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Book Review: ‘A Darkness Lit By Heroes’ by Doug Ammons

April 29, 2019 at 2:44 pm

The late 1800s witnessed the development of the telegraph, telephone, electric lighting and power, all creating a world-wide demand for copper. Prospectors discovered huge amounts of copper ore around Butte, Montana, and its mines flourishe...

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CHUCK MALLOY: North Idaho is Siberia for Dems … for now

April 23, 2019 at 9:51 am

North Idaho, a one-time stronghold for Democrats in the Legislature, is down to one. And it appears to be a pretty good one in freshman Sen. David Nelson of Moscow.Some of my friends from back home tell me that Moscow is not really North Id...

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CHUCK MALLOY: There is a bright side to the Medicaid sideboards

April 18, 2019 at 3:22 pm

A good number of people — especially on the Democratic side — have good reason to be seething over the passage and governor’s signing of the controversial “sideboards” law that goes with Medicaid expansion. But there is a bright side to an ...

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Idaho redistricting can be improved

April 08, 2019 at 8:54 am

Former Chief Justice Jim Jones, who gets his kicks these days writing independent political columns, can put together mind-numbing legal opinions with the best of them. He has written plenty of those during his 13-year career with the Idaho...

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Book Review: LORD HORNBLOWER, by C. S. Forester

April 08, 2019 at 10:17 am

In a series of books, author Forester chronicles the naval career of Horatio Hornblower from young midshipman through captain in England’s navy during the long war with Napoleon Bonaparte’s France. As this book opens, Captain Hornblower, wh...

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Thank the Dems if Trump wins again

April 01, 2019 at 10:57 am

You won’t get this through the network television news or by listening to the talking heads, but this is a nice time to be a Republican on Capitol Hill.Pres. Trump was legally cleared (but not exonerated) by special counsel Robert Mueller. ...

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What voters want may not be what they get

March 25, 2019 at 10:21 am

After receiving 58 percent support in the last election, there was no question that Gov. Brad Little earned the right to be the state’s chief executive through 2022.There were no “sideboards” requiring Little to share the job with the two w...

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Book Review: JUST MERCY, by Bryan Stevenson

March 25, 2019 at 10:27 am

This book is worth reading by nearly everyone. My adult son sent me two copies telling me to give one to the town’s library (and I did.)Stevenson is an attorney with an almost unique specialty: prisoners sentenced to death or to life withou...

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CHUCK MALLOY: Can’t anybody do this job right?

March 19, 2019 at 1:05 pm

Here’s a tip for anyone thinking about seeking public office. Don’t run for state superintendent of public instruction, because it is by far the worst job in Idaho politics.I have known most of the superintendents since the 1980s, and all w...

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Conservatives rally behind McGeachin photo-op

March 11, 2019 at 8:46 am

“Well, this is another fine mess that you’ve gotten me into.” - Oliver Hardy to Stan LaurelThat classic line from old Laurel and Hardy films could well have been Gov. Brad Little talking to Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin about the controversial ...

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