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US: Idaho (News/Activism)

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  • Utah Sen. Lee targeting powers of BLM, Forest Service ( Dan Love vs Cliven Bundy .. )

    05/21/2018 5:51:53 PM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    Deseret News ^ | May 21, 2018 | Amy Joi O'Donoghue
    Dan Love .. led Operation Cerberus ... Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, wants to rein in the law enforcement authority of the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service and is crafting legislation he says will either restrict or abolish their authority. Lee said Monday he aims to hem in powers he says were never envisioned under the Federal Land Management Policy Act of 1976. "Our federal land management agencies have drifted far from their intended purposes.. The BLM has expanded its operations far from public lands." ... The senator added federal land agencies exercise police powers on private land...
  • Brad Little, the establishment pick, wins the Republican primary in Idaho’s governor's race

    05/16/2018 5:30:37 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 8 replies
    Vox ^ | May 16, 2018
    .Lt. Gov. Brad Little, the state establishment’s pick, has claimed the Republican nomination in Idaho’s governor’s race after a heated and expensive campaign, beating Rep. Raul Labrador, and entrepreneur Tommy Ahlquist. For months, the three Republicans have been leading the pack in a crowded seven-person primary to succeed Idaho Gov. Butch Otter, a Republican who decided not to seek a fourth term. The candidates poured millions into the gubernatorial primary. Little reported raising more than $1.2 million in the first four months of 2018, loaning himself $800,000, only second to Ahlquist — a whopping number in Idaho politics.
  • Northwest rivers are warming. And that may threaten your favorite fishing spot

    05/08/2018 6:09:03 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 51 replies
    Idaho Statesman ^ | May 7, 2018 | by Rocky Barker
    Salmon and trout anglers across the Pacific Northwest are going to have fewer places to fish over the next 40 years, concludes a new study published this month. Scientists at the Forest Service's Rocky Mountain Research Station in Boise found that in the summer and early fall, rivers in the Pacific Northwest have already warmed 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit since 1976. That's the same rise measured at the Bonneville Dam over the last 80 years and used in models by climate scientists. The researchers studied 391 monitoring sites. The temperature pattern gives them confidence the warming trend is going to continue...
  • New Hampshire Becomes Fourth State to Require Work for Medicaid

    05/07/2018 4:00:32 PM PDT · by davikkm · 10 replies
    breitbart ^ | SEAN MORAN
    The Donald Trump administration approved New Hampshire’s waiver, becoming the fourth state to implement work requirements for Medicaid. New Hampshire Republican Gov. Chris Sununu said in a statement on Monday: Work requirements help lift able-bodied individuals out of poverty by empowering them with the dignity of work and self-reliability while also allowing states to control the costs of their Medicaid programs. They help people gain the skills necessary for long-term independence and success. Sununu added, “Today’s announcement by CMS authorizing New Hampshire’s Medicaid work requirements is a transformative step towards a more thriving workforce.” New Hampshire became the fourth state...
  • Anonymous donor's $400G offer convinces embattled Idaho superintendent to step down

    05/01/2018 2:16:22 PM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | 5/1/18 | Katherine Lam
    A school district superintendent in Idaho, who had resisted calls to leave his post, finally agreed to step down when an anonymous donor reportedly gave him $400,000 to get out. New Plymouth Superintendent Kevin Barker agreed to resign from his position last Wednesday during a special school board meeting, the Idaho Statesman reported Monday. Barker, who was dubbed a "bully" by some critics, is accused of creating a hostile environment for teachers. He initially didn't want to leave -- but then Barker got an offer he couldn't refuse. An anonymous third party stepped up and offered Barker $400,000 to leave,...
  • Biologically inspired membrane purges coal-fired smoke of greenhouse gases

    04/11/2018 2:24:07 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 20 replies
    phys.org ^ | 04/11/2018 | by Neal Singer, Sandia National Laboratories
    Enzymatic liquid membrane design and mechanism of carbon dioxide capture and separation. The Sandia/University of New Mexico membrane is fabricated by formation of 8-nanometer diameter mesopores. Using atomic layer deposition and oxygen plasma processing, the silica mesopores are engineered to be hydrophobic except for an 18-nm-deep region at the pore surface which is hydrophilic. Through capillary condensation, carbonic anhydrase enzymes and water spontaneously fill the hydrophilic mesopores to form an array of stabilized enzymes with an effective concentration greater than 10 times of that achievable in solution. These catalyze the capture and dissolution of carbon dioxide at the upstream surface...
  • Idaho candidate supports death penalty for women who get abortions if procedure becomes illegal

