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David Ripley: House Rejects Rule on Abortion Funding

March 16th, 2011 by Halli

Idaho Chooses Life

The Idaho House has soundly rejected a rule being used by the Department of Health & Welfare to fund teenage abortions.
In theory, the Department rules were written to implement the Davis/Loertscher Amendment, adopted by the Legislature in 2001. That statute limits public funding of abortions to cases of rape or incest – or when the woman’s life is at risk. Most of the Department rule is logically related to those three criteria, like the woman producing a police report in which the crime has at least been reported.
But in dealing with teenage abortions, the Department merely requires a girl to prove that she was under 18 at the time of conception.
Our reading of the rule is that it would allow the Department to finance virtually any teenage abortion.
We are grateful that the Idaho House has taken the time to address this matter, given the many difficult challenges it faces this year. We also want to publicly thank Rep. Janice McGeachin, Chairman of the House Health & Welfare Committee, for leading our efforts in the House of Representatives.
Every Republican – except Tom Trail of Moscow – voted to strip this rule from the Department’s playbook. Sadly, every Democrat, including Boise freshman Democrat Cherie Buckner-Webb, voted to support the Department’s abuse of its rule making authority.
We are now looking to the Senate leadership to provide us with a hearing for HCR 23.

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David Ripley: Big Pro-Life Majority Wins House

November 5th, 2010 by Halli

Idaho Chooses Life

This week brought renewed hope for the pro-Life movement and our nation: The election of a strongly conservative majority to Congress has purchased time for the nation to right itself after a long and continuous assault by the Left. A measure of fiscal sanity is all but certain.

Most importantly, Tuesday’s general election saw the election of a mighty host of new pro-Life advocates to the U.S. House. That is not accidental or coincidental. While the media focused on the fiscal and economic issues, many Americans were also paying close attention to the unprecedented assault on preborn children being waged by Obama and Pelosi.
Idahoans were obviously paying attention as well.

Raul Labrador’s defeat of Walt Minnick is a testament to the common sense and wisdom of Idaho voters. They saw through the smoke of Minnick’s many advantages – and were repulsed by his decision to wage a personal, nasty campaign. And they also clearly rejected Minnick’s radical pro-abortion values.

Idaho’s great call to moral clarity echoed through the land. As a result, we learned that at least 51 other pro-abort congressmen have been turned out, replaced by men and women who share our respect for human life. With ten other races still in recount – the gains could yet be greater.
This week’s election was – notwithstanding the president’s dull rhetoric – a resounding rejection of his scheme to federalize health care. That rejection certainly includes the Pelosi/Obama scheme to expand abortion through tax-funding.
It is not quite morning in America – but we may have survived the darkest hours of Obama’s regime.

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David Ripley: Idaho Liberal “Republican” Plays Spoiler

October 19th, 2010 by Halli

Idaho Chooses Life

Conservative candidates across the nation have been complaining about the failure of “establishment” Republicans to support GOP nominees who defeated moderates in primary contests. In some cases, like Alaska, the defeated moderate has actually gone so far as to continue the primary campaign forward – for the distinct purpose of defeating their conservative Republican nemesis.

Much of the same dynamic is playing-out up north, in Latah County.

Many were shocked to see long-time liberal senator Gary Schroeder defeated in the May primary. Not because he didn’t deserve defeat by Republicans – but because he has long survived conservative challenges via substantial cross-over votes from Democrat activists who believed he was the best deal they could get. But this year, Democrats decided they wanted a real Democrat to serve in the Idaho Senate and let Schroeder fend for himself.

After some 18 years in the Senate, Schroeder was finally turned-out by Republicans.

Needless to say, the newly-minted “Citizen” Schroeder is quite angry about his new civilian status. So angry, in fact, that he has actually written letters to the editor urging that Latah County voters oppose the Republican to whom he lost the Primary. Despite holding the office of precinct committeeman, Schroeder makes it clear that he intends to vote for the Democrat senate candidate.

There seems to be no mechanism in place for the Republican Party to discipline Mr. Schroeder for his gross lack of loyalty to the party which has put up with him for decades.

Be that as it may, things took a very ugly turn last week. Thousands of postcards began showing up in mailboxes across the county, supposedly from a group called “Friends of Bouma”. In the postcard, the ugly spectre of religious bigotry is played in the hopes of alienating voters from supporting Gresham Bouma for Senate.

The only problem is that Bouma knew nothing of the mailing, nor is there any such group.

