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Idaho Inside Out — Uncovering the plot to take over the Gem State
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Welcome to the Political Potatoes podcast series Idaho Inside Out Uncovering the plot to take over the Gem State. In this series, we will explore the various tactics used by those trying to wrestle control of Idaho politics and the Idaho Republican Party inside one of the reddest states in the nation. While some of the policies and shenanigans might feel like inside baseball, the ideas behind them are not new. In fact, many mirror those of grifters and con artists who perfected the art of confidence schemes to help achieve a specific goal. In Idaho, the target more often is influence and power. And each episode will uncover how the Great Idaho heist is happening right before our very eyes. Listen closely, and you'll learn how to avoid being one of their marks.

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The voucher legislation in Idaho is not an isolated incident, but part of a broader strategy by the state's far right to consolidate power by promoting policies that appeal to wealthy, out-of-state donors. These factions aim to secure a steady flow of financial support. This strategy leverages controversial initiatives such as the voucher scheme as a magnet for contributions. These funds are instrumental in maintaining the influence of far right legislators. Ensuring their continued dominance in Idaho's political landscape. This tactical maneuvering mirrors the mechanics of Charles Ponzi scheme by creating a facade of legitimacy and prosperity to attract investment. In Ponzi case, the lure was the promise of high returns on investment through a seemingly innovative financial operation.

For Idaho's far right, the investment comes in the form of political contributions drawn by the promise of advancing a conservative agenda that includes the dismantling of public education in favor of private interests. The voucher scheme, therefore, becomes a pivotal piece in a larger chess game of political power and influence by appealing to wealthy donors with the promise of tax benefits and ideologically aligned Educational System. Idaho's far right not only secures the financial backing necessary to sustain their loyal legislators, but also advances a broader agenda that reshapes the state's educational and political landscape to their advantage. This strategic exploitation of legislative initiatives for political gain underscores a calculated effort to manipulate the system in a manner that, while legally distinct, echoes the deceptive and self-serving nature of a Ponzi scheme.

Former Boise school superintendent Dr. Don Coberly and former Madison County School District Superintendent Dr. Geoff Thomas join me to explain this scheme to shift public tax dollars to fund private school education.

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Read Recent article by Dr. Coberly and Dr. Thomas originally published on TakeBackIdaho.com

Political Potatoes
Idaho Inside Out — Uncovering the plot to take over the Gem State
Idaho Inside Out — Uncovering the plot to take over the Gem State, a compelling podcast series by Political Potatoes, delves deep into the silent heist of the Gem State by far-right extremists, ultranationalists, and other fringe groups. Echoing the suspense and intrigue of a true crime narrative, this series unveils the complex web of influences that are reshaping Idaho’s political, social, and educational landscapes. Each episode is meticulously crafted, revealing how these forces are orchestrating a takeover, often unnoticed by the public eye. Through expert interviews and in-depth analysis, Idaho Inside Out offers listeners a unique vantage point to understand the undercurrents driving Idaho’s transformation. It’s not just a podcast; it’s an urgent exploration of democracy at a crossroads in one of America’s most picturesque states. Tune in for a thought-provoking journey into the heart of Idaho’s unfolding story, where the stakes couldn’t be higher for its communities,
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