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Andi Elliott: Agenda 21 Smart Meters

January 19th, 2013 by Halli

By Andi Elliott

How many of us have expressed dissatisfaction with the US involvement in the United Nations but our country continues with our membership and paying tremendous sums of money for the privilege to do so? And the UN has relentlessly continued to advance their agenda of one world governance. Most noticeably, it has reared its ugly head in a program titled AGENDA 21. Sounds harmless enough…unless you object to more government control over your life.

Currently in Idaho Falls, authorities are installing SMART METERS which are devices that transmits energy consumption data to your local utility company replacing the hard-wired meters we’re accustomed to having. Sounds harmless enough until one delves into the research. The amount of electromagnetic radiation emitted by one of these devices is phenomenal and I’m sitting here with a stack of documentation citing a myriad of health problems associated with these SM’s…persistent headaches, nausea, insomnia, lack of concentration, increased cancer risks, heart problems, and studies even report ties with Alzheimers. These symptoms can begin within hours of installation. Cities are banning SM’s for a variety of reasons including health and safety concerns, skyrocketing electric bills, privacy issues (control of your energy usage), electrical fires and electronic interference.

SMART METERS are coming soon to a neighborhood near you so take time to educate yourself and then take the time to let your officials know your opinion. Also, check your credit cards for Radio Frequency transmitters and your new appliances for sensor devices monitoring your energy usage and allowing further invasion of privacy.

Andi Elliott

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Andi Elliott: Another Throw-Away Dog

September 13th, 2012 by Halli

By Andi Elliott

The dog had been lying beside the railroad track miles out in the desert for 3 days in the 90 plus degree heat by the time I received a call. Immediately I gathered my “gear” and headed out to find him.

The directions I received were right on and I quickly located him. Parking my car on the shoulder, I began to approach him and he came roaring out at me, stiffed-legged and tail up. At least I knew he was all right. Offering him the hotdogs I had brought, he immediately became a friend. Never had I seen a dog’s coat that was so sunburned.

It took me awhile to get him into my car…inch by inch as he was not very trusting…and as a dog that could easily weigh 80 pounds at full weight, there was no picking him up. But once in the car, he collapsed on the seat, exhausted. Several hours and literally quarts of water later, he began to perk up and show his appreciation.

It’s unlikely that this dog wandered the 15 miles from the closest town. He could have been thrown from the back of a truck or abandoned. Whatever the reason, someone in this dog’s life simply didn’t care enough to even put identification on him. As I watch Storm run across my yard with his rope toy while several other rescues try desperately to catch him, I think that some fool missed out on a great dog.

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Larry Lyon: A Time for Inclusion

June 4th, 2012 by Halli

By Larry Lyon

As the US races to over 16 trillion dollars in debt with tens of trillions more in unfunded obligations to Federal entitlement programs, unity among liberty loving people everywhere has never been more important.

This is certainly no time for Republicans to be excluding people.

Over the last two years the BCRP has truly been a “big tent” party. Welcoming liberty-loving people from across the political spectrum who believe in the founding principles of America. Tea-Partiers, Conservatives, Libertarians, Glenn Beck fans or anyone who is committed to the Constitution and the Founding Father’s formula for a free society has been welcome.

Unfortunately there are some in the BCRP who seem to want to exclude anyone who doesn’t meet their own narrow definition of a “Party Republican.”
George Washington warned against this attitude when he said, “ The spirit [of party]…sharpened by the spirit of revenge natural to party dissension…has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, [and] is itself a frightful despotism.”

Washington also said, “A difference of opinion on political points is not to be imputed to freemen as a fault, since it is to be presumed that they are all actuated by… a sacred regard for the liberties of their country.”

Ronald Reagan is reported to have said, “The person who agrees with you 80 percent of the time is a friend and an ally — not a 20 percent traitor.”

In a move that exemplified the highest degree of statesmanship, Don Schanz; immediately after being elected as County Party Chairman two years ago, invited the winners of the various precinct races to consider nominating their defeated opponents as assistant precinct committeemen.

In so doing he exemplified the words of Abraham Lincoln from his second inaugural address: “With malice toward none, with charity for all, … let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the [BCRP’s] wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the [campaign] … to do all which may achieve … peace among ourselves…”

Under Chairman Schanz leadership, the culture of the BCRP has never been more diverse and inclusive. Patriots from across the Liberty spectrum have joined the Republican Party.

Will the BCRP devolve into a fragmented haven for social climbers and popularity seekers? Will this election have revealed the “big tent” claim to be nothing more than a cheap disguise covering the spirit of vengeance that Washington warned of?

There is no reason why every patriot cannot be included in the BCRP. Will newly elected Chairman Doyle Beck reach out to the former leadership in the spirit of Reagan and Lincoln, or will he view them as “20 percent traitors?” Only time will tell.

