Rep. Steve Berch Newsletter - Connecting the dots . . . . .

Time to catch up on activity between my last newsletter and the legislature’s unplanned recess due to the spread of COVID among legislators, their family members and staff (one of whom is reported to be in intensive care at a local hospital).

While the 17-day recess was unplanned, it was totally predictable. Most of the majority party legislators have deliberately refused to wear masks or practice social distancing since the start of the session.  When the House went into recess on March 19, the Speaker of the House said he trusted all members to make wise decisions. Yeah, right.

We’re back in session on April 6th.

As always, please contact me anytime for any reason (important information is provided at the end of this newsletter).

Newsletter follow-up: Three-party hardball

This is an in-depth follow-up to the newsletter I sent a few days ago.  William Spence covers politics for the Lewiston Tribune. By coincidence, he published a piece which goes into greater detail on the topic of my last newsletter – Idaho’s three-party system. He refers to the third party as the ‘Liberty Legislators.’ My newsletter referred to them as the ‘Freedom Republicans’ but they are one and the same.

Mr. Spence graciously gave me permission to share his commentary on this subject with my newsletter subscribers and it is provided below with his permission. I encourage you to consider subscribing to the Lewiston Tribune to follow Mr. Spence’s insight into the workings of the Idaho Legislature.

 

Rep. Steve Berch Newsletter - Idaho's three-party system

This week we saw a continued onslaught of terrible bills that fail to address issues Idahoans care most about. This newsletter explores why the legislature seems so dysfunctional and disconnected from its constituents.

As always, please contact me anytime for any reason (important information is provided at the end of this newsletter).

 

Rep. Steve Berch Newsletter - Picking your pocket, boiling the frog

Any time one political party (it doesn’t matter which one) has complete and total control of state government for decades on end, voters get taken for granted and legislators lose touch. Last week in the Idaho Legislature was a good example.

As always, please contact me anytime for any reason (important information is provided at the end of this newsletter).