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  • Legislature’s inaction on agency regs may be its greatest accomplishment

    04/15/2019 4:05:09 PM PDT · by Twotone · 4 replies
    Idaho Freedom Foundation ^ | April 12, 2019 | Wayne Hoffman
    The most monumental thing the 2019 Idaho Legislature did is what it didn’t do: The Legislature didn’t reauthorize thousands of pages of agency regulations. Those regulations, euphemistically called administrative rules, will expire this summer. The regulations cover every aspect of Idaho life, from public education to professional licenses. There’s a rule for just about everything, and those rules have the full force of law. The Legislature’s decision to do nothing is more or less the product of a spat between the House and the Senate, but the end result is still fantastic. Gov. Brad Little’s administration will need to reinstate...
  • Idaho Governor Signs Constitutional Carry for 18 to 20 Year-Old Adults

    04/11/2019 4:23:34 PM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 5 April, 2019 | Dean Weingarten
    On 2 April, 2019, Governor Brad Little signed H 206 into law.  The bill restores Constitutional Carry for adults aged 18-20 carrying concealed guns in the incorporated areas of the State of Idaho. The bill, now law, becomes effective as of 1 July, 2019. Idaho became a member of the Constitutional Carry club in 2016. Governor “Butch” Otter signed that law on March 26 of that year.The new law is a small, incremental change that is mostly symbolic. Idaho has been a mostly Constitutional Carry state for most of the last 100 years.  There were restrictions that most people...
  • Cue The Fireworks: 18 To 20-Year-Olds In This State Can Carry Concealed (And Without A Permit!)

    04/11/2019 12:47:16 PM PDT · by rktman · 38 replies ^ | 4/10/2019 | Beth Baumann
    Over the last few weeks, a contentious debate has taken place in Idaho over whether or not 18 to 20-year-olds should be allowed to carry concealed. In the Gem State, Constitutional Carry is legal, meaning anyone over 21 is legally allowed to carry a firearm, both open and concealed, without a permit. Although someone has to be 21-years-old to purchase a handgun from a federal firearms licensee (FFL) – a gun store – a person between 18 and 20 can legally own one through a private party transfer (PPT). The way the 2016 Constitutional Carry bill as written made it...
  • Idaho hemp legislation is a step backward

    04/08/2019 10:52:48 AM PDT · by Twotone · 12 replies
    Idaho Freedom Foundation ^ | April 5, 2019 | Wayne Hoffmann
    Last year President Donald Trump signed the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 into law. That Farm Bill allowed states to grow hemp. With that, I only imagined our state politicians would loosen Idaho’s stringent anti-cannabis laws. When it comes to politicians, I need to learn to be more imaginative. A few weeks ago, the Idaho House overwhelmingly passed a bill to allow the farming and cultivation of hemp. The measure would have allowed the use of cannabidiol oil for medicinal purposes. But at the insistence of some in law enforcement, lawmakers retreated and instead advanced legislation that would keep hemp...
  • Sheriff won't take illegal bump stocks (Boundary Co. ID)

    04/04/2019 3:26:22 PM PDT · by Sopater · 10 replies
    Kootenai Valley Times ^ | April 4, 2019
    In the wake of an executive order that went into effect March 26 regarding "bump stocks," Sheriff David Kramer wants residents to know that the the Boundary County Sheriff’s Office is prohibited by Idaho Code from enforcing federal  firearms regulations, and will not accept bump stocks being turned in, nor be involved in any confiscation of bump stocks. If people have a question regarding bump stocks we recommend that they direct their questions to the ATF. The Idaho office can be reached at E251 Front Street, Suite 204, Boise, ID 83702 or by calling (208) 334-1160. The Department of...
  • Idaho Bill to Allow 18-Year-Olds to Carry Concealed Guns in Cities Goes to Gov's Desk

    04/01/2019 11:48:09 AM PDT · by rktman · 26 replies ^ | 3/29/2019 | Michael W. Chapman
    A bill that would allow 18- to 20-year olds to carry guns concealed within city limits passed the Idaho Senate (28-7) last week and was sent to the governor to sign, which he is expected to do. The bill passed in the Idaho House on March 14. The legislation, H.B. 206, would lower the age limit for carrying a concealed weapon without a permit within city limits from 21 to 18. Currently, Idaho residents 18 and older may carry a permitless concealed weapon outside city limits. With the new bill, Idaho citizens who are legally allowed to own firearms would...
  • About those white medical coats in the Capitol