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Larry Lyon: The Republican Party I Know

May 14th, 2012 by Halli

By Larry Lyon

Corey Taule’s Sunday May 6th editorial against Don Schanz and the Bonneville County Republican Central Committee (BCRCC) was very misleading and inaccurate. The inaccuracies are too numerous to mention. Suffice it to say that believing the Corey’s assessment of the BCRP is like believing an atheist’s assessment of Christianity.

It should be no surprise that the Democrat-controlled Post Register would criticize the current BCRCC at every opportunity. Under the current leadership the BCRCC has actually stood for Constitutional Principles and the local Democrats have never been weaker.

As the BCRCC makes a principled stand for the Founders’ vision of Liberty, the Post Register smears and attacks; trying to bully the BCRCC into sitting down and shutting up. “Go stand in the corner of political correctness and behave, or we’ll smear you again!” the paper says in so many words.

Under the current leadership of the BCRCC not a single Democratic Candidate has been successful unseating a Republican.
In desperation Democrats have stooped to dressing up in sheep’s clothing and running as Republicans!

Building on the foundation laid by former BCRCC Chairman Damond Watkins, Don Schanz has embraced the committees Damond created that actually give the grassroots of the BCRCC a voice.

Under the leadership of Chairman Don Schanz the party rebounded from the shameful loss of a House seat to Democrat Jerry Shively and made a clean sweep of the next set of statewide and county races.

In a move that exemplified the highest degree of statesmanship, Don Schanz, immediately after he was elected as County Party Chairman, invited the winners of the various precinct races to consider nominating their defeated opponents as assistant precinct committeemen.

In so doing he exemplified the words of Abraham Lincoln from his second inaugural address: “With malice toward none, with charity for all, … let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the [BCRCC’s] wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the [campaign] … to do all which may achieve … peace among ourselves…”

The current BCRCC is solidly committed to the Constitution. This is demonstrated in the classes that are held regularly to educate members of the local Republican Party on the Constitution and America’s first principles.

The role of the BCRCC is to defend the principles of freedom represented by the Constitution. When they see those principles under attack, even when the threat comes cloaked in the disguise of a “non-partisan” issue, the BCRCC has a moral obligation to every veteran who bled out his or her life in defense of freedom to get involved. Thank God that is the kind of leadership currently guiding the BCRCC.

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Don’t Miss Bryan Fischer and Rep. Erik Simpson Interviews On Demand

April 20th, 2010 by Halli

Today’s Halli & Friends program features excellent interviews with two great men.

The first is Bryan Fischer, former director of the Idaho Values Alliance, and now director of Issue Analysis for Government and Public Policy at American Family Association. He discusses nationalized health care and its dangers, potential conservative presidential candidates, and Idaho issues.

Representative Erik Simpson, R-Idaho Falls, gives an excellent summary of the 2010 Idaho Legislature and offers predictions for the state’s revenues and future.

Both interviews are must-hear radio! Listen on demand with the player on this page, or at

Don’t forget to tune in live from 8-9am MDT, Monday through Friday.

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Friday’s Halli & Friends Radio Program at 2pm

April 2nd, 2010 by Halli

Just a heads up – today’s Halli & Friends radio show will air at 2pm MDT.

I hope you’ll tune in and join the conversation at Then call in at (917) 889-3946, or participate via the chat room!

Be sure to check out past episodes on demand at the above website, or with the player on this website. You can listen to Ilo Jones, executive director of the Fully Informed Jury Association, and Rep. Janice McGeachin and Rep. Marv Hagedorn, as well as many other great guests.

And have a wonderful Easter!

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Andi Elliott: So What DOES it take?

January 31st, 2010 by Halli

By Andi Elliott

Just wondering… what does it take to get animal cruelty charges filed in Jefferson County?

I can tell you what it doesn’t take. It doesn’t take allowing your dog with multiple broken legs and laying in your yard for almost 5 days without medical care. It doesn’t take half starving your horses winter after winter until the horses are stunted. And for sure, it doesn’t take throwing a Chihuahua puppy against the wall and breaking its shoulder.

The 7 hounds in Menan will tell you that though they were starved to mere skeletons… it wasn’t enough for animal cruelty charges to be filed until public pressure forced authorities to act. Ask the old horse who made it through one more winter and come spring, looked like “hide stretched over bones”. That wasn’t enough. When she could no longer stand…that wasn’t enough either.

According to Idaho Codes Chapter 25-3511…it takes “allowing animals to needlessly suffer”. It takes a veterinarian’s statement of condition. But also, it takes a sheriff who will enforce the law. It takes county commissioners who refuse to look the other way. Sometimes it takes an irate public.

I have learned that you can have “the law”, and a vet’s statement”, and you can have incomprehensible cruelty but what it really takes is a sheriff with compassion. One who is willing to utilize the resources offered for help. But above all, it takes a sheriff who realizes that he may be the only hope to end an animal’s suffering.

