Every election cycle I notice there are always two very different kinds of philosophies within the Republican party. They can be distinguished between those that call themselves conservatives, and those that label themselves so called “common-sense” conservatives. A person could be forgiven for thinking I am splitting hairs distinguishing between them. After all, their stated positions seem similar: limited government, gun rights, traditional moral values, improved quality of public education, etc.… What makes all the difference, however, is in how they intend to achieve their different policies.
The common-sense conservative wants to wield government to solve our problems. Ultimately, this leads to bigger budgets, more bureaucrats, and, in the name of fiscal responsibility, more taxes. “Common-sense” gun legislation, “common-sense” business regulations, etc., all result in the same thing: more government control and less individual liberty.
The conservative, meanwhile, believes the individual is best suited to govern themselves and stands up to protect their fellow citizens from government overreach. They understand correct principles and don’t need to contextualize the word conservative with a subjective modifier that allows them to say they’re conservative while justifying bigger and more expensive government.
I do not want to be critical of the common-sense conservative and their beliefs, but it’s important to know what my elected representatives stand for. This is the best country on earth because of our founding fathers’ principled leadership. I want elected officials who will stand up for those principles in the legislature, not just pay them lip service on the campaign trail.
That is why I am voting for Christy Zito for Senate District 23, and Andrea Owens for Representative District 23A.
As we vote to elect a new Senator for District 23, we have an important decision to make. Do you want the senator to just make a statement or do you want one who will make a difference? Brenda Richards will make difference. Voters of District 23 have a clear choice between a show pony making a statement or a work horse who will make a difference.
VOTE Brenda Richards for Senate.
Senators Bert Brackett, Lee Heider, Patti Anne Lodge, Jim Patrick
Twin Falls cemetery CLOSED on Mother’s Day? This was very upsetting not being allowed to pay our respects to our loved on that special day. The cemetery was in sad neglect with dead grass full of weeds and dead trees throughout the property and fallen trees. For safety sake they closed it, how ever one would think they would get this matter taken care of before Mother's Day. Sad to see this kind of neglect at our cemetery especially at a time like this! The least they could do is turn on the water maybe the trees would do better as well!
I consider myself a conservative Republican. I am an advocate for limited government and principles associated with the same, so I come to you from that lifelong perspective. As I read and live through what is happening in Idaho politics lately, I have to wonder if many people understand who the Idaho Freedom Foundation is. The IFF is a libertarian think tank, it is not a Republican think tank. Many of the same members that sit on the board of directors for the IFF are also libertarians who have disguised themselves as members of the Idaho Republican Party and they are changing the brand.
The IFF is a third-party special interest group who has infiltrated the Republican Party with its radical right winged ideals. It gets funding close to $1 million each year. The president, Wayne Hoffman, is paid $133,000 a year for his duties. IFF has around seven full-time employees. One of these employees who is billed as “communications director” spends a large amount of his time threatening legislators who do not roll over and play dead when IFF calls a bill “anti-liberty.”
Is the IFF trying to take away the voice of the legislators? Yes! The very freedom that we all should want? Retired Idaho Senator Jeff Siddoway talked about the IFF recently in the Post Register. He said, “Wayne Hoffman offers accolades to his honor students in the legislature who just vote ‘NO.’ The IFF sets criteria and then applies a score to each bill in a way their staff wants. They operate just like Joseph McCarthy did back in the 1950s where he accused everyone that disagreed with him as being a communist. The Idaho Freedom Foundation operates the same way.”
I encourage you to do your research and find the facts. Dorothy Moon received a 91% loyalty score from the IFF. Great payback for her loyalty to them.
LaVerne Sessions is running for state representative for LD-8b, as the true conservative Re[publican. She has no ties with third party special interest groups. She has business experience which I believe will be an asset to the legislature as they work on rebuilding our economy. she has public service experience and currently serves on the Lemhi County Republican Committee. She has strong family values. I believe she is well qualified and will listen to the voice of the people. I stand with Congressman Mike Simpson encouraging you to vote for LaVerne Sessions for state representative. She is the right choice for Idaho.