    04/05/2018 7:03:53 AM PDT · by Blue House Sue · 46 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 4/3/18 | Robert King
    A Republican candidate for Idaho’s lieutenant governor said women who get an abortion should receive the death penalty if abortion becomes illegal in the state. State Sen. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d'Alene, said at a candidate forum hosted by the Christian podcast CrossPolitic that women getting an abortion should be punished. Moderators asked him if he supported including the death penalty as a possible punishment, and Nonini nodded in response, according to the Associated Press.
  • Idaho Governor Signs Pro-Life Bill to Track How Many Times Abortions Injure Women

    03/27/2018 12:30:16 PM PDT · by Morgana · 10 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | Mar 26, 2018 | Micaiah Bilger
    A new Idaho law, signed Thursday by Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter, will provide better information about how many women are injured by abortions in Idaho each year. State House Bill 638 establishes a new state reporting system to track abortion complications and other abortion-related data in Idaho, Fox News reports. The data, which also will include the woman’s age, race and number of children, will be collected by the state Department of Health & Welfare and published in an annual report. Idaho Chooses Life celebrated Otter’s decision to sign the law. “We believe this is landmark legislation because, in coming...
  • What happens when an algorithm cuts your health care

    03/22/2018 12:13:19 PM PDT · by blueplum · 32 replies
    The Verge ^ | 21 March 2018 | Colin Lecher
    ....Algorithmic tools like the one Arkansas instituted in 2016 are everywhere from health care to law enforcement, altering lives in ways the people affected can usually only glimpse, if they know they’re being used at all. Even if the details of the algorithms are accessible, which isn’t always the case, they’re often beyond the understanding even of the people using them, raising questions about what transparency means in an automated age, and concerns about people’s ability to contest decisions made by machines. {snip} ...Arkansas has said the previous, human-based system was ripe for favoritism and arbitrary decisions. “We knew there...
  • Just a Bun

    03/11/2018 1:49:09 PM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 62 replies
    The Northwest Inlander ^ | 3/8/18 | Mitch Ryals (as told by his bun)
    We're standing in line for coffee when out of nowhere, I get honked. The lady behind us reached up, wrapped me up in her grubby paw and squeezed. "Your man bun is so soft," she says to the man to whose head I'm affixed with a black elastic hair tie. "I've never touched one before." An innocent compliment to most, but to me this violent assault is just another example of the indignities of my existence. I'm just a bun, after all. I didn't choose to be tied to a man. Women gawk and stare. Sometimes they'll shout: "Nice man...
  • Idaho Teachers and Students Win Climate Change Debate

    03/09/2018 9:32:19 PM PST · by mdittmar · 48 replies
    National Education Association ^ | March 8, 2018 | Mary Ellen Flannery
    After several years of often rancorous debate—and more back-and-forth action than a beach restoration project Idaho lawmakers finally have decided that climate change will be taught in Idaho schools. “It’s a wonderful thing for for our state and its students!” said Coeur d’Alene environmental science teacher Jamie Esler, who served on a state committee of award-winning educators, parents, and scientists that developed the K12 science standards.The science standards developed by the highly qualified committee, over painstaking months of work, maintain “integrity around the science of climate,” and will enable Idaho science teachers to fully educate their students about human-caused climate...
  • North Idaho schools cut through the climate debate by teaching kids to think like scientists

    03/08/2018 11:41:40 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    Pacific Northwest Inlander ^ | March 8, 2018 | By Wilson Criscione
    Somewhere in the process of digging down through 7 feet of snow near the top of a mountain, measuring the snowpack and jotting down numbers, Cheyenne Kiecker discovered something that, for her, felt impossible: Maybe she does like science after all. In February, Kiecker and her classmates studied the snow at Lookout Pass in North Idaho. She learned how the snow impacts the runoff into streams and rivers and lakes, how it affects the fish and the spring foliage, how it changes the wildfire season. And she's learned that in recent decades, the snowpack in the very spot she and...
  • Asharq Al-Awsat Series on Libya Details Gaddafi’s Funding of Western Presidential Campaigns

    02/21/2018 9:21:53 AM PST · by richardtavor · 10 replies
    Asharq Al-Awsat ^ | February 19, 2018 | Abdul Sattar Hatita
    As part of its exclusive series on Libya during the rule of late leader Moammar al-Gaddafi, Asharq Al-Awsat examines the regime’s ties with local and foreign powers, including its attempts to finance western presidential campaigns, particularly in France, the United States and Ukraine. Witnesses from the former regime said that Tripoli had spent some 50 million euros in 2007 to fund the campaign of French presidential candidate Nicolas Sarkozy. Lebanese businessman Ziad Takeieddine, who was present at Sarkozy’s meetings with Gaddafi revealed that the “figures were much higher than that.” Tripoli also pumped 5 million dollars in the presidential campaign...
  • The Radical Left and Muslim Brotherhood Continue Their Assault on Our Constitutional Rights

