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powderfarmer Aug. 20, 2017, 10:36 a.m.

Free market, free market. The Riverside should have tied a gag order to WFH for the $10k so he couldn't use this as an IFF platform for misinformation.


andpeter Aug. 19, 2017, 9:20 a.m.

Divided highway actually ends about 2 miles north of the county line, right at the base of Granite Hill.


Pence_46 Aug. 19, 2017, 5:11 a.m.

Your self-imposed exile was your own doing. That doesn't make HBO a monument to bigotry or you a martyr. It appears Wayne isn't the only one with a victim complex.


unclebob Aug. 18, 2017, 7:45 p.m.

Yeah, but claiming victim status is the ONLY card he has left in his deck, and it will still fool all of his victims, or, oops, sorry, "supporters". Fool 'em once: shame on them. Fool 'em always: shamelessly enjoy their anonymous donations!


fortboise Aug. 18, 2017, 4:49 p.m.

That was an expensive decision for Riverside. And contrary to the self-righteous howling from the non-aggrieved party, it doesn't appear to have had anything to do with bullying, badgering, trolling or harassing. Just the free market that IFF extols when it suits them.

Claiming victim status is so... utterly pathetic, Wayne.


unclebob Aug. 18, 2017, 3:42 p.m.

I can't wait to see who they blame for the moon blocking the sun next Monday and how many dragons they summon to make it stop.


IDProud Aug. 18, 2017, 3:08 p.m.

As a voter, I will be asking candidates, especially those for governor, if they are supporting this event. If so, why are they interested in assocoating with a white nationalist?. If they don't have a good answer, they will be removed from consideration for my vote.


unclebob Aug. 18, 2017, 12:43 p.m.

Poor little Wayne might have to settle for a consolation prize. A reverential post card from Dylann Roof, perhaps?


DiderotVII Aug. 18, 2017, 12:41 p.m.

Sadly, in Idaho, Libertarian is a word for people who are 33% scofflaw, 33% deadbeat and 34% hypocrite, since they happily tell women what they can do with their own bodies. Like over-aged adolescents, they want all the privileges of living in a free society but none of the responsibilities.

To IFF, "freedom" means freedom to avoid taxes and pretend the laws do not apply to you. It is the "freedom" to let us pay their way.

The Greeks had a word for people who shirked their civic duty. Their word was the root of our word "Idiots." Not as fancy or misleading as "Libertarians."
This having been said, no one should resort to violence simply because the (misnamed) IFF want to bring in a speaker whose views are as deluded as theirs. Free speech means freedom for the speech you hate as well as the speech with which you agree. Many Idahoans do not believe in free speech. I have heard them say, "If you like it here, fit in. If you don't, leave." That is not what we say in America. Sorry.


unclebob Aug. 18, 2017, 12:39 p.m.

I'm just thankful that neither of the "leftists" in Idaho were on vacation and thus able to mount this brutal assault on poor Wayne's fragile ego. That both of them conspired to gang up on him is surely reprensible on some level, though.


NotReally Aug. 18, 2017, 12:38 p.m.

Another historical round of eugenics perpetrated by the IFF to make them feel better about themselves by denigrating everyone else? Charles Lindbergh would be proud of Wayne.


Dataxman Aug. 18, 2017, 12:24 p.m.

I am afraid you may be right, which is why those to the left of Hoffman & Co (also known as normal Republicans) must make their presence known during primaries - the general election is too late. The money will dry up after it has been shown their group no longer is able to impact elections.


unclebob Aug. 18, 2017, 12:18 p.m.

In her mind, I'm sure she also purposely chose her ancestral lineage invitro to match her possibly post-pubescent behavior and rhetoric, because, well, Obama and leftists and stuff were coming to destroy her Idaho via Ohio Confederate heritage, because logic and things are just more insidious "Fake news" on whatever freakish astral plane she boards every time she has to leave her bunker. I hope she sticks around for a long time: She's like a (arguably) human air raid siren. When she sounds off, most people flee.

Iam Reading


Sisyphus Aug. 18, 2017, 11:07 a.m.

Apparently monuments to bigotry are toppling all over the place.


unclebob Aug. 18, 2017, 11:04 a.m.

Please do, Sis! You've been missed!


unclebob Aug. 18, 2017, 11:03 a.m.

