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Capital Boise
Nickname The Gem State
Official Language None
Governor Butch Otter, R
Senator Mike Crapo, R
(202) 224-6142
Senator James Risch, R
(202) 224-2752
[No contact info]
Ratification of Constitution/or statehood July 3, 1890 (43rd)
Flag of Idaho Motto: "Esto Perpetua" (Let it be Perpetual)

Idaho is a state in the USA, becoming the 43rd state to enter the Union on July 3, 1890. It is to the south of Canada, to the north of Nevada, to the west of Montana and to the east of Washington and Oregon. Idaho is the most free state in the American Redoubt. Idaho is known for producing potatoes.


Elected officials


  • Sen. Mike Crapo (Republican)
  • Sen. James Risch (R)
  • Rep. Raul Labrador [R, ID-1]
  • Rep. Michael Simpson [R, ID-2]


  • Governor Butch Otter (R)
  • Lt. Governor Brad Little (R)
  • State Controller Donna Jones (R)
  • Secretary of State Ben Ysursa (R)
  • State Treasurer Ron Crane (R)
  • Attorney General Lawrence Wasden (R)
  • Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna (R)


Idaho is a red state, with the Republican Party dominating federal and state politics there since achieving statehood.

Idaho does not recognize same-sex marriage or same-sex civil unions, both of which are banned in its state Constitution.

Higher education

Three major universities are located in Idaho. In the city of Moscow, in northwestern Idaho on the border of Washington, is the University of Idaho. Boise State University, located in southwestern Idaho in the city of Boise, is the biggest and most well known University. In the city of Pocatello, Idaho State University can be found. Boise State University has had great success in NCAA football, winning their first BCS Bowl game this past winter with their thrilling Fiesta Bowl victory over Oklahoma.[1]

Miscellaneous facts

The capital and largest city of Idaho is Boise.

The state is known as the Gem state.

The name "Idaho" is almost certainly a word made up by lobbyist George Willing, who falsely claimed it was a word in the Shoshone language. [2]

The movie Napoleon Dynamite was set in Idaho, and the Idaho State House of Representatives passed a resolution honoring the movie. [3]

Retreat Potential Ranking Analysis by James Wesley Rawles

Population: 1.3 million (and about 2.1 million cattle.) Population Density: 15.5 per square mile (Rank 15 of JWR’s top 19 states). Area: 83,437 square miles (rank 13 of 50). Average car insurance cost: $608/yr. (rank 48 of 50). Average home insurance cost: $326/yr. (rank 50 of 50). Average Home Price in Clearwater County: $112,725 Average Home Price in Idaho County: $109,500 Average Home Price in Kootenai County: $112,849 Average Home Price in Latah County: $118,325 (skewed because of the large number of 120+ acre farms and ranches) Crime Safety Ranking: 9 of 50.


Per capita income: $23,727 (rank 41 of 50). ACT & SAT Scores Ranking: 15 of 50.



Low Very low crime rate. (For example, it ranks second from the bottom in car thefts of the 50 states.) Low property taxes. Inexpensive building permits. Minimally intrusive government. Inexpensive car registration ($20 to $50 per year, plus a one-time-only $15 plate fee.) Low car insurance rates. Low health insurance rates. Extremely low home insurance rates. (An average of $326 per year. Ranks #50 in the country!) The most wilderness area in any of the 48 Continental United States. (Only Alaska has more.) 21.6 million forested acres. Minimal gun laws. Class 3 guns (machineguns short barreled rifles and shotguns, and suppressors) are legal to own after the $200 Federal tax and background check. Open carry of handguns is legal and fairly commonplace. CCW permits must be issued unless someone has a prior criminal record. (“Non-discretionary.”) No CCW permit is required for concealed carry outside of city limits. Vehicular carry of loaded guns is legal and very common. Automatic knives are legal to own and carry. Minimally regulated home schooling. Low population density. Low elevation portions of the state have a fairly mild climate. Hunting and fishing are excellent in many parts of the state, so there will be no shortage of protein WTSHTF. High ratio of horse ownership, so I anticipate that transportation will be available in the event of a long term TEOTWAWKI. By 2025, Idaho is projected to be the 40th most populous with 1.7 million people. (It is currently the 39th most populous state.) Affordable property: The median home price for all of Idaho is $105,403. One useful web site: Department of Commerce Community Profiles. [5]


Has a relatively high state income tax. Sadly, 63.7% of Idaho’s lands are owned by federal government. (Mostly National Forest and BLM land.) But at least that provides a "really big back yard" for hunting and cutting firewood. Cold winters at the higher elevations. (Look for property in the low river valleys if you can’t stand snow!) Low wages compared to most coastal states.

