Idaho 2016 - History

Idaho 2016 - History


Idaho elections, 2016

As a result of the 2016 election, Idaho remained a Republican trifecta, meaning that party holds the governorship as well as a majority in both the state Senate and state House. Republicans maintained control of the state Senate with 29 seats to Democrats' six seats. Republicans maintained control of the state House with 59 seats to Democrats' 11 seats.

Idaho has two U.S. Senate seats and two U.S. House seats. Incumbent Mike Crapo (R) was re-elected to the U.S. Senate in November 2016. Both of the U.S. House seats were also retained by their Republican incumbents.

Idaho is one of 26 states, as well as Washington, D.C., that offer initiative and/or veto referendum rights for its citizens. One statewide ballot measure was certified for the ballot in 2016. It was approved.

Donald Trump won Idaho's four electoral votes in the 2016 general election for president. Barack Obama carried Idaho in both the 2008 and 2012 presidentia elections. See also: Presidential election in Idaho, 2016.


Election results

General election

U.S. Senate, Idaho General Election, 2016
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Mike Crapo Incumbent 66.1% 449,017
     Democratic Jerry Sturgill 27.7% 188,249
     Constitution Ray Writz 6.1% 41,677
Total Votes 678,943
Source: Idaho Secretary of State

Idaho State Department of Education

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Superintendent of Public Instruction

Idaho education is in transition, but commitment and ingenuity remain strong.

As the state of Idaho slowly emerges from its ‘stay home’ order, this is still an uncertain time for Idahoans, and all Americans. But one certainty is our commitment to helping schools and students succeed – and stay safe.

If anything, that commitment throughout Idaho’s K-12 system has strengthened during this pandemic crisis. Teachers and administrators throughout the state work tirelessly to maintain continuity of learning as best they can and come up with new ways to provide essential services, convey information and give students the personal connection so essential to learning. Parents throughout the state did an amazing job helping with at-home schooling while juggling their own jobs and family responsibilities.

Summer learning has never been more important than it is this year, and I urge parents and students to read, explore ideas and make use of available courses and educational games. The State Department of Education offers a wealth of online resources for parents and educators, from broadband providers to the Khan Academy, updated frequently and collected at two online sites maintained by the SDE : the school resources page of the governor’s Idaho coronavirus website, and our Educational Resources for Parents & Educators page.

As we move through the stages of reopening and enjoy increasing options for activity and gatherings, I join Gov. Little in urging Idahoans to comply with the governor’s ‘Stay Healthy’ guidelines, including social distancing and wearing a mask in public, particularly when the circumstance places you closer than 6 feet from other people.

I’m continually impressed with how Idahoans are weathering this storm, and I know the strength and innovation of this time will serve us well in the future.


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Edward and Elaine Brown, 2007

What started off as a routine standoff in 2007 between a New Hampshire couple accused of tax evasion and the feds attempting to take them into custody quickly turned sideways after the Browns drew a number of supporters to their home, several of them armed, some of whom shared their belief that the Bible prevented the government from collecting on their $625,000 of unpaid taxes. (Naturally, their arguments reportedly included conspiracies about the Illuminati, as well as the teachings of a mysterious bearded man named “Sonny.”)

After several months—with, thankfully, no deaths—the two were finally arrested when federal agents posing as supporters managed to infiltrate the property. Elaine and Edward Brown, who became involved in the "patriot" movement in the 1990s, were sentenced to at least 30 years in prison, leaving behind a piece of property so booby-trapped that potential buyers weren’t allowed to tour the land when the government put it up for auction. (Unsurprisingly, no one bought it and, as of 2015, the property remains unsold.)

(Ed Brown standing outside of his barricaded home in Plainfield, New Hampshire in 2007.)


Idaho 2016 - History

POCATELLO &mdash On May 5 the Idaho Museum of Natural History at Idaho State University is raising funds to help improve scientific exploration and enhance a play area as part of the Rebecca Thorne-Ferrel Discovery Center.

This is the second year Idaho Museum of Natural History has participated in Idaho Gives. Last year’s contributions were used to purchase a fish tank and fish for the Discovery Center.

“The Rebecca Thorne-Ferrel Discovery Center at the Idaho Museum of Natural History provides an interactive learning environment for children,” said Becky Hansis-O’Neill, Idaho Museum of Natural History’s education specialist.

The Discovery Center has long been a resource enjoyed by families, educators and visitors of all ages. The free-choice learning environment provides children authentic experiences in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and inspires a love of science and an appreciation for lifelong learning.