Indeed. Hoffman & Co. need to engage in some serious soul searching. Do they continue to embrace their most fringe travellers while decrying virtually everyone else as "leftists" and subsequently marginalize themselves out of existence? Or do they step back from the precipice, engage in some serious damage control (by means of returning to the time-honored "big tent" approach of Reagan, or, perhaps, just simply shutting up for awhile), and allow for time to heal some of their self-inflicted wounds?

Having met Wayne and several of his confederates/owners over the years, I fully expect them to select a third option: double or quadruple down on their current trajectory and trust that enough other like-minded ReDoubters will flock to Idaho and continue to fill their coffers, stroke their egos, and pour gasoline on whatever fires they choose to set. IMHO, the IFF (Hoffman, Regan, etc.) continues to be an existential threat to Idaho in every imaginable regard, and I quietly rejoice every time Wayne whines about being picked on and demonstrates what a small person he is; every time he does so, he himself shines light on the dark nature of his cult, er, oops, "foundation", and with any luck, all that he has built will collapse under the weight of his and his anonymous funders/minions' boundless hubris.


Sisyphus Aug. 18, 2017, 10:59 a.m.

Am I allowed to comment again?


Dataxman Aug. 18, 2017, 8:02 a.m.

After the way they treated Christa Hazel, it is difficult to come to their defense...


Charliehorse Aug. 18, 2017, 6:01 a.m.

I feel badly for Hoffman and his corporate sponsors. I'm sure they were looking forward to listening to this white nationalist. Yep, Idaho needs more national exposure for being a hot bed for neo-nazis. Glad these same people rate our legislature, too.


demsgovernbest Aug. 17, 2017, 11:12 p.m.

I will support the Riverside by making visiting family reservations at a facility that actually cares about their guests safety.
I find it interesting that Hoffman is whining....again!


IDProud Aug. 17, 2017, 9:50 p.m.

Hmmm...I thought the IFF was supposed to be about free market solutions. I find it ironic that a group who regularly uses fear and intimidation to push their lobbying is now crying about fear and intimidation. What a bunch of hypocrites.

Rick Hobson

Rick Hobson Aug. 17, 2017, 7:16 p.m.

I would like to thank the Red Lion Riverside for their decision. As recent events in Virginia have indicated, enough is enough. Hate speech is different from Free Speech, and fringe theories on race should NOT have a place in the 21st century.


Charliehorse Aug. 17, 2017, 10:05 a.m.

Scott has figured out that Rev. Butler is long gone but his followers remain. She is simply playing to her constituency in District 1 who are xenophobe white supremacist christians just like 'great' leader Trump. Make America Hate Again!


watchman Aug. 17, 2017, 9:13 a.m.

Your statement is WHY I posted this picture of her and the flag. I send my thoughts to ALL of Idaho's elected "leaders" especially during the Legislative session and Scott is not alone in her bigotry as proven by the Legislature's refusal for more than 10 words to Add the Words. They seem to follow the idea that "All pigs are equal but some pigs are more equal than others." The problem is simple, these people have no shame, no true morality and a half full cup of integrity.


IDProud Aug. 17, 2017, 7:49 a.m.

There is no place for this flag in Idaho. We should all be ashamed of her, especially given our history with neo-Nazis. We cannot go backward!


Ericn1300 Aug. 16, 2017, 8:11 p.m.

Well indoctrinated would be a better term, informed implies a certain level of comprehension that seems to be beyond her ken.


escalera Aug. 16, 2017, 2:25 p.m.

When more people realize the true aims of America's neo white nationalists the bigger the backlash will be. The USA is a land of many races and creeds living under the protection of the constitution and the vast majority of us like it that way.


BornAgainContrarian Aug. 16, 2017, 1:06 p.m.

I disagree- Malek appeals to many of us who are tired of the retreads (LeRoy & Fulcher) in the race and brings a pragmatic approach to governance. IMHO LeRoy is running as a way to take a political victory lap courtesy of the taxpayer, Fulcher is in it to keep the hard right presence constantly on stage and now Malek, who offers something to mainstream Idaho independent; the largest group of voters in the district. Just my 2 cents.


Dataxman Aug. 16, 2017, 1:02 p.m.