Andi Elliott
Hamer, ID
For the Love of Pets Foundation

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Janet Trujillo Interview Rescheduled for Monday

January 29th, 2010 by Halli

Radio can always be unpredictable, but internet radio seems especially prone to glitches. Unfortunately, phone problems prevented the airing of Friday’s interviews with Janet Trujillo and Dr. Don Schanz.

Janet, candidate for Bonneville County Treasurer, has agreed to another interview on Monday’s Halli & Friends show. She is a principle-based conservative, and you will want to hear her views on county government.

Tune in Monday, 1-2pm MST, on Talk. Call in at (917) 889-3946 with question and comments for Janet.

Constitutional expert Bob Webster will also be a guest on Monday’s show.

I also hope to reschedule Dr. Schanz in the near future.

Thanks for your patience as I try out this new medium!

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Rep. Marv Hagedorn and Capt. Steve Lucks Guests Tuesday on Halli & Friends

January 11th, 2010 by Halli

Don’t miss Halli & Friends Tuesday, from 1-2pm, at

Idaho Representative Marv Hagedorn will be explaining his proposal to drastically reduce Idaho personal and corporate income tax rates, as well as giving us his predictions for the newly begun 2010 Idaho Legislature.

Then Captain Steve Lucks, a member of ACT for America, will explain the threat of Islamic extremists in America, including Idaho. You will be surprised to learn of incursions in your own backyard.

Thanks for listening to Halli & Friends, and for your patience as we work through a few technical issues in the quest to have the best radio show out there!

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Brett Manwaring: Open Letter to Idaho Falls Precinct 20

November 2nd, 2009 by Halli

To: All voters in Precinct 20
From Brett Manwaring, Republican Precinct Committee Chairman, Precinct 20

In this current election cycle – city elections for mayor and 3 council positions – we should all consider a few things:

• Much has been made by Democrats, self-proclaimed RINO’s (Republicans in Name Only) and the Post Register about the Republican Party endorsing candidates for City elections, saying the races are non-partisan. All people, individuals and parties (private organizations), have the right to publicly support who they will. Some Democrat candidates in general partisan races go to great lengths to not mention they are Democrats – what does that tell you? During the runoff election debate, Ida Hardcastle voted against it because of the cost. The City of Idaho Falls, by consolidating it’s election of only 3 or 4 races with the general elections, could save at least $15,000 to $20,000 per election. Why not?

• The City Council candidates are total opposites in philosophy. Ehardt and Creek come from the private business sector, while the incumbents, Cornwell and Hardcastle, believe and act as total bureaucrats. Any real life business experience they had must have been forgotten, but what the incumbents have learned is to denigrate any opponent personally that disagrees with them, rather than debate their views and positions shared by a minority of the City. Creek and Ehardt will vote for less government, lower taxes and real cooperation with neighboring communities – Hardcastle and Cornwell lead the charge against all these, using the City’s checkbook for their favorite projects. We should ask these questions:

1. If the City can purchase property after property and fund project after project – off budget – how much money is there in all City slush funds? Many feel that with surpluses the City must have, taxes are too high. But year after year there is little or no relief. The incumbents feel they can’t go without every thin dime. Hardcastle claims taxes are lower than 15 years ago – but forgets to tell the swimming pool bond was paid off which lowered it substantially years ago, but she has done her best to get it back up. At the Republican Women’s candidate forum Oct. 22nd, Hardcastle seemed to brag that IF isn’t the highest taxed City. It is 16th highest of 191. IF’s levy (rate the city taxes all property) is .0089. Twin Falls – .0066, Boise – .0050, Post Falls – .0038, Meridian – .0026, Sun Valley – .0010, and Eagle – .0007. Eagle operates on 1/12th and Meridian on 1/4th of IF’s income. Both Meridian and Eagle have comparable assessed valuation to IF. Can someone in City government explain these differences? The two incumbents will tell all willing to listen how all zoos, flowers and entertainment will disappear if anyone other than them is elected – that is just not true! We all love the City of Idaho Falls, it’s beauty, cleanliness and services. To question boldly some policies that could be better is an attempt to make our city better, with or without those who defend the status quo. Many surveys have shown that conservatives give more freely of their own money by 2 or 3 times than liberals to the very causes we are told they would destroy, while liberals are very generous with the public’s money.

2. Why not, prior to serious discussions to eliminate the parking on Memorial Drive, solve the problem of where the patrons and employees of the Court House will park when the 200+ spaces are eliminated? Many have heard Ida Hardcastle say “The City doesn’t need to furnish parking for the County employees”. This is the same Ida that tried to ram through the Rec Center bond and other grandiose schemes that would have cost us millions. After the people voted down the Rec Center overwhelmingly, she was reported as saying “We’ll be back”. I think her 16 years on the council are all we can afford.

Why not have a change of view and ideas instead of the same old tired ones?


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