Commentary

Closed primaries one reason for decreasing civility in Idaho politics

BY: , , and - April 5, 2021

Notice the rising temperature in Idaho politics? Don’t just blame trends on increased national political polarization. One reason Idaho’s democracy has become less civil in recent years can be traced to our state moving to a closed primary voting system. A closed primary system means that only people who are registered members of a political […]

Idaho failed disabled community in vaccination prioritization

BY: - April 2, 2021

I put my life on hold.  Projects, personal milestones, planned events and goals were all halted. This is our reality — mine and those in the disabled community.  Many of us have been homebound for a year. We went into lockdown two weeks before the state of Idaho officially did. The governor’s stay-at-home order lasted […]

A house for sale in the North End of Boise on March 21, 2021.

Why Idahoans miss the mark by blaming Californians for our housing crisis

BY: - April 1, 2021

I remember the sign on a forested highway near my parents’ home. The thing was massive – probably 25 feet wide — with a message sloppily spray-painted on plywood: “Go home California m**********ers.” That was in Western Washington, three decades ago. Maybe some wealthy Californians moved in, threatening our woodsy values. As the sign was […]

Welcome to the Idaho Capital Sun — the Gem State’s newest nonprofit journalism outlet

BY: - March 31, 2021

I’ve spent the majority of the last year working from home on a tiny wooden kitchen table, peering out at my view of the looming Boise Foothills, thinking about Idaho. Thinking about how our public officials have responded — and, in many ways, refused to respond — to keeping Idahoans safe during COVID-19 pandemic. About […]