June 5, 2019

How Ready Are We for the Next Flood?

Idaho Flooding

In all the noise that passes for news, one story in recent weeks stands out to me: the catastrophic flooding throughout the Midwest. Homes, businesses, roads, and farms all sit under feet of water with more projected to come. One farmer saw his 10,000 acres of wheat, two weeks from harvesting, swallowed by the Arkansas River. He estimated losses of …

Continue reading
May 28, 2019

Learning, On Purpose

Healthcare Summit

This morning, I sat down to run through my schedule for the rest of the week. With at least one thing on the calendar for each day, it reminded me of something Abigail Adams said, “Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and diligence.” Over the last few weeks, I’ve done my best to …

Continue reading
May 16, 2019

Session In Review

Look Back

With the 2019 session in the history books, I’ve debated whether to “review” what happened from January to April. It seems a little silly to go back and rank what did (or didn’t) happen only a few weeks after the final gavel. After all, some of the laws we passed won’t go into effect until July 1, and even then, …

Continue reading
March 28, 2019

Religious Persecution is Never Acceptable

Few things are more personal than our religious beliefs. So, yesterday’s debate and vote on HR6, referred to as the Christian persecution resolution, hit home in a way I hadn’t anticipated. Everyone suffering religious persecution is worthy of defense, and I said as much during the floor debate. Below, I share my full statement, and you can watch the complete …

Continue reading
March 24, 2019

A Vote on Medicaid

It’s been a big week in Boise. In the Senate, they focused on the voter initiative process. In the House, it was Medicaid. Both of these issues sucked up a lot of oxygen and raised a lot of questions. As you probably know by this point, I voted “no” against the Medicaid bill that came to the House. Below you’ll …

Continue reading
March 7, 2019

When a Bill Dies

On Monday, I had a bill held in committee. When a bill gets held that means it’s done for the session. But in this case, my bill dying in committee isn’t a bad thing. A Kind of Boring Bill Let me provide a little background. The bill dealt with an issue that’s probably not top of mind: legal public notices. …

Continue reading