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CHUCK MALLOY: Re-election may not be a cakewalk for Simpson

August 06, 2018 at 10:20 am

Aaron Swisher of Boise, a Democrat who is challenging longtime Congressman Mike Simpson for the Second District seat, says that “20 years is enough for anybody to be in office.”Simpson is not an example of a congressman who has outlived his...

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Book Review: THE DOOR INTO SUMMER by Robert A. Heinlein

August 02, 2018 at 3:14 pm

Heinlein is one of the leading authors of early science fiction, expertly blending the future with human nature. In this case, the future he imagined in the 1950s is already part of our past – the year 2000.Dan Davis is a thirty-year-old, t...

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Can politics play into newspaper battles?

July 23, 2018 at 10:38 am

In newspaper wars, such as the one that is brewing in the Treasure Valley with the Idaho Press of Nampa and the Idaho Statesman of Boise, the big guys don’t always win.Such was the case in Arkansas when the Arkansas Democrat in 1991 slew th...

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Book Review: FACTFULNESS by Hans Rosling

July 17, 2018 at 1:00 am

Ten Reasons Why We’re Wrong About the World–and Why Things Are Better Than You Think

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Rep. Scott enjoys VIP treatment in the swamp

July 16, 2018 at 9:12 am

Rep. Heather Scott of Blanchard, a hardline conservative and one of the few legislators who writes regular newsletters to constituents, usually has plenty of dialogue that appeals to her base.She thinks the Legislature is too liberal overal...

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CHUCK MALLOY: Why Republicans are going bananas over Trump

July 09, 2018 at 11:20 am

It’s well-known that Pres. Trump’s approval ratings among Idaho Republicans are through the roof, but it appears he has an equally high rating nationwide.I’ve heard reports that 90 percent of Republicans support Trump, which puts him in Ron...

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Simpson: Vote for spending bill was the right call

June 27, 2018 at 1:00 am

Imagine what would happen if Idaho legislators tried to sneak through a 2,232-page spending bill. They’d never get away with it, with the swarm of reporters covering the statehouse.It becomes tricky for the Idaho media to keep track of the ...

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Book Review: NO HIGHWAY by Nevil Shute

June 25, 2018 at 11:42 am

Dennis Scott is the newly appointed manager of the Structural Department at Britain’s Royal Aircraft Establishment, charged with sorting those doing practical research from those just hanging on until retirement. A researcher still measurin...

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Don’t tell Betsy Russell that newspapers are dead

June 25, 2018 at 9:54 am

Betsy Russell has seen just about everything in her long career covering Idaho politics, so there isn’t much that surprises her.That is, until the Idaho Press of Nampa contacted her in April with what she described as “a really interesting ...

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CHUCK MALLOY: We may be calling her ‘Gov. McGeachin’ someday

June 21, 2018 at 12:33 pm

Introducing Idaho’s first woman governor (drum roll optional) …It probably won’t be Rep. Paulette Jordan, although she’s the only major-party candidate who is running for the job. She deserves credit for providing a spark of interest among ...

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