So anyone that says 'Black and Proud' is a racist? A 'Proud Latina' was a popular saying a few years ago - all racists? I would argue when you believe your race is superior, then you are crossing over to racist behavior.

Not sure how you can be proud of your race - you had nothing to do with being that race...

Jim Baugh

Jim Baugh Aug. 16, 2017, 12:29 p.m.

Please note that he is essentially saying "both sides" as Trump has. He cannot bring himself to condemn white supremacists without mentioning "black nationalists" as if black nationalism had anything to do with what happened in Charlottesville.

Jim Baugh

Jim Baugh Aug. 16, 2017, 12:26 p.m.

Ms. Scott is well informed of the White Nationalist movement. She frequently repeats their talking points as is the case here.


political_geek Aug. 16, 2017, 11:27 a.m.

looks like the definition game has begun.
He is DOA in this race. Most conservative district in the country and
unless he has major cash stashed away (he doesn't) its over.

Jill Kuraitis

Jill Kuraitis Aug. 16, 2017, 11:15 a.m.

Even though I suspect Gov. Otter's statement was intended to help another candidate for Gov. other than Labrador, I still appreciate his strong statement very much. It isn't often he sounds like this, and I don't often find something to like about him. So IMO he gets credit for this.


slamdunk Aug. 16, 2017, 9:13 a.m.

I'm starting to believe that she starves for attention. Any attention. Just like Trump (the master deflector).



slfisher Aug. 16, 2017, 8:34 a.m.

People who agree with her.


maddog Aug. 16, 2017, 7:38 a.m.

Heather Scott is a wackadoodle, this coming from a middle of the road conservative. The sad thing is, and it is reality... if you take pride in your race, then theoretically you are a racist. I don't understand why we cannot all take pride in being a member of the Human Race


slamdunk Aug. 16, 2017, 7:20 a.m.

Wanna bet he's changed his position since his idol Donald did? First he was against it, now he's for it. He and Scott need to get married!!!


slamdunk Aug. 16, 2017, 7:18 a.m.

This is a serious wackadoodle. Who in the heck voted this lout into office? This freak needs to go. My gosh what a stain on humanity!!!


unclebob Aug. 16, 2017, 6:01 a.m.

That's what follows when one lives in an alternative reality. It's really quite remarkable the extent of mental gymnastics she engages in to prove her detractors correct at virtually every opportunity.


andpeter Aug. 15, 2017, 10:24 p.m.

She has an "alternative" definition.


campbay Aug. 15, 2017, 8:50 p.m.

She knows exactly who she is. She's just trying to make extremism look ok.


clearwater1950 Aug. 15, 2017, 7:57 p.m.

“I have not issued a statement or made a comment about the events in Charlottesville because it’s not my style....."

My experience is that Representative Labrador's style is simply not responding to constituents period. I have written Representative Labrador about a dozen well as our other Idaho Congressmen. Representative Simpson always responds...thoughtfully. Senator Crapo usually responds...usually boilerplate or talking points. Senator Risch responds about half or less the time...and it is always boilerplate. Representative Labrador????....has only responded twice...about 8 or 9 years ago he sent me his newletter as his reply....and then after he announced he was running for Governor, he send me a boilerplate answer...basically an ideological rant along the lines one would expect from someone running for office. He is a joke when it comes to listening to and responding to constituents. He certainly has demonstrated to me that he is NOT even remotely qualified to be Governor.


clearwater1950 Aug. 15, 2017, 7:50 p.m.

Has she not paid attention to or listened to what the organizers/leaders of the Unite the Right movement are saying? Gads! A 3-year old could tell you what they stand for.



IDProud Aug. 15, 2017, 7:14 p.m.

It doesn't take an expert to know Scott is wrong.

Anthony Jones

Anthony Jones Aug. 15, 2017, 6:31 p.m.

Otter, "Idaho also reacted to the group’s activities and presence by forming still-vibrant human rights advocacy groups and passing strong hate-crime legislation."

To add real weight to that statement, it would be an excellent time for Otter to suggest adding the words to Idaho's Statutes.


slamdunk Aug. 15, 2017, 11:23 a.m.

It would seem that Labrador's silence has become a loud enough statement as to where he stands. Squarely in the pocket of the hate groups who perpetuate this type of violence and hatred. Nicely done Raul!!!


slamdunk Aug. 15, 2017, 10:21 a.m.

