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Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, December 5, 2016

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  Poll: Idahoans Don't Think Trump Will Build the Border Wall
By Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Idaho Republicans gave Donald Trump their four Electoral College votes, but even they don’t believe Trump will build a wall along the Mexican border, nor will he be able to make our southern neighbors pay for it, a new Idaho Politics Weekly pol...

Guest Opinion: Electoral College Compromise United America by Protecting Small States
By Congressman Raul Labrador, First Congressional District
Some Americans are so disappointed by the result of the presidential election that they call for the abolition of a 229-year-old institution that has kept our nation strong and united -- the Electoral College....

  Trump DOE Pick Could Be Key for Idaho
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
As President-elect Donald Trump rolls out his Cabinet nominations, one position Idahoans should keep an eye on is his pick for the head of the Department of Energy, expected shortly. ...

Idaho Delegation Looks at Soaring Insulin Costs
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
The EpiPen controversy over the summer cast a beacon of light to a big problem in the healthcare industry....

Economic Outlook for 2017 Remains Healthy
By Randy Shumway, Zions Bank Economic Advisor
U.S. Short-Term Economic Outlook. Wall Street markets registered gains the day immediately following the U.S. presidential election, signaling that investors remain optimistic about the future of the economy....

  Coeur d'Alene Tribe Names New Legislative Director
By Press Release
Tyrel Stevenson has assumed the role of Legislative Director for the Coeur d’Alene Tribe. He will be handling tribal issues at the federal, state and local government levels. ...

  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....

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

Boise Metro Chamber Holiday Reception with Elected Officials
When: Tuesday, Dec 6, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: Boise Centre East, 777 W. Main Street, Boise
Meet and greet with state officers, area legislators, mayors, county commissioners, community college trustees, city council members, and state board members. $35 members, $45 non-members, includes appetizers and 2 drink tickets. More info and RSVP here

Kootenai Democrats Progressive Diners
When: Wednesday, Dec 7, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Seasons of Coeur d'Alene, 209 Lakeside Ave, Coeur d’Alene, ID
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. RSVP to participate, more info.

Idaho Falls Chamber CEO Speaker Series with Dr. Mark Peters
When: Thursday, Dec 8, 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.

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

Idaho Headlines

Idaho Legislature reshuffles committee posts, gears up for session (Spokesman-Review)

Losing candidate files challenge with the Idaho Senate (Spokesman-Review)

The political impact on gun sales (CDA Press)

Boise Meeting On Salmon, Dam Removal Brings Up Old And New Arguments (Boise State Public Radio)

Feds Say Idaho Single-Sex Elementary Classrooms Violated Law (Boise State Public Radio)

Idaho to stay the course with teacher evaluation model (Idaho Education News)

Vanorden promoted to chairwoman of House Education (Idaho Education News)

Editorial: Future of Idaho’s wild salmon can’t be sacrificed for any other interest (Idaho Statesman)

The two women who seem to have the edge right now for Interior secretary (Idaho Statesman)

Analyst: Idaho has reasonable taxes but outdated policies (Idaho Statesman)

Otter mum on whether he’s being considered for Trump’s cabinet (Idaho Statesman)

Constituents deserve legislative involvement during times of controversy (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Idaho should fix its own health insurance marketplace (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

New lawmaker hopes to improve technology infrastructure in rural Idaho (Capital Press)

Farm Bureau leaders: Election results show power of rural America (Capital Press)

Draft plan released for new wilderness areas (Mountain Express)

Marty Trillhaase: Our man in Havana? Butch Otter, who else? (Lewiston Tribune)

Legislators get their assignments (Lewiston Tribune)

Lawmakers eye law that lets cops seize assets (Times-News)

6 Idahoans who want something from government in 2017 (Times-News)

Businesses in limbo after pushback halts overtime rules (Idaho Business Review)

Interim committee finishes employee benefit report (Idaho Business Review)

Voter turnout reaches record numbers this election (Press-Tribune)

National Headlines

Dem blame game rages over Clinton loss (The Hill)

Should California secede? How the state is politically out-of-step with the rest of the country (Los Angeles Times)

Democrats have lost an entire generation of congressional leaders (Washington Post)

Rouhani Urges Obama to Block Iran Sanctions Law Extension (Bloomberg)

Trump Expands Search for His Secretary of State (New York Times)

U.S. defense elite rally behind Trump's unusual Pentagon pick (Reuters)

Protesters cheer Army Corps’ decision (Washington Post)

A showdown between Trump and the Fed is looming (Business Insider)

Trump Forms an Advisory Group of CEOs for Input on Jobs (Associated Press)

Overhead bins should be free for all fliers: Chuck Schumer (New York Post)

Trump's plan to rethink free trade agreements could have a silver lining for the environment (Business Insider)