Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, March 20, 2017

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  Poll: Idahoans want Gorsuch confirmed to Supreme Court
By Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Nearly 60 percent of Idahoans believe Federal Appeals Court Judge Neil Gorsuch should be confirmed by the U.S. Senate, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll finds....

  Low tax burden is great - but more money needed for education
By LaVarr Webb, Idaho Politics Weekly Publisher
One of the most difficult challenges for policymakers is divining that fine line between a tax burden that is sufficient to provide necessary services to citizens, and a burden that is too high and drives away businesses and hurts economic viability....

  Idaho's Amazon sales tax deal is a big deal
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Last Thursday, it was announced that massive online retailer Amazon will start collecting next month a 6 percent Idaho sales tax on purchases shipped to Idaho....

Times are a-changin', but not with school board elections
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Do you know who your “zone representatives” are on your local school board?...

Guest column: Educating the talent that we need
By Lt. Gov. Brad Little
(Editor’s note: This column is being re-published because the summary in last week’s newsletter did not link to the full story.)...

Press Release: Andrus Center focuses on why public lands matter
By Press Release
A full-day conference sponsored by the Andrus Center for Public Policy at Boise State University will look at current federal management practices, the various voices in support and dissent, and potential stakeholder collaboration toward forward-look...

  Poll: Majority favor tax cut proposal
By Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Most Idahoans favor a cut in personal and corporate income tax rates, as proposed by state House Republicans, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows....

  Most Idahoans say the media has been unfair to Trump
By Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
It may well be fair to say President Donald Trump has had the rockiest start to any presidency since Abraham Lincoln – who saw the nation fall into civil war at his election....

Guest column: Educating the talent that we need
By Lt. Gov. Brad Little
Idaho’s economy is on an incredible path in the right direction. Idaho leads the nation in job creation....

  Guest opinion: Salvage Idaho's forest products
By David Leroy
In the last 30 years, the amount of federal timber available for sale in most of America’s National Forests has been reduced between 70 and 99 percent. ...

  Guest opinion: Will Congress stand up for America?
By Jim Jones
George Washington warned in his Farewell Address of the dangers posed to our country by political partisanship....

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

Boise Chamber Ambassador Committee Luncheon
When: Wednesday, Mar 22, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce, 250 S 5th St #800, Boise, ID
RSVP by Tuesday, Mar 21.
More info.

Spring Economic Excellence Breakfast Series - Why Meridian?
When: Thursday, Mar 23, 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Where: West Ada School District, Training Center 1303 E Central Dr., Meridian
Hear why more and more people are choosing Meridian for commercial and residential projects from David Turnbull, Project Manager & CEO for the Brighton Corporation. Brighton Corporation is Idaho's largest diversified real estate developer. More info.

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When: Thursday, Mar 23, 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Where: West Ada School District, Training Center 1303 E Central Dr., Meridian
Hear why more and more people are choosing Meridian for commercial and residential projects from David Turnbull, Project Manager & CEO for the Brighton Corporation. Brighton Corporation is Idaho's largest diversified real estate developer. More info

Idaho Headlines

ISP wants liquor licensees to be open, make sales (Moscow-Pullman Daily News)

Idaho senators kill massage therapy standards bill (Spokesman-Review)

Did Alta Mesa violate lobby laws? Denney says company needs to register as lobbyist (Idaho Statesman)

Hearing set for Monday on bill to make Idaho’s new oil, gas industry more transparent (Idaho Statesman)

Idaho tax cut plan survives Senate committee, will see floor amendments (Idaho Statesman)

At checkout with too many items: Idaho lawmakers do last-minute shopping (Idaho Statesman)

Idaho Senate votes against Medicaid expansion amendment (Times-News)

Idaho governor says he opposes repealing grocery tax (Times-News)

Marty Trillhaase: Lewiston has reason to take pride in itself (Lewiston Tribune)

General fund is caught in a tug-of-war (Lewiston Tribune)

Visit to Labrador's office draws complaint (Lewiston Tribune)

Competing Idaho Faith Healing Laws Could Get Public Hearing (Boise State Public Radio)

Report: State’s job growth is best in the nation (Mountain Express)

Legislature considers more highway funds (Mountain Express)

State ponders purchase of Hewlett-Packard campus as future home for Tax Commission, other agencies (Press-Tribune)

Task force seeks to improve the image of professional-technical education (Idaho Business Review)

Stock watering rights bill moving through legislature with ease (Capital Press)

ISDA head concerned about invasive species bill (Capital Press)

Bill would keep additional lobby groups off state pension system (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Voters approve $695 million for schools (Idaho Education News)

A peculiar procurement by INL (Idaho Reports)

National Headlines

U.S. Supreme Court’s ideological balance at stake in confirmation fight (Reuters)

Trump and Republicans face a fresh test to shape Supreme Court, assert their power with Gorsuch hearings (Washington Post)

Kellyanne Conway's husband tapped for DOJ role (CNN)

Donna Brazile comes clean about Clinton debate scandal (The Grio)

Trump budget clouds Public Broadcasting Act's 50th year (Washington Post)

Disney Coughs Up $3.8 Million For Violating Minimum Wage Laws (Daily Caller)

This is what Bernie Sanders would do to the tax that cost Trump $31 million (Business Insider)

Long Before New Hacks, US Worried by Russian Spying Efforts (New York Times)

Trump advisers want concessions for coal if US stays in climate pact (Politico)

Justice Department: President should have power to fire head of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (Washington Times)

First Skirmish of G-20 Sets Scene for Battle of Ideas on Trade (Bloomberg)


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