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Idaho leaders: Be vocal like Sen. Tim Scott

by Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
One of the great conservatives in the U.S. Senate is Tim Scott. He is from South Carolina…

The people have spoken: Let’s expand Medicaid

by Jim Jones
The Idaho Constitution flatly declares: “All political power is inherent in the people.”

Guest opinion: Banking Committee had a lot of success

by Sen. Mike Crapo
Committees are essential to the legislative process.
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State of the State address by Gov. Brad Little

by Idaho Politics Weekly Staff
Mr. Speaker, Mr. Pro Tem, Madam President, honored legislators, my fellow constitutional…
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House & Senate Democratic response to State of the State address

by Idaho Politics Weekly staff
Sen. Michelle Stennett and Rep. Mat Erpelding gave the following response to the State of…
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Political News Notes: Inmate surgery appeal...Boise River concerns...New comms director

by Idaho Politics Weekly Staff
Idaho appeals ruling in transgender inmate surgery case. Gov. Brad Little announced today…
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Press release: Proposed INL nuclear plant to feature safer digital display system

by Press release
NuScale Power and Ultra Electronics Energy (Ultra) unveiled a new safety display and…
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Shoot-out at the Supreme Court on Jan. 29

by Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
All eyes will be on the Idaho Supreme Court on Jan. 29. That is the date set for oral…

Political Calendar Highlights

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Idaho Falls Chamber Annual Membership Meeting   
When: Tuesday, January 15, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Where: Melaleuca, Inc. Global Headquarters, 4609 West 65th South, Idaho Falls, ID
Mark your calendars for a review of 2018 and an overview of 2019 at the Annual Membership Meeting. Members will receive printed copies of the 2018 Annual Report, and we will be celebrating accomplishments and announcing our exciting plans for the coming year. We will present awards to Chamber members who have provided their time and efforts to the Board of Directors. The Tribute to Local Business Award will also be presented. More info and tickets here.

Leadership Boise Alumni Government Session Opportunity 2019
When: Wednesday, January 16, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Boise City Hall, 150 N Capitol Blvd, Boise, ID
LB Alumni members are invited to attend the 2018 Leadership Boise Government afternoon Session. Attend the full afternoon or only the session you’d like to see. The social hour will be held at Capital Cellars directly following the end of the day. More info.

Leadership Meridian 2018/2019 Session Day
When: Thursday, January 17, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Location varies
Leadership Meridian is a program of the Meridian Chamber of Commerce. It consists of monthly, day long sessions where participants receive an insider's view of our local area. New perspectives for creative leadership are taught with the goal to give them a foundation to expand their leadership role within the community and their businesses.  More info.

Kootenai County Dem Club: Katherine Aiken–Bunker Hill Mine Issues
When: Friday, January 18, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Iron Horse Restaurant, 407 E Sherman Ave, Coeur d'Alene, ID
Katherine Aiken, Professor of History, University of Idaho and author, will speak about Bunker Hill Mine in Kellogg; environmental issues and agreement with Placer Mining to rebuild. More info.

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Idaho Headlines

McGeachin says business experience will help her in lieutenant governor role (State Journal)

District 26 lawmakers outline legislative priorities (Mountain Express)

Freedom Foundation argues Prop 2 would turn Idaho lawmakers into 'zombie legislators' (Idaho Press)

There's a new Sen. Bayer, at least for now... (Idaho Press)

Tribal Hunting Rights In Mountain West Take Center Stage At Supreme Court (Boise State Public Radio)

Idaho's International Trade Officials Offer Optimism Despite Lingering Talk Of Trade Wars (Boise State Public Radio)

Tax Reform: Revenue panel projects $93 million less than Little (Post Register)

'Jump in and figure it out': Freshmen legislators get thrown into work of making laws (Times-News)

Sen. Risch talks foreign relations, government shutdown, President Trump (Times-News)

No recession predicted for next year, Legislative committee hears (Idaho Business Review)

Little: Idaho to appeal ruling requiring state to pay for transgender inmate’s surgery (Idaho Statesman)

As the Idaho delegation gets to work in D.C., this senator wants to end shutdowns forever (Idaho Statesman)

Contrary to what Jim Jones says, Medicaid expansion is not a done deal (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Marty Trillhaase: Did the anti-Medicaid caucus just get checkmated? (Lewiston Tribune)

Idaho lawmakers trim revenue forecast (Lewiston Tribune)

HP to bankroll study of Idaho education system (Idaho Education News)

New Idaho governor makes ag a budget priority (Capital Press)

In session: NW legislatures take up issues impacting agriculture (Capital Press)

National Headlines