The Risch Doctrine…

Idaho Sen. Jim Risch became chairman of the prestigious Foreign Relations Committee last week and as nearly his first act he bashed the...

The Risch Doctrine…

Idaho Sen. Jim Risch became chairman of the prestigious Foreign Relations Committee last week and as nearly his first act he bashed the...

Kabuki Theater Confirmation…

Note: I’m pleased to be writing a new weekly piece for the Friday editorial page of the Lewiston (Idaho) Tribune. I’m looking forward to...

Kabuki Theater Confirmation…

Note: I’m pleased to be writing a new weekly piece for the Friday editorial page of the Lewiston (Idaho) Tribune. I’m looking forward to...

Just Say No…

By all accounts Barack Obama has his work cut out for him convincing Congressional Republicans – and some Democrats – that his proposed...

Just Say No…

By all accounts Barack Obama has his work cut out for him convincing Congressional Republicans – and some Democrats – that his proposed...

Women Who Work

All these challenges, and more, are worth the attention of policy makers and lawmakers was we mark another Labor Day, a holiday created...

Bigness

On the downhill side of the Gilded Age in American political and business life – that would have been in the late 1800’s – progressive...

FDR’s Great Blunder

Two years ago in his State of the Union address, Barack Obama called out the Supreme Court of the United States for its ruling in the...

2012 Wildcard

Elections and the Court When the Obama Justice Department announced last week that it had asked the United States Supreme Court for an...

The Importance of Being Borah

I’ll be speaking on Wednesday night at the Main Boise Library on the life and career of Idaho’s longest serving U.S. Senator, William E....

Putting the Labor in Labor Day

David Letterman quips that Americans celebrate Labor Day by going out and buying stuff made in China. That would be funny if it weren’t...

Room for a Borah?

Arguably William Edgar Borah – the Lion of Idaho – is the most famous and influential politician Idaho has ever produced. He served...

The Lion of Idaho – Part II

Seventy years after his death, William E. Borah has become a shadowy historic figure in his adopted state of Idaho. During the nearly 33...

The Lion of Idaho

A little more than 70 years ago, arguably the most famous political figure Idaho has ever produced – Senator William E. Borah – came home...

Obama’s War

I have a clear memory of an old basketball coach from high school who preached a simple strategy. Coach would say when someone was trying...

Happy Labor Day

This pint of stout will soon make sense. Trust me. But before we turn to the Irish drink, a random, regional round-up of some not very...

Supreme Appointments…Then and Now

I’ll hope from time to time to offer some historical context and perspective on Idaho and regional issues and personalities. Please let...