Even the Democrats have been forced to denounce the mailing, which attempts to pit Evangelicals against Mormons, Catholics against agnostics.

As of this writing, no one has stepped forward to claim “credit” for this sordid campaign sleaze. And no one probably will. The only hope is that the prosecuting attorney will be able to uncover evidence about the project: where it was printed, who purchased the stamps, when they were mailed.

It may be unfair to wonder if Gary Schroeder is at the root of this whole affair. But the defeat of Bouma would certainly rebound to Schroeder’s benefit. It would open the door for him to run again in 2012 as “the only Republican who could hold the seat”. And certainly Schroeder has made it publicly clear that he is very troubled by Bouma’s Christian faith, which is the basic thrust of the postcard smear.

If Gary Schroeder is not involved in this dangerous, dirty campaign trick – he would be well advised to join other responsible persons in publicly denouncing it as beneath the dignity of Idaho’s electorate.

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Remember to Tune in the Halli & Friends at 8am MDT, Monday thru Friday

April 18th, 2010 by Halli

Yes, Halli & Friends, heard on , is now airing at 8am, Mountain Daylight Time, each weekday.

If you missed some of the recent shows, be sure to listen on demand at the same website, or with the player on this page. You’ll want to hear Mark Hansen, running for reelection as Bonneville County Treasurer, and his challenger, Janet Trujillo. Chick Heileson has weighed in recently, too, as has Wayne Hoffman, Idaho Freedom Foundation, and Don Crist, author of “What Can I Do: After the Tea Party”.

Upcoming guests include Bryan Fischer, American Family Association, Carolyn Nicolaysen, preparedness expert, legislators and many others.

If you’re in the vicinity of eastern Idaho Falls, tune in to Minuteman Radio 1610 AM for Halli & Friends at the same time.

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Chick Heileson on Halli & Friends

April 16th, 2010 by Halli

If you missed the live show, be sure to listen on demand to today’s interview with Chick Heileson on Halli & Friends.

For the next few days you can also listen to the episode with the player on this page.

Chick is running in the primary for the Republican nomination for Idaho’s Second Congressional District seat, and is the true constitutionally based candidate. Be sure to check out Chick’s website.

Remember that Halli & Friends now airs 8-9am weekdays at

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Halli & Friends Radio Show Canceled Wednesday, April 7

April 7th, 2010 by Halli

Due to the funeral of a good friend and neighbor, I must cancel today’s Halli & Friends radio program.

I’ll be back Thursday at 1pm MDT with guest Wayne Hoffman, executive director of the Idaho Freedom Foundation.

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“Halli & Friends” Radio Show 1 Hour Later This Week

March 23rd, 2010 by Halli

The Halli & Friends radio program at will be one hour later than usual Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of this week only. Tune in at 2pm, MDT, the rest of this week.

The program returns to its regular time of 1pm, MDT, next Monday.

Remember that all past shows can be heard on demand at, and the most recent programs are available in the player on this website.

Don’t miss the hard-hitting discussions of the hottest topics every day on Halli & Friends!

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National Health Care? We’ve Had this Discussion Before!

February 25th, 2010 by Halli

During Wednesday’s Halli & Friends radio program, guest Steve Adams compared the debate over national health care to the mid 1800’s debate over government education. You’ll be amazed at the similarities as you listen to the entire discussion of educational philosophy. Steve cast a whole new light on today’s hottest political topic.

Wednesday’s program can be heard on demand using the player on this page, or you may go to

Listen to Halli & Friends live each weekday from 1-2pm at

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Tuesday’s Halli & Friends at 2pm

February 22nd, 2010 by Halli

Just a programming note: Tuesday’s Halli & Friends program will be from 2-3pm for that day only. All other episodes air live from 1-2pm.

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February 18 “Halli & Friends” Show a Must-Hear!

February 19th, 2010 by Halli

If you missed the live show, be sure to hear Thursday’s Halli & Friends on demand with the player on this page.

The first guest was Ilo Jones, executive director of the Fully Informed Jury Association. Ilo adeptly described the constitutional basis for the trial by jury and explored the duties and experiences of a juror. This interview should be required listening for anyone who is called to jury duty.

Senator Russ Fulcher, Idaho Senate Majority Caucus Chair, joined Halli for the second half of the program to report on the week in the Idaho Legislature and to give predictions for the coming weeks. Topics ranged from the Conscience Protection bill, to taxes and the budget. Senator Fulcher is a true champion of conservative values in the legislature.

ALL episodes of Halli and Friends are important, but this day the information was exceptional!

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