Dear fellow liberty lovers,
I would like to sincerely thank everyone who came to the Eastern Idaho Legislative Update last week. It was a pleasure seeing everyone’s smiling faces. A special thank you to Rep. Ron Nate and his wife for their participation and support.
Today marks the end of another legislative week and while I genuinely wish I had better news to report, it saddens me to tell you the Idaho Legislature continues to introduce liberal policies and massively high budgets.
I have included Eastern Idaho lawmakers’ Freedom Index scores for your reference. If you click on the image, you can see a more in-depth breakdown of those scores.
We did have a handful of wins this week, including a victory to help counties deal with fire threats on public lands. We also learned this week that ISP pulled its bill asking for unmarked patrol cars. We were the only group opposing this bad idea and we consider this a huge victory for Idahoans.
Sadly, this week was wrought with lies, half-truths and distortions from Rep. Kelley Packer, R-McCammon.
While the Idaho Freedom Foundation does not make it a habit of playing around in the muck, we decided this week that we’ve had enough of Packer’s lies. On Thursday, IFF President Wayne Hoffman held a press conference to explain that Packer had not only disseminated mistruths about IFF on several occasions, but had also misled her constituents regarding her liberal voting record.
It’s unfortunate that her demonstrably false allegations forced us to correct the record, but we had to take a few moments from our important work to respond. When Packer smears us, she’s also smearing people like you who care about limited government and honesty in politics.
Until next week,
Lindsay Russell Dexter
Senior Policy Director
Eastern Idaho Field Officer