    03/30/2019 7:13:37 AM PDT · by Twotone · 13 replies
    Idaho Freedom Foundation ^ | March 27, 2019 | Dr. John M. Livingston
    I have noticed over the past 12 years that a very small number of physicians have posed, in their white coats, with politicians. There are more than 3,000 physicians practicing in Idaho today and when a small group — five or so — pose in the Capitol building in their white coats the general public may believe that this small group speaks for the medical profession as a whole. Nothing could be further from the truth. The majority of the 3.000 Idaho physicians are working so hard seeing patients that they don’t have time to take off from their practices...
  • Injured Boundary County mill worker flown to Seattle

    03/25/2019 2:03:43 PM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 17 replies
    KHQ News ^ | 3/22/19 | Anon
    A Bonners Ferry mill worker who was injured in a machinery accident has been flown to Seattle for further treatment. Martin Riebe was initially taken to Kootenai Health after getting caught in a piece of machinery Thursday. In Coeur d'Alene, Ribe underwent surgery, which resulted in his leg being amputated before he was taken to Seattle, according to the page. Ribe is a husband and father of seven children. A 42-year-old employee of a local pulp mill had gotten caught in some equipment and suffered serious injuries Thursday. According to Boundary Ambulance, responders arrived after a report of a patient...
  • Alcohol, Thin Ice, Big Car Don't Mix

    03/13/2019 1:16:11 PM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 27 replies
    Coeur d'Alene Press ^ | March 12, 2019 | Ralph Bartholdt
    A 37-year-old Coeur d’Alene man was allegedly drunk when he crashed his SUV through ice-covered Hayden Lake Sunday evening at Honeysuckle Beach. John W. Hamilton was charged with DUI and appointed a public defender at his first court appearance Monday. The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office said it’s Hamilton’s second DUI. Deputies said Hamilton drove his 2015 Nissan Rogue onto Hayden Lake around 10 p.m. when his car broke through the ice. Witnesses reported a vehicle had twice driven onto the lake from the Honeysuckle Beach boat launch, but it crashed through the surface and was sinking, according to the Kootenai...
  • Idaho lawmakers hold 1st climate change hearing — and no one argued about its existence, causes

    03/11/2019 1:34:08 PM PDT · by Twotone · 23 replies
    Idaho Statesman ^ | March 11, 2019 | Rocky Barker
    Idaho lawmakers had their first official hearing about climate change — and no one argued about its existence or causes. The House Environment, Energy and Technology committee hearing on Wednesday, carefully scripted through negotiations between the Republican majority and Democrats, represented a new phase in an evolving transformation. The impacts of a changing climate on Idaho are not new to residents who now annually suffer through “smoke season” in the summer. Climate change isn’t new to residents who, in early March, flock to earlier spring runoffs that show why Shoshone Falls on the Snake River at Twin Falls is “the...
  • Property tax roundup: Oak Park, Maywood, Stone Park have highest tax bills in West Cook County

    03/11/2019 9:55:34 AM PDT · by george76 · 29 replies
    West Cook News ^ | Mar 10, 2019 | Chicago area
    Vikki L. Pryor paid $757,000 for a four-bedroom, four-bath home at 1001 N. Euclid Ave. in northeast Oak Park in August 2005, or $975,657 in today’s dollars. The home sold on Feb. 26 for $590,000, or 40 percent less than what she paid for it. Pryor’s property taxes rose over the same period. They were $9,249 when she bought the home in 2005, an effective tax rate of 0.9 percent. Last year, they were twice that -- $20,652, or 3.5 percent of her sale price. All told, Pryor paid $207,132 in property taxes over 13 years of ownership. Pryor's story...
  • Another climate panic collapses: recent harsh winters have killed off invasive pine beetles

    02/27/2019 11:23:05 AM PST · by RedMonqey · 42 replies ^ | February 27, 2019 | Dr. Roger Roots
    A decade ago, folks in northern states such as Minnesota, South and North Dakota, Montana, Wyoming and Idaho were watching large swaths of their pine forests die off due to invasive pine beetles. The pine beetles bored beneath the bark of pine trees and introduced a fungus and larvae which weakened and then killed the trees.
  • Senate reignites blue slip war over Trump court picks

    02/24/2019 3:55:43 PM PST · by jazusamo · 38 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 24, 2019 | Jordain Carney
    The Senate is set to escalate a long simmering fight over President Trump's judicial nominees. Republicans are poised to confirm a pick for the influential circuit courts next week without the support of either of the nominee's home-state senators—a first for the Trump era. Eric Miller is the first appeals judge to get a vote on the Senate floor this year, and the 31st of Trump’s presidency. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) set up an initial vote on his Ninth Circuit nomination for Monday evening. “The judicial train is running in the committee and it will soon hit the floor,”...
  • Idaho Senate Opens Door to Gun Confiscation Orders with SJR101 Vote ~ VIDEO

