Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

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This Week In Idaho Politics

Poll: Idahoans Say Trump will Expand the Military
By Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Idahoans have great faith that Donald Trump as president will increase the size of our military, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows....

For Your Planning Purposes: Key Dates for Political Year 2017
By Idaho Politics Weekly Staff
2017 is shaping up as an utterly fascinating political year, especially at the national level. The Trump administration will keep all of us entertained, and we’ll see how Republican domination of Washington turns out....

People You Should Know: Get to Know Idaho's Political Leaders
By Bryan
Editor’s note: Idaho Policy Weekly is asking political leaders to respond to questions that let us get to know them better. ...

IFF to Lawmakers: Give Back Surplus and $70 Million More
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
The Idaho Freedom Foundation’s Wayne Hoffman has an interesting way to eliminate the state’s $130 million surplus. ...

Former Chief Justice Jim Jones' Putin Warning
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Jim Jones has been a public face in Idaho for many years, most recently as the non-partisan Chief Justice of the Idaho Supreme Court.  He was first elected to the Supreme Court in 2004....

Congressional Report: News from the U.S. Capitol
By Press Release
Crapo, Risch reintroduce bill calling for local input on land decisions....

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....

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

Magic Valley Republican Women Luncheon
When: Wednesday, Jan 18, 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.

Clearwater County Republican Women Meeting
When: Friday, Jan 20, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Where: School District Office, Main St.Orofino, ID
Contact Joy Hall at 208-464-2685 or by email at

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

Idaho Headlines

Editorial: Otter’s Higher Education Task Force has a tough job ahead (Idaho Statesman)

Big landowners want Idaho to ensure competition, transparency in oil and gas drilling (Idaho Statesman)

Idaho lawmakers show solidarity with Rep. Heather Scott (Idaho Statesman)

Pocatello lawmaker Elaine Smith hospitalized (Idaho Statesman)

Otter’s behemoth budget is a call for lawmakers to act (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Statewide Survey Explores Idaho Views On Health Care, Refugees (Boise State Public Radio)

Legislative Update: Will Idaho's Session Be Short Or Long? (Boise State Public Radio)

Gov. Otter recommends $10 million for major ag research center (Capital Press)

Bill would codify landmark water rights victory in Idaho law (Capital Press)

Idaho legislative committee agenda change shows lawmakers’ regard for ag (Capital Press)

Governor seeks new path on public lands with Trump administration (Mountain Express)

BLM proposes future mining limits to help sage grouse (Mountain Express)

New survey says Idahoans optimistic, but concerned about health care (Spokesman-Review)

Idaho Senate panel rejects challenge to eastern Idaho election results (Spokesman-Review)

Marty Trillhaase: Protesting human rights at the Capitol? The nerve (Lewiston Tribune)

Trump wants to tear down regulatory wall (Lewiston Tribune)

Lawmakers line up behind Otter's revenue numbers (Idaho Education News)

Cost of career ladder inches upward (Idaho Education News)

Pro-rights march set in Pocatello the day after Trump inauguration (State Journal)

How to overturn an election (Idaho Reports)

Local sales tax a mainstay in Utah (Times-News)

Two bills to tweak rules for running for office introduced (Times-News)

Speaker won't remove 5 protesting lawmakers who want off committees (Times-News)

Report: Idaho is losing revenue as citizens move away from traditional tobacco products (Idaho Business Review)

House Speaker punishes N. Idaho lawmaker accused of inappropriate conduct (Press-Tribune)

National Headlines

MLK III: 'Very constructive' Trump meeting (The Hill)

Obamas post-inauguration destination: Palm Springs (The Hill)

‘Never Trump’ national-security Republicans fear they have been blacklisted (Washington Post)

Donald Trump is about to become a Washingtonian. What do his neighbors think? (Washington Post)

Repealing Obamacare: Trump says fast, Congress says slow (CNN)

These Democrats aren't attending Trump's inauguration (CNN)

Interior Nominee Promotes Navy SEAL Career, While Playing Down 'Bad Judgment' (New York Times)

Clinton Global Initiative to lay off employees, shut down amid dwindling donations (FOX News)

CNN offers vote of confidence for Acosta (Politico)

Trump Now Threatening Automakers in Canada and Germany (NBC News)

Report: Eight Men Own as Much Wealth as Half the World's Population (Voice of America)

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