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UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 17, 2017, 5:28 p.m.

Speaker with controversial race theories leads to cancellation, move of Idaho Freedom Foundation annual banquet

A major Boise convention center and hotel canceled the Idaho Freedom Foundation’s upcoming banquet – forcing a change of venue just 11 days before the event – because it learned …


Eye on Boise: Numbers show Idaho is a big spender? Experts say no

Claims by the Idaho Freedom Foundation that Idaho has become an extravagant spender, outstripping other states, are clearly off the mark, to the point that the former chief economist for …


Eye on Boise: No automatic recounts in Idaho, but loser could request one

With a couple of close legislative races around the state, the question arises of possible recounts.


Three North Idaho lawmakers backed by Idaho Freedom Foundation lose seats in Idaho primary

Three North Idaho lawmakers lost their seats in Tuesday’s primary election. The three – Reps. Kathy Sims, R-Coeur d’Alene, and Shannon McMillan, R-Silverton; and Sen. Sheryl Nuxoll, R-Cottonwood – have …


Eye on Boise: Group sues over Boise schools’ contract with teachers union

Wayne Hoffman, head of the Idaho Freedom Foundation, announced Thursday that his group has filed a lawsuit against the Boise School District, raising constitutional questions about the district’s contract with …


Idaho Freedom Foundation downplays Rep. Mark Patterson email’s timing

BOISE – The timing of a supportive Idaho Freedom Foundation email blast praising an embattled state lawmaker’s failed gun rights legislation is raising eyebrows. The email arrived in the inbox …


Shawn Vestal: Idaho Freedom Foundation pushes limits of word ‘charity’

When you think of a “charity,” what do you picture? When you think about an organization that is dedicated to “education,” what sort of schooling springs to mind? Does a …


Idaho billboards target state-run health exchange supporters

BOISE – Billboards bashing Idaho lawmakers who cast votes for a state insurance exchange are popping up in legislative districts. Idaho Freedom Foundation chief Wayne Hoffman said the signs are …


List of Idaho Freedom Foundation accomplishments long

Founder and President Wayne Hoffman says the Idaho Freedom Foundation was formed as a “free-market think tank,” but the keynote speaker at IFF’s annual fundraising banquet this year, conservative commentator …


Idaho Freedom Foundation’s charitable status scrutinized

BOISE – In the ornate public gallery of the Idaho House of Representatives, lobbyist Erik Makrush of the Idaho Freedom Foundation leaned over to a reporter sitting next to him …


Eye on Boise: Donation pitch stirs ethics talk

BOISE – When the Idaho Freedom Foundation distributed its 2013 Idaho Report on Government Waste to every state lawmaker, complete with a color drawing of a cigar-smoking pig in sunglasses …


Eye on Boise: Recruiting letter leans heavily on Otter’s name

BOISE – Of all the odd things to find in my mailbox, there was a letter from Gov. Butch Otter addressed to Ben Ysursa, who happens to be Idaho’s secretary …