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Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, November 14, 2016

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  Idahoans Support Expanding Healthcare Coverage
By Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
With the (surprise?) election Tuesday of Donald Trump as president of the United States, one thing is likely: Obamacare will be repealed by Trump and the GOP-controlled Congress....

  Guest Commentary: Thoughts on the 2016 Election
By David H. Leroy
What a night! Call it historic, amazing, depressing, unprecedented - Pick your own adjective.  Here are my takeaways from an epic election evening:...

  How Brody Won the Supreme Court Race
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
In the midst of the hue and cry of the presidential election, the outcome of one Idaho race has drawn minimal attention, and that is the battle for Idaho Supreme Court between Rupert attorney Robyn Brody and Republican State Sen. Curt McKenzie....

Looking Ahead...That's What We Do
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
One of the pleasurable aspects of my job – if you want to call this “work” – is that it never ends. I’m already starting to look at the next election as the dust settles from President-elect Donald Trump’s earthsha...

  Local Polling...How to Blow Up Washington...Trump Flexibility
By LaVarr Webb, Idaho Politics Weekly Publisher
A good pollster. While pollsters across the country are getting beat up for missing Trump’s presidential win, I believe Idaho Politics Weekly’s pollster, Dan Jones & Associates, did a fine job measuring opinion in Idaho....

The Challenges Facing the New Administration: What The Next President Must Anticipate
By Robert Spendlove, Economic and Public Policy Officer, Zions Bank
The long election is over.  Our country has selected a new President who will lead the Executive Branch of government for the next four years (and maybe more, with some luck).  It is now a useful time to assess the status of our country, th...

Idaho Economic Outlook: Setting the Trend for Idaho Farmers Markets
By Randy Shumway, Zions Bank Economic Advisor
Farmers markets occupy a unique niche in Idaho’s economy: by connecting local farmers with local consumers, they reward the state’s agricultural vendors and enhance the nutritional health of the community....

  Idahoans Give Gov. Butch Otter 54% Approval Rating
By Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Most Idahoans approve of the job GOP Gov. Butch Otter is doing, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows....

  Three Incumbents Enjoy Good Approval Ratings
By Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
It’s easy to see why the three Idaho Republican members of Congress are coasting to their re-elections this year – they all have relatively fine job approval ratings by their constituents, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll finds....

  Horrid Election Lurches to a Close
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
The worst presidential election in my lifetime is about over. Good riddance....

Idaho Takes a Dive in 'Conservative' Scores
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
For whatever ratings are worth from “conservative” organizations – and they’re not worth a lot, except to provide a snapshot of legislative action -- I must give props to the Idaho Freedom Foundation’s Wayne Hoffman....

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce Advocacy Committee Meeting
When: Tuesday, Nov 15, 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Where: 425 N. Capitol Ave., Idaho Falls, ID
Weigh in on issues facing your businesses and organizations at the chamber’s advocacy committee meeting. This is an opportunity to help decide the policies that the chamber will support for this year’s legislative session. More info.

Boise Chamber of Commerce Donuts and Democracy
When: Tuesday, Nov 15, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Where: Boise City Hall, 150 N Capitol Blvd, Boise, ID
Panel discussion on transportation planning, free and open to all chamber members. Panel contributors and more info here.

Meridian Chamber Luncheon
When: Tuesday, Nov 15, 12 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Where: West Ada School District | DSC Auditorium District Service/Training Center, 1303 E Central Drive, Meridian
Speaker Rebecca Hupp, Director of the Boise Airport. $15 members, $20 non-members. RSVP required, register and more info here.

Magic Valley Republican Women Luncheon
When: Wednesday, Nov 16, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Clear Lake Country Club, 403 Clear Lake Ln, Buhl, ID
The third Wednesday of every month, join the Magic Valley Republican Women for their luncheon meeting at Clear Lake Country Club in Buhl. 11 a.m. social time, 12 noon lunch. For information call Billee 421-2101.

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

Idaho Headlines

Editorial: After election, time to allow our ‘better angels’ to ‘now come together’ (Idaho Statesman)

Trump’s Idaho: Who will the president hire here? How will his decisions change us? (Idaho Statesman)

5 ways Idaho is redder after the election (Idaho Statesman)

Trump deportations would hit Idaho ag, where a fourth of all workers are undocumented (Idaho Statesman)

Idaho Sen. Crapo wins historic fourth term; Labrador, Simpson also win (Spokesman-Review)

North Idaho GOP incumbents win big in legislative races (Spokesman-Review)

Idaho Legislature will have just one Democrat from north of Boise (Spokesman-Review)

Local GOP rides national success (CDA Press)

Otter: Trump will ‘bring $ home’ (CDA Press)

'The better of two evils': Magic Valley voters pained by presidential candidates (Times-News)

Twin Falls GOP incumbents crush Democratics (Times-News)

Blaine County breaks for Clinton (Mountain Express)

Trump appears unlikely to support transfer of federal lands (Mountain Express)

Idaho election: Few surprises; constitutional amendment on regulations too close to call (Capital Press)

Voters strengthen legislators’ control over state rules (Capital Press)

Marty Trillhaase: Can't Idaho find a better way to pick judges? (Lewiston Tribune)

Dam fans, foes wonder about Trump's approach (Lewiston Tribune)

Environmental group sues Atlanta Gold over mine (Idaho Business Review)

Illegible ballots delay Canyon election results (Press-Tribune)

Election mop-up: Canyon County heavily favors Trump, other Republicans (Press-Tribune)

Idaho Dems reeling after election (State Journal)

Medicaid expansion is a policy loser in Idaho (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Hoffman: Taxpayers won, special interests and big government lost at the Idaho polls (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

CWI Trustee Discusses Bond Defeat And Next Steps (Boise State Public Radio)

Idaho Democrats Suffer Legislative Losses (Boise State Public Radio)

What a Trump presidency might mean for K-12 (Idaho Education News)

Trustees back Ybarra's rural school center (Idaho Education News)

National Headlines

Clinton blames Comey letters for defeat (Politico)

'Devastating' election for House Democrats triggers request to Pelosi (Politico)

Trump names Priebus, Bannon to WH staff (The Hill)

Trump pits establishment against populism at the top of his White House team (Washington Post)

Anti-Trump protests continue in New York, LA, Philadelphia (Washington Post)

Ryan: 'We are not planning on erecting a deportation force' (CNN)

In Twist, Trump Victory Could Defang Anti-Establishment GOP Caucus (New York Times)

Trump relies on Washington insiders to build administration (Washington Post)

Never Trumpers Romney, Kasich, Bush Call President-Elect With Congratulations (Daily Caller)

Who Benefits From Donald Trump's Tax Plan? (NPR)

Dollar Rises to Nine-Month High as Trump Seen Spurring Inflation (Bloomberg)