and lasting change.
Gerald B. Higgs: There is currently a bill pending in the Washington State Legislature sponsored by seven state senators to end Daylight Savings Time in Washington state. This has a high likelihood of passing. In the event it does, I propose that we pass legislation in Idaho that follows.
District 1 Representative Heather Scott: Citizens showed up on the Capitol steps this week to speak out against the federal-mandated Common Core in our Idaho schools.
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