News and Updates

The Legislature was a Jumble to say Least…

Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.Last Week, and the Last Week...Friends, Last week in the legislature, was a jumble to say least. Lobbyists were at a fever pitch, trying to tilt the table in their favor, with half-truths, third truths, and the...

We’re Back…

Divisiveness leads to defeat.As you may have heard we have been on recess, which when I was in school was the best part of the day! Turns out, I was able to finish calving, in blizzard conditions, which made me appreciate going back to the legislature even more.  Now...

Hey, Nobody Said This Job Would Be Easy!

Be thankful we're not getting all the government we're paying for.When I got elected to this job, I was counseled to not get on the finance committee or the education committee…I did both! They are both highly explosive committees with lots of emotion involved, and...

Don’t Get Used, Just Reach Out.

If you want the government off your back, get your hands out of its pockets.Don't Get Used I have seen many political tactics over the years and some even up close and personal as a Senator, but the latest trick is one that even shocks me. It used to be that...

Here’s What Happens if You Aren’t Looking!

You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.Calling the Legislature into Session Last summer there was a lot of frustration because the Governor was making decisions and the Idaho Legislature could not call itself into session. The only way we...

Your Voice in the Legislature when out of Session

Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.Your Voice When Out of Session I was re-elected to the Legislative Council, which is considered to be the legislature when the full legislature is not in session. We make decisions, but not laws, when the...

The Duty of the Legislature of Idaho…

...the duty of the legislature of Idaho, to establish and maintain a general, uniform and thorough system of public, free common schools.Education Week This week we spent much of our time working on education related issues. My committees relating to education and...

Back in Boise Representing You! 

The Balance of Power is the Scale of Peace.We have concluded the first week of activities of the new legislative season. We are in Boise to serve you, our constituents, as best we can. As an Idaho Senator, I have around 45,000 constituents to serve. You won’t be...

Special Session 2020

Liberty is the right to choose. Freedom is the result of the right choice. - Author unknown Whoa!! I had never been part of a Special Session of the Legislature, but I sure have now. High drama at a high cost to taxpayers, and with modest production, but that's just...