    03/02/2018 10:52:28 AM PST · by LSUfan · 4 replies
    Free Fire Blog ^ | 2 March 18 | Christopher Holton
    State Representative Eric Redman of Idaho, a Vietnam veteran of the U.S. Air Force, is the latest elected leader in the USA to author American Laws for American Courts legislation. Sadly–and predictably–Representative Redman has now had to endure vicious attacks and an organized disinformation campaign engineered by radical Leftist organizations, such as the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and the Muslim Brotherhood, in the form of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR). While patriotic, educated Americans should view opposition from the SPLC and CAIR as a sign that American Laws for American Courts is well worth supporting, the recalcitrant...
  • Idaho Considers What Could Be the Worst Obamacare Plan Yet

    02/26/2018 10:24:01 AM PST · by Twotone · 19 replies
    National Review ^ | February 21, 2018 | Nicholas Horton
    After rightly rejecting Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion for several years, Idaho officials have now concocted a new version of Obamacare expansion. While some supporters have rallied around the plan’s uniqueness, it’s important to examine exactly what distinguishes this expansion plan from the rest: It’s worse. First, the truly needy already qualify for Medicaid in Idaho. Supporters of Idaho’s Obamacare plan want the public to believe that this plan is essential to the survival of Idaho’s neediest residents. But the truly needy already qualify for Medicaid in the Gem State. Idaho’s Medicaid program already covers low-income kids, pregnant women, seniors, individuals with...
  • Senate Republicans call on Trump to re-engage on TPP

    02/21/2018 2:55:42 PM PST · by seacapn · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | 02/21/18 11:22 AM EST | Vicki Needham
    More than two dozen Senate Republicans are urging President Trump to re-engage in Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations. The 25 GOP lawmakers sent a letter to Trump on Friday saying they support his recent comments that he may consider U.S. participation if the 11-nation Asia-Pacific pact is improved.
  • Blowing off Obamacare — Idaho shows how

    02/17/2018 8:51:09 AM PST · by re_tail20 · 7 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | February 17, 2017
    Congressional Republicans failed to repeal or replace Obamacare. But one state has come up with a way to get around it. Idaho is dealing with Obamacare by just blowing it off. If it works, other states seem likely to follow. Idaho’s Republican governor, Butch Otter, signed an executive order last year paving the way for non-Obamacare-compliant health insurance plans to be sold in his state, and Lt. Gov. Brad Little has since cobbled together what is sure to be the nation’s most controversial healthcare initiative. Their principal intention is to give the people of their state a way of avoiding...
  • Idaho Stripped Climate Change From School Guidelines. Now, It’s a Battle.

    02/07/2018 6:17:40 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    The New York Times ^ | February 6, 2018 | By Livia Albeck-Ripka
    The political fight over global warming has extended to science education in recent years as several states have attempted to weaken or block new teaching standards that included information about climate science. But only in Idaho has the state legislature stripped all mentions of human-caused climate change from statewide science guidelines while leaving the rest of the standards intact. Now teachers, parents and students are pushing back, hoping to convince the Republican-controlled Idaho Legislature to approve revised standards, which science proponents say are watered down but would still represent a victory for climate change education in the state. The Idaho...
  • Former Rep. Hixon dead of suicide [Idaho]

    01/09/2018 10:33:01 AM PST · by Red Badger · 13 replies
    www.spokesman.com ^ | Tue., Jan. 9, 2018, 10:11 a.m. | Betsy Russell
    House Speaker Scott Bedke just announced “some bad news” to the House: “Former Rep. Brandon Hixon has tragically taken his own life. Our thoughts go first to family and friends who are suffering from this loss.” Bedke said, “We should … support those who are close to us when they are struggling. Please remember Brandon’s family in your prayers.” Hixon resigned from the House in November amid a criminal investigation into sexual abuse, though no charges were filed; he subsequently was twice arrested for driving under the influence, with the first arrest also including a charge of resisting arrest. Hixon,...
  • Northgate interchange construction increases by $4 million

    01/04/2018 7:11:13 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    The Idaho State Journal ^ | December 9, 2017 | Shelbie Harris
    The Northgate project that involves constructing an interchange on Interstate 15 north of Pocatello and is expected to trigger a landslide of development simultaneously took one step forward and another backward last week. The Pocatello City Council unanimously approved the annexation of nearly 300 acres of land north of East Chubbuck Road on Thursday, but the Idaho Transportation Department also learned the construction cost of the interchange alone has increased by about $4 million. There has been some speculation that the increased costs could negatively impact the project, but the ITD board is scheduled to meet on Thursday at its...