Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, November 28, 2016

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  Poll: Idahoans Not Overly Confident in the Economy
By Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Idahoans are not overly optimistic about the future of either the U.S. economy or their own state’s economy, a poll by Idaho Politics Weekly finds....

  Consistency Needed in Application of 10th Amendment
By LaVarr Webb, Idaho Politics Weekly Publisher
Last week I noted that many states are defying federal law by allowing recreational and medical use of marijuana....

  Butch Otter as Interior Secretary?
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Apparently, Idaho Gov. Butch Otter is under serious consideration by President-elect Donald Trump to be his Secretary of the Department of the Interior. ...

Popular Vote Wouldn't Work in Presidential Elections
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
We hear this talk every four years about abolishing the Electoral College, and especially when a presidential candidate wins the popular vote, but loses the electoral vote....

Idaho Economic Outlook: Holiday Events Provide Economic Benefit
By Randy Shumway, Zions Bank Economic Advisor
Around the globe, holiday events are successful not only because they invite community involvement and inspire traditions that bring people together year after year, but also because they generate revenue and create jobs....

  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....

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

Idaho Falls Chamber CEO Speaker Series with Dr. Mark Peters
When: Thursday, Dec 1, 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Where: INL Meeting Center, 775 University Blvd, Idaho Falls, ID
Join us for a breakfast with Dr. Mark Peters, Laboratory Director, Idaho National Laboratory. This event is free and open to the public. More info

Ada County Republican Women's Club Meet and Greet
When: Thursday, Dec 1, 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Where: Capitol Cellars, 110 S 5th St, Boise, ID
Each month on 1st Thursday the ACRWC holds a social hour meet & greet. Connect with 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

Interior Secretary Otter? Idaho governor mentioned in Trump transition speculation (Idaho Statesman)

With few specifics, Idaho lawmakers urge action on health care for gap group (Idaho Statesman)

With no governor’s mansion, Idaho to continue paying Gov. Otter $54,000 a year to live at home (Spokesman-Review)

Idaho legislative panel calls for closing health coverage gap, but no agreement on how (Spokesman-Review)

Idaho officials waiting to see what Trump will mean for refugee program (Times-News)

Crapo to lead busy Bank panel in '17 (Times-News)

Governor’s fight could enable mining here (Mountain Express)

Lawyer: Idaho open range laws complicated (Capital Press)

Marty Trillhaase: With pressure off, Idaho can ignore poor and sick (Lewiston Tribune)

Is it tough to hire a skilled workforce in Idaho? It depends. (Idaho Business Review)

Idaho’s noncompete law bucks a national trend (Idaho Business Review)

Industry officials hope Trump relaxes more federal regulations (Idaho Business Review)

End Idaho’s law against below-cost sales (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Idaho Democrats Create 'Rapid Response Team' After Election Losses (Boise State Public Radio)

East Idaho teacher 'jumped off a cliff' to start her own school (Idaho Education News)

Trump chooses school choice advocate to head Education Department (Idaho Education News)

National Headlines

Federal agencies push 'midnight' rule-making flurry under Obama (Christian Science Monitor)

Priebus: Trump will require 'some movement' from Cuba for relationship (The Hill)

Fed braces for Trump administration shake-up (The Hill)

In Tweet Flurry, President-Elect Donald Trump Calls Election Recount Efforts 'Sad' (NBC News)

Sheriff on pipeline protests: 'My job is to enforce the law' (Chicago Tribune)

Tug of War Delays Some of Donald Trump's Key Hires (Wall Street Journal)

Trump douses White House hopes of Cruz, Rubio and others (Politico)

Tim Ryan says Dems no longer 'a national party,' challenging Nancy Pelosi as House minority leader (Washington Times)

Cities Vow to Fight Trump on Immigration, Even if They Lose Millions (New York Times)

Devotion, despair fill teeming North Dakota camp (Boston Globe)

Future is dim for consumer agency (Detroit News)

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