Founded by Rebecca Thorne-Ferrel, the Discovery Center has been a mainstay in the Pocatello Community, and is the only resource of its kind in the Pocatello area. Free of charge, the Discovery Center is open to children of all socioeconomic levels and provides an opportunity for self-directed play for children visiting with tour groups.

The Discovery Center aims to provide a space where young learners can exercise their natural propensity to learn about the word around them through play and free choice. Visitors can compare the weight of different kinds of rocks, look at different types of animal skulls, complete puzzles, read books or play with a collection of dinosaur toys.

After many years in operation, however, the Discovery Center needs a few updates. Any funding from Idaho Gives will supplement an Idaho Community Foundation grant received last year to improve the objects in our playroom and add new activities for our visitors to enjoy.


Seven Refugees With Active TB Sent to Idaho

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Seven refugees with active tuberculosis (TB) were diagnosed shortly after their resettlement in Idaho between 2011 and 2015, according to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.

This makes Idaho the seventh state to confirm to Breitbart News that recently arrived refugees have been diagnosed with active TB.

The other states in which recently arrived refugees have been diagnosed with active TB include: Louisiana (twenty-one), Florida (eleven), Colorado, (ten), Indiana (four), Kentucky (where nine were diagnosed in one county), and North Dakota (where four refugees who resided in the United States for less than five years were diagnosed in one county).

Idaho is one of fourteen states that have withdrawn from the federal refugee resettlement program where the federal government has hired a voluntary agency (VOLAG) to resettle refugees under the statutorily questionable Wilson Fish alternative program.

In Idaho, the federal government has contracted the Idaho Office for Refugees (IOR), a division of the large non-profit known as Janus, to run the program. Janus is one of the largest organizations within the lucrative and politically connected refugee resettlement industry, which is paid more than $1 billion per year by the federal government.

Jan Reeves, the man who runs IOR, was honored by the Obama administration at the White House in 2013 as a “champion of change.”

“The White House honors ten leaders with the Welcoming America organization — helping immigrants integrate civicilly, linguistically and socially into the fabric of their neighborhoods – and our nation,” the announcement read.

“During the last 5 years, Mr. Reeves, in partnership with the City of Boise Mayor’s Office, has led the effort to more fully integrate refugees into the community and create a more welcoming environment for all newcomers. Through the successful engagement of dozens of community partners, this effort has led to the development and implementation of Boise’s first Refugee Community Plan,” the White House said of Reeves.

The refugee program in Idaho has been in the news recently after it was reported that two young refugees from Sudan and one young refugee from Iraq were arrested and charged with sexual assault of a five year old girl at an apartment complex in Twin Falls, Idaho.

“Police Chief Craig Kingsbury of Twin Falls, Idaho, confirmed Monday that three Sudanese and Iraqi boys allegedly sexually assaulted a five-year-old girl, and that two of them have been sent to a detention center after allegedly brutalizing the American child,” Breitbart News reported of the incident that allegedly took place in early June.

Breitbart News asked IOR’s Reeves if he could confirm or deny that the suspects arrested in that case had been resettled in Idaho as part of the refugee resettlement program, but received no response.

The U.S. Attorney for the District of Idaho, Wendy Olson, however, has not been reticent in offering her comments on the alleged sexual assault.

“President Barack Obama’s top legal appointee in Idaho is threatening to prosecute Americans who criticize the federal immigration policies which enabled Sudanese and Iraqi Muslim migrants to perpetrate a vile sexual attack against a five-year-old girl in Twin Falls, Idaho,” Breitbart News reported last week.

4,650 refugees were resettled in Idaho between 2011 and 2015. Of these, 17 percent, or 785 were from Iraq, 15 percent, or 708, were from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, 12 percent, or 554, were from Bhutan, and 11 percent, or 500, were from Burma.

The Congo, Burma, and Bhutan are countries with high rates of active TB and latent TB infection (LTBI).

90 percent of the 4,650 refugees resettled in Idaho between 2011 and 2015, or 4202, were medically screened within the first three months of their arrival, according to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.

Of those screened, 21 percent (896) tested positive for LTBI.

Only four percent of the general population in the United States tests positive for LTBI.

A recent UC San Diego study concluded that high rates of LTBI among resettled refugees “increase risk of active TB in refugee resettlement communities.”

The rate of LTBI among refugees resettled in other states ranges from 35 percent to 12 percent in these states: Vermont (35 percent), Tennessee (27 percent), Indiana (26 percent), Minnesota (22 percent), Texas (15 percent), and California (12 percent). In addition, one county in North Dakota reports a 29 percent rate of LTBI infection among recently arrived refugees.