I noticed that he did not say a word until after Trump's so-called condemnation. Even the groups responsible for these racist acts acknowledged the hollowness of Trump's condemnation. So Risch's words are only that...words. They mean exactly nothing.

Linda Bannon

Linda Bannon Aug. 15, 2017, 9:08 a.m.

Once all of the hotels run out of space look for the Eclipse Camp across from the Walmart in Rexburg ID. https://www.eclipsecamp2017...


david Aug. 15, 2017, 8:42 a.m.

don't want to offend their base.


slamdunk Aug. 15, 2017, 7:40 a.m.

I notice that none of these guys mention the white nationalists or alt right. They mention every other group but these. Same with ole Trump. Could it be that they don't want to offend Steve Bannon? As for Labrador, he thinks that being a racist is his ace in the hole to win the governorship of Idaho. I hope he is incorrect in this assumption.


Searcher Aug. 14, 2017, 4 p.m.

Party? Heck no... for Risch it's Trump before everything. I don't know if he's expecting a prestigious job in the administration or if he's just scared of the wrath of Trump, but he certainly seems to worship the golden maned POTUS.

Iam Reading

Iam Reading Aug. 14, 2017, 3:24 p.m.

Labrador would gladly be a white supremacist were it not for an accident of birth.

Iam Reading

Iam Reading Aug. 14, 2017, 3:23 p.m.

Pence will be 46 when 45 is impeached, but only briefly.


slamdunk Aug. 14, 2017, 1:37 p.m.

Guess he had to wait to see where the Donald stood before he condemned any of this hatred. Party before people as usual from Rich.


fortboise Aug. 14, 2017, 11:53 a.m.

Thanks to Rep. Simpson, and Sen. Crapo.

Senator Risch was schmoozing the important people at the Idaho Shakespeare Festival's production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame Friday night, and it was really distracting to have him in the audience. I kept thinking this is for you, Senator, really important message, can you hear it?



slamdunk Aug. 14, 2017, 11:26 a.m.

showing your intelligence with trollish comments I see...genius.


Pence_46 Aug. 14, 2017, 11:17 a.m.

I noticed you haven't condemned them yet. Why is that?


slamdunk Aug. 14, 2017, 10:17 a.m.

Where are the other two? Lining up with the Donald I suppose. Won't condemn white nationalists nor the alt. right. Disgusting.


Jrsyboynboise Aug. 14, 2017, 9:10 a.m.

Risch, Labrador?


IDProud Aug. 14, 2017, 8:49 a.m.

I appreciate Simpson and Crapo for making these statements quickly. Any elected official who cannot denounce white supremacy groups, in no uncertain terms, should not be in office. I wish Republicans would go one step further and clearly state there is no room in the GOP for these people.


slfisher Aug. 5, 2017, 7:15 p.m.

How is he going to do all that and cut $100 million from the state budget?


DionicioN Aug. 4, 2017, 12:30 p.m.

The Idaho legislature has created have and have not school districts by reducing state spending. Engaged citizens pass levy's to keep and attract teachers, others can't pass levy's to keep the lights on. McCall/Donnelly versus Gem County as an example. Maybe that is the future given the current demographics of Idaho.

Steve Rinehart

Steve Rinehart Aug. 3, 2017, 7:52 p.m.

I think it is worth noting that the ICE crackdown hurting one of Idaho's main industries is being pushed by the president who was elected with full support from Idaho's governor, Butch Otter. I keep hoping a reporter will try to hold Otter accountable on this issue, but so far he appears to getting a free pass.


DionicioN Aug. 3, 2017, 3:14 p.m.

Just today the Boy Scouts rebuked his comment that they said it was the greatest speech ever to their organization. He could pass a lie detector test, he believes his own fantasies.


slamdunk Aug. 3, 2017, 2:54 p.m.

Of course they oppose it. Who else is gonna work for em?


IDProud Aug. 3, 2017, 11:45 a.m.

Sorry, the President said he had a great plan that would fix everything. Congress said they would repeal and replace with something better. None of that has happened. Now, they have to decide if they are going to continue to make things worse or actually get something done to improve the situation. We don't get to blame the President's lack of a plan on the Democrats. He promised a great plan. Where is it??


