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Communicate With Your Legislators
If you are especially interested in a particular issue, write, call, or arrange to visit your elected representatives to let them know where you stand. Write letters to the editor or opinion columns to your local newspaper, television or radio outlet, and relevant Blogs and other Internet forums, listed separately on this page. Your opinions matter, but only if you express them.
Although e-mail has become the common form of communication, in most cases, when contacting elected officials, a well-written, words-on-paper letter is most likely to draw attention. And your letter to an elected official is most likely to be read if you follow a these simple rules:
Be polite
• Be specific
• Be positive
• Be brief


As a matter of courtesy, Use title, full name, and complete, proper postal address. To ensure your letter is routed properly, include the legislator’s district. There are separate ZIP codes for the House of Representatives (83720-0038) and the Senate (837-020-0081).
The correct form of address for members of the House of Representatives is:
The Honorable Representative (Full name)
Legislative district number
Idaho State Legislature
State Capitol Building
P.O. Box 83720
Boise, Idaho 83720-0038

And for the Senate:
The Honorable Senator (Full name)
Legislative district number
Idaho State Legislature
State Capitol Building
P.O. Box 83720
Boise, Idaho 83720-0081

The same general rules apply for creating an email message as for writing a letter, especially during legislative sessions, when members are most busy. The Legislature’s Web site provides direct links for contacting legislators, which can also be found here. Fill in your contact information and state your case briefly.
Several legislators have told us they welcome communication from their constituents, although they are sometimes discouraged, or even put off, by rude, rambling messages. If you don’t need a response, say so in your message. If you do want a response, don’t be disappointed if you do not receive one right away. Keep in mind each legislator represents thousands of constituents.
Consider the value of follow-up communication. Depending upon the circumstances, you may want to write a follow-up or reminder to your legislator about your concerns. Thank your legislator for considering your position, regardless of the outcome. And don’t be discouraged.
Letters do take more effort, both to send and to receive, than e-mail messages, and they therefore warrant more attention. It is easier to overlook an email than it is to disregard a letter (particularly a handwritten letter).
Be Specific
Keep your letter focused by addressing only one issue or topic, and state your main purpose in the opening paragraph of your letter.
Personalize your message
Make your message unique; don’t just copy a form letter and send it. Sending a dozen cut-and-paste copies of the same message is not effective, and can even be counterproductive.
Instead, introduce yourself, and explain who you are and why you are concerned about the issue. Tell your personal story to establish your qualifications to address the topic you’re writing about.
Support your position with facts
When you write your letter, and as you write, be honest and accurate in the information you present. Use specific statistics, numbers, or examples. Saying generally that you don’t like a certain proposal or bill won’t get you very far. State how the problem or issue you are addressing directly affects you personally. While being passionate about an issue is important, it is better to keep your message factual, rather than emotional.
Make your request
Indicate the specific action that you would your legislator to take. If you are for or against a particular bill or proposed legislation, say what you hope your lawmaker will do about it, but do so as a request, not a demand.
Be courteous
Even if you’re upset, be courteous and professional. This is one point many legislators have told us they find most disappointing. Don’t resort to demands, insults, mud-slinging, name-calling, swearing, or similar rants.
Keep you letter short
Your representatives are busy; make their lives easier by stating clearly and concisely what you want, and why. Keep your letter to one page, if possible. Close your letter
Close your letter by restating your purpose and repeating your request. Thank the legislator for taking the time to consider your message.
Read it again
Before you sign and seal your letter, make sure to proofread it first. Ensure that you have not left out any important, pertinent information. If you’ve repeated yourself or if something isn’t as clear as it could be, revise. After making any necessary changes, read over your letter one more time to check for spelling, punctuation, grammar, and other errors.
Know that your voice counts
Legislators are elected to serve you, as a voting member of a democratic society. Most Idaho lawmakers are everyday people who sincerely want to represent faithfully the concerns of those they serve. And they understand that without your vote, and those of others like you, they will not remain in office. Moreover, because representatives receive relatively few personal letters, your letter may get more attention than you think.

