Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, April 25, 2016

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  Poll: Trump Would Beat Clinton in Idaho
By Bob Bernick
The presumed GOP presidential nominee, Donald Trump, would beat the presumed Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, in Idaho, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows....

  How to Avoid Getting Shot by a Cop
By LaVarr Webb, Idaho Politics Weekly Publisher
Based on the headlines and social media buzz, it seems like more people are being shot by law enforcement officers these days....

  How Idaho's Republican Party Picks National Delegates
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
In the last few weeks, Donald Trump has blasted efforts by Ted Cruz to win delegates via the delegate nominating processes around the country.  Essentially, Cruz’s strategy has been to win delegates regardless of general voting results.&nb...

Chief Justice Jones Retiring, But Not Going Away
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Although Idaho Chief Justice Jim Jones was a loyal Republican in his political life, he drew inspiration as a young man through President John F. Kennedy’s inaugural address in 1961 in which he said, “Ask not what your country can do for ...

Idaho Economic Outlook: Legislature Invests in Education and Other Priorities
By Randy Shumway, Zions Bank Economic Advisor
The 2016 Idaho Legislative Session concluded on March 25 with the passage of approximately 360 pieces of legislation—nearly a third more than last year....

  Dig Into the Data to Understand Demographic Differences
By LaVarr Webb, Idaho Politics Weekly Publisher
It’s always fascinating to look closely at the crosstabs of survey research to see the differences among the various demographic groups....

  Why Reducing the Pay Gap is Very Difficult
By LaVarr Webb, Idaho Politics Weekly Publisher
Here’s a message I recently received from some Democratic Party leaders: “Today is Equal Pay Day, the day the average woman’s salary catches up to what the average man earned last year. On average, women in the US earn 79 ...

  Guest Column: Idaho's Economic Future - and Good Jobs for Families - Require Excellent Education
By Tommy Ahlquist
Recently, a group of Idaho business leaders, including myself, formed a group called Idaho 2020 which is dedicated to helping find policy solutions that invest in Idaho’s future....

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

Boise Chamber 2016 Regional Leadership Conference
When: Monday, April 25 - Tuesday April 26
Where: Sun Valley Inn, 1 Sun Valley Rd, Sun Valley, ID
Topic: From the field to the table, growing the food and beverage industry in the Boise valley. Business, public and community leaders will lead discussions and provide networking opportunities for attendees. More info and register here

Meet the press: Working with Business Publications
When: Thursday, April 28, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Trailhead Boise, s 83702, 500 S 8th St, Boise
In this brown bag lunch session learn directly from the business reporting professionals at the Idaho Business Review. The who, what, when, why and how of working with the business press. This will be a very informative session for anyone who would like to get more, better publicity but doesn't know where to start. More info

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

Idaho Headlines

Clerk, controller: Jail expansion project will end up costing taxpayers (Press-Tribune)

State GOP unrest continues (State Journal)

Idaho Faith-Healing Law Makes National TV (Times-News)

Clow to Kick Off Re-election with 'Magical Evening' (Times-News)

Marty Trillhaase: For Idaho, a few rungs above last place is good enough (Lewiston Tribune)

White House goes 50-50 on wilderness bills (Lewiston Tribune)

Interior Secretary Addresses 'Major Course Correction' In West, Announces Idaho Visit (Boise State Public Radio)

Senate Holds Hearing On Crapo's Bill To Extend Motorized Vehicle Use In Wilderness (Boise State Public Radio)

Idaho voters must ask tough questions of legislative candidates (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Interior Secretary Jewell defends, promotes America’s public lands (Idaho Statesman)

Warm Pacific continues to chop salmon numbers, affecting Idaho, Northwest (Idaho Statesman)

In Idaho, the legislative politics of voting no (Idaho Statesman)

Idaho to pay up after failed defense of anti-union law (Spokesman-Review)

Idaho Supreme Court hopefuls face off in forum (Spokesman-Review)

Initiative proposes sweeping changes to Idaho’s campaign finance laws (Spokesman-Review)

Top Idaho officials disagree on ballot measure to amend state constitution (Spokesman-Review)

Piotrowski looks to unseat Labrador (CDA Press)

District 4 House candidates spar (CDA Press)

Ratings rankle school officials (CDA Press)

Seven Idaho high schools pass Washington Post's 'challenge' (Idaho Education News)

Legal fees rise as leaders revolve in Caldwell (Idaho Education News)

National Headlines

Obama's latest pivot — to Europe (Politico)

Sanders caught in political trap (Politico)

Fed-up GOP mega-donors sitting on their checkbooks (The Hill)

A kinder, gentler Trump? (The Hill)

Hillary Clinton urges Britain to remain in the European Union (Guardian)

CDC Official Warned Staff of Health, Safety Risks During Influx of Illegal Alien Minors (Judicial Watch)

Ted Cruz and John Kasich to Coordinate Against Donald Trump (New York Times)

Virginia Governor Says Restoring Rights to Felons 'Wasn't Politics' (ABC News)

Why a Washington judge allowed a CIA torture lawsuit to proceed (Christian Science Monitor)

China debt load reaches record high as risk to economy mounts (CNBC)

De Blasio’s Ties to Real-Estate Industry Are Scrutinized (Wall Street Journal)


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