War on the West…

Amid the hourly chaos that is the Trump government it is possible to lose sight of the truly significant, while focusing on the merely...

War on the West…

Amid the hourly chaos that is the Trump government it is possible to lose sight of the truly significant, while focusing on the merely...

Andrus Acted, DOE Blinked

My weekly column in the Lewiston, Idaho Tribune. ———- Thirty years ago this month then-Idaho Governor Cecil D. Andrus willfully and with...

Andrus Acted, DOE Blinked

My weekly column in the Lewiston, Idaho Tribune. ———- Thirty years ago this month then-Idaho Governor Cecil D. Andrus willfully and with...

Remembering a Giant…

Former Idaho Governor and Secretary of the Interior Cecil D. Andrus died on August 24, 2017 in Boise. He was a day short of his 86th...

Remembering a Giant…

Former Idaho Governor and Secretary of the Interior Cecil D. Andrus died on August 24, 2017 in Boise. He was a day short of his 86th...

Remembering Mike…

The Lewiston Tribune this week published my remembrance of Mike Mitchell a long-time Idaho legislator and one-time chief of staff to...

Remembering Mike…

The Lewiston Tribune this week published my remembrance of Mike Mitchell a long-time Idaho legislator and one-time chief of staff to...

A Celebration of Politics Working…

It would be easy – even inevitable – given the dysfunctional state of American politics to just say the heck with it – nothing works any...

A Celebration of Politics Working…

It would be easy – even inevitable – given the dysfunctional state of American politics to just say the heck with it – nothing works any...

Advise and Consent…

Years ago I enjoyed a delightful series of conversations with John Corlett, a true old-school newspaper reporter in Idaho who could...

Advise and Consent…

Years ago I enjoyed a delightful series of conversations with John Corlett, a true old-school newspaper reporter in Idaho who could...

The Most Important Election…

There is a wide-open field on the Republican side for the presidential nomination, with at least a half dozen serious contenders, while...

The Most Important Election…

There is a wide-open field on the Republican side for the presidential nomination, with at least a half dozen serious contenders, while...

Playing the Hand

First the admissions: Democrats – thank Nancy Pelosi as well as the president for this – completely lost control of any coherent message...

The Start of Something Big

That standoff helped precipitate the recent change in Senate rules that eliminates the filibuster as a tool of the minority to thwart a...

The Rhyme of Political History

It was 1966 and three-term incumbent Republican Robert E. Smylie, pictured here dressed like he might have been trying out for The Sons...

Power to the People

Among the raft of Executive Orders signed by Roosevelt, and permitted under the Emergency Act, was the creation of the Rural...

Why Politics Ain’t Fun…Anymore

Germond, who died this week at age 85, was definitely of the “old school.” He knew how to change a typewriter ribbon and I’ll bet he once...

The Middle Doesn’t Hold

Lots of Republicans, particularly the Tea Party wing of the party, love the Club for Growth and its mouthpiece former Rep. Chris Chocola...