Volunteer
The heart of the United Vision for Idaho mission is regular people just like you, willing to engage and follow the activities of our legislators and local lawmakers at public meetings and town hall sessions, at legislative hearings, and at gatherings where they are likely to speak. When the Legislature is in session, most committee hearings and other meetings open to the public are also available by live audio and video streaming through Idaho Public Television, here. Idaho is a big state, and we want all our elected officials to know we are paying attention to what they do and what they say.
To volunteer, use the convenient form here.
The Legiscan running record of Idaho Legislature activity is available here.
Subscribers can track bills by number or text, and can choose to receive RSS feed notifications of action in any or all legislative committees.



Idaho’s Congressional Delegation
The same general rules apply for communication with members of Congress. Idaho has two congressional districts, each with a Senator and a member of the House of Representatives. Their contact information, in Washington, D.C., and in offices in Idaho, is here.
In addition, you can keep up with the activities, voting record, and policy positions of members of the Idaho delegation on their respective official Websites.
Sen. Mike Crapo
Crapo's voting record is here.
Sen. Jim Risch
Risch's voting record is here.
Rep. Raul Labrador
Labrador's voting record is here.
Rep. Mike Simpson
Simpson's voting record is here.

Idaho Legislature Email List
If you aren’t sure who represents you within Idaho, enter your street address and Zip code in the form field on the official Idaho Legislature site, here.
Note some of our elected representatives don’t respond to emails at all. Some don’t respond to messages from personal email addresses (Yes really.) You can contact legislators through the official Legislature site, here.
When bills are under consideration, you may want to contact all members of relevant committees. The committee member lists and contact information are here.

