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TUESDAY, JUNE 16, 2015

IFF launches Politician Pension Payoffs Site 

BOISE -- The Idaho Freedom Foundation launched Tuesday a new website to expose and let the public track Politician Pension Payoffs, through which former state legislators use a special pension carve-out to rake in big bucks in retirement. Some ex-politicians have used the state’s pension perk to convert a retirement benefit worth a few thousand dollars a year into one worth more than many Idaho families make all year. Former Sen. Dean Cameron, one of the latest beneficiaries of the pension payout, started his new state job Monday.

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THURSDAY, JAN. 16, 2014

IFF billboards 10 

The Idaho Freedom Foundation now has six billboards around the state attacking lawmakers who voted in favor of setting up a state-based health insurance exchange, rather than allowing the federal government to operate an exchange for Idaho. They’ve also updated the look of the first...

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MONDAY, SEPT. 23, 2013

For Hoffman, Charity Begins At Home 

Idaho Freedom Foundation President Wayne Hoffman is a stalwart defender of the private enterprise system. Government, he says, should not pick "which companies to help and force the rest of us to pay the bill. The government should leave the marketplace alone, and let companies...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 17, 2013

IFF Creates ExchangeForm.com 

The Boise, Idaho-based Idaho Freedom Foundation announced Tuesday the creation of ExchangeForm.com. The website is a resource for employers to notify employees of the insurance exchange, without using the federal government’s “model” notice. Employers can generate a form to give to their employees and add...

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MONDAY, SEPT. 16, 2013

IFF's Charitable Status Questioned 12 

Although charitable organizations are allowed to do some lobbying without risking their tax benefits, the Idaho Freedom Foundation actively pushes and opposes legislation on dozens of issues every session in ways that more closely resemble a full-on lobbying group. “If Wayne Hoffman can call a...

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TUESDAY, JULY 2, 2013

Hoffman: Clever Is As Clever Does 

If cleverness is a disease in politics, it’s endemic with some of the folks involved in implementing Gov. Butch Otter and Barrack Obama’s health insurance exchange. Exhibit A: The insurance exchange law passed by the Legislature and signed by Otter says “the exchange shall be...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 21, 2013

Wayne: Liberal Chris Likable, Wrong 

I find Idaho columnist Chris Carlson to be a likable guy, and it’s easy to see why some of his more liberal allied-interests have been politically successful. But by golly, I have to disagree with him on some of the statements he wrote in his...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 7, 2013

IFF: Here Come Idaho Revenuers 

In the 1990s, it wasn't uncommon for lawmakers to laud the tax collectors and auditors of the Idaho State Tax Commission. It is better to deal with the State Tax Commission, legislators would say, than the federal government and its Internal Revenue Service. That has...

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FRIDAY, MAY 31, 2013

IFF: Don't Mess With Statist Lottery 

Philip Allaire had a really great idea. Using his skills as a businessman, Allaire posed a plan to help the Nampa School District escape from a $5 million deficit. He created a nonprofit, Enriching Endowments, proposed selling raffle tickets for homes he purchased and would...

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FRIDAY, MAY 24, 2013

IFF: Shoshone County Did Right Thing 35 

Shoshone County taxpayers reached a notable conclusion in the May 21 election: More government won't mean more economic opportunity and prosperity. I suspect that advocates of urban renewal will try again. I'm more hopeful that advocates of urban renewal in other parts of the state,...

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MONDAY, MAY 20, 2013

Hoffman Too Mighty For Speed Ticket 

When a cop stops an ordinary person for speeding, here's what happens: Perhaps the driver asks for a warning. He might contest the ticket in court. Or he pays up. But Wayne Hoffman is no ordinary person. As executive director of the libertarian-leaning Idaho Freedom...

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FRIDAY, APRIL 26, 2013

IFF's Hoffman Opposes Common Core 49 

As Idahoans engage in a statewide conversation about K-12 public school improvement, I want to add another discussion point to the mix: The state should reexamine its participation in national education standards known as Common Core. I say this despite my deep respect and friendship...

