Chuck Malloy

Chuck Malloy

Chuck Malloy is a longtime Idaho journalist and columnist. He may be reached at [email protected]

Superintendent of Public Instruction Debbie Critchfield

Debbie Critchfield sends message to Idaho’s school officials after Election Day

By: - November 15, 2022

You’d think that a candidate might want to take a short break after 18 months of campaigning and scoring a landslide victory on election night. Not Debbie Critchfield, the resounding winner of the race for state superintendent of public instruction. The day after the election, she was on an airplane to the State School Board […]

Idaho Statehouse

Media bashing is not new in Idaho politics

By: - August 16, 2022

News flash: Conservatives hate the “liberal” media. Always have, and always will. Wayne Hoffman, president of the Idaho Freedom Foundation, well describes sentiments from the right. “What you read in most local daily newspapers or see on the daily news isn’t really journalism. It’s leftist propaganda.” He says that Idaho’s media is “hot garbage” and […]

Ukrainian soldier sits on a bench

Idaho’s Sen. Crapo, Congressman Fulcher say ‘no’ to Ukraine federal aid

By: - June 7, 2022

During their 13 years serving together in Washington, you probably can count on one hand the number of times that Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch canceled out one another with votes – and not use all five fingers. The exceptions, says Crapo – Idaho’s senior senator – is when there is justification for voting […]

Microphones in a meeting room

Idaho candidates skipping televised political debates is the new fashion trend

By: - April 19, 2022

Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson appeared to be getting himself into hot water with his recent refusal to debate his opponent, Idaho Falls attorney Bryan Smith, on Idaho Public Television. As it turned out, Simpson was setting a trend. Days later, Rep. Pricilla Giddings of White Bird – who is running for lieutenant governor – backed […]

diabetic patient injecting insulin

As Republicans, Democrats play politics with insulin prices, their constituents deserve to live

By: - April 12, 2022

Those who are faced with the grim choice between paying for insulin (which they can’t afford) or groceries, received what appeared to be good news from the House of Representatives earlier this month. The House passed the Affordable Insulin Now Act, which caps consumer insulin costs at $35 a month for most consumers – responding […]

Idaho State Capitol

Former Idaho legislator Steve Hartgen was top of his game as editor

By: - January 6, 2022

It might have been surprising to some to see Steve Hartgen’s regular column in Times-News on Sunday, given the fact that he died two days earlier. But leave it to Steve to take care of the small details – such as sending out his column to editors in plenty of time for Sunday’s paper. Knowing […]

Voters cast ballots at Whittier Elementary

GOP, Democratic party leaders agree Idahoans should say ‘no’ to crossover voting in primary

By: - November 30, 2021

Lately, I have been hearing from Democrats who will do everything in their power to prevent Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin and Rep. Pricilla Giddings from winning the top two Republican primary races. They’re even talking about registering as Republicans and voting in the GOP primary election – taking their chances with Gov. Brad Little and […]

diabetes illustration

The forgotten pandemic: Health advocates to come together to recognize World Diabetes Day

By: - November 9, 2021

Sunday is World Diabetes Day, but hold off on the celebration. It is not a day for parades, backyard cookouts or the kind of large family gatherings that go with holidays. In fact, World Diabetes Day – created in 1991 – is not officially a holiday. It’s more of a somber reminder about a global […]

Janice McGeachin

Idaho governor for a day does not mean queen for a day. McGeachin’s actions go too far.

By: - October 12, 2021

Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin, who served as a state representative from Idaho Falls for a decade (2002-2012), has said often that she needed some time off from state politics to reflect and gain some perspective. So when she was elected as lieutenant governor in 2018, becoming the first woman to win that office in the […]

CDC headquarters in Atlanta

Health obstacles are not death sentences – but continued funding of NIH, CDC critical for cures

By: - July 20, 2021

Talking with Idaho Congressman Russ Fulcher about his recent cancer diagnosis a couple of weeks ago hit home with me. In many ways, being lucky is better than being good. The congressman’s cancer was discovered in conjunction with a routine physical examination. Fulcher, who normally is a ball of energy, just happened to mention to […]

Teacher in a classroom full of students

Little, McGeachin show two sides of teacher ‘appreciation’ in Idaho

By: - May 11, 2021

As the nation celebrated “Teacher Appreciation Week” earlier this month, Gov. Brad Little offered some encouraging words in expressing his gratitude for the fine work that Idaho teachers do. “We all should signal to our educators that we value them, and we want to keep them in the profession,” the governor wrote. Lt. Gov. Janice […]

Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin presides over the Idaho Senate.

Lt. Gov. McGeachin, state lawmakers continue steady march to the right

By: - April 8, 2021

This year may not be a banner year for Gov. Brad Little or the Idaho Legislature, which just came back from its COVID-19 recess on Tuesday. But it has been a nice session for Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin as far as raising her political profile and conservatives in general. Since the start of this year’s […]