News and Updates

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...

We Lost a Good One in Grangeville.

Hard times don't create heroes. It is during the hard times when the hero within us is revealed. - Bob Riley Coronavirus I am sure you are thinking about the coronavirus and how it will affect or could affect our communities. I want to address this important topic...

Clocks Changing?

What's that old cowboy saying? Never was a horse that couldn't be rode, never was a man who couldn't be throwed. - John Dunning Freedom Score  Recently I have been asked about what is known to some conservative groups as my "Freedom Score", so I checked it out. I have...

High Drama with the School Safety Bill

Let's not spoil good weather by worrying about the storm. - Unknown High Drama with the School Safety Bill The bill I carried to keep convicted violent felons from teaching school in Idaho passed the Senate, but not without one of the most dramatic debates and votes...

4-H Know Your Government Conference

I had breakfast with nearly 200 4-H members from all over the state who were in town to learn the inner workings of state government. They spent last weekend at the Capitol in a mock legislative session. As you may know, I am a former 4-Her and worked with 4-H kids...

School Safety

Before you read any further, I want to clarify that 99.99% of our teachers and school staff are talented, passionate and the utmost professional. They care about our kids and they put their heart and souls into preparing the future of this great nation. With that...

New Content Standards

Those of you interested in education have been hearing a lot about educational content standards, commonly known as Common Core. There is a lot of enthusiasm on both sides of this issue, which I appreciate. This week the House of Representatives voted to repeal these...

Women’s Right to Vote

This week the Idaho Senate commemorated the 100th year anniversary of women having the right to vote in Idaho. In today’s environment, that seems like an, “of course,” kind of decision. Not so in 1920, when Idaho was one of the very first states to allow women this...

Education Week at the Idaho Statehouse

This past week in the legislature, we saw a parade of education department heads and university presidents come before JFAC, each one subject to the Governors 2% budget hold back, right off the top. Then, the universities decided to not charge tuition this year,...

Transportation Rules

My second week here in the Capitol was spent working on rules, connecting with the movers and shakers here and beginning the budgeting process. Here are some of the highlights. Transportation rules  As Vice Chair of Senate Transportation part of my duties are to...