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  • Ted Cruz Says Feds Should Dump Public Land

    Idaho Republican Congressman Mike Simpson has cited the Wilks’ purchase and closure of other North Idaho lands as an example of what could happen if the federal government sells off its public lands, as presidential candidate Ted Cruz proposed. The Wilks brothers were among the biggest supporters of Cruz, giving a pro-Cruz PAC $15 million. During a speech at Boise State, Cruz urged federal government to transfer most public land in the West to states and private citizens.

Idaho Republican Congressman Mike Simpson has cited the Wilks’ purchase and closure of other North Idaho lands as an example of what could happen if the federal government sells off its public lands, as presidential candidate Ted Cruz proposed. The Wilks brothers were among the biggest supporters of Cruz, giving a pro-Cruz PAC $15 million. During a speech at Boise State, Cruz urged federal government to transfer most public land in the West to states and private citizens. Rocky Barker rbarker@idahostatesman.com
Idaho Republican Congressman Mike Simpson has cited the Wilks’ purchase and closure of other North Idaho lands as an example of what could happen if the federal government sells off its public lands, as presidential candidate Ted Cruz proposed. The Wilks brothers were among the biggest supporters of Cruz, giving a pro-Cruz PAC $15 million. During a speech at Boise State, Cruz urged federal government to transfer most public land in the West to states and private citizens. Rocky Barker rbarker@idahostatesman.com
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Rocky Barker is the energy and environment reporter for the Idaho Statesman and has been writing about the West since 1985. He is the author of several books, including "Scorched Earth How the Fires of Yellowstone Changed America," "The Flyfisher's Guide to Idaho" and "The Wingshooter's Guide to Idaho."