Do Our Reps Care About Veterans or is it Just For Show?
Legislators around the state recently wished veterans a happy Veteran's Day but it will be telling if they vote against the veteran in the Legislature this week while it reconvenes.
Rep. Priscilla Giddings, Lt. Colonel in the Air Force Reserves, is waiting to hear whether she will be censured from the House Commerce and Human Resources Committee by way of a floor vote.
Giddings, if you remember, was found to have "engaged in conduct unbecoming of a Representative" for sharing a news article in her legislative newsletter.
If you're trying to figure out how sharing a news article can be conduct unbecoming you're not alone. District 1 Rep. Sage Dixon, Chair of the House Ethics Committee, said that because Giddings shared a news article that had a "victim's" name in it, that was conduct unbecoming. There are many editorials written about this topic, so if you weren't around when this was going on, I highly suggest the articles written by True Idaho News, Idaho Freedom Foundation, and Redoubt News below.
True Idaho News
July 22, 2021 - Dear Sage Dixon: Your Lack of Due Process is Damaging Our Republic https://trueidahonews.com/dear-sage-dixon-your-lack-of-due-process-is-damaging-our-republic/
July 31, 2021 - Defying Unethical Charges: An Exclusive Interview With Rep. Priscilla Giddings https://trueidahonews.com/defying-unethical-charges-an-exclusive-interview-with-rep-priscilla-giddings/
August 1, 2021 - McGeachin & Giddings v. The Establishment: You Shall Know Them by Their Fruits https://trueidahonews.com/mcgeachin-giddings-v-the-establishment-you-shall-know-them-by-their-fruits/
August 1, 2021 - Rep. Sage Dixon Invents “Whistleblower” Designation for ‘Jane Doe’ https://trueidahonews.com/rep-sage-dixon-invents-whistleblower-designation-for-jane-doe/
August 3, 2021 - Non-Disclosure of Campaign Donation Taints House Ethics Committee Proceedings https://trueidahonews.com/non-disclosure-of-campaign-donation-taints-house-ethics-committee-proceedings/
November 2, 2021 - SPECIAL ANALYSIS – Dissecting John Gannon’s Remarks About Priscilla Giddings https://trueidahonews.com/special-analysis-dissecting-john-gannons-remarks-about-priscilla-giddings/
Idaho Freedom Foundation
August 4, 2021 - THE REAL STORY: Rep. Priscilla Giddings Speaks Out After Ethics Committee Censure https://idahofreedom.org/video/the-real-story-rep-priscilla-giddings-speaks-out-at-ethics-committee-censure/
August 5, 2021 - INSIDER PERSPECTIVE: Legislative Ethics Committees Weaponized to Target Conservatives https://idahofreedom.org/insider-perspective-legislative-ethics-committees-weaponized-to-target-conservatives/
September 29, 2021 - Conservative Legislator Censured by Idaho House Ethics Committee Speaks Out https://idahofreedom.org/video/conservative-legislator-censured-by-idaho-house-ethics-committee-speaks-out/
April 16, 2021 - Idaho Swamp Trying To Unseat Another Conservative https://redoubtnews.com/2021/04/idaho-swamp-trying-to-unseat-another-conservative/
July 23, 2021 - Idaho’s Kangaroo Court House “Ethics” Committee is Back at it https://redoubtnews.com/2021/07/idahos-kangaroo-court-house-ethics-committee-is-back-at-it/
July 23, 2021 - Dear Sage Dixon: Your Lack of Due Process is Damaging Our Republic https://redoubtnews.com/2021/07/dear-sage-dixon-your-lack-of-due-process-is-damaging-our-republic/
Friendly to Veterans?
Only time will tell. I AM looking forward to the vote this week so I can update with who wants Priscilla out. Below are all the reps who mentioned Veterans Day, save a few; I will be updating after the censure vote.