Voters in Legislative District 23 need to make an informed decision in the race for Senate. Brenda Richards does not have a Legislative voting record so one can’t make a direct comparison there. However, Brenda does have years of experience, serving as Owyhee County Treasurer for 12 years. Also serving with the Owyhee Cattleman’s Association, Idaho Cattle Association, Owyhee County Farm Bureau, Idaho Association of Counties and Owyhee County Republican Central Committee.
Contrasting Richards’ record of public service with that of her opponent there is no comparison. Her opponent, does have a voting record with some votes that should make the people in the district shudder, let alone vote for her.
Examples include a 2019 vote against continued Wolf Depredation Board (S 1039). This vote should make the hair on the back of the necks of livestock operators everywhere stand up and especially those in District 23. In 2019 she voted against (S 1145) the bill funding education and agriculture research and extensions.
In the recent session Richards opponent voted against (H5230), a bill that builds long-term career path so educators can remain in the classroom, particularly experienced and effective educators. This bill had broad support and ultimately passed providing critical investment to assist districts and charters in recruiting and retaining quality and experienced educators. This is especially a problem in rural areas of our state. Castleford and Grandview districts are both in District 23.
The opponent in this race voted against horse brand inspection structure changes requested by the Idaho horse industry. If this rule would have failed it would have jeopardized the solvency of the state brand department, an essential service for Idaho’s livestock from theft and corruption.
Rick Ellis is a long-time resident of Lincoln County who understands the needs of our county. His experience in the past in building Government contract buildings and private projects has given him the knowledge of what building regulations and codes are. This knowledge will be invaluable when working with architects and builders for our County's future projects.
Commissioner Ellis is very honest, conservative, and knowledgeable in controlling the County's expenses. This will be very valuable during the time when our projected revenues may be going down instead of up.
We feel that it is very important to have Commissioner Ellis continue on the board, and encourage all of you to vote for him.
I have a problem. I'm not fond of Donald Trump and I have a goose in my pasture that acts just like him. He bullies the other animals. He lets them drink when he wants them to — chases them away from the water when he doesn't want them to drink. He herds them to their shed when he thinks it's bedtime. He's attacked me a few times. The only thing he doesn't do that Donald does is text — that is because I took his cellphone away from him. I get awful mad at him but he does laps around the pasture with me every morning and he's 11 years old. This is his home so I guess I'll keep him.
What on earth--? A letter from the IRS? Startling, but not necessarily worrisome. After all, I am scrupulously candid with my income tax forms, and I keep records to substantiate every entry, but still--why?
Actually, the letter reported that an "Economic Impact Payment" had been deposited into my bank account. I already knew this from my online banking, so this letter was unnecessary. It was signed illegibly, and looked like the wild gyrations of the recordings of an 6.9 earthquake on the Richter scale, but it was marked in thick, black sharpie. Who does that?
Dutifully, I read the entire letter, which proved to be nothing more than bragging and a reelection campaign spiel. So much money was wasted on the postage to send these millions of letters. The one consolation was that this payment was sent by direct deposit, so I did not have to see this indecipherable scrawl on a check sent directly to me. After all, none of this money came from Trump's own bank account, so why did he insist on his signature being emblazoned on the checks?
Have you noticed? The Noise? The past few years the noise level in this city has gotten steadily louder. Cars with no mufflers or modified exhausts, cars with subwoofers rattle house widows, screaming high revving motorcycles, and jacked up pickup trucks with exhaust pipes as big as a sewer pipe all roaring up and down our streets. Noise ordinance? We had one once. Suggestion for the TFPD: turn off the AC, roll your windows down and enforce the law please.
