Idaho is dominated by one political party.
The real contests in our state are within the Republican Party, between their moderate and extreme factions. Democrats have not been able to viably contest power in decades. This has been demoralizing for Democrats and Independents, and they don’t have a believable theory of change that brings them hope and reliably motivates them to action.
But, the most important distinction to make in Idaho state politics is the balance of power — Grassroots vs Big Money.
This situation is on clear display when our legislature focuses year after year on tax breaks, slashing government services, and controversial culture war issues. Those policies serve to enrich wealthy individuals and corporations by divesting from working families and communities, while preoccupying people with issues that don’t significantly distribute resources. Conversely, people-focused policies are “bread and butter” or “consensus” issues that make the lives of working people substantially better — like access to affordable healthcare, quality education, and fair wages. …
This book made a huge impression on me. I would have said I was pretty concerned about monopolies and corporate consolidation before, but after this book, I’m 5x more concerned. I heard about it because my friend Luke Mayville was reading it.
I really enjoyed Ready Player One, so I was excited for the sequel. I didn’t even know how much it would delve into topics that have fascinated me for years, like brain computer interfaces (like Neuralink), artificial intelligence (Super Intelligence), and transhumanism. There was A LOT to think about.
This was mentioned in Break ’Em Up (#1).
My first “movement experience” came from Cole Valley Speaks. I caught the bug, and I knew I needed to continue being a part of these powerful expressions of injustice and demands for change. Later, I built on that foundation as a core member of Reclaim Idaho, and dabbled in climate activism with Sunrise Boise.
I’ve known for a long time that Idaho needs transformation political change, but I didn’t know how it could happen. I explored ideas in electoral politics and delved into different theories of change. I came to realize one of the biggest avenues for change, sustained movements, are largely absent from Idaho’s socio-political environment. …
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When I look at how our state decides how society should work, I see a scale symbolizing a balance of power. On one side is money, and on the other side are people. Money is winning. It’s not even close.
In today’s world, it’s basically a given that Democrats and Independents align more with people power than Republicans. But Republicans are holding 80% of the seats in our Legislature.
Most Idahoans are poor and struggling financially. When they vote Republican, for their promises of limited government, they’re not doing themselves any favors. They’re telling the government to spend less and tax less, but when that happens, it’s their services that are being cut and the wealthy that are seeing the tax benefits. …
I grew up in Idaho, but it wasn’t until 2016 that I decided I wanted to make it my longterm home. I loved Boise, our public lands, our cost of living, and many aspects of our culture.
Ultimately, I decided that was a tradeoff I had to live with because it wasn’t going to change.
After a ragtag group of volunteers got Medicaid Expansion on the ballot, Idaho overwhelmingly supported it with 61% of the vote, defying our legislators who had ignored that crisis for 10 years.
The original blog post was published one year ago, today, on February 13, 2019.
This post commemorates the beginning of Cole Valley Speaks, and it kicks off the next phase of our movement.
Check out our first teaser trailer for the upcoming documentary release!
Please sign our online petition telling Cole Valley to meet with us for a dialogue. …
Sandpoint — A day after the Federal Government approved Idaho’s State Medicaid Expansion Plan, BYU-Idaho dealt a second blow to students and families in Idaho’s second largest college. The Administration is rejecting Medicaid Expansion for its students just days after it rejected Medicaid coverage. Brigham Young University-Idaho students are required to have health insurance before they can enroll.
“The university is putting students and families at risk with these sudden and unexplained decisions. This was a bad week for the entire BYU-Idaho community,” said Luke Mayville, Reclaim Idaho Co-Founder. …
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2,000 volunteers collected over 50,000 signatures to get Medicaid Expansion on the ballot, and it passed with 61% of the vote. That was an enormous feat, and we did it with very little tech.
We’re using state of the art technology to give us the biggest impact from our efforts. We’re working smarter, not harder.
It’s a powerful new mobile app that’s making waves with grassroots political organizations through the country. …
We’re fortunate to live in a democracy, where we can choose our leaders during elections. But, that doesn’t guarantee that we always have great representatives. What do you think about your elected leaders?