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Brian,

I really appreciate your coverage of the legislature and pointing out politicians being disingenuous with their faux arguments. Your coverage should be standard reading for all newcomers to Idaho along with the natives.

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Mr. Almon (Brian): I want to sincerely apologize to Fred Birnbaum, Representative Hawkins and yourself. You are correct. The Senate did not pass the border bill compromise that included Ukraine, Israel (Gaza) Taiwan and border reform. They came close, but it didn't happen. The Senate did pass Ukraine, Israel (Gaza) and Taiwan aid which Speaker Johnson has not put on the agenda. I was thinking about that bill at the hearing, and clearly after looking it up, that bill does not include any reform at the border. I absolutely agree that accuracy at our meetings is very important, and you may be assured that I will correct the matter at our next State Affairs meeting. Yes, I probably read headlines. I can't promise you that I will never make another mistake, but I can represent to you that any mistake I make like this is not intentional

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So sad the anti-SLAPP bill died in the Senate. It was and is a great bill that will reduce frivolous lawsuits occurring in our state. Rather than freely speaking or writing criticism toward someone or an organization, one must consider the possibility of a slander suit. Who has more money? Lawfare does squash free speech and distracts from the truth. Like Senator Lenny said, it would've been good for Idaho --both sides of the aisle.

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Your closing summation paragraph is "classic Gem State" and why I love your exemplary work! πŸ˜‡πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ†

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