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Joe Biden must debate Trump all three times

Former Vice President Joe Biden is not well. To the objective observer, Biden, the Democrats’ nominee for president, isn’t all there. He shows serious signs of cognitive decline, and that should worry every American voter. Biden, who served in the U.S. Senate for decades before signing on to be Barack Obama’s wingman, has always been […]

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Cancel college campuses’ cancel culture

Activists and writers tired of the cancel culture’s constant chaos have begun to push back, declaring that the shaming, harassment and intimidation that accompany a cancelation are antithetical to American principles of liberty, especially free speech. You know cancel culture already. You’ve seen it on Facebook, Twitter and campuses nationwide: Keyboard commandos harass, threaten and […]

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The Idaho Freedom Index — a scorecard for conservative principles

I have recently written two articles (here and here) discussing the first eight of the 12 principles the Idaho Freedom Foundation Index uses to score bills that legislators vote on. The IFFI principles are also found in the Idaho Republican Party Platform, the gold standard for Republican beliefs. So, when a legislator gets a bad […]

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Idaho Freedom Foundation aligns with conservative principles

Later this month, Republicans statewide will gather for their convention to elect leaders and once again adopt their Idaho Republican Party Platform (IRPP). Many people don’t realize grassroots Republicans review and approve the IRPP every summer before a fall general election because the IRPP serves as the gold standard for Republican beliefs ahead of a […]

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The Idaho Freedom Foundation measures promises made

During the recent election cycle, some were critical of the Idaho Freedom Foundation Index, which scores how legislators vote. Some voices proclaimed the IFFI is an extreme, hard-right ideology out of step with commonsense Idaho conservative values. These and similar statements often are made by liberals masquerading as Republicans hoping that Republican voters will discount […]

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Car dealer Dave should have known better

Dave Taylor, of Taylor Chevrolet Buick Cadillac, recently wrote about how the Idaho Freedom Foundation uses the Freedom Index to rate legislators. Dave thinks scoring legislators is bad, but as a car dealer who relies on “scores” himself to assess a car buyer’s trustworthiness, Dave should know better. The Freedom Index shows quickly and reliably […]

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Obama donor Frank VanderSloot — not what he pretends to be

Recently, Frank VanderSloot wrote an opinion piece taking aim at the Idaho Freedom Foundation. Frank, who’s been referred to as “Idaho’s multilevel marketing baron,” said: “I consider myself an avid conservative. I believe that conservative solutions have proved to be far more successful than the solutions usually touted by the ‘liberal left.’” This has become […]

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Smith chooses a free Idaho

The Post Register says the Idaho Freedom Foundation board of directors, of which I’m a member, has a decision to make whether to fire IFF staff and leadership. Some decisions are hard; others are not. This one is not. The staff and leadership at IFF are doing great work to free Idaho, and I back […]

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And the winners are . . .

Mark: It’s time to make our primary election “BARF” and “CRUD” awards identifying candidates pretending to run as republican in the republican primary. Doyle: “BARF” stands for “Bummer, Another Republican Fake,” liberals who wrap themselves in the republican brand (think of Mitt Romney). “CRUD” stands for “Candidate Really an Unregistered Democrat,” candidates who will vote […]