JWR’s Combined Retreat Potential Ranking: 1 of 19. (JWR’s top choice!)[5]

NRA Grades Rankings of the State

What the NRA Grades mean

U.S. Senate

U.S. House of Representatives

Incremental Gun-Grabbing of the Nanny State

Liberals and socialists support "common sense" measures - a "good first step" of the Nanny State. To a citizen-prepper-patriot and to the Bill of Rights, this is "death by a thousand paper cuts".

This Second Amendment Foundation video is the formal response to Hollywood's Demand a Plan gun-grabbing propaganda video. The video shows one of the main differences between liberal gun control Nanny states (Blue states) and conservative and/or libertarian Second Amendment-supporting "free states" (Red states). This video shows why we vote with our feet:

Likely World War Three Target Structures

List of Major Companies Headquartered in the State

  • Albertsons, a division of SuperValu
  • Amalgamated Sugar Company
  • Boise Cascade
  • Chelton Flight Systems
  • Coldwater Creek
  • Empire Airlines
  • Hansen-Rice
  • Idahoan Foods
  • King's Discount Stores
  • Micron Technology
  • Native American Services Corp.
  • Pacific Press Publishing Association
  • Salmon Air
  • Simplot
  • Washington Group International
  • WinCo Foods
  • Yellowstone Bear World

Mapping Migration: Who Moves To Idaho

"Chances are you’re more likely to meet a Floridian than a North Dakotan in Idaho. From 2009 to 2010, Idaho’s seen more than 1,000 people come from the Sunshine State. In the last decade, Idaho’s population has grown by more than 20 percent. U.S. Census Bureau data show nearly 275,000 people moved to the Gem State from 2000 to 2010. Idaho’s rate of growth outpaced the national average which saw its population go up by about 10 percent in the last decade. So, where are people moving to Idaho from? We downloaded data collected by the Internal Revenue Service that tracks state-to-state movement based on where tax returns are filed each year. The data isn't conclusive, but it does give us clues as to where people are moving from." Click around the map to see the data: [7]


Naughty State List

The naughty list of Nanny States was established by polling TSP listeners [8]

Below is the list of gun grabbing Constitution violating, Oath-breaker liberal Democrat elitist[9] [10] states[11]:

California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, Washington DC.

"The East Coast and West Coasts had the most liberal states including Vermont, Massachusetts, Delaware, New York, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, Maine, California and New Jersey." [12]

Notable people from Idaho

  • Philo Farnsworth, a pioneer of television, was from Rigby.
  • W. Mark Felt, who admitted to being the government source that exposed President Richard Nixon in the Watergate Affair, was born in Twin Falls.
  • Author Ernest Hemingway lived in Ketchum.
  • Ezra Pound, a notable Modernist poet, was born in Hailey.

See Also


  1. FIESTA BOWL | BOISE STATE 43, OKLAHOMA 42 (OT): Broncos stun Sooners, accessed March 29, 2007
  4. Boston T. Party, Boston's Gun Bible, Chapter 34 Gun Laws in the 50 States and DC, Common law copyright, Wyoming American Redoubt - Printed in the united states of America without any 4 USC §§ 105-110 Federal area or State: Javelin Press 1997-2008: pp. 34/3-8. ISBN 1-888766-06-9
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 357 word quotation: Fair Use Source: Rawles, James Wesley. Rawles on Retreats and Relocation. 1st. Clearwater, Idaho: The Clearwater Press, 2007. p. 87. Print. see James Wesley Rawles on Fair Use
  6. Recommended Retreat Areas accessed April 11, 2014
  7. 7.0 7.1 238 word quotation: Fair Use Source: Alex Barron, Charles Carroll Society "Liberty-Minded Traditionalist Migrating to Conservative Redoubts", Online. see James Wesley Rawles on Fair Use: Accessed April 10, 2014
  8. Accessed March 28, 2014
  9. Accessed March 29, 2014
  10. Accessed March 29, 2014
  11. Accessed March 29, 2014
  12. Accessed March 28, 2014

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