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MONDAY, MARCH 18, 2013

IFF: Crane Almost Got It 100% Right 19 

Much hay has been made by the liberal media, particularly by Idaho Statesman reporter/columnist Dan Popkey, over Nampa Rep. Brent Crane’s reference to Rosa Parks in his debate on the health insurance exchange. In case you missed it, Crane said Parks was “one little lady...

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FRIDAY, OCT. 5, 2012

IFF: Prop 1 About Union Power 19 

I have read just about every school labor union agreement in the state and have yet to find a single one that was written to protect the interests of children, their safety and the availability of classroom supplies. I point this out simply because the...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 12, 2012

IFF: Ed Reform Draws Attention Here 

The failed multimillion dollar campaign to boot Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker from office is on its way to Idaho. We don’t know what form it will take, but you can imagine that some of the messages tried in Wisconsin will also be attempted here, all...

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THURSDAY, APRIL 26, 2012

IFF's Hoffman Fires Policy Analyst 

Briana LeClaire was a founding director of the board of the Idaho Freedom Foundation when it opened in 2009 as a free-market lobbying and policy shop. After a year, LeClaire left the board and for two years has been the education policy analyst for the...

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FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2012

MT: Ringo Flunks, Nonini Aces Test 

CHEERS ... to state Rep. Shirley Ringo (pictured), D-Moscow. She not only flunked the Idaho Freedom Foundation's "legislative freedom index," but Ringo got the lowest score of any of Idaho's 105 lawmakers - a negative-125. Most of north central Idaho's lawmakers didn't fare much better....

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FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2012

IFF Decries Senate Ethics 'Gag Order' 

And that makes the 2012 Senate’s session-ending ethics rule change that much more puzzling and worrisome. The Senate passed a rule that says ethics complaints are to be confidential until such time that the bipartisan ethics panel finds probable cause to move forward with a...

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TUESDAY, APRIL 10, 2012

Publisher: My Reporters Can Vote 

In the final few days of this legislative session, as capitol reporters were scurrying to wrap up stories on the big budget items regarding teacher pay, tax cuts and restoring the state’s “rainy day” fund, they unexpectedly found themselves grappling with a far more personal...

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FRIDAY, APRIL 6, 2012

IFF: ID Legislature Not Conservative 13 

A reporter from the New York Times recently asked me about a piece of Nanny Government legislation and, with childlike innocence, conveyed his belief in fairy tales that might include fields of frolicking unicorns, pots of gold at the end of rainbows and the “the...

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4, 2012

IFF: Never Planned Journo Outing 

Wayne Hoffman, the head of the Idaho Freedom Foundation, says his group has never planned to research track whether — or how — reporters vote in the May 15 party primaries. On Wednesday, Hoffman took issue with an Idaho Press Club newsletter column written by...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 16, 2012

IFF: Legislature Has More Work To Do 

With any luck, the Legislature will go home within a week. But will lawmakers take some positive actions in their remaining days in Boise to promote free markets and limited government? It might be surprising, but there are, in fact, several good pieces of legislation...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 2, 2012

Hoffman: No Need To Ap-Hollow-Gize 

Sen. Joyce Broadsword, R-Sagle, welcomed her new colleague, Jim Rice of Caldwell, Friday with an apology: The first bill that the new senator would vote on was one that would terminate the state’s end-stage renal disease program. “It’s not fair” that Rice’s first vote would...

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FRIDAY, FEB. 24, 2012

IFF: Free Market At Risk In Idaho 

Somewhere, someone in Idaho is working day and night on his technological innovation. Maybe out of a dimly-lit garage. I have no idea what this innovation is. Nor do you. Nor does government. That’s the beauty of the free market. The governor and the members...

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FRIDAY, FEB. 17, 2012

IFF: Tanning Bill Is Govt Overreach 10 

If Little Sally draws a picture of Stick Child, Stick Mommy and Stick Daddy under a Crayola Unmellow Yellow sun, will teachers be instructed to probe for more information, to make sure that the family wore SPF 30? Increasingly, the government assumes that parents aren’t...

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