Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, December 19, 2016

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  Idahoans Want Trump to Fix Immigration
By Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Out of a variety of issues, most Idahoans say incoming President Donald Trump can best help their state by improving immigration troubles, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows....

Is Idaho Going to Pot? The Answer Is 'No'
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Pro-marijuana advocates in Idaho must have been celebrating with plates of grandma’s cannabis cookies on election night when Nevada became the third bordering state to legalize the drug for recreational, as well as medical, purposes....

  Idaho and Trump's Choices for DOE & DOI
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
No Idahoan bubbled to the top of the list for Pres.-elect Donald Trump’s selections to head the Department of Energy and the Department of Interior. He selected former Texas Gov. Rick Perry for Energy and Montana Republican U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke...

Guest Essay: The Great Privilege of Representing Idaho
By Congressman Raul Labrador, First Congressional District
As 2016 draws to a close, I want to thank my constituents for the privilege of serving the First Congressional District of Idaho....

The Giving Season in Idaho
By Randy Shumway, Zions Bank Economic Advisor
While many of us are making plans for the holidays and purchasing gifts for one another, we’re also opening our wallets to charitable organizations whose missions we support. In fact, the final few months of each year are known as the “Gi...

  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
NOTE: 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....

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

Meridian Chamber Luncheon
When: Tuesday, Dec 20, 12 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Where: West Ada School District, 1303 E Central Dr, Meridian, ID
Join us for our last luncheon of 2016, brought to you by CapEd Credit Union. A special lunch will be served with lovely holiday music from students in the West Ada School District. $15 members, $20 nonmembers, more info and register here

Magic Valley Republican Women Luncheon
When: Wednesday, Dec 21, 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

Idaho Rep. Labrador meets with Trump, hints he may be up for administration post (Spokesman-Review)

Gov. Butch Otter’s name floated as potential agriculture secretary in Trump administration (Spokesman-Review)

Reported Secretary Of Interior Pick Has Supported Labrador's Public Lands Bill (Boise State Public Radio)

In Eastern Idaho, A Push Is Underway For The State’s First National Park (Boise State Public Radio)

As energy secretary, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry is blank slate on INL, nuclear issues (Post Register)

2 Idaho Electoral College electors to be replaced; federal workers barred from serving (Idaho Statesman)

Idahoans like the idea of Montana hunter, angler and veteran as Interior secretary (Times-News)

Health district’s new network looks like self-dealing (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Idaho Politics Weekly story adds confusion to the Medicaid expansion debate (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Idaho’s second-quarter GDP gain driven by agriculture (Capital Press)

Value of Idaho ag exports down 15 percent through third quarter (Capital Press)

Number of Idaho ag jobs projected to increase by several thousand through 2024 (Capital Press)

Idaho governor considered as agriculture secretary (Capital Press)

School District hires state lobbyist (Mountain Express)

Marty Trillhaase: In Idaho, you've got a reason to be paranoid (Lewiston Tribune)

How will Trump presidency affect Southeast Idaho? (State Journal)

Labrador meets with Trump in NYC; hints at role in new administration (Times-News)

Crapo, Risch the quiet men of the Senate (Times-News)

Otter confirms he is being vetted for Ag Secretary(Times-News)

Literacy initiative tests political patience, and political will (Idaho Education News)

Review team says it found no inaccuracies in teacher evaluations (Idaho Education News)

Healthcare, taxes and workforce development are legislative priorities (Idaho Business Review)

National Headlines

Despite Media Freak-Out, Data Shows Fake News Sites Have Tiny Audience (Daily Caller)

GOP electors cite rural voice in Electoral College (Associated Press)

Muted U.S. response to China's seizure of drone worries Asian allies (New York Times)

Kissinger calls Trump a 'phenomenon that foreign countries haven't seen' (The Hill)

In the Chappaqua woods, a search for Hillary Clinton (Washington Post)

Podesta refuses to say election was 'fair and free' (The Hill)

In last-shot bid, thousands urge electoral college to block Trump at Monday vote (Washington Post)

The Electoral College meets today. Here’s what to expect. (Boston Globe)

Lynch says tarmac meeting with Bill Clinton was 'regrettable' (FOX News)

Trump's un-PC cabinet matches his campaign promises to a T (New York Post)

Iran Toughens Talk on US Jet Deal (Wall Street Journal)

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