Legislator Email Address District Seat
Paul Amador (R) pamador@house.idaho.gov District 4B
Neil A. Anderson (R) nanderson@house.idaho.gov District 31A
Robert Anderst (R) randerst@house.idaho.gov District 12A
Randy Armstrong (R) armstrong@house.idaho.gov District 28A
Vito Barbieri (R) vbar@house.idaho.gov District 2 A
Scott Bedke (R) sbedke@house.idaho.gov District 27 A
Maxine T. Bell (R) mbell@house.idaho.gov District 25 A
Megan Blanksma (R) mblanksma@house.idaho.gov District 23 B
Judy Boyle (R) jboyle@house.idaho.gov District 9 B
Van T. Burtenshaw (R) vburtenshaw@house.idaho.gov District 35 A
Greg Chaney (R) gchaney@house.idaho.gov District 10 B
Don Cheatham (R) dcheatham@house.idaho.gov District 3 B
Sue Chew (D) schew@house.idaho.gov District 17 B
Lance W. Clow (R) lclow@house.idaho.gov District 24 A
Gary E. Collins (R) gcollins@house.idaho.gov District 13 B
Brent J. Crane (R) bcrane@house.idaho.gov District 13 A
Thomas Dayley (R) tdayley@house.idaho.gov District 21 B
Gayann DeMordaunt (R) gdemordaunt@house.idaho.gov District 14 B
Mathew W. “Mat” Erpelding (D) merpelding@house.idaho.gov District 19 A
John Gannon (D) jgannon@house.idaho.gov District 17A
Terry Gestrin (R) tgestrin@house.idaho.gov District 8A
Marc Gibbs (R) mgibbs@house.idaho.gov District 32 A
Priscilla Giddings (R) pgiddings@house.idaho.gov District 7A
Karey Hanks (R) khanks@house.idaho.gov District 35B
Steven Harris (R) sharris@house.idaho.gov District 21A
Stephen Hartgen (R) shartgen@house.idaho.gov District 24 B
Brandon A. Hixon (R) bhixon@house.idaho.gov District 10A
James Holtzclaw (R) jholtzclaw@house.idaho.gov District 20 B
Wendy Horman (R) WendyHorman@house.idaho.gov District 30B
Paulette E. Jordan (D) pjordan@house.idaho.gov District 5A
Clark Kauffman (R) ckauffman@house.idaho.gov District 25B
Ryan Kerby (R) rkerby@house.idaho.gov District 9A
Phylis K. King (D) pking@house.idaho.gov District 18B
Mike Kingsley (R) mkingsley@house.idaho.gov District 6B
Hy Kloc (D) hkloc@house.idaho.gov District 16B
Thomas F. Loertscher (R) tloertscher@house.idaho.gov District 32B
Lynn M. Luker (R) lluker@house.idaho.gov District 15A
Luke Malek (R) lmalek@house.idaho.gov District 4A
Dustin Manwaring (R) dmanwaring@house.idaho.gov District 29A
John McCrostie (D) jmccrostie@house.idaho.gov District 16A
Patrick McDonald (R) pmcdonald@house.idaho.gov District 15B
Ron Mendive (R) rmendive@house.idaho.gov District 3A
Steven Miller (R) smiller@house.idaho.gov District 26A
Jason A. Monks (R) jmonks@house.idaho.gov District 22B
Dorothy Moon (R) dmoon@house.idaho.gov District 8B
Mike Moyle (R) mmoyle@house.idaho.gov District 14A
Ronald Nate (R) nater@house.idaho.gov District 34A
Kelley Packer (R) kpacker@house.idaho.gov District 28B
Joe Palmer (R) jpalmer@house.idaho.gov District 20A
Christy Perry (R) cperry@house.idaho.gov District 11B
Dell Raybould (R) draybould@house.idaho.gov District 34B
Eric M. Redman (R) eredman@house.idaho.gov District 2B
Ilana Rubel (D) irubel@house.idaho.gov District 18A
Heather Scott (R) hscott@house.idaho.gov District 1A
Paul E. Shepherd (R) pshepherd@house.idaho.gov District 7B
Elaine Smith (D) esmith@house.idaho.gov District 29B
Thyra Stevenson (R) tstevenson@house.idaho.gov District 6A
Scott Syme (R) ssyme@house.idaho.gov District 11A
Jeff Thompson (R) jthompson@house.idaho.gov District 30A
Sally Toone (D) stoone@house.idaho.gov District 26B
Caroline Nilsson Troy (R) cntroy@house.idaho.gov District 5B
Janet Trujillo (R) jtrujillo@house.idaho.gov District 33A
Julie VanOrden (R) jvanorden@house.idaho.gov District 31B
John Vander Woude (R) jvanderwoude@house.idaho.gov District 22A
Melissa Wintrow (D) mwintrow@house.idaho.gov District 19B
Fred Wood (R) fwood@house.idaho.gov District 27B
Rick D. Youngblood (R) ryoungblood@house.idaho.gov District 12B
Christy Zito (R) czito@house.idaho.gov District 23A
Bryan Zollinger (R) bzollinger@house.idaho.gov District 33B



Idaho Media Contacts for Letter-Writers

Idaho Newspapers and Broadcast Media Sites
(Last updated Jan. 14, 2017.)

Here is contact information for newspapers and other media outlets in Idaho, with information about how to submit comments or letters.
Unless otherwise indicated, all newspapers can be read online, although many are available by subscription only. For most, the form for sending letters to the editor is straightforward. Letters have been successfully submitted to the newspapers indicated with an asterisk (*). When writing, be sure to include your name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address.



BOISE
*Idaho Statesman 1200 N. Curtis Rd. Boise, ID 83706
208-377-6200 (Toll free 800-635-8934)
http://www.idahostatesman.com/
Use the forms page to submit letters to the editor:
http://www.idahostatesman.com/submit-letter/#navlink=subnav

*Boise Weekly 523 Broad. St. Boise, ID 83702
208-344-2055
http://www.boiseweekly.com/
Use the forms page to submit letters to the editor: http://posting.boiseweekly.com/boise/SubmitALetter/Page

