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  • Number Of Refugees Resettled In Idaho Has Declined By Half Since 2016

    06/25/2019 8:46:51 AM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 15 replies
    Boise State Public Radio ^ | June 21, 2019 | Rachel Cohen
    A new report from the International Rescue Committee, a global non-profit organization, finds that the number of refugees entering the country is at an "historic low." This is also the case for states like Idaho, where the number of refugees resettled each month is about half of what it was in 2016, according to the International Rescue Committee. In the 2016 fiscal year, Idaho resettled an average of 67 refugees each month. So far this year, the average is 33 per month. Zeze Rwasama, the director of the Refugee Center at the College of Southern Idaho, says the numbers outlined...
  • Lackluster results prove Idaho must end Common Core

    06/24/2019 5:05:22 PM PDT · by Twotone · 17 replies
    Idaho Freedom Foundation ^ | June 21, 2019 | Wayne Hoffman
    Almost nine years after Idaho adopted Common Core, state officials still can’t say whether the supposedly-more-rigorous education standards have made a positive difference. Worse, mounting evidence from across the country shows the standards are nothing short of a disaster. I asked both Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherry Ybarra’s office and the State Board of Education (SBOE) to supply proof that the standards have worked. Ybarra spokesman Kris Rodine said ISAT test results are one measure that “Idaho students are making progress toward proficiency on higher standards of knowledge and demonstration of skills.” She stopped short of saying the standards, adopted...
  • Inside Trump's Iran decision: 'I really watched him agonize over this'

    06/23/2019 12:40:16 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | June 22, 2019 | Jeremy Diamond, Pamela Brown, Phil Mattingly and Barbara Starr
    The tension between President Donald Trump's bellicose rhetoric and his non-interventionist foreign policy instincts was on full display Thursday afternoon as he huddled in the Situation Room. Lawmakers in the room watched as the weight of his duties as commander-in-chief bore down on him, lives hanging in the balance. Trump did not tip his hand on which way he was leaning, focusing instead on "drilling down" on the differing perspectives and arguments leveled by the assembled lawmakers, Senate Foreign Relations Chairman James Risch said. But it was clear, the Idaho Republican said, that Trump is a president who "doesn't want...
  • The Martyrs of North Idaho

    06/22/2019 2:36:48 PM PDT · by Idaho Conservatives · 13 replies ^ | 6/21/19 | Jennifer Ellis
    Abusive behavior pushes good people away from participating in public policy and getting involved at a local level. We’ve heard from many who have either given up or are considering quitting politics because it’s become so toxic in our state. People involved in Idaho politics on a volunteer basis are forced to choose between standing up and taking the abuse or leaving in silence to avoid further nastiness.
  • The Silencing of Free Speech in Idaho

    06/22/2019 2:36:34 PM PDT · by Idaho Conservatives · 7 replies ^ | 6/21/19 | Jennifer Ellis
    In Idaho, policy which is dictated by politics is a passion for many of us. In a state where Republicans maintain a majority of the population, Republicans and Democrats are fighting off Socialist and Libertarian factions attempting to take over the parties as they have no real base of their own to win elections. This war within the parties has led Idaho down a dangerous path of ideological supremacy and people are being silenced through abusive behavior used by those who seem to think that their political beliefs justify their atrocious actions. It’s time we speak up and shed some...
  • Boise Begins To Ask U.S. Supreme Court To Hear Its Appeal In Homeless Camping Case

    06/05/2019 1:46:01 PM PDT · by truthkeeper · 19 replies
    The Idaho Statesman ^ | June 4, 2019 | Hayley Harding
    Boise will ask the Supreme Court of the United States to hear its appeal in the case of Martin v. Boise, the “camping lawsuit” that stemmed from a city ordinance that banned sleeping in public places. The city filed a petition to the court to ask for it to extend the deadline for the city’s writ of certiorari, which is an order of a higher court to a lower court to send documents of a case so that the higher court may review a decision. That request starts the review of the case and the process for determining if the...
  • IRS redux? Feds snub top-performing ‘Freedom’ credit union, but bend the rules for Big Labor

    06/01/2019 9:33:15 AM PDT · by Twotone · 4 replies
    Idaho Freedom Foundation ^ | June 1, 2019 | Wayne Hoffman
    Federal regulators need to explain why they’ve granted a perpetually-floundering California credit union that serves organized labor permission to raise money from investors—especially considering those regulators haven’t given the same green light to a strong and growing credit union that serves rural Idahoans. Credit unions are member-owned nonprofits and generally can use only retained earnings for expansion plans. If a credit union wants to grow using secondary capital from investors, it must first seek permission from the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), which is supposed to evaluate the credit union’s stability and financial position before giving the green light. A...
  • Trump bypasses Congress on Saudi arms sales, citing Iran threat

    05/24/2019 2:00:58 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 51 replies
    Fox ^ | May 24, 2019 | Alex Pappas
    The Trump administration on Friday informed Congress the president will invoke his emergency authority to bypass lawmakers' approval of arms sales to Saudi Arabia, citing the threat to the United States from Iran. The move comes as Trump announced plans Friday to send about 1,600 troops to the Middle East amid rising tensions with Iran. "Iran’s malign activity poses a fundamental threat to the stability of the Middle East and to Americans at home and abroad. We took this step of prudent diplomatic deterrence to augment our partners’ long-term capacity for self-defense and threat mitigation," a senior State Department official...
  • Why Requiring Hunters to Carry Bear Spray is a Bad Idea

