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Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  Idahoans Support Some, But Not All, Obama Proposals
Democratic President Barack Obama has never won an election in the very red state of Idaho....

Idaho GOP Chair Stephen Yates: Challenges & Opportunities in 2015
Stephen Yates was elected State Republican Chair in August 2014 after the Idaho Republican convention fell apart in Moscow and previous Chair Barry Peterson was displaced by a state court judge.  ...

  The Geography of Butch Otter's 2014 Win
In 2014, Republican Governor Butch Otter won a decisive 15 point, 53.52% to 38.55%, victory over deep-pocketed Democrat A.J. Balukoff.  ...

Two Conservatives Support More Transportation Funding
Republican Reps. Joe Palmer of Meridian and Paul Shepherd of Riggins are hardline conservatives and proud of it....

  Winning the Political Game: Events Drive Politics
Success in politics, whether as a candidate, an incumbent, or a political activist, depends, in part, on events. Events are important because they force good things to happen. ...

Trending in DC - What's Next for the Affordable Care Act?
As promised, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act on Feb. 3.  ...

Crop Dusting Adds to Idaho's Economy
Since 8.7 percent of Idaho's 2012 total industry output came from the agricultural sector, keeping crops healthy and growing is very important to the state's economy. ...

  Labrador Legislation Requires State, Congressional Approval of National Monuments
Rep. Ral Labrador, R-Idaho, has introduced The National Monument Designation Transparency and Accountability Act, a bill designed to reform the Antiquities Act by restraining unilateral presidential restrictions on federal lands....

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

Bonner County Republican Women Monthly Meeting

When: Tues, February 17, 10:30am 11:30am
Where: Holiday Inn Express & Suites Sandpoint North, 477326 U.S. 95, Ponderay, ID
Join the Bonner County Republican Women's Monthly Meeting. Speaker will be George Wentz on the topic "Are We States or Territories? The Constitutionality of Public Land Holdings in the West." There will be a $5.00 entry fee. Contact Victoria Zeischegg for more information 208-946-0510 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.More Info

Idaho Democratic Party Brown Bag Lunch

When: Wed, February 18, 12pm 1pm
Where: House Minority Caucus Room, 4th Floor, Idaho Capitol Building
The Brown Bag Lunch is an opportunity to catch up on the 2015 legislative session, ask questions, and interact with the Democratic Caucus in a low key setting. For questions please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 208-331-2128.

Andrus Center For Public Policy Politics for Lunch

When: Fri, February 20, 11:30am 1pm
Where: 301 S Capitol Blvd, Boise, ID
Race and Gender in Politics with Dr. Caroline Heldman. An optional lunch will be served at 11:30 with the presentation beginning at Noon and ending promptly at 1:00. Due to limited seating, notice required of all attendees ahead of time. Please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 208-426-3784 with the number of people attending and how many lunches are requested. The cost of lunch is $12, with payment made by cash or check at the door. More info.


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Idaho Headlines

Idaho Lawmakers Ponder Gas Tax Increase As Truckers Struggle To Navigate Failing Roads, Bridges (Boise State Public Radio)

Shepherd calls for booting activist judges (Lewiston Tribune)

Four transportation bills hit Boise (Lewiston Tribune)

Officials: Idaho Education Network will shut down (Post Register)

Road funding shortfall moves to center stage (Post Register)

IF, Ammon and Iona mayors discuss future (Post Register)

Labrador to speak at I.F. GOP gathering (Post Register)

Editorial: Leave IEN in Ruins, Fix the Real Issue (Times-News)

Boise Reps. Want Turkey to Ease Up on Orthodox Church (Times-News)

Deadlines Looming: Schools told to Find Broadband (Times-News)

Advocates Push Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants (Times-News)

Resolution Calls for Impeachment of 'Activist' Judges (Times-News)

Sen. Crapo Says Time Is Ripe for Tax Reform (Times-News)

Bills on Parents' Rights, Common Core Introduced (Times-News)

Idaho House Votes to Exempt Glasses, Contacts from Sales Tax (Times-News)

House Panel Clears Economic Council Changes Over Tax Credit Concerns (Times-News)

Editorial: 2 underwhelming road proposals (Press-Tribune)

Nampa legislators working on urban renewal bill (Press-Tribune)

Attorney General, OPE report recommend bringing legal services in-house (Press-Tribune)

Committee introduces sweeping transportation funding bill (Press-Tribune)

National Headlines

Scott Walker emerging as main challenger to Jeb Bush in Republican field (Telegraph)

Holder: 'We're not in a time of war' (The Hill)

US reveals hit list of top ISIS suspects (The Hill)

Top GOP donors: Be like Bush on immigration (The Hill)

Immigration ruling hardens lines in DHS fight (Politico)

DHS suspends rollout of Obama immigration actions after court order (FOX News)

Obama summit aims to battle extremists, Islamic and otherwise (CNN)

Incoming Oregon governor will talk about restoring trust (Washington Post)

U.S. identifying people to target for role in mortgage crisis (Reuters)

9 Times Joe Biden Creepily Whispered in Women's Ears (New Yorker)

U.S. Will Allow Export of Armed Drones (TIME)