*Idaho Business Review (Letters must be related to business. E-mail your letter to anne.allen@idahobusinessreview.com Phone 336-3768 (toll free-1-800-451-9998)
http://idahobusinessreview.com/ NewWest.net (Boise) P.O. Box 9107 Missoula, MT 59807
406-829-1725 (They pay for ‟professional” articles)
http://www.newwest.net/

IdahoReporter.com Wayne Hoffman's Freedom Foundation Report
2404 Bank Drive, Ste. 314 Boise, ID 83705
208-258-2280
http://www.idahoreporter.com/category/opinion/
(Respond to legislative topics covered in videos)
http://www.youtube.com/user/FreedomFoundationID?feature=watch

BONNER’S FERRY
RuralNorthwest.com P.O. Box 1268 Bonner's Ferry ID 83805
208-267-6619
(free subscription for on-line newspaper)
http://www.ruralnorthwest.com/Contactinfo.html

CHALLIS
Challis Messenger
P.O. Box 405 Challis, ID 83226
208-879-4445
(Fee for on-line subscription)
http://www.challismessenger.com/


COUR D’ALENE
*Coeur d'Alene Press
201 N. Second Street Cour d'Alene, ID 83814
208-664-8176
Use the forms page to submit letters to the editor: http://www.cdapress.com/submissions/?mode=letters

FORT HALL
*Sho-Ban News
P.O. Box 900 Fort Hall, ID 83203
e-mail: shobnews@idaho.net 208-478-3888
(Letters to the editor must be sent to e-mail address or mailed) http://www.shobannews.com/contactus.html

HAILEY
Wood River Journal (Hailey)
507 South Main St. #B Hailey, ID 83333
208-788-3444

IDAHO FALLS
Post-Register digital edition
https://secure.postregister.com/authentication/digital/login.php?sessionID=51388a2a4f60a5745ea403fb69eb01d1
PO Box 1800
Idaho Falls, ID 83403
Rob Thornberry, Managing Editor rthornberry@postregister.com
(208) 542-6795
Monte LaOrange, Assistant Managing Editor mlaorange@postregister.com
(208) 542-6780

*Idaho Falls Post Register letters to the editor can be sent by e-mail: letters@postregister.com

KETCHUM
*Idaho Mountain Express
591 First Ave. North
P.O. Box 1013 Ketchum, ID 83340
208-726-8060
http://www.mtexpress.com/index2.php
Use the forms page to send letters to the editor: http://www.mtexpress.com/contact.php
Or send via e-mail; letters@mtexpress.com

LEWISTON
*Lewiston Morning Tribune
505 Capital Street Lewiston, ID 83501
208-743-9411 or toll free; 800-745-9411)
http://lmtribune.com/
Use the forms page to send letters to the editor: https://lmtribune-dot-com.bloxcms-ny1.com/site/forms/online_services/letter/

MOUNTAIN HOME
Mountain Home News 195 S. 3rd Street
P.O. Box 1330 Mountain Home, ID 83647
208-587-3331
http://www.mountainhomenews.com/
Use the form page to send letters to the editor: http://www.mountainhomenews.com/forms/letter

MOSCOW
*Moscow-Pullman Daily News
409 S. Jackson Street Moscow, ID 83843
208-882-5561 or toll- free: 800-776-4137
http://dnews.com/
Submit letters to the editor by e-mail to Letters@dnews.com

Latah Eagle
521 S. Jackson Street Moscow, ID 83843
208-882-0666

NAMPA
*Idaho Press Tribune
P.O. Box 9399 Nampa, ID 83652
208-467-9251
http://www.idahopress.com/
Use the form to submit a letter to the editor:
https://idahopress-dot-com.bloxcms.com/site/forms/online_services/letter/

POCATELLO
*Idaho State Journal
305 S. Arthur Ave. Pocatello, ID 83204
208-232-4161
http://www.idahostatejournal.com/
Use the forms page to submit letters to the editor:
https://idahostatejournal-dot-com.bloxcms.com/site/forms/online_services/letter/

