Sunday, November 27, 2022


An investigative probe into how rules written for distressed rust belt property may benefit a select few; Small Business Saturday highlights local Economies; FL nonprofit helps offset the high cost of insulin.


A Supreme Court case could have broad implications for the future of U.S. elections, results show voters rejected election deniers in many statewide races, and the concession phone call may be a thing of the past.


A water war in Southwest Utah has ranchers and Native tribes concerned, federal solar subsidies could help communities transition to renewable energy, and Starbucks workers attempt to unionize.

Groups Say Anti-Democracy Candidates Could Gain Seats in ID Legislature


Thursday, July 21, 2022   

Far-right candidates made inroads in Idaho's Republican primary and likely will have seats in the state Legislature after November's election - but some groups in Idaho say these candidates have not shown an affinity for democracy.

Tony Stewart is a long-time human-rights activist in North Idaho. He said some extreme candidates lost on the statewide level and in eastern Idaho, but won seats in four senate races in the Panhandle - along with local offices down ballot.

He said folks with extreme views also have attended and disrupted local government meetings.

"It's very, very intense," said Stewart. "And it's very hard to have dialogue in those kinds of situations."

Stewart said while fringe candidates have been successful in many parts of North Idaho, they still struggle to win elections in Coeur d'Alene.

He also noted that traditional Republicans are fighting back against the far right, such as the organization Take Back Idaho. That group is headed by Jim Jones, the former Republican Attorney General and chief justice of the state Supreme Court.

Idaho Senate leadership said these concerns are exaggerated and that more moderate candidates will stay in charge.

Adrienne Evans is the executive director of the organization United Vision for Idaho. She said the far-right candidates have espoused anti-democracy ideas and have selfish goals in mind.

"They don't believe in America," said Evans. "They don't believe in democracy. They want to see it fail because that failure solidifies power in the hands of a very small minority of people who hate people who are different than them and want to preserve white power."

Another threat to democracy is the so-called "Big Lie," in which people have claimed - without evidence - that the results of the 2020 election were fraudulent.

Stewart said that narrative even reached red states such as Idaho, where there were post-election audits in more than a half-dozen counties.

"It's amazing to have it because the margin was very large for the Republicans," said Stewart. "But in their audit, it proved that there was no fraud in the election. The results were almost identical."

Evans said extremists pose a threat to everyone in Idaho.

"We need to be really clear that this is something that's being waged on all of us," said Evans, "Democrat, Republican alike. This is really about democracy."

get more stories like this via email
During open enrollment for 2022 coverage, Georgia saw a record number of individuals, more than 700,000, sign up for health insurance. ( Stock)

Health and Wellness

Open enrollment for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act is already underway, and ends on Jan. 15. More than 1.3 million Georgians do …

Social Issues

Holiday shoppers this week have no shortage of options with Small Business Saturday being observed on Nov. 26. Sandwiched between Black Friday and …

Health and Wellness

The American Heart Association has developed a series of videos to educate women about heart disease. The Red Chair Series is a four-episode series …

Chris Powers stands in front of the Land Bank lot that he tried to bid on in Southern Ohio. (Eye on Ohio)

Social Issues

By Lucia Walinchus for Eye on Ohio.Broadcast version by Nadia Ramlagan for Ohio News Connection Collaboration reporting for the Ohio Center for Invest…

Social Issues

While many Iowa families gather through this weekend to celebrate Thanksgiving in traditional ways with food and family, thousands of people take to …

The EPA claims that the EES Coke Battery plant has emitted thousands of tons of sulfur dioxide annually beyond its permitted limit of 2,100 tons. (Wikipedia)


Members of a Detroit-area community are intervening in an Environmental Protection Agency lawsuit against a DTE Energy subsidiary charged with dumping…

Health and Wellness

A bill headed to President Joe Biden's desk addresses a long-standing problem for domestic violence survivors, ending their ties to their abusers' …


Oregon is home to a plethora of rivers, but those waterways are not always accessible to every community. A new video series highlights how …


Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021