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Op-ed: ‘Marsy’s Law’ Proposal Threatens Gun Rights, Due Process

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On Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, the Idaho Senate State Affairs Committee voted 8-1 to advance a controversial ‘Marsy’s Law’ proposal that threatens gun rights, due process, and criminal justice reform here in the Gem State.

Written by Parrish Miller

The backers of “Marsy’s Law for Idaho” claim that their proposal to modify Idaho’s Constitution will “provide additional rights to crime victims.” On the surface, this may sound like a good idea, but it has several dangerous flaws, including the bypassing of our constitutionally guaranteed right to keep and bear arms.

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Developing an Abundant Idaho Resource: Geothermal Energy

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Written by U.S. Rep. Raúl Labrador

Idaho is rich in geothermal energy, a clean and reliable source with great long-term potential. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) estimates that the energy content of America’s geothermal resource is equivalent to a staggering 30,000-year supply.

Of course all the natural heat under Earth’s surface can’t be reached, but DOE says geothermal has the potential to power to up to 100 million American homes.

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Sustaining logging, strengthening families, boosting rural Idaho

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Written by U.S. Rep. Raúl Labrador

One of the best things about my job is helping Idahoans solve problems by turning their good ideas into law. The first week in November, the House passed a bill to enact a really good idea brought to me by a pair of third-generation Idaho loggers.

I met Tim Christopherson of Kamiah and Mark Mahon of Council in 2014.

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Ken Andrus: Transfer of federal land to state control

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Presently in Idaho there is great concern and public demonstration against federal lands coming under state control. The objections are reasonable. Let’s discuss the issue.

In 2015 Boise State University conducted a state survey in which 56.3 percent of Idahoans favored state management over federal management if it didn’t cost taxpayer dollars.

The objections I continually encountered while in the Legislature and from people across the state were basically these: 1- It would cost Idaho too much to fight a major fire.

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Letter to the Editor: National Monuments Are Bad For Forest Health

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To the Editor:

I am writing in response to “Yosemite Audubon Society Supports Sierra National Monument.” This is the area between Yosemite and Sequoia-Kings Canyon where there are already many Wilderness Areas along with monuments. A Monument is absolutely the wrong thing to do. Here are some reasons why:

Years of mismanagement have made our forests overgrown, unsustainable and unhealthy. Because of the drought and the bark beetle, our forests have become tinder boxes ready to explode.

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