If no congressional action is taken soon, the USPS will run out of cash by September. Congressional mandates and the COVID-19 has taken away the revenue needed for the Postal Service to operate on a “break even” basis. A congressional stimulus of $25 billion is needed to protect a public service to deliver checks, medicines, mail-in votes and other important correspondence to every American no matter where they live or work, six-days a week. Privatization would most likely increase rates to our customers and reduce service, especially in rural areas in Idaho.
The Postal Service employs more than 97,000 military veterans and is one of the largest employers of veterans in the country.
Please contact your representatives in Congress to let them know how important the USPS is to help strengthen the economy of our great nation providing the service everyone is entitled to at the lowest possible rates. Thank you.
I am supporting Brenda Richards in the Legislative District 23 senate race.
Brenda has a record of proven leadership. She has been involved in several organizations. The Owyhee Initiative and The Boise District BLM Resource Advisory Council She has ascended to leadership roles in these organizations. Chairman of the board for four years on the Owyhee Initiative, Vice chair for three years on the BLM Resource Advisory Council and President for two years of the National Public Lands Council.
Brenda is no stranger to public service. She served as the Owyhee County Republican treasurer for 12 year. She was elected to office three times and managed the treasurer’s office. For three years she served as Chair of the Idaho Association of Counties Public Lands Steering Committee and was also elected to the Western Interstate Region delegate from Idaho and on the National Association of Counties Public Lands Steering Committee.
Brenda is a perfect fit for the Idaho Senate. She has a long history of representing Owyhee County, the State of Idaho, agriculture and the cattle industry in the most professional manner.
Brenda is a commonsense conservative please join me in supporting her in the May Primary election.
I want you to imagine that you are a child again. An energetic child and all you want to do is play with toys and friends. You want to have fun and for once feel like all the other kids. The only place you can feel like you matter is school, daycare, or preschool. After all, you know that once you go home mom and dad will hit or starve you because, “you are an ungrateful child.” Many kids are facing abuse and neglect. There are some kids right now who are happy to not be in school because of the coronavirus. They now have more free time to play, watch TV, and eat the food they like to eat, while other children are scared and alone wanting someone to notice or hear them. This tragedy of having to stay at home has affected many people and children. Children who are abused are staying at home with their abuser and now neither their teacher nor anyone can notice them due to isolation. Idaho child abuse hotline has dropped nearly 30-40 percent during this coronavirus pandemic. It may seem like a good thing, but it’s not. The callings have dropped because those children aren’t visible to see. What can we do to help these children? We can start by being more observing. When going to the grocery store instead of hoarding food and supplies, look at the people and children around you. Do they look happy and safe to you? If you live in a neighborhood and you hear a strange noise such as screaming and yelling. Listen to your gut and call the police.
Citizens of Twin Falls, I fear that the apartments they want to build will bring more crime to Twin Falls.
But I was against wasting money on the arch downtown and giving away of the Youth Ranch building. Your efforts may be valiant but they will not be enough unless someone with money steps up. Mighty sad days we are in, the rich get richer.
Since the last election to the office of Twin Falls County Sheriff I have joined with Twin Falls Police to combine the SWAT teams of my agency and TFPD. This makes sense because of joint training and one command structure. I have also created, along with Chief Kingsbury, a team of detectives that work independent of both agencies. They have amassed over 546 arrests, pulled 23 lbs. of Meth, 4.5 ounces heroin, 75 lbs. of marijuana, and 182 firearms off the street. Both changes have been incredibly successful.
I am still building on all the positive things we have accomplished including School Resource Officers, the drone program, a solid K-9 program, fiscal responsibility, a community resource deputy, full time training coordinator to keep over 85 sworn deputies current on training issues and swearing in all city officers to give them my authority to work outside their jurisdiction. This gives them the ability to testify in court and shows my commitment to work together. I have a Narcotics Unit that works with all local, State and Federal agencies. We are also always advancing our Search and Rescue capabilities with up to date training and equipment.
