Thursday, August 30, 2012

Met with Sen Winder, Sen Fulcher and representatives of the Idaho Board of Education (Higher Education oversight board) regarding updates on our higher ed progress in streamlining information/credit exchanges. Also an update on proposed State Scholarship consolidations and effectiveness. Then a great lunch with my friends on the St. Lukes Advisory Board. CEO, Dr. David Pate, is an amazing leader and brilliant thinker... he truly understands our healthcare issues and has proposed ways to resolve them. I recommend his blog (he personally does)...

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

If you didn't get the chance to see Paul Ryan's speech, find it... This guy truly gets it! Ryan defined "knocking it out of the park"!

Help us put more severely wounded vets through school and join our 1st annual Guardian Tournament, slots still open, sign up today!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Had a wonderful "meeting" with Stan and Eileen (Hagedorn) Smith from Eagle for a couple hours yesterday. Great people from CO loving ID and worried about where we are going. Dr. Smith taught at NM State for 40 years and is very pleased with Idaho's education direction and believes there's room to expand many of the new K-12 concepts into higher education as well!

Friday, August 24, 2012

Just found out Chuck Norris doesn't have a Twitter account... because NO ONE follows Chuck Norris! ;-)

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Thanks to RADM Heinrich (runs Navy Supply) for visiting the Wyakin Warrior and Vet Services Center at BSU today on behalf of the Chief of Naval Operations. Great meeting, it's always wonderful when briefing someone who really "gets it". Thanks to Ens. Brian Dietrich of our local Navy Reserve Center at Gowan Field (and a WyWF volunteer) for getting this set up!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Thanks to the Boise Metro Chamber for a great lunch and guest speaker! Gov Otter understands lower taxes combined with fewer, more effective and consistent State, County and City regulations means increased employment! Idaho's unemployment rate has dropped once more because we have sent a clear message to businesses in Idaho and other states that "Idaho is open for business!" and we intend to continue that trend!

Monday, August 20, 2012

From our friends at the Fleet Reserve Association:

The Physical Disability Review Board (PDBR) announced that more than half of reviewed claims have been upgraded to a disability rating of 30 percent or more. The PDBR was mandated by the FY2008 Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to reassess the accuracy and fairness of combined disability ratings of 20 percent or less for service members who were separated from service, rather than medically retired because of medical conditions. In order to be eligible for a PDBR review, service members must have been medically separated between September 11, 2001, and December 31, 2009, with a combined disability rating of 20 percent or less, and found ineligible for retirement.

This review panel is authorized to recommend an increase in a disability rating, uphold the previous finding, or issue a disability rating when the previous board did not assign one. The board, however, is not able to recommend a lower rating. Eligible veterans can request a board review by submitting a Department of Defense Form 294, Application for Review of Physical Disability Separation from the Armed Forces of the United States, which is available at

Veterans requesting a review must mail their completed and signed DD Form 294 to SAF/MRBR, 550 C St. W., Suite 41, Randolph Air Force Base, TX 78150-4743. Applicants may submit statements, briefs, medical records or affidavits supporting their application. Visit for additional information.

Friday, August 17, 2012

A pretty cool picture of my buddy, Emily Anderson, and I inside the "Moly" shovel in the mine near Challis a couple weeks ago!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

If I told you 2+2=4, would you question it because it came from a Republican? Some do, but facts are facts...

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

I heard about this video today between meetings about classified info being leaked lately, worth the watch!...

An interesting letter about State vs. Federal Insurance exchanges by Congressman Labrador:

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Romney selecting Paul Ryan is a great pick, Ryan truly understands the country's budget and needs as the Chairman of the House Budget team!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Attended a wonderful Hagedorn family reunion an hour west of Olympia, WA this weekend. Drove over with JD on Friday and back today, great seeing everyone... I don't get to see my Aunts, Uncles and Cousins as much as I would like... family will always be part of your core, nourish it as much as you can!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Sen Harry Reid is full of BS, Romney's 2010 released tax return indicates he paid just over $3 Million in Fed income tax on his return alone!