    02/23/2019 6:02:40 AM PST · by Twotone · 62 replies
    Ammoland ^ | February 21, 2019 | Greg Pruett
    Idaho – -( The Idaho State Senate stunned the citizens of Idaho yesterday by opening the possibility of Idaho implementing Gun Confiscation Orders, better known as “Red Flag” laws. Despite repeated warnings from the Idaho Second Amendment Alliance and gun owners across Idaho, the Idaho State Senate moved forward with their ill-advised resolution known as SJR101 or Marsy's Law. We'll get to who voted for and against Marsy's Law in just a moment. States across the country continue to push through Red Flag Gun Confiscation Orders. Bloomberg and his cronies with Moms Demand Action are dumping millions of dollars in...
  • Couple sues Planned Parenthood for child support after failed abortion

    02/22/2019 3:03:25 PM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 36 replies
    FOX News ^ | February 22, 2019 | Caleb Park
    An Idaho couple claims Planned Parenthood "deceived" them after a failed abortion -- and is asking the asking the agency to cough up the unforeseen cost of raising "an additional unplanned child." Biana Coons, who was six weeks pregnant with her son, traveled 700 miles with her partner, Cristobal Ruiz, to a Planned Parenthood in Albuquerque, New Mexico in February 2016 to avoid the mandatory waiting period in her home state. The couple, which already had two children, didn't want another one. But the drug-induced abortion, known as the abortion pill, ultimately failed to end the pre-born child's life and...
  • Woman Holds Mountain Lion While Husband Shoots It

    02/15/2019 5:01:59 AM PST · by marktwain · 39 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 13 February, 2019 | Dean Weingarten
    On January 30th, 2019 a woman thought she was stopping a dog fight. She ended up holding a 35-pound juvenile mountain lion instead. From Early on the morning of Jan. 30 a woman responded to what she thought was a fight between her dog and another dog outside of her Mackay home. As she pulled the two animals apart, she realized that in one hand she held a juvenile, male mountain lion about 35 pounds, and not another dog as she expected.The woman restrained both her dog and the mountain lion while yelling for her husband, who was...
  • Idaho business lands contract with company that supplies US Border Patrol

    01/25/2019 7:26:37 PM PST · by BeauBo · 11 replies
    KREM2 (Idaho) ^ | 24 Jan 2019 | Taylor Viydo
    Rhino Hide will provide Advanced Building Technologies with $7 million of bulletproof linings for Border Patrol. Rhino Hide... is a mixture that's pumped into the interior of wall sections where it hardens and become bulletproof. ABT is contracting with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to provide between 2,000-3,000 mobile structures for border patrol agents working on the Southern U.S. border. The structures would be used for border patrol to operate drones out of or possibly sleep in.
  • Freedom Foundation: Boise ignores Idaho Constitution, residents burdened by debt

    01/21/2019 11:42:38 AM PST · by Twotone · 10 replies
    Idaho Freedom Foundation ^ | January 18, 2018 | IFF Staff
    Boise, ID—Today, the Idaho Freedom Foundation announced a lawsuit against the city of Boise regarding its abuse of the urban renewal process. The Idaho Freedom Foundation, the state’s leading voice for taxpayers, asserts that Boise is violating Idaho’s Constitution through urban renewal. The Idaho Constitution requires that local government entities receive a two-thirds endorsement from voters before taking on debt. IFF contends, constitutionally-required voter approval of new debt is avoided when Boise Mayor Dave Bieter and the city council use urban renewal mechanisms. IFF believes a recent example of a constitutional end-run occurred in December when city councilors approved the...
  • The 10 Most Conservative States in America

    01/14/2019 3:05:46 PM PST · by EveningStar · 80 replies
    YouTube ^ | January 14, 2019 | Nick Johnson
    To determine the most conservative states in the United States, we looked at voting patterns and conservative policy decisions that have taken place over the last 20 years. These are the states that supported Donald Trump the most in the last presidential election, and where liberals and democrats are least represented.
  • Idaho Planned Parenthood Sues to Let Non-Licensed People Perform Abortions

    01/07/2019 5:14:38 PM PST · by lowbridge · 26 replies
    bigleaguepolitics ^ | January 7, 2019 | Sunny Joy Nelson
    Planned Parenthood of Idaho has sued the state in attempt to allow non-medical doctors to perform abortions. “The lawsuit filed December 14 by the abortion company and Seattle-based feminist group Legal Voice argues that an Idaho law requiring that a licensed physician perform abortions is unconstitutional” according to LifeSiteNews. Legal Voice portrays itself as a women’s rights group in all aspects of life, focusing primarily the abortion issue. As if abortions weren’t dangerous enough, the group has taken it upon themselves to challenge the state law that required Medical Doctors to perform abortions. The group and Planned Parenthood are bringing forth legislation...