Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, November 21, 2016

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  Poll: Idahoans Sound Off About 'Car Crusing'
By Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Is it the movie “American Graffiti,” or something more sinister?...

  Guest Commentary: Republicans Must Keep Promises
By Congressman Raul Labrador, First Congressional District
In electing Donald Trump as our 45th president, the American people sent an unmistakable message: Change Washington....

  Guest Essay: Important Lessons Learned from the Nez Perce
By Rod Gramer
Following the ugly division that became the 2016 campaign we might look toward the Nez Perce for guidance on how to have a more respectful and productive discourse regarding the issues that face our state and country....

  Shall We Pick & Choose What Federal Laws We Obey?
By LaVarr Webb, Idaho Politics Weekly Publisher
The recent election was pretty good for advocates of medical and recreational marijuana, with a several states making marijuana use legal – for certain purposes – according to state law....

A Vote for the Supreme Court...And the NRA
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Is there ever a doubt how former Idaho Sen. Larry Craig votes in presidential elections?...

  A Republican Wins a Legislative Race in Pocatello
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Idaho Republicans had a fantastic night statewide on Nov. 8.  They wiped out every Idaho Democrat in the Idaho Legislature north of Boise except one.  And, they won a solidly Democratic House race in Pocatello....

Sustainable and Effective Assistance for Our Homeless Population
By Randy Shumway, Zions Bank Economic Advisor
Recently, my 13-year-old son and I spent an afternoon visiting with a gathering of people who are homeless. ...

  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 election Tuesday of Donald Trump as president of the United States, one thing is likely: Obamacare will be repealed by Trump and the GOP-controlled Congress....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...

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

Meridian Chamber Ambassador Committee Meeting
When: Tuesday, Nov 22, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: New Ventures Lab, Inc, 33 E Idaho Ave, Meridian, ID
Agenda includes new member presentations and packet pick-up, lunch boxes by Grant's Neighborhood Grill. More info and registration here

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Idaho Headlines

Editorial: Changes in politics don’t erase Idaho’s duty to those needing health care (Idaho Statesman)

New oil and gas rules improve transparency and oversight but critics say more needed (Idaho Statesman)

Why the polls got the election wrong. In Idaho, it’s partly because of cellphones (Idaho Statesman)

With changes promised by Trump and GOP, what happens to Idaho health care? (Idaho Statesman)

Crapo, Risch standing by Judge Nye nomination, hoping for Senate vote soon (Spokesman-Review)

Idaho Trump electors report ‘barrage’ of harassing messages urging them to change votes (Spokesman-Review)

With Otter in Hawaii, Denney gets a chance to preside over Idaho Land Board (Spokesman-Review)

Mining, timber execs hoping Trump helps (CDA Press)

Medicaid expansion in Idaho likely dead with Trump win (Times-News)

Bedke, Hill hope Trump win means more states' rights emphasis (Times-News)

Idaho cattlemen endorse Little for governor (Capital Press)

Marty Trillhaase: Hoffman stands athwart history and yells: 'Stop' (Lewiston Tribune)

Sen. Bair in crosshairs of former commissioners (Lewiston Tribune)

New online tool helps businesses navigate lawmaking process (Idaho Business Review)

Idaho elector denounces dirty tactics by Trump foes (Press-Tribune)

Trump's stance on DACA worries student about college plans (Press-Tribune)

CWI hit a bond-vote dry hole, time for a new approach (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

State commits its own 'crime against society' by saying no to CBD oil (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Idaho Fish And Game Meet To Discuss Grizzly Delisting, Online Security (Boise State Public Radio)

Senator Crapo Pushes For Vote On Federal Judge, Idaho Issues During Lame Duck Session (Boise State Public Radio)

The money trail between independent groups and political parties (Idaho Education News)

Ybarra’s office clarifies plans to comply with federal law (Idaho Education News)

National Headlines

Kissinger: Trump has no baggage (The Hill)

Trump and his transition team push ahead, meeting with political allies (Washington Post)

Christie re-emerges after his falling out with Trump. But is he back on the inside? (Washington Post)

Mike Pence doesn’t rule out waterboarding under Trump administration (Washington Post)

Trump Would Relish a Supreme Court Fight (National Review)

Pentagon, Intelligence Chiefs Push to Oust NSA Director (Wall Street Journal)

Businessman Wilbur Ross is a leading contender for commerce secretary (CNNMoney)

Trump Has His Health-Care Work Cut Out (Wall Street Journal)

Dudley: Dodd-Frank's not perfect, 'reasonable' to change (CNBC)

Trump's $1 trillion plan hits D.C. speed bumps (Politico)

Trump win a windfall for stock market’s little guys (MarketWatch)

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