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

You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today. Abraham Lincoln 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...

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...

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...

Session in Review

I have just completed the 2019 session representing you, my neighbors in District 7, in the Idaho State Senate.  I have served you on the Education Committee, the Transportation Committee (vice chairman), and the Joint Finance Appropriations Committee (JFAC) – the...