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THURSDAY, FEB. 2, 2017

Edit: Hold nose & agree with Hoffman 12 

Among the three things that makes the Coeur d'Alene Press Editorial Board uncomfortable is agreeing with executive director Wayne Hoffman of the Idaho Freedom Foundation. But the Press says Hoffman is correct when it says that the Idaho Legislature should do away with the sales tax on groceries.

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MONDAY, NOV. 14, 2016

Hoffman: Idaho must rethink cannabis 30 

Idaho lawmakers should revisit the state’s marijuana laws. Idaho is already surrounded by states that allow cannabis use in one form or other. Nevada voters agreed Tuesday to authorize the possession and sale of recreational marijuana, with the new law taking effect January 1.

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MONDAY, AUG. 31, 2015

Hoffman: School levy and bond elections 16 

It’s time for Idaho lawmakers to reform the way school districts demand money from taxpayers. The number of school levy and school bond elections are out of control, and school districts have learned that the mechanics of an election are more important than public support. Furthermore, the timing of the requests virtually guarantees there’s no real connection between what taxpayers are being asked to pony up and what lawmakers budget for public schools.

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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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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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FRIDAY, SEPT. 6, 2013

IFF: Tax Commission Picks On Kids 

All of this brings me to the story of Tayson Weeks, a 12-year-old Pocatello boy who has been targeted by state tax commission employees and told to remit the sales tax the government believes he owes for the sale of raspberries at his summertime roadside...

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MONDAY, JULY 22, 2013

IFF: Yogurt A Federal Mandate? 

I don’t know whether Idaho’s public schools should be serving Greek yogurt or not. But I wonder if I’m the only one who views negatively the announcement this month that Idaho would get to be a pilot state for a federal program to serve Greek...

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FRIDAY, JULY 12, 2013

Hoffman: IACI Wrong On Medicaid 17 

The Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry (IACI) is flirting with the dangerous idea of backing Medicaid expansion. The organization hasn’t come out yet with an endorsement. Yet. At its conference in Coeur d’Alene in June, lawmakers got to hear a decidedly pro-expansion presentation. And...

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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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Wayne's Free Market Is Mythical 20 

The walking, talking embodiment of the mythical free market in Idaho today is Wayne Hoffman, executive director of the Idaho Freedom Foundation. He called a few weeks ago and asked if we could get together and get acquainted while he was in the north country...

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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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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, MAY 17, 2013

Wayne Fights Kootenai County Ticket 34 

It seems I offended a great number of people with last week’s column regarding my speeding ticket that a quick follow-up appears appropriate. First, as an update, I entered a plea of “not guilty” a few days ago. It seemed problematic for me to admit...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 15, 2013

IFF Opposes Idaho Morality Police 13 

Wayne Hoffman of the Idaho Freedom Foundation argues reasonably against a memorial pushed by six Canyon County legislators, asking the FCC to crack down on extramarital sex on TV. Writes Wayne: Unlike Saudi Arabia’s bizarre and inexplicable pursuit of plaster dinosaurs, the target of Idaho...

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FRIDAY, OCT. 12, 2012

Hoffman: Down w/Big Bird & Friends 

Let’s consider Big Bird a canary in the coal mine of government waste. If Big Bird is still alive—or at least still living off the government’s largess—after the politicians have done their level best to slim down the government, it will be obvious that the...

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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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FRIDAY, SEPT. 21, 2012

Hoffman Decries Anti-Luna Reform Ad 14 

The education labor union has reached a new milestone in lowness, attempting to turn Idaho voters into Luddites and depict kids as klutzes in order to satisfy a selfish agenda. Witness its first ad against Propositions 1, 2 and 3. Says the ad: “Prop 3...

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 7, 2012

IFF: Idahoans Still Against Obamacare 

For the next several months, I expect Obamacare to dominate public policy discussions both nationally and on a state level. Regardless of the outcome of the November election, state lawmakers will still be faced with two questions: First, should the state implement a health insurance...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 1, 2012

IFF: Vodka Ban Worse Than Soda Ban 12 

New York City's proposed ban on super-sized sodas is an insufferable "nanny state overreach." But Idaho's ban on Five Wives vodka could be worse, says Wayne Hoffman, executive director of the Idaho Freedom Foundation, a conservative lobbying group. Idaho's state-run liquor dispensary banned the Utah-produced...

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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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Edit: Hoffman Let's State Secret Slip 

At the Lewiston Tribune, opinionator Marty Trillhaase thanks Wayne Hoffman of the right-wing Idaho Freedom Foundation for revealing true intent of the new closed primaries pushed by the Idaho GOP -- to out the politics of certain people: "Here's what he told the Tribune's Brad...

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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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Decision Time For Idaho Journalists 34 

In her Idaho Press Club President's Column for the spring newsletter, SR colleague Betsy Russell tells of a dilemma facing us journalists in Idaho this spring. We have to decide whether or not to vote in the primaries, which for the first time will require...

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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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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.