Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, January 9, 2017

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  Most Idahoans Don't Think Trump will Follow Through on Promise to Deport Illegals
By Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Two-thirds of Idahoans don’t believe Donald Trump will deport all illegal immigrants when he becomes president, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows....

  GOP Solidly in Control of Capricious Political World
By LaVarr Webb, Idaho Politics Weekly Publisher
Many Democrats take solace in the fact that Donald Trump lost the popular vote and has a relatively low approval rating as his inauguration nears....

Otter Makes no Secrets: He goes if Trump Calls
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Gov. Butch Otter talks about a lot of things when he meets with news reporters before the start of a legislative session....

  Odds & Ends: Idaho Picks Up Clout in Congress
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
A few thoughts on a few, somewhat random, topics......

Press Release: Jackie Flowers Receives Distinguished Service Award at UAMPS Meeting
By Press Release
Jackie Flowers, general manager of Idaho Falls Power, received the Distinguished Service Award for her leadership and support of public power at the recent member meeting of the Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS) in Salt Lake City....

  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...

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

D14 Informal "Coffee Talk"
When: Tuesday, Jan 10, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Where: Wild West Bakery & Espresso, 83 E State St, Eagle, ID
A social, informal, come-and-go-as-you-please meeting.

Canyon County Republican Women Tuesday Club
When: Tuesday, Jan 10, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Golden Palace, 703 Main St, Caldwell, ID
For more information, please contact Joan Mason at 208-249-1199 or Kay Bradford at 208-465-0970

Kootenai Democrats Progressive Diners
When: Wednesday, Jan 11, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Seasons Fresh Grill, 209 E Lakeside Ave, Coeur d'Alene, ID
This month's Progressive Diners session will feature a discussion of the election results with Richard Rolland the Vice Chair of the Kootenai County Democratic Central Committee. The meeting will be facilitated by Gale Stromberg.

Idaho Chamber of Commerce Annual Membership Meeting
When: Thursday, Jan 12, 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Where: Boy Scouts of America Building, Island Park Room, 3910 S Yellowstone Highway, Idaho Falls
Join fellow Chamber members as we review the Chamber’s accomplishments for 2016, take a look at new objectives for the coming year, recognize volunteers and wrap up with a 2017 economic outlook presentation by Robert Spendlove, Economic and Public Policy Officer at Zions Bank. Chamber members $15, potential members $20. More info and register here.

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

Idaho Headlines

Lawmakers may try to do more to boost jobs in rural Idaho (Spokesman-Review)

Idaho Treasurer Ron Crane won’t seek re-election (Spokesman-Review)

Health coverage, road projects among priorities for Idaho Legislature (Spokesman-Review)

Idaho Senator Crapo Joins Judiciary Committee (Boise State Public Radio)

Editorial: Interior Secretary Jewell’s ‘listening’ style led to collaborations benefiting Idaho, West (Idaho Statesman)

Otter, Bedke seek to let competing oil and gas companies explore in Idaho (Idaho Statesman)

Idaho college presidents welcome the spotlight Otter task force will bring to higher ed (Idaho Statesman)

Help these Idaho women save their business banned by state law (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Idaho irrigators oppose Oregon endangered fish reintroduction effort (Capital Press)

Managing federal lands could be major issue in Idaho Legislature (Capital Press)

Legislature convenes Monday (Mountain Express)

Otter announces higher education task force (Idaho Education News)

House speaker will ensure teacher raises come with accountability (Idaho Education News)

Marty Trillhaase: Another excuse against Medicaid goes poof! (Lewiston Tribune)

In Boise, it's time to play ball (Lewiston Tribune)

Local lawmakers prepare for 2017 legislative session (State Journal)

Trump's trade plan: No small potatoes for Idaho (Times-News)

2017 politics: The 4 biggest stories to watch (Times-News)

Otter still waiting on Trump's Ag secretary pick (Times-News)

Idaho Center for Fiscal Policy warns against eliminating grocery tax (Idaho Business Review)

Lawmakers get positive economic news heading into 2017 session (Press-Tribune)

Legislators prep for committee assignments (Press-Tribune)

National Headlines

Trump's Cabinet nominees get their day before Senate, as partisan wrangling intensifies (FOX News)

Colorado prepares for Obamacare repeal under Trump administration (Denver Post)

Jared Kushner, a Trump In-Law and Adviser, Chases a Chinese Deal (New York Times)

President Obama to offer 'admonitions' in farewell address (CNN)

New York City is buzzing with rumors that Hillary Clinton is running for mayor (Reuters)

Pentagon Chief: 'Virtually Zero' Russian Support Against IS (New York Times)

Indiana mayor Buttigieg enters DNC chair race (CNN)

Fiat Chrysler Announces Plans to Invest $1 Billion in the U.S. (Bloomberg)

December jobs have America looking pretty great: Trump's challenge (CNBC)

Trump confidants could face tangle of potential conflicts as presidential advisers (Washington Post)

Rex Tillerson Holds as Much as Half a Billion Dollars in Assets (Wall Street Journal)

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