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State of Idaho certifies general election results

BY:  – NOVEMBER 23, 2022 

“The additional data released with the canvass showed that voter turnout across the state came to 56.8%.

The other seven counties audited include Bonner, Bonneville, Kootenai, Nez Perce, Minidoka, Oneida and Shoshone. There were no unaccounted ballots in Bonner, Bonneville, Kootenai, Nez Perce, Minidoka or Shoshone counties.”

Read in Idaho Capital Sun

Secretary of State’s office working to find source of ‘Don’t Vote’ signs

BY:  – NOVEMBER 1, 2022 4:30 AM

The Idaho Secretary of State’s office is working to determine the source of signs posted around the Treasure Valley with a message that says, “Don’t Vote” and a QR code that redirects to the campaign website for Ammon Bundy, who is running as an independent candidate for governor.

The signs do not indicate who paid for them to be printed and placed, which Houck said would be a campaign finance violation if the campaign knew about them. Idaho law requires campaigns to indicate on all political advertising who is responsible for the advertising.

“That’s a violation, clearly,” Houck said. 

Read in Idaho Capital Sun

Alaska has shown how to achieve sensible election reform

September 6, 2022 By Jim Jones
In Legislative District 1 this year, Scott Herndon, a candidate further right than Attila the Hun, beat Sen. Jim Woodward in the primary election with a scorched earth campaign.

Woodward has been one of our very best GOP legislators. Unless Herndon loses to a write-in candidate in November, he will be pushing his abortion-is-murder- from-fertilization crusade in the next legislative session.” 

Read in Bonner Daily Bee

Judge rules that Bonneville County GOP cannot endorse Republicans in Idaho’s primary

“It seems clear enough — quite clear” that county central committees are limited to endorsing only county-level political candidates, “with respect to endorsement of Republican candidates in Republican primary settings,” Scott said at the end of a nearly two-hour virtual court hearing.”  The Bonner County Republican Central Committee endorses candidates during a primary similar to what authoritarian governments do. The voters are supposed to pick the candidates, NOT the party.  

Read in Idaho Capital Sun

A Fracture in Idaho’s G.O.P. as the Far Right Seeks Control

“Ahead of a primary vote, traditional Republicans are raising alarm about the future of the party, warning about the growing strength of militia members, racists and the John Birch Society.  Spencer Hutchings, a candidate for the State House, was the one who advocated making machine guns generally available.”

Read in New York Times 

Kids Matter Index - 2022 Senator Woodward - 100%

Check to see how your representatives scored on the Kids Matter Index.  This index is compiled after the session is over.  The Idaho Freedom Foundation sends text messages during voting to let representatives know how each vote will impact their scores. This is NOT how scoring should be done. Senator Jim Woodward received a 100% while Rep Heather Scott received a 38%. 

Kids Matter Index
Idaho Capital Sun

New Republican party forms in North Idaho

“The founders of the new party say the current party is mismanaged, doesn’t represent many republicans in the county and say the recent dilemma with North Idaho College was the final straw.”  The fracturing of the Idaho Republican party is real.  Which side do you land on?

Read on KXLY

Making the grade

April 10, 2022
Idaho Business for Education rates our representatives on how well they support education.  It’s no surprise that Senator Jim Woodward received a 100%. 

Read More in the Daily Bee

Does your candidate support selling public lands?

April 6, 2022
Read Senator’s Jim Woodwards summary of this year’s legislative session.

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Big-money Nevada consultants play part in Herndon Senate campaign

March 23, 2022 by Zach Hagadon
“Most striking is McShane LLC’s ties to groups — including the Proud Boys.”

Read in The Sandpoint Reader

Idaho can use your help

March 12, 2022 by Douglas Siddoway
“Whatever the reason, what we got and are now grappling with, from one end of the state to the other, is an Idaho Freedom Foundation-orchestrated mindset that is as self-centered as it is dark.”

Read in the Spokesman Review

Accreditation team finds NIC is strong in every way but one – its board

March 9, 2022  by Shawn Vestal
“Rarely has any institution suffered the destructive impact of a single individual to the degree that NIC has suffered from the bullying lawlessness of Todd Banducci and his fellow anti-education cutthroats on the NIC board.”

Read in the Spokesman Review

NIVS in the news: Nonprofit group aims to help voters get informed

March 10, 2022  by Zach Hagadone
“To accomplish that, Dawson added, “It just gets back to getting voters to vote. Democracy is not permanent. We can lose it overnight.””

Read in the Sandpoint Reader

A Parent’s Letter to Gov. Little and the Legislature

March 9, 2022  by Barbara Schreiber
“Generally, it is my job as a parent to help guide my boys through the minefield of adolescence and to help them make sense of the world around them. The last thing I’m worried about is what they may be exposed to in school, by a book, or from an educator. The nightly news can be much more dehumanizing.”

Read in the Idaho Education News

We Should Heed George Washington's Warnings Against Partisanship

February 22, 2022, By Jim Jones

“The American people are faced with a stark choice–continue down the road where political extremism rules our lives, or choose to put the good of the country and state above poisonous partisanship.”

Read story in IDED News

NIVS Aims To Help Voters Sort through Candidates, Issues

February 22, 2022, The Daily Bee

Read about how North Idaho Voter Services got its start and how they plan to help voters.

Read story in the Daily Bee

Uncivil Debate is Costing Idaho Communities Good Public Servants

February 13, 2022, By the Editorial Board of the Idaho Statesman

“Just because a public body makes a decision you don’t like, that doesn’t give you license to yell, throw a temper tantrum, bang down doors, harass and threaten.”

Read story by Idaho Statesman