Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, January 30, 2017

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  Poll: Idahoans want to keep the Electoral College
By Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Most Idahoans do not want to do away with the Electoral College – the unique U.S. constitutional manner in which American presidents are selected, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows....

  Will the Trump administration honor federalism principles?
By LaVarr Webb, Idaho Politics Weekly Publisher
When new leadership takes over in Washington, D.C., I’m always interested to see if the president and Congress will try to restore a proper balance between the federal government and state governments....

  Trump, Mexico, Idaho and history
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
I was planning to write on a different topic but the brouhaha between the U.S. and Mexico over trade demands attention because of the potential impact on the Idaho and the U.S. economies....

House chairman not friendly to Chamber agenda
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Early in his political career, Rep. Vito Barbieri of Dalton Gardens learned an important lesson about public speaking – specifically, knowing his audience before he picked a topic....

Washington update: Rep. Raul Labrador comments on key issues
By Press Release
No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act. “I have always strongly supported policies that provide the utmost protection for the unborn....

  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:...

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

Boise Chamber Day at Bogus Basin
When: Thursday, Feb 2, 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Where: Bogus Basin, ID
Skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and socializing. $25/members, equipment rental $10 more. Lunch and reception with no-host bar and hors d'oeuvres. Fun for all ages, more info and register here.

Ada County Republican Women Meet and Greet
When: Thursday, Feb 2, 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Where: Capitol Cellars, 110 S 5th St, Boise, ID
Join the ACRWC the first Thursday of the month for a social hour meet & greet in Downtown Boise.

Mountain Home Pizza & Politics
When: Saturday, Feb 4, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Mountain Home Police Station, 2775 E 8th N Mountain Home, ID
You're invited to pizza and politics, come and meet with your Democratic state legislators to discuss what's going on in the Idaho Legislature this year. Pizza will be provided. More info here.

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

Idaho Headlines

Trade war would injure Idaho’s farmers and economy, but Trump could help timber industry (Idaho Statesman)

Idaho House committee votes to kill latest oil and gas rules (Idaho Statesman)

Treasure Valley refugees, advocates brace for Trump’s refugee ban, 'extreme vetting' (Idaho Statesman)

Mend fences, in the interest of the conservative movement (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Let’s debate the sales tax on groceries (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Idaho field burning bill heads to the Senate floor (Capital Press)

Idaho Lawmaker Heather Scott Tries To Get Committees Back (Boise State Public Radio)

'She's My Party's Nominee;' Bedke Signs Letter Backing DeVos (Idaho Education News)

Otter likes LCSC millwright program (Lewiston Tribune)

Idaho congressmen support Trump's wall (Post Register)

School officials like budget proposal (CDA Press)

Idaho's U.S. congressmen back anti-abortion legislation (State Journal)

Idaho representatives vote against routine tax bill over same-sex marriage issues (Spokesman-Review)

Idaho House speaker tells Rep. Heather Scott they should talk honestly (Spokesman-Review)

New bill would let CSI offer some bachelor's degrees (Times-News)

Police, politicians, industry see problems with Trump's immigration orders (Times-News)

Ybarra makes formal pitch to increase school funding by 6.7 percent (Idaho Education News)

STEM center could be in line for a funding boost (Idaho Education News)

Proposed bill would exempt gasoline hybrids from registration fee (Idaho Business Review)

Medical transport services result in complaints over safety issues (Idaho Reports)

State declares emergency in Payette Co. (Press-Tribune)

What's your day job? Idaho lawmakers balance work and political office (Press-Tribune)

National Headlines

Trump: America 'proud nation of immigrants', says executive order 'is not about religion' (CNBC)

Trump and Putin have first official phone conversation amid European anxiety about future relations (Los Angeles Times)

Trump aides divided over policy shielding 'dreamer' immigrants (Reuters)

Soros Bankrolling Effort to Stop Trump’s Temporary Refugee Halt Order (PJ Media)

Trump faces tide of criticism, protests, legal challenges over travel bans (Reuters)

Trump could announce Supreme Court in next two days (The Hill)

California looks to build $7 billion legal pot economy (Associated Press)

Trump preparing order to significantly grow military: report (The Hill)

Google Criticizes Impact on Staff of Trump Immigration Order (Wall Street Journal)

Union leader supports changing NAFTA amid GM layoffs (Detroit News)

Trump And Rising Stock Market Make Investor Confidence SOAR (Daily Caller)

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