IDProud Aug. 3, 2017, 11:35 a.m.

I've heard Alquist say, with just a few changes, we could be the top ranked state in the country for education. When asked what those changes are, he fades into political rethoric with no real detail. Although, I don't think Mr. Alquist is anywhere near as bad as Trump, I'm afraid his campaign messaging is similar. I, for one, don't want to go down that road again.
Personally, I'm tired of the "I can do better because I'm a succesful businessman," even though they have no experience in government.
You know who else is an extremely successful businessman? Brad Little. What's more, he has a great understanding of business & industry, but also has valuable experience in government. I"ve been listening to Alquist and he thinks he's going to come in and tell the Idaho Legislature what to do and they will all just bow down to his amazing leadership. I don't see that happening.


slamdunk Aug. 3, 2017, 11:11 a.m.

What? I thought Ahlquist wanted to trim the education budget. By golly he is just like his hero Donald!!! He was for it before he was against it and now he's for it again!!! I wonder if he can remember his name?


IDProud Aug. 3, 2017, 10:01 a.m.

I don't trust any candidate with extensive contributions from out of state.


ephram Aug. 3, 2017, 9:30 a.m.

When Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said something like "remember, you have to pass it to read it", she should have known that her shorthand for "you (the House of Representatives) must first pass the House version, which will then go to U.S. Congress Conference Committee to be reconciled with the Senate passed version, and then you can read the final version and vote on it," would be misconstrued by Republican propagandists and way over the head of PalouseDave who probably never heard of the Conference Committee


ephram Aug. 3, 2017, 9:13 a.m.

Bush II White House, check; Heritage Foundation, check: No vote for Yates.


political_geek Aug. 3, 2017, 8:53 a.m.

Looks like Melinda Smyser is getting in, her Wiki was just updated and this


slamdunk Aug. 3, 2017, 7:28 a.m.

At first I thought the other 80% would be pay for his wife.


watchman Aug. 3, 2017, 6:46 a.m.

Yates, whose resume includes stints at the White House and the Heritage Foundation. The Koch Brothers are supporters of ALEC and the Heritage Foundation that want lands that belong to all Americans to be turned over to the States so the States, when they find they can't afford them, will sell them to the highest bidders so the public can be locked out and they can strip them of the timber, mine them for whatever, in short, make more Billions. NO YATES.

Steve Baker

Steve Baker Aug. 2, 2017, 6:49 p.m.

Nope, nope nopenopenope. Everyone that voted democrat owns Obamacare, and all the failed lies like keeping my doctor, my healthcare plan, and my annual family savings of $3,500.

Steve Baker

Steve Baker Aug. 2, 2017, 6:46 p.m.

Nothing to worry about, the democrats promised us an annual family savings of $3,500.


Charliehorse Aug. 2, 2017, 2:51 p.m.

They already have made their conclusions. The question is "How can you prove otherwise based upon state data?" You know, Obamacare is failing, Obama isn't a citizen, immigrants are invading our country, climate change is a hoax, Trump's inauguration crowd was the largest in history, Trump is the most productive president ever, and so on.


DionicioN Aug. 2, 2017, 12:34 p.m.

They will make stuff up.


fromadistance Aug. 2, 2017, 11:16 a.m.

The SoS is bound by public records law. But considering that each state has its own version of public records law, this commission will only be able to compare apples to oranges. And without identifying factors, how will this commission know whether John Doe in Idaho is/isn't John Doe in Ohio?


ephram Aug. 2, 2017, 8:56 a.m.

I had not thought of this angle. I thought it was all about Zinke or Trump making nice with Frank VanderSloot (and his money).


slamdunk Aug. 2, 2017, 7:10 a.m.

Don't give Trump any data at all to assuage his GIANT ego. Tell him to pound sand. This is the MOST dysfunctional presidency this country has EVER faced. Thanks Trumpies!!!


Pendleton Aug. 2, 2017, 6:03 a.m.

Actually, Brad, prior to Obamacare tens of thousands more Idahoans had no health insurance and many died decades before they should of due to lack of access to health care.


IDProud Aug. 1, 2017, 7:07 p.m.

