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Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  Majority of Idahoans say Trump's foreign policy is making America safer
By Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
By a bare majority, Idahoans believe GOP President Donald Trump's foreign policy is making the United States safer, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll finds....

Governor, lawmakers at odds on tax cuts
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
If Senate President Pro Tem Brent Hill of Rexburg were in the U.S. Senate, he probably would have voted for the controversial Republican-charged tax reform bill that was signed by President Trump....

  Odds & Ends: Conservative preview, Facebook, & Reagan on refugee
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
A few thoughts on a few, somewhat random, topics......

Idaho went too far on noncompetition agreement
By Jim Jones
The Legislature put the shoe on the wrong foot in 2016 when it passed a bill requiring employees to prove they did not harm their former employer if they violated a noncompetition agreement....

Guest opinion: Time for fresh approach in the governor's office
By Tommy Ahlquist, Candidate for Governor
Idahoans, including myself, appreciate Gov. Butch Otter's 12 years of longstanding service to the State of Idaho....

Guest opinion: Strong, but fair, immigration bill
By Congressman Raul Labrador
I recently shared the exciting news that I was introducing a landmark immigration reform bill with three of my House colleagues: Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX), and Rep. M...

Guest opinion: Honoring leaders who have made America great
By Sen. Mike Crapo
The Americans traditionally honored during national holidays this month and next exemplify the leadership and set the example that makes our nation so great. ...

Guest opinion: Time to put money in Housing Trust Fund
By Rep. Mat Erpelding, Idaho House Democratic Leader
In 1992, the Idaho House of Representatives passed House Bill 756, creating the Idaho Housing Trust Fund....

  Press release: A.J. Balukoff launches bid for Idaho governor
By Press Release
Pocatello  A.J. Balukoff kicked off his statewide tour in Pocatello, officially launching his bid to be the next governor of Idaho. ...

  Press release: Kealey raises 100K for campaign
By Press Release
Boise Tom Kealey, a Republican candidate for State Treasurer, has filed campaign disclosure paperwork showing his campaign has raised nearly $100,000 since its official launch last summer....

  Idaho lands press releases: Online tool for oil & gas info; members appointed to forest practices committee
By Press Release
New interactive tool available. A new interactive online tool called "Data Explorer" now is available on the Idaho Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (OGCC) website, enabling Idahoans to search, review and download oil and gas well information as it...

  Guest opinion: Water injection will benefit Idaho's oil & gas industry
By Mick Thomas, Oil & Gas Division Administrator, Idaho Department of Lands
Having the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency oversee the use and disposal of fluids used in oil and gas production in Idaho, rather than the State, is the right move for the environment and the industry....

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

Idaho Falls Chamber Annual Membership Meeting
When: Tuesday, Jan 16, 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: The Waterfront at Snake River Landing, 1220 Event Center Drive, Idaho Falls, ID 
Join fellow Chamber members as we review the Chamber's accomplishments in 2017, take a look at new objectives for the coming year, and recognize some amazing volunteers. Members $15, potential members $20. More info and register here.

South East Idaho Republican Women Meeting                  
When: Wednesday, Jan 17, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Omni Building, Conference Room 200, Pocatello, ID
Republicans educating today, leading tomorrow. For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., SEIdahoRW President.

Reclaim Idaho Women's March
When: Saturday, Jan 20, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Sandpoint Middle School, 310 S Division Ave, Sandpoint, ID
Gym doors open at noon for a rally featuring "Reclaim Idaho" initiative and keynote speaker Idaho State Representative Paulette Jordan. Representative Jordan is also a Democratic candidate for governor. Please bring signs in support of women's issues and human rights for the North Idaho Women's March. We welcome our good brothers to join us! More info.

To submit events to the Idaho Politics Weekly calendar please use our contact form here.


Idaho Headlines

After Hixon's death, some reflection (Idaho Reports)

After legislative drafting error, governor declined to transfer $27.5 million to road projects (Spokesman-Review)

Idaho's latest plan to address part of health coverage gap clears first legislative hurdle (Spokesman-Review)

Editorial: A CEO for Idaho universities: Are we deciding before we've researched the best solution? (Idaho Statesman)

The Justice Department needs to hold itself accountable, not just the Bundys (Idaho Statesman)

Can there be an immigration deal? Idaho congressman thinks his bill is the one. (Idaho Statesman)

Marty Trillhaase: What Idaho can expect one year from now (Lewiston Tribune)

Ada County Precincts Grow And Shift As Population Surges (Boise State Public Radio)

Idaho Legislature Holds Sexual Harassment Training During First Week At Statehouse (Boise State Public Radio)

Balukoff Sets Off On Statewide Tour In Bid For Idaho Governor Seat (Boise State Public Radio)

Valley residents push for Medicaid expansion (Mountain Express)

Republican congressional candidates discuss campaigns at Caldwell forum (Press-Tribune)

Homeland Security extends DACA renewal after court order (Press-Tribune)

Out-of-state workforce helps Idaho rebound with construction jobs (Idaho Business Review)

Liberal Idaho official produces agenda that must be stopped (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Committee will offer farm bill input to Idaho's congressional delegation (Capital Press)

IDA lays out its legislative agenda (Capital Press)

Idaho Falls eyes revised bond issue (Idaho Education News)

Big new study finds that performance bonuses for teachers boost test scores (Idaho Education News)

National Headlines

Tech Founder: Middle America Is Too 'Violent, Stupid And Racist' For New Jobs (Daily Caller)

GOP senators eager for Romney to join them (The Hill)

GOP leaders face most difficult shutdown deadline yet (The Hill)

What's the Matter with California? (PJ Media)

Lawsuit Claims Surgeon At West Haven Veterans Affairs Hospital Left Scalpel In Patient (Hartford Courant)

Nafta Trio to Gather in Davos as Negotiations Resume in Canada (Bloomberg)

The battle to shut down Obama's presidential center (Washington Examiner)

NAACP Says MLK's Vision Can't Be Achieved Without Fighting Global Warming (Daily Caller)

Worker who sent out Hawaii missile alert is reassigned (New York Post)

Iowa lawsuit pits gay rights against religious freedom (Associated Press)

Christie leaving governor's office as Democrat takes over (Washington Post)