Voters will soon have a chance to take Idaho back from the troublemakers

Idaho’s government has been plagued in recent years by many office holders who are more interested in creating chaos and division than serving the public. The so-called Idaho Freedom Foundation (IFF) and its followers have thrived on creating political discord by advancing legislation to address non-existent problems.

The primary example of ginning up non-issues to mislead the public and score political points is critical race theory (CRT). The IFF crowd riled up folks last year with unfounded claims that CRT was being forced upon children in public schools from pre-k through college. In response, the Legislature enacted House Bill 377 to prohibit the teaching of CRT, although they could not seem to define what it was.

Because of the hysteria created by IFF, university budgets were reduced by $2.5 million.
An indoctrination task force convened by two IFF allies was unable to find any credible evidence of CRT in Idaho, simply because it does not exist. Yet, that has not stopped the IFF bunch from continually brandishing it as a weapon against the public school system, which IFF wants to replace with private and online schools.

This is the IFF playbook. It and its legislators have not displayed much interest in addressing real problems confronting the State, like improving roads and bridges, or protecting and preserving Idaho’s water and agricultural base, or other issues that are critical to our future. They merely set up hot-button non-issues and then furiously bat them down to get folks riled up in hopes of gaining voter support.

IFF and its legislative allies joined in the national furor about election integrity during this legislative session, even though Idaho elections are highly regarded for honesty and efficiency. They advanced any number of bills to suggest that there were election irregularities which required fixing. Some would have eliminated ballot drop boxes, which are a real benefit for rural voters. Others made it harder for Idahoans to register and vote. One IFF-supported bill, House Bill 439, would have prevented independent voters from registering as Republicans after March 11. It passed the House but not the Senate.

Election officials of both political parties from across the State were able to stop most of the unnecessary voter legislation, but IFF and its followers were able to get what they craved–lots of free publicity for their unfounded claims of election irregularities.

IFF often gives the impression of caring more about creating chaos and division as a means of gaining power than actually getting legislation passed. As soon as one issue has been milked for all it’s worth, they are off to another fake issue, like social justice or transgender youth or whatever else might be the culture war issue of the day. They thrive on the turmoil created by their continual fight against imaginary problems.

The voters can put a stop to this needless, unproductive tumult in Idaho politics. Everyone who can should vote in the Republican primary on May 17. Every one of Idaho’s more than 300,000 unaffiliated (independent) voters can register as a Republican, either through their County Clerk or the Secretary of State’s office. They can register in-person at their voting location on election day.

A number of organizations make ratings or endorsements of candidates. IFF has an index that gives top ratings to those who follow its every wish. Take Back Idaho, which I’m affiliated with, has candidate endorsements. One can find our endorsements by googling takebackidaho. The two slates provide voters a stark choice between responsibility and dysfunction.

Please follow and like us:

5 thoughts on “Voters will soon have a chance to take Idaho back from the troublemakers”

  1. Rep. Karey Hanks recently posted an IFF grade card for the top producers for the IFF agenda. I thanked her for posting it because it is hard to keep track of the problem kids if they are not one’s representative. Of course, McGeachin, Giddings, Christiansen and Ms. Hanks were listed. These people are bad news but I just received my primary election ballot but now I cannot find any information on the Democrat’s candidates for District 31’s representatives. I don’t know where to get this info, I’ve contacted the Idaho Democratic Party but haven’t received a reply….

    1. Karen: Declared candidates can be found on the Secretary of State website– There is no Democrat candidate for the Senate seat. Both House seats have one Democrat candidate. Connie Delaney is going for seat 31A and Wayne Talmadge is seeking seat 31B. Jim

      1. Thank you for the link, I’m trying to find campaign pages or Facebook pages or whatever they are using to share their positions are on some issues

  2. Wayne’s deeply thought-out response will be, Jim Jones is a liar, RINO’s are liars, the mainstream liberal press are all liars.

Comments are closed.