Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  Poll: Idahoans Believe Trump will Overturn Obama's Executive Orders
By Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Most Idahoans believe soon-to-be President Donald Trump will keep his campaign promises in two areas – developing more energy in the nation and repealing many of President Barack Obama’s executive orders, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll ...

  Be Glad You Live in Idaho in 2017
By LaVarr Webb, Idaho Politics Weekly Publisher
Idaho enjoyed a successful 2016 and, as the new year begins, the state can expect low unemployment, strong population growth, a vigorous economy, a healthy state budget, and solid, steady, conservative governance....

Legislative Budget Panel Has a New Look
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Freshman legislators in Idaho are advised by their senior colleagues to do three things in their first term in the Statehouse: Listen, learn and keep their mouths shut....

  The Obama Administration, Idaho & the Sage Grouse
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Last week, the Obama administration rolled out five possible alternatives to protect the threatened sage grouse in Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Nevada, Utah and Oregon by restricting future mining activity on property controlled by the Bureau of Land Man...

  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....

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

Idaho Job and Career Fair
When: Thursday, Jan 5, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: The Riverside Hotel, 2900 W Chinden Blvd, Boise, ID
Check out the jobs at the FREE Idaho Job & Career Fair, 9am-4pm at the Riverside Hotel. Positions include salaried, hourly, commission and own-your-own-business opportunities. Free Workshops on Resumes and Interviews for Job Seekers. 60+ Employers and Community Partners. More info.

Ada County Republican Women's Club Meet & Greet
When: Thursday, Jan 5, 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Where: Capitol Cellars, 110 S 5th St, Boise, ID
Each month on 1st Thursday the ACRWC will hold a social hour meet & greet in Downtown Boise from 5:00-6:30.

Idaho Falls Chamber Out of the Box Networking Lunch
When: Friday, Jan 6, 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: Catered Your Way, LLC, 2161 E 17th St, Idaho Falls, ID
Build your professional network and learn more about businesses in the community. Door prizes, introductions, and other interactions will make this a casual, fun opportunity to meet others and build your professional network. Pre-registration required by Friday, Dec 2, $10 members, $12 nonmembers. More info.

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

Idaho Headlines

What’s new at Idaho Reports (Idaho Reports)

Group seeks to abolish abortion in Idaho (CDA Press)

In His Last Days, Obama Could Create National Monument Near Idaho Border (Boise State Public Radio)

Editorial: Here are New Year’s resolutions for the folks in charge as 2017 unfolds (Idaho Statesman)

BLM shows its hand on mining limits aimed at protecting sage grouse (Idaho Statesman)

Steve Yates’ curious journey from Taiwan to Idaho Falls, via the White House (Idaho Statesman)

An Idaho woman rides out of the West, bent on saving Democrats and democracy (Idaho Statesman)

Time for Idaho lawmakers to deliver on a freedom agenda (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Rural-urban divide missing in Idaho, survey finds (Capital Press)

Freshman lawmaker Toone prepares for Boise (Mountain Express)

Dozens of new businesses, $108 million highlight economic development for Pocatello/Chubbuck in 2016 (State Journal)

Ag research center could come Magic Valley (Times-News)

Looking back at 2016: 6 political big stories (Times-News)

Division of Human Resources recommends another pay increase for state employees (Idaho Business Review)

Report: immigrants are vital to Idaho’s economy (Idaho Business Review)

Holes remain in plans to fill the gap (Press-Tribune)

Legislators set to focus on tax cuts, transportation, education (Press-Tribune)

National Headlines

Democrats take sides in race for DNC chair (The Hill)

Journalists Exposed By WikiLeaks Will Now Cover Trump White House (Daily Caller)

Claiming mandate, GOP Congress lays plans to propel sweeping conservative agenda (Washington Post)

Hill Democrats outline counter-attack for ObamaCare repeal, prep for president's visit (FOX News)

Trump: Chicago mayor should ask feds to help combat homicides (CNN)

Obama To Make His Presidential Farewell Address In Chicago (NPR)

Federal judge halts transgender protections in Obamacare (CNN)

As minimum wage rises, some employers cut back (Boston Globe)

Cuomo defends decision to commute ex-Weather Underground member (New York Daily News)

Sonny Perdue mum on agriculture secretary rumors (Politico)

Donald Trump's New Year's Eve speech cited Dubai business partner (CNN)

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