Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  Poll: Idahoans Expect Trump to Repeal Obamacare
By Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Nearly two-thirds of Idahoans believe Donald Trump will “fully” repeal Obamacare, as he’s promised....

  The Political Fun Will Continue in 2017
By LaVarr Webb, Idaho Politics Weekly Publisher
The year 2016, which featured one of the most unpredictable and tumultuous elections in U.S. history, is almost over. I’ve been watching politics for some 45 years, and I’ve never witnessed anything quite as remarkable as the 2016 preside...

  What Idaho's Population Surge Means for 2018
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
I am a huge believer that demographic trends are drivers. Last week, we got some insight into Idaho’s future....

My Day with the 'Great' Bill Hall
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
“Greatness” is not a word that is associated with many people in the journalism profession. I’ve worked with many “good,” and even “excellent,” journalists during 48 years of writing, but there are three who ...

How Will Robotics Propel Our Economy?
By Randy Shumway, Zions Bank Economic Advisor
Today’s reality is beginning to look a lot like the realm of sci-fi movies....

  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....

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

4th Annual Idaho Potato Drop
When: Saturday, Dec 31, 1 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Where: Idaho State Capitol, North Capitol Boulevard, Boise
Debuting the all-new, high-tech internally lit GlowTato with fireworks, rail jam event, music by Jeff Crosby and The Refugees, and other bands/entertainment. Kicks off with Summerwind Skippers on the main stage at 1 pm. More info.

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Idaho Headlines

A turnaround? Idaho college enrollment increases (Idaho Education News)

Confusion abounds in wake of teacher evaluations review (Idaho Education News)

Wages leap forward (CDA Press)

Study: Idaho least prepared for public health emergency (CDA Press)

Idaho Records Third Largest Population Growth In Country (Boise State Public Radio)

‘Wicked smart’: Boise mayor’s right-hand man is a private, prepared problem solver (Idaho Statesman)

Idaho regulators shut down gold mine southeast of Boise (Idaho Statesman)

Lessons Zinke can learn from Interior secretaries’ successes and failures (Idaho Statesman)

Revenue windfall won’t lower Idaho’s taxes, but roads or other programs could benefit in 2017 (Idaho Statesman)

New administration could mean end of WOTUS rule (Capital Press)

Empower teachers, not special interests (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

2017: The year special interests are kicked to the curb (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Blaine considers hosting regional conference of counties (Mountain Express)

Marty Trillhaase: Idaho ready to 'do something' but not enough (Lewiston Tribune)

Skipping your Amazon taxes? Twin Falls lawmaker wants to change that (Times-News)

Labrador 'actively considering' gov run but no announcement yet (Times-News)

Lawmakers: don’t expect Idaho Medicaid expansion (Idaho Business Review)

Half of Idaho jobs could be automated in the coming decade (Idaho Business Review)

House Majority Leader Mike Moyle and Rep. Janet Trujillo get married (Press-Tribune)

Elected officials hope commission change brings collaboration, restores trust (Press-Tribune)

National Headlines

Trump’s 10 biggest allies in Congress (The Hill)

Americans hopeful for a better 2017 (Associated Press)

An Oklahoma newspaper endorsed Clinton. It hasn't been forgiven. (New York Times)

Pennsylvania professor under fire for 'white genocide' tweet (Reuters)

Trump mocks Obama for saying he could have beaten him if he were allowed to run again (Daily Mail)

Trump taps aide Stephen Miller to write inaugural address (Politico)

In 2016, Violence Pervaded Policing On Both Ends Of The Gun (NPR)

Donald Trump Says UN Just a Club for People to 'Have a Good Time' (Associated Press)

Republicans plan to overhaul the tax system. Here's what they're thinking so far (Los Angeles Times)

Iran Says It's Getting Planes From Boeing at Half the Price (Fortune)

Trump poised for cost-cutting battle with defense contractors (FOX News)

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