My challenges are the current virus that caused us all to change our lifestyles and has changed the way law enforcement performs business.
Also once the current court restrictions are lifted our current jail overcrowding problem will become considerably worse.
Being your Sheriff has been an incredible honor and I ask for your vote again.
Brenda Richards is the correct person to fill the vacant Senate seat for District 23. Brenda will enter the Senate with the ability to work with the other legislators from day one. She has built working relationships with legislators and other elected officers in the state during her service as Owyhee County Treasurer and her service with the Public Lands Council. She has experience working with federal bureaucrats, and knows how to deal with them in a manner that will limit federal intrusion into the state. She has a full understanding of issues related to public land use: including grazing, endangered species, recreation, and fire control. She will protect the private property rights related to public land use, and Idaho’s interests related to public lands.
Brenda is an expert on property taxes, after servicing 12 years as Owyhee County Treasurer, she has the expertise to work on property tax relief that is meaningful and would stay within the confines of the Idaho State Constitution. She will work to find the balance to create property tax code that will provide for the essential service of school and county needs, while protecting the taxpayer.
Brenda is a strong advocate of the 2nd Amendment and will work to protect that right. She believes in right to life and the values that make Idaho the great state that it is. She will represent all citizens of District 23 and will not pander to the pressure of a single group just to gain their approval.
Brenda will be there to make a difference. Vote Brenda Richards for District 23 Senate.
Never been a big fan of politicians or politics although I follow both with much interest. I have admired and appreciated the excellent leadership we have enjoyed in Elmore County. For all the candidates who promise to fight for our interests, to my knowledge Senator Steen did literally fight in the Idaho Senate. Blessed with a different temperament Senator Wetherall was just the best. She represented all of us regardless of our party and consistently did what was best for Elmore County. Senator Wetherall was gracious and kind, even to my mother who had attempted very unsuccessfully to unseat the good senator. I have great respect for the work of Senator Corder and Senator Brackett. Today we live in a world where extremists fake hate crimes, viciously attack those with alternate views and stage confrontations with police at children’s playgrounds. We can debate the amount of government we need, but we do have a government and someone needs to make it work. That requires the ability to work with everyone and find solutions. We need representatives who will study all of the issues and work with all parties to find answers. Leaders don’t have the luxury to choose their challenges they have to adapt to the challenges that arise. No other district in Idaho has a military base which contributes so much to our local economy and our national security. We have a chance this year to send a team to Boise who will be respected across the state of Idaho, who will lead on all issues that present themselves. Their skills will gain them the confidence of their peers which will help them advocate for the issues, including the air base that impact those of us in this district. They will carry on the great.
During these unprecedented times, we have seen the beauty of the human spirit shine in amazing and inspiring ways. There have been so many opportunities for people to help others and they have not disappointed. There are hundreds of stories of the caring and giving nature of the people in our communities. We are truly blessed to be surrounded by people who put others before themselves. I would like to personally thank our Twin Falls and Jerome County Commissioners, along with many other elected officials for the support and dedication they have shown us during the best of times, but more importantly during the most challenging of times. Thank you!
I'm questioning whether or not we citizens of Twin Falls are getting enough open, honest information about the tall buildings that are soon to go up downtown. Lots of people aren't happy about the buildings or the apparent lack of full transparency. We citizens deserve to know exactly what's going on with our town. From what I'm hearing, the powers that be around here aren't being forthcoming nearly as much as they need to be. We don't need excuses or bovine scatology. We want transparency and a whole lot of us don't want the skyline of our downtown to be changed that drastically. Many of us have paved the way and financially and emotionally supported this town for many generations and we have earned the right to be heard, openly, honestly and completely.
None of us know what is going to happen with the economy. We can all pray for the best but we don't know how bad things are going to get. I would hate to see six-story empty buildings take the place of our two or three story empty buildings. I don't know what's going to happen, but I'm just saying.