Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, January 23, 2017

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  Poll: Idahoans Don't Buy Trump's Promises on Foreign Trade
By Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Even though President Donald Trump won Idaho with nearly 60 percent of the vote, most Idahoans don’t believe he will do what he promised on foreign trade agreements, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows....

  Battle Royale: Trump vs. the News Media
By LaVarr Webb, Idaho Politics Weekly Publisher
There’s an old rule in politics that you never go up against the people who buy ink by the barrel and paper by the roll. In other words, you don’t pick fights with the news media....

  When the Acting Governor...Is Not the Governor
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Last week, Gov. Butch Otter went to Washington, D.C. to witness the inauguration of Donald Trump on Friday....

Simpson not Joining 'Feel-good' Chorus for Trump
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Congressman Mike Simpson, the embodiment of the Republican congressional establishment when John Boehner was riding high in the House speaker’s chair, is the new maverick in the Idaho congressional delegation. At least when it comes to Donald T...

  Editorial: Punishment for Legislator was the Right Call
By Idaho Politics Weekly Staff
The Idaho Press-Tribune is supporting Idaho House leadership in removing Rep. Heather Scott from her committee assignments. In an editorial published Saturday, the newspaper said:...

Press Release: Celebrate Peaceful Transfer of Power
By Press Release
Note: Rep. Raul Labrador released this statement after the inauguration last Friday:...

  Press Release: NuScale SMR Application Could Result in Project Near Idaho Falls
By Press Release
In a major step toward the deployment of the next generation of advanced nuclear technology, NuScale Power has asked the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to approve the company’s small modular reactor (SMR) commercial power plant design...

  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 Idaho Politics Weekly Staff
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. ...

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

January Ambassador Committee Luncheon
When: Wednesday, Jan 25, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce, 250 S 5th St, Boise, ID
Ambassadors, please RSVP for the luncheon by noon on January 24th. If you plan to attend the luncheon and not have lunch, register by selecting the no lunch option. If you plan to eat and want to pay with a chamber buck please select "Pay At The Door." More info.

Washington County Lincoln Day
When: Friday, Jan 27, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Elks Lodge, 38 W Idaho St, Weiser, ID
Keynote speaker Brad Little. Social hour 6 to 7 p.m., dinner 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.. Tickets $35.

Moscow Pizza & Politics
When: Saturday, Jan 28, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: 1912 Center, 412 E 3rd St, Moscow, ID
Join Pizza & Politics for the opportunity to meet with Rep. Paulette Jordan (D-Moscow) to discuss what's going on in the Idaho Legislature this year. Pizza will be provided. More info and register here.

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

Idaho Headlines

Dairy organization petitions for immigration reform (Capital Press)

Public lands transfer backers seek convention of states to amend Constitution (Capital Press)

Idaho Senate committee votes to introduce field burning bill (Capital Press)

Legislators ponder minimum drinking rule (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Like role model Teddy Roosevelt, Interior nominee Zinke wants to look 100 years ahead (Idaho Statesman)

As Obama administration ends, BLM official approves final Gateway West powerline route (Idaho Statesman)

Trump inauguration: Idahoans here, in D.C. pause to witness transfer of power (Idaho Statesman)

Bill aims to slow monument designations (Mountain Express)

Trump’s Interior Pick Questioned About Sage Grouse Management (Boise State Public Radio)

Will Lawmakers Change Idaho's Primary? (Boise State Public Radio)

Marty Trillhaase: Just leave the driving to us, you silly voters (Lewiston Tribune)

State reps ask for ideas at town hall (CDA Press)

Has 'Ferguson Effect' made its way to Southeast Idaho? (State Journal)

Former Councilwoman Eva Nye filling in temporarily for Rep. Elaine Smith (State Journal)

Rep. Heather Scott would do well to channel the late Helen Chenoweth-Hage (Spokesman-Review)

State Rep. Heather Scott forces full reading of Idaho House’s first bill for ‘transparency’ sake (Spokesman-Review)

Opponents to Craters park proposal offer few specifics (Post Register)

Dem bill would help rural teachers pay off loans (Times-News)

Bedke hopes to move on; nothing new 'as of this time' on Scott's committees (Times-News)

Lawmaker calls Idaho teen 'our hope for the future' (Idaho Education News)

Teacher salaries up 5 percent, two years into career ladder (Idaho Education News)

Legislative committee votes to raise state employee pay by 3 percent (Idaho Business Review)

Department of Commerce plans to increase spending on tourism (Idaho Business Review)

Rep. Scott Syme concerned about transportation as first-term Caldwell lawmaker (Press-Tribune)

Melba rancher joins Trump administration (Press-Tribune)

National Headlines

Trump may not enforce individual health insurance mandate (Reuters)

Trump inauguration ratings second biggest in 36 years (Entertainment Weekly)

Trump invites Netanyahu to Washington for visit: White House (Reuters)

What to expect in Trump's first 100 days (Los Angeles Times)

Why Jared Kushner's appointment doesn't violate anti-nepotism laws (Christian Science Monitor)

George HW Bush, Barbara Bush Making Strong Recoveries, Spokesman Says (NBC News)

GOP Senators Hope to Speed Trump Cabinet Confirmations (New York Times)

How Trump's proposals may affect every income tax bracket (CNBC)

Trump Team Welcomes 'Alternative Facts' in Assault on Media (Newsweek)

Trump's first executive action: Cancel Obama's mortgage premium cuts (USA Today)

Trump's victory creates uncertainty for wind and solar power (Washington Post)

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