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Ray Ring | Jan 06, 2009 06:15 PM

Brad Little is a widely respected third-generation Idaho rancher, working livestock and crops. He's taken a leadership role in many ag and business groups.

He's also a longtime Republican legislator, now serving as a state senator and Majority Caucus Chairman.

He's involved in efforts to resolve livestock grazing and timber management controversies on public lands, and to improve land-use planning and open-space preservation on private lands.

I know Brad as a friend, because he served on the High Country News board of directors during the 1990s.

He'd show up at the HCN board meetings, held in various locales around the West, wearing his black cowboy boots and you-know-what-kind-of hat. He'd prod the liberals on the board with his good-humored, reasonable-Republican jibes and suggestions.

Today, Idaho Gov. Butch Otter named Brad lieutenant governor -- a good idea.

The AP story says:

(Brad's) grandfather, Andy Little, arrived in Idaho from Scotland in 1894 and amassed a herd of about 200,000 sheep on some of the same land between the Boise Valley and the Salmon River where the family continues to graze its cattle herds.

Here's the story in the Idaho Statesman. And here's a few quotes from Brad at the end of my recent story about the struggles of conservationists within the Republican Party around the West.

Brad is not a raving environmentalist -- far from it. He is a conscientious landowner and steward, trying to conserve wildlife and open space while making a living. He's accustomed to dealing with burdensome government bureaucracies and sometimes reflexively anti-ranching enviros.

With Brad's ascendancy, Idaho's Republicans suddenly look a bit more reasonable and greener.

brad little
LARRY SHERBURNE
LARRY SHERBURNE
Jan 06, 2009 09:53 PM
bad choice this guy is one of the greedy ranchers that live on taxpayer dollars. using taxpayer dollars to line his personal pockets. sorry about your friend..

larry
brad little
LARRY SHERBURNE
LARRY SHERBURNE
Jan 06, 2009 09:53 PM
bad choice this guy is one of the greedy ranchers that live on taxpayer dollars. using taxpayer dollars to line his personal pockets. sorry about your friend..

larry
Brad Little and Boise
Michael Dorey
Michael Dorey
Jan 15, 2009 10:57 AM
I don't know Brad, but I would have to think that having a former HCN board member in the statehouse is at least cause for optimism. The general governing view on the environment in Idaho is tied to a historically narrow business model that depends on human and environmental exploitation by a small, wealthy cadre, as the prime source of income for Idahoans.

Here is an issue that I hope Brad might be sympathetic to.

Politicians in Idaho recently celebrated the fact that although the air quality here is appalling, we squeaked by the EPA standard which would have required businesses and the state to take corrective action. The message is, "You have a job, don't worry about the air". Ask anyone in in SW Idaho if they know someone with asthma, undefined allergies, or respiratory problems and you are sure to get an earful.

Message to Brad: Drive 3 miles up into the foothills on almost any morning and watch the yellow and black layers drift into the Boise valley. Then drive back down and take a deep breath.
Please help us clean up the air and protect our children's health.
Nice!
Idaho Dating
Idaho Dating
May 06, 2009 10:17 AM
i have to say YES! Brad Little deserves a space to the government..

Though there were some issues about his credibility no doubt he is a deserving public servant..

he also helped some university, that was what i know...

i have check the blogs about it at http://www.universityloveco[…]university-Idaho-Dating.htm

Peace!

jenn marl

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