Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, December 12, 2016

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  Poll: Idahoans say Trump Should Compromise with Critics
By Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Three-fourths of Idahoans want President-elect Donald Trump to compromise with those who disagree with him, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows....

  Trump Won't Reverse Environmental Progress
By LaVarr Webb, Idaho Politics Weekly Publisher
The environmental community is understandably alarmed by the prospects of the imminent Trump presidency, and some of his Cabinet nominations have only increased the anxiety....

  Fake News in Idaho
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
There is considerable national discussion about so-called “fake news.” ...

Hagedorn: 'We Cannot Continue to Say No'
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Some words in this commentary may be viewed as offensive to readers. Parental guidance is encouraged for anyone reading this column under the age of 55....

Guest Column: Idaho Shines Brightly with U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree
By Congressman Raul Labrador, First Congressional District
It’s been a wonderful and memorable week in Washington as we celebrated the holidays with the lighting of the Idaho-grown U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree....

Idaho Economic Outlook: Employment, Housing Holding Steady
By Randy Shumway, Zions Bank Economic Advisor
Idaho Labor Market. Idaho’s unemployment rate is holding steady at under 4 percent....

  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....

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

Coffee with Mayor Tammy de Weerd
When: Tuesday, Dec 13, 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Where: Frankie's Java, 112 E Idaho Ave, Meridian, ID
Enjoy coffee and conversation with Mayor Tammy at Frankie's Java.

Boise Chamber CEO Speaker Series featuring Dr. David Pate
When: Tuesday, Dec 13, 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: The Riverside Hotel, 2900 W Chinden Blvd, Boise, ID
Dr. Pate is president and chief executive officer of St. Luke's Health System. Members $30, nonmembers $40. More info and register here.

League of Women Voters of Kootenai County Public Safety Meeting
When: Tuesday, Dec 13, 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Where: Community Library Network at Hayden, 8385 N Government Way, Hayden Lake, ID
League of Women Voters of Kootenai County are presenting
a discussion on public safety featuring County Sheriff Ben Wolfinger. Sheriff Wolfinger will present the latest information regarding public safety in Kootenai County. The public is invited to attend. More info.

Idaho Falls Chamber Legislative Preview Breakfast
When: Thursday, Dec 15, 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
Where: Eastern Idaho Technical College, 1600 S 25th E, Idaho Falls, ID
Continental breakfast provided.
Meeting in EITC Healthcare Building 6 room 6164. RSVP by December 13, email

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

Idaho Headlines

More economic growth expected (CDA Press)

Idaho No. 1 in ability to shape health care (CDA Press)

Idaho Secretary Of State Wants To Enhance Sunshine Laws (Boise State Public Radio)

Editorial: While gridlock grinds in Washington, justice suffers in Idaho (Idaho Statesman)

Feds cut alternative payments to Payette County after oil and gas leasing starts (Idaho Statesman)

Lower Snake River farmers seek federal ruling to allow Idaho salmon to go extinct (Idaho Statsman)

Whistleblower says Idaho labor officials concocted subpoena to get phone records (Idaho Statesman)

Idaho Rep. Labrador to meet with Trump Monday in New York (Idaho Statesman)

State law should give school boards more local control (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Priority One: Give all Idahoans a raise in 2017 (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Farm lobbyists to track several issues during 2017 Idaho Legislature (Capital Press)

Republican rancher will chair Idaho House ag committee (Capital Press)

Tax program helps lure new businesses (Mountain Express)

Marty Trillhaase: Money for schools or tax cuts; Johnson chooses (Lewiston Tribune)

All hail preservation bill (Lewiston Tribune)

Saville requests recount in District 28 Senator race (State Journal)

Idaho state employee pay still lags, despite this year’s raises (Spokesman-Review)

Risch introduces legislation to protect Scotchman Peaks as wilderness area (Spokesman-Review)

Crapo to again head Senate’s ‘Committee on Committees’ (Spokesman-Review)

O'Leary students push for stricter animal cruelty law (Times-News)

Local legislative campaign finance: Who gave? Who got and spent the most? (Times-News)

Idaho educators developed the standards used to audit teacher evaluations (Idaho Education News)

Ybarra calls for schools to stand tall in wake of teacher evaluations audit (Idaho Education News)

Airbnb will now collect sales and travel taxes for hosts (Idaho Business Review)

For Idaho bankers, coming year holds more questions than answers (Idaho Business Review)

Limited options, limited incomes: Trailer park residents feel housing crunch (Press-Tribune)

National Headlines

Netanyahu says he hopes to work with Trump to undo Iran deal (Associated Press)

Trump: 'Ridiculous' to think Russia intervened in election (The Hill)

Trump expected to pick ExxonMobil chief Rex Tillerson as his secretary of state (Washington Post)

Bill Clinton, Lynch lead memorial for ex-AG Janet Reno (Washington Post)

Biden says Trump campaign would have eaten him alive if he ran (New York Daily News)

Trump to choose Ronna Romney McDaniel to lead RNC (The Hill)

Perry Said to Be Trump's Top Candidate for Energy Secretary (Bloomberg)

Trump team's memo hints at broad shake-up of energy policy (Chicago Tribune)

Top Tech Leaders to Meet With Trump (Wall Street Journal)

Behind the deep ties between Exxon's Rex Tillerson and Russia (CNNMoney)

Boeing's $16B aircraft deal with Iran Air faces challenges (USA Today)

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