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Dustin is a contributor to Watchdog.org and news director for IdahoReporter.com in Boise, Idaho. His work has been featured by Reason, Townhall.com, Fox News, the Washington Examiner, the Spokesman Review and Public Sector Inc., among others. Steve Forbes also tweeted one of Dustin's stories one time.

Idaho legislator sought job opportunities from lobbyists, public officials

By   /  April 7, 2016  /  Idaho, News  /  No Comments

Photo: Reina Rodriguez, IdahoReporter.com

“A lead that led to a job that led to a change in voting–that would be a problem.”

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Idaho concealed-carry bill on way to governor

By   /  March 21, 2016  /  Idaho, News  /  No Comments

Photo: Reina Rodriguez/ IdahoReporter.com

Three high-profile Republican House members opposed a bill that would allow permitless concealed-carry throughout Idaho, but the measure passed easily. Despite the opposition from most House Democrats and Reps. Maxine Bell (R-Jerome), Fred Wood (R-Burley) and Rep. Rich Wills (R-Glenns Ferry), the bill cleared the chamber 54-14 on Friday and now moves to Gov. Butch Otter’s […]

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Idaho inches closer to permitless concealed-carry

By   /  March 18, 2016  /  Idaho, News, State Government  /  No Comments

Photo: Reina Rodriguez/IdahoReporter.com

Maybe New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s gun-control group could have picked a better audience. His group, Everytown for Gun Safety, may have wasted its time, effort and money trying to persuade Idaho lawmakers to vote against a bill that would give more Idaho adults the right to conceal-carry handguns sans a government permit. On Sunday, […]

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State worker to congressman: Sportsmen ‘are going to beat your ass’ over public lands bill

By   /  March 1, 2016  /  Energy and Environment, Idaho, News  /  No Comments


The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is distancing itself from one of its employees who said sportsman would take Republican Rep. Raul Labrador’s to task over his support of a public lands bill. Department Communication Manager Michael Keckler told IdahoReporter.com that it has counseled IDFG staffer Roger Phillips about his social media use. “Since this came […]

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Two Idaho GOP state senators lose quest to keep hybrid car fee

By   /  February 25, 2016  /  Idaho, News  /  No Comments

Sen. Marv Hagedorn, R-Meridian, urged his colleagues to keep the fee in place.

“The fees for electric cars are in excess of what they should be,” Johnson said, estimating the fee might be as high as four or five times what lawmakers might consider fair.

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Panel allocates $150,000 for two new haircut investigators in Idaho

By   /  February 24, 2016  /  Idaho, News, Regulations, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

Rep. Marc Gibbs, R-Grace, worked on the budget allocating the new money.

Maybe Idaho budget writers want to crack down on illegal haircuts, pedicures, manicures and eyebrow waxes. Perhaps that’s not the case, but the Idaho Board of Cosmetology could soon have more help to investigate haircut scofflaws if state budget-writers have their way. A preliminary 2017 budget includes $150,000 for two new haircut investigators. Members of […]

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