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Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  Most Idaho Residents Want Federal Lands turned Over to State Control
By Bob Bernick
Three-fourths of all Idahoans want the federal land in the state turned over to state government management, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll finds....

  Poll: Idahoans Approve Blocking of Nuclear Fuel Cells
By Bob Bernick
GOP Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden’s decision to stop the shipment of two dozen nuclear fuel cells into the state for research purposes is approved of by a majority of Idahoans, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows....

  Guest Commentary: A Conservative Solution to the Puerto Rico Debt Crisis
By Congressman Raul Labrador
As a member of the House Natural Resources Committee with jurisdiction over U.S. territories, I’ve been working hard for several months to find a solution to the fiscal crisis in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico....

Guest Column: Participate in the Idaho STEP Challenge
By Congressman Mike Simpson
Washington, D.C. – “By now, some of you may have heard that I am inviting Idahoans to join me in a virtual walk across the country in our Idaho STEP Challenge. ...

Here's a Job That's Perfect for Brad Little
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Idaho Lt. Gov. Brad Little would be the last one to complain about his working conditions, so let me do the complaining....

  Political Odds & Ends in Idaho
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
A few thoughts on a few, somewhat random, topics......

Idaho and U.S. Economic Outlook: Signs are Mixed
By Randy Shumway, Zions Bank Economic Advisor
Idaho Housing Market. Home prices continued to rise slightly across the nation and in Idaho in March....

  Western States Renewable Power Ranking Released Idaho Tops the List
By BusinessWire
Idaho tops the Western States in renewable power generation, according to ranking released by the Geothermal Energy Association....

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

Kootenai Democrats Progressive Diners
When: Wednesday, June 1, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Seasons of Coeur d'Alene, 209 Lakeside Ave, Coeur d'Alene
This is a dinner group with focused conversation around topics of interest to Democrats. All are welcome. The group meets on the 1st Wednesday of each month. You must RSVP to participate, more info

2016 Idaho GOP Convention
When: Thursday, June 2 to Saturday June 4
Where: Ford Idaho Center, 16200 N Idaho Center Blvd, Nampa
The Idaho Republican Party, working with the Canyon County Republican Party, is putting together a convention that will be fun, informative, family friendly and help unify Republicans going into the 2016 Presidential Election. With several exciting events planned, the Convention will feature prominent national, state, and local Republican leaders. Find more information, an agenda, and registration information here.

Idaho Falls Chamber CEO Speaker Series
When: Thursday, June 2, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: ARTorium on Broadway, 271 W. Broadway Street, Idaho Falls
Guest speaker Roy Whitehead, President and CEO Washington Federal. Free event, more info.

Ada County Republican Women Meet & Greet
When: Thursday, June 2, 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Where: Capitol Cellars, 110 S 5th St, Boise
We want to get to know you better and learn how we can better serve and connect the Republican Women, Candidates, and Elected Officials of Ada County. More info.

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

Idaho Headlines

Increasing revenues boost Ketchum budget (Mountain Express)

Population growth slows in Idaho cities (Mountain Express)

Middle Fork could regain role as salmon nursery (Mountain Express)

Report: Idaho has no affordable housing for minimum wage workers (Idaho Business Review)

Feds propose closing sheep grazing in west-central Idaho (Associated Press)

Marty Trillhaase: Risch should keep pledge he made last year (Lewiston Tribune)

IFG commissioner rips Idaho Legislature (Lewiston Tribune)

'Executive overreach' or 'well-run system?' (Lewiston Tribune)

Recharging Idaho’s economic future (Capital Press)

Conservatives win in May election (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

U.S. Rep. Simpson, Idaho Conservation League have come a long way (Idaho Statesman)

NOAA Fisheries: Snake River salmon that spawn in Idaho still imperiled (Idaho Statesman)

Election loss could change future of Canyon County jail (Idaho Statesman)

Idaho college funding still lagging (Spokesman-Review)

Labrador co-sponsors forfeiture reform bill (CDA Press)

The cost of college (CDA Press)

Even With Bundy Behind Bars, 'Range War' Lives On For Some Ranchers (Boise State Public Radio)

Idaho plans to back lawsuit over transgender student policy (Idaho Education News)

Full discussions with Denney and pundits (Idaho Reports)

National Headlines

Can the World Survive A Perpetually Combative President Trump? (Politico)

Dems fear Obama immigration raids could hurt Latino turnout (Politico)

Hillary's ObamaCare problem (The Hill)

Hispanic lawmakers face painful decision on Puerto Rico (The Hill)

Clinton adds more campaign stops to avert a Sanders upset in California (Washington Post)

Animal rights activists disrupt Bernie Sanders rally (Plain Dealer)

Sanders packs Oakland pews, backs Warriors (SFGate)

Never-Trump conservatives search for alternative (CNN)

Faced with fraud case, Trump brings up judge's 'Mexican' heritage (CNN)

Holder: Snowden did 'public service,' but should still be punished (Associated Press)

After Winning Regulatory Battle Against Ride-Sharing Firms, Austin Turns to Black Market and Deregulation (Reason)