Idaho Unido
(Idaho Unido es el único periódico en español del estado de Idaho.)
556 S. 6th Ave. Pocatello, ID 83201
E-mail Idaho@unido.com
208-234-7383
http://www.unido.com/index.php
Use the forms page to submit letters to the editor. (Por favor mándenos sus cartas al editor):
http://www.unido.com/More_Info.htm

REXBURG
*The Standard Journal (Rexburg)
P.O. Box 10 Rexburg, ID 83440
208-356-5441
http://www.rexburgstandardjournal.com/
Use the forms page to submit letters to the editor:
http://www.rexburgstandardjournal.com/submissions/?mode=letters

SANDPOINT
*Bonner County Daily Bee
P.O. Box 548 Sandpoint, ID 83864
208-263-9534
http://www.bonnercountydailybee.com/
Use the forms page to submit letters to the editor: https://bonnercountydailybee-dot-com.bloxcms.com/site/forms/?mode=letters

SPOKANE & NORTH IDAHO
*Spokesman-Review
999 W. Riverside Spokane, WA 99210
(toll free--800-338-8801)
http://www.spokesman.com/idaho/
Use the forms page to submit letters to the editor:
http://www.spokesman.com/letters/submit/

ST. MARIES
*St. Maries Gazette Record
610 Main Ave. St. Maries, ID 83861
208-245-4538
http://www.gazetterecord.com/
Use the forms page to submit letters to the editor: https://gazetterecord-dot-com.bloxcms.com/site/forms/online_services/letter/

SUN VALLEY
Sun Valley Online (a blog site) to advertise an event, e-mail: sunvalleyonline.com/events

TWIN FALLS
*Twin Falls Times-News
P.O. Box 548 Twin Falls, ID 83303
208-733-0931
http://magicvalley.com/
Use the forms page to submit a letter to the editor: http://magicvalley.com/app/contact/?contact=letter

Hot Links


Our links to online resources are regularly updated. Check often.
Resources for Involvement
Make a fuss. The Indivisible Guide provides valuable advice for individual and group actions.
Download the actual guide, in your choice of printable formats, here.

The Resistance Calendar
Something is happening here (or there, or somewhere). Check for events or add your own here.
And look for activities near you through Indivisible, the citizen grassroots coalition. The Indivisible Idaho calendar is here. The site also provides a downloadable link to the Indivisible Guide for citizen activism, compiled by former congressional staffers, here.


From the Idaho Sen. Cherie Buckner-Webb challenges the crowd at the Jan. 21 Womens March in Boise.


Women have been marching since long before Donald Trump came on the scene. The immense women’s marches of Jan. 21 demonstrated that women in the United States will not tolerate the blatant misogyny of the Trump administration, and will rise to end decades of continuous attacks on women’s lives and bodies.
As was so richly illustrated, from Boise to Moscow and Twin Falls, from Biloxi to Boston, San Bernardino, Washington, and around the world, women, and men who stand with them, will continue to march to demand an end to the egregious transfer of wealth to the richest, of erosion of labor rights and labor dignity, of neocolonial wars of aggression, and of the institutional racism, misogyny, and marginalization ingrained in US society.


Never Too Young
It should not have escaped anyone’s attention that the January Womens March was not just women marching, but all kinds of people, of all ages, shapes and sizes, united by the broader cause of social justice for all.
For at least three years, Teen Vogue, founded in 2003 by savvy Vogue editor Anna Wintour, has emerged as an increasingly influential and sophisticated voice for younger activists. Rights are not just for people aged 18 and over. Teenagers who’ve grown up with the internet are at least as likely to be informed about social issues as their parents are, and just as eager to read and share stories that reflect their concerns about the world. While some casual observers might seem surprised that a teen fashion magazine is focused on racism and sexism rather than on “hairstyles and celebrity gossip,” their assumptions dismiss how attentive young readers are to politics—an interest Teen Vogue is astutely capitalizing on.
Learn more here.
And get a taste of what’s inside here. And here.

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