    05/25/2019 2:33:59 PM PDT · by marktwain · 56 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 22 May, 2019 | Dean Weingarten
    -( When various far-left ecology and animal rights groups such as the Sierra Club, the Humane Society of the United States, the Center for Biological Diversity, submitted a petition, calling for the mandatory carry of bear spray by hunters, it made national news. The petition was submitted to the Idaho Fish and Game Commission and others. The petition claimed that “Studies show that bear spray is far more effective than firearms.” That claim is not correct. The petition was written about in several Idaho outlets, and nationally.The Commission turned down the request that the carry of bear spray by...
  • Frustrated GOP senators want answers from Trump on Iran

    05/15/2019 7:39:35 PM PDT · by be-baw · 43 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 15, 2019 | ALEXANDER BOLTON
    Frustrated Senate Republicans say the Trump administration has largely kept them in the dark about a possible military confrontation with Iran. What GOP lawmakers already know, however, has them on edge. Trump has deployed an aircraft carrier strike group, a Patriot missile defense battery and an Air Force bomber task force to the Middle East, while the State Department has ordered a partial evacuation of the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. A few legislators have received briefings, but many can only guess at the extent of the threat and where a ramp up in combat forces may lead. “I don’t think...
  • No Senate Intelligence Committee Republicans Publicly Stand Up for Richard Burr

    05/09/2019 8:13:42 AM PDT · by conservative98 · 65 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 8 May 2019 | MATTHEW BOYLE
    These Senate offices include Sens. John Cornyn (R-TX), who is up for re-election in Texas in 2020; Tom Cotton (R-AR), Susan Collins (R-ME), Ben Sasse (R-NE), Roy Blunt (R-MO), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Jim Risch (R-ID). Not one of those senators would publicly stand by Burr on Wednesday evening, when asked where they stand both on the subpoena and on whether Burr should remain chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee. Not only has the entire Senate Intelligence Committee GOP membership basically abandoned defending Burr publicly, it appears no Republicans anywhere have his back on this. What’s more, while Burr himself...
  • Leftist HYSTERIA Over My Idaho GOP Meeting

    05/03/2019 9:05:28 PM PDT · by OddLane · 17 replies
    Youtube ^ | 5/1/19 | Brittany Pettibone
    Brittany Pettibone explores the leftist defamation campaign against the work of her and her fiancee.
  • Need a new Water Heater

    04/29/2019 12:56:12 PM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 97 replies
    Me ^ | 4/29/19 | Me
    Does anybody have experience with "Power Direct Vent" water heaters? I need to replace our conventional natural draft water heater and am thinking about a Power Direct Vent model. These units have a sealed combustion chamber and take outside air via a PVC pipe for combustion and the send the combustion gases outdoors via another PVC pipe. I've read that the fans and burners on PDV water heaters can make a lot of objectionable noise. The fans make noise especially when starting up and the burners can make a loud rumbling noise. Our forced air furnace is a similar design...
  • Lawyer: Accused Man Knew of Attacks

    05/24/2002 1:03:26 PM PDT · by Dallas · 27 replies · 358+ views
    SAN DIEGO -- An Egyptian-born financial analyst charged in a nationwide stock swindle may have known about the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and tried to profit from them, a federal prosecutor said Friday. Amr I. "Tony" Elgindy telephoned his broker on Sept. 10 and asked him to liquidate his children's $300,000 trust account, Assistant U.S. Attorney Ken Breen told a federal judge at Elgindy's detention hearing. "He made a comment predicting the market would drop to 3,000" at a time when the Dow Jones stock index was at 9,600, Breen said. "Perhaps Mr. Elgindy had pre-knowledge of the Sept....
  • Conservation groups press judge to block drilling, mining in 7 states over sage grouse

    04/22/2019 5:51:25 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 28 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 22, 2019 | Keith Ridler - AP
    BOISE, Idaho — Four conservation groups have asked a judge to block a Trump administration plan allowing drilling, mining and other activities in seven Western states they say will harm sage grouse. Western Watersheds Project and other groups asked for the injunction in U.S. District Court in Idaho late last week for Idaho, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, Nevada, California and Oregon.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Idaho Expands Constitutional Carry Laws

    04/06/2019 1:30:37 PM PDT · by PROCON · 15 replies ^ | April 4, 2019 | Chris Eger
    The move will allow adults under age 21 to carry a concealed handgun in Idaho cities. Previously, they could only do so in rural areas or through open carry. (Photo: Chris Eger/ Gov. Brad Little signed a bill into law on Wednesday that will expand permitless concealed carry to adults 18-to-20 in Idaho’s cities. The measure, HB 206, was approved in an easy 53-13 House vote while the Senate passed it last month 28-7. The bill fixes a carve-out in the state’s 2016 constitutional carry law that allowed those aged 21 and up to carry in Idaho’s cities, while adults...
  • 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...
  • 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...