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare also provided Breitbart News with a breakdown of B1, B2, and B3 tuberculosis health risk notifications it received from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) through its Electronic Disease Notification system between 2011 and 2015 at the time of refugee arrivals.

274 B1 notifications were received, 160 B2 notifications were received, and 8 B3 notifications were received.

“The CDC sends all B notifications simultaneously to both the local public health districts and state public health. Upon each notification, the state works very closely with the local public health district to ensure treatment is offered and monitored. With these direct notifications from the CDC, neither the state nor counties require identical notifications from Janus,” a spokesperson for the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare tells Breitbart News.

“Approximately 44% of TB B notifications are for non-refugee visa types,” the spokesperson adds.

B1 tuberculosis health risk notices are for what the CDC calls “active non-infectious” cases of TB where radiographs indicate the presence of the disease but sputum spears and cultures are negative.

B2 tuberculosis health risk notices indicate positive tests for LTBI

B3 tuberculosis health risk notices indicate the individual has been in contact with someone who has been diagnosed with active TB.

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare also provided some data on the treatment of refugees who tested positive for LTBI.

“Idaho has two refugee clinic sites, one in Boise and the other in Twin Falls,” the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare tells Breitbart News.

When asked the number of refugees who completed domestic medical screening and tested positive for latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) at the time of that screening who successfully completed LTBI treatment within one year, a spokesperson for the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare tells Breitbart News, “This data is not readily available from our Twin Falls clinic,” but referred Breitbart News to a study by several doctors who work at the Boise screening clinic.

“LTBI treatment completion rates commonly reported in the literature are low (69% INH, 80.5% RIF),” several doctors who work at the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho [the Boise Clinic] wrote in a 2015 paper, “Achieving high levels of treatment completion for latent TB (LTBI) in a low incidence state with relatively large numbers of resettled refugees.”

“The Family Medicine Residency of Idaho (FMRI), which operates the local health district TB Clinic in Boise, Idaho, has implemented steps to achieve higher completion rates (76‐94%). Over 40% of the Clinic’s patients are recently resettled refugees who speak more than fifteen different languages,” the study reported.

These higher rates were achieved using “cultural insight and sensitivity”:

 Outreach and educational materials are provided in the patient’s language.

 Supplementary pictorial materials are used for patients with low literacy.

 Qualified medical interpreters are consistently provided in person whenever possible but also by phone when necessary.

 Related household members are seen in small group appointments when appropriate.

 A welcoming and positive TB Clinic environment is cultivated.

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare provided one of the more complete responses to refugee tuberculosis health questions posed by Breitbart News to any state to date, a welcome relief from the veil of secrecy and stonewalling prevalent among the public health establishment and refugee resettlement agencies in several other states.

Several questions, however, remain unanswered in Idaho with regards to the treatment of refugees who arrived with B1, B2, and B3 notifications, and the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare assures Breitbart News it is working to provide those answers.


Faculty Statement on Black Lives Matter

The Department of History at Idaho State University expresses our solidarity with everyone calling for an end to racial violence in the U.S. We are horrified by the murders of George Floyd, Tony McDade, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and all of those who have died as a result of systemic racial violence in our country. Their lives mattered. Black lives matter.

As historians, we know that racist violence is not new. Almost exactly a century ago, in 1919, the U.S. exploded in racial violence during the “Red Summer,” in which African Americans were the targets of white supremacist terror throughout the country, resulting in massive casualties and over one thousand deaths. The “Red Summer” is sadly only one example of the long history of racial injustice in our country.

Yet history reminds us that change is possible. We commit to working for that change, and we support the individuals and groups fighting for that change.

To our students, we want to let you know that we are here for you as you navigate this moment. We support you, and we are committed to engaging with and learning from you as we fight systemic racism and injustice.

We want to amplify President Satterlee’s condemnation of racism, and we hope that the entire ISU community will work diligently to become more inclusive. We all need to do a better job of creating a more supportive environment for our Black students, staff, and faculty.


Evaluation & Compliance

The research group provides independent and critical feedback to management via standard reports, population forecasts, and resident analysis reports.

Program reports help management identify ways to improve programs and activities. Resident analysis reports provide management and outside users with useful resident statistics.

Legislative Reports

Annual Community Gap Analysis

Annual Timely Release Report

Biennial Program Evaluation Report

Other Reports

Population Snapshot

The Population Snapshot reports contain a statistical snapshot of felony residents, as of the end of the month, under the jurisdiction of the Idaho Department of Correction. The first section of the report focuses on individuals incarcerated under Term, Rider, or Parole Violation status. The second section focuses on individuals supervised in the community under Probation or Parole status. The third section provides key terms and definitions used in the report.


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