One note, this is not just the federal government's refusal to pay, it is the GOP refusal to pay. Let's be clear about who is refusing to pay. This isn't the decision of some federal bureaucrat, it is a political decisions by GOP lawmakers.


powderfarmer Aug. 1, 2017, 4:49 p.m.

It's pretty sickening how much money is spent on elections. Primary elections. And this is just direct contributions. PACs are a whole other deep pot of cash.


powderfarmer Aug. 1, 2017, 4:46 p.m.

Well, if derogatory comments on the Internet are considered to be pursued aggressively by Zinke, he got his man.


slamdunk Aug. 1, 2017, 2:42 p.m.

He will fit right in with Trump and crew. He must be a good liar.


erico49 Aug. 1, 2017, 2:28 p.m.

Cue the anti-Mormon crowd.


DionicioN Aug. 1, 2017, 10:01 a.m.

He is actually being deceitful. The whole truth is a foreign culture to these people.


Becker Aug. 1, 2017, 9:36 a.m.

Maybe we should just put this big mess to rest and have universal health care like the rest of the world.


Charliehorse Aug. 1, 2017, 6:50 a.m.

The much heralded "prior" health program was a system of emergency care financed by property tax payers. It's still intact because the legislature didn't do anything about the 'gap' population that made to much to be eligible for medicaid. Little is bloviating. The only thing Little will do is raise out property taxes (which the agricultural community does not pay) to pay for health 'coverage'. Yep, can't wait to go back to high property taxes and bankruptcy financed health coverage for Idaho.


watchman Aug. 1, 2017, 5:55 a.m.

Obviously the multitude of colluding insurance companies should be regulated as a monopoly and though guaranteed a profit (think corporate welfare and special tax breaks already in play) their rates would be affordable and all inclusive of all people. Meanwhile, any politician who doesn't speak out while pointing out the fact that the USA's "health care system" is based on PROFIT. Profit for insurance companies and medical providers and drug companies which translates into campaign contributions for politicians, kind of like a circle jerk where you use your hand on the fella next to you.


watchman July 31, 2017, 10:17 p.m.

Obviously the multitude of colluding insurance companies should be regulated as a monopoly and though guaranteed a profit (think corporate welfare and special tax breaks already in play) their rates would be affordable and all inclusive of all people.


PalouseDave July 31, 2017, 6:26 p.m.

The ACH is owned by both parties and both parties make huge amounts of money from that act. If you read the entirety of the bill when it was first published (remember you have to pass it to read it), you understand that the premiums were going to rise astronomically in future years. Now, we are in the future years and the rates are going up like a Saturn 5 headed out to the moon. Since the ACH passed there have been numerous studies, articles and notices that the rates were going to go WAY UP. This is only news for those who slept through the entire process.


ephram July 31, 2017, 5:44 p.m.

Lt. Gov. Little must polish up his bona fides as a genuine conservative Republican and willingness to trash Obamacare at any time is a litmus test for that. Funny how taking credit for the problems Obamacare may be having is not part of being a genuine conservative Republican. I guess mentioning the from-square-one anti-Obamacare PR campaign, multiple lawsuits, refusal of "genuine conservative Republican" states to expand Medicaid and set up local insurance exchanges, and the current Trump threat to stop premium subsidies and enforcement of the individual mandate, do not fit in with the narrative that Obamacare is failing on its own terms.

Dan Schmidt

Dan Schmidt July 31, 2017, 4:54 p.m.

So you guys drain the gas tank, then cuss at the car when it won't start. I guess that's Idaho leadership for ya.


clearwater1950 July 31, 2017, 3:39 p.m.

"....Cameron, in the release, said the big rate increases for silver plans are being driven by the federal government’s potential refusal to fund something called the “cost share reduction” mechanism, or SCR, which lowers deductibles... Read....."...the big rate increases are a result of President Trumps blustering threats to undo the Affordable Care Act subsidies." In other words....the GOP and President Trump now own the Affordable Care Act lock, stock and barrel.


david July 31, 2017, 3:06 p.m.

Rates may increase, but at least people can get access to insurance under the program. Little's party would cut off the poorest and sickest of Idahoans, forcing them into a "high risk pool" where they'd either live or die, but either way they'd be impoverished. Shame on Little and Idaho's uncaring, heartless, and soulless legislators.

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