Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, February 23, 2015

Your one-stop source for Idaho political, government and public policy information, presented by Zions Bank. Subscribe to have our weekly e-newsletter delivered to your in-box each Monday morning.

This Week In Idaho Politics

  Poll: Idahoans Favor Tougher Stance on Foreign Policy
Katie bar the door: In very Republican Idaho, when asked about four major foreign policy issues most Idahoans support Democratic President Barack Obama's positions in three areas, opposing him in only one, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows....

  Winning the Political Game: Use Symbols to Deliver Messages
On the first day of a legislative session a few years ago, lawmakers were seen on TV ripping pages out of a State Code book. ...

Senate Education Chair Dean Mortimer: Education Issues in the 2015 Session
First elected to the Idaho State Senate in 2008, Dean Mortimer is the new Idaho State Senate Education Committee chair.  ...

Ds and Rs Not So Far Apart on a Few Issues
Leave it to Dean Ferguson, communications director for the Idaho Democratic Party, to make election losses appear to be the Chinese "Year of the Donkey."...

How Rebecca Casper Won the Idaho Falls Mayoral Race
Idaho Falls is Idaho's fourth largest city, only trailing Boise, Meridian and Nampa. In 2013, the city had one of the most contested mayoral elections in the state....

Idaho Economic Outlook: Technology Plays Big Role
As much as technology affects the minutes of our days-checking email, keeping in touch with friends, and even reading articles like this-it has massive implications in the world of industry and business. ...

  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.  ...

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

Ada County Democrats Legislative Lunch

When: Wed, February 25, 12pm 1pm
Where: Bardenay's Boiler Room, 610 West Grove Street, Boise
The Legislative 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 with a catered meal. Boise's historic Basque Block provides the perfect mix of history and culture for a discussion of Idaho's politics and future. Lunch will be served in Bardenay's Boiler Room. More Info

Twin Falls County Lincoln Day Dinner

When: Sat, February 28, 6pm 9pm
Where: Canyon Crest Dining and Event Center, 330 Canyon Crest Drive, Twin Falls, ID
Guest Speaker will be Lt. Governor Brad Little. 6pm-Meet & Greet with Republican Elected officials and cocktail hour; 7pm-dinner, auction & program. Cocktail attire suggested. Tickets $45 or $500 for sponsor tables. Contact Chenele Dixonor at 208-420-3232 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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

Idaho Headlines

CenturyLink says it won't shut down IEN system immediately; schools scramble for coverage (Idaho Business Review)

New bill requires parental OK for teens to use tanning beds (Idaho Business Review)

Idaho lawmakers close to setting budget for college of ag (Capital Press)

Mom needs to tell the Legislature it can't have everything (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Op-ed: Don't raid Idaho's general fund to pay for roads (Idaho Statesman)

Editorial: Moving Idaho presidential primary to March is really bad idea (Idaho Statesman)

Sen. Chuck Winder, R-Boise, explains why he supports creating benefit corporations in Idaho (Idaho Statesman)

Lawmakers lower their aim for transportation and tax deal (Idaho Statesman)

House passes emergency funding as CenturyLink pledges not to pull plug Sunday (Idaho Statesman)

Simpson: Support builds for Central Idaho wilderness bill (Idaho Statesman)

New Idaho approach to crime and punishment aims to save money, change lives (Idaho Statesman)

Idaho Lawmakers Vote To Drop Laws On Sheriff's Posses, Dueling (Boise State Public Radio)

Idaho Bill Would Let Parents Opt Kids Out Of Standardized Test Requirement (Boise State Public Radio)

Taxes Would Go Up For 95 Percent Of Idaho Payers Under Legislative Proposal (Boise State Public Radio)

Sponsor Of Idaho Gas Tax Hike Says It's An 'Ugly Plan' Meant To Start Talks (Boise State Public Radio)

Editorial: Why schools need your attention (CDA Press)

Bill would tab $11M for veterans home (CDA Press)

Malek's meeting generates questions, conversation (CDA Press)

Kootenai County GOP to discuss making Christianity state's preferred religion (Spokesman-Review)

School donations bill stalled in House (Spokesman-Review)

National Headlines

DHS chief: Be 'careful' at Mall of America after terror threat (The Hill)

Dems cash in with Oscar picks (The Hill)

What ISIS Really Wants (Atlantic)

Sure, Obama loves America - just not the America we live in (New York Post)

Kayla Mueller's Dad Tells 'Today' Show: Policy Trumped Lives (Associated Press)

New poll finds Americans think rich should be taxed more (Christian Science Monitor)

Marketing wizards to help sell Clinton brand for 2016 White House bid? (Economic Times)

Homeland Secretary Johnson suggests term 'violent extremism' used at behest of Muslim leaders (FOX News)

Gov. Scott Walker: 'I don't know' whether Obama is a Christian (Washington Post)

Ten days that shook the euro; how Greece came to the brink (Reuters)

GOP governors in Maryland, Tennessee offer voluntary employee buyouts to reduce government (FOX News)


Subscribers may receive special messages with information about new features, special offers, or public policy messages from clients and advertisers.