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Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, February 6, 2017

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This Week In Idaho Politics

Poll: Idaho residents peg education, economy as top issues for legislators
By Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
As the Idaho Legislature reaches its stride in its 2017 general session, Idaho Politics Weekly finds that education is the most important issue before Gem State residents....

Can Idaho and Utah become top-in-the-nation education states?
By LaVarr Webb, Idaho Politics Weekly Publisher
Neighboring states Utah and Idaho share a dubious honor – low education spending on a per pupil basis. For years, Utah has been last in the nation in per-pupil spending. Idaho ranks just ahead of Utah....

Denney: Election integrity sacred in Idaho, other states
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Unlike a lot of people in the political world, one measure of success for a secretary of state is getting zero media coverage – especially after elections....

Feeding Idaho wildlife in a harsh winter
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is often in the spotlight....

Guest Opinion: Term limits needed to drain the swamp
By Congressman Raul Labrador, First Congressional District
The American electorate surprised the world in November because they were tired of their government acting as master instead of servant. The people’s message is clear: It’s time for real and lasting change....

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....

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

Idaho Women in Leadership Hosts A Day at the Capitol
When: Monday, Feb 6, 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Idaho State Capitol Building, 700 W Jefferson St, Boise, ID
This event is an opportunity to learn more about the legislative process and the issues women care about: education, taxes, public safety and business. Enjoy lunch and a panel discussion with business leaders and elected officials. Register here.

2017 Meridian State of the City Address & Taste of Meridian
When: Wednesday, Feb 8, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: Meridian Middle School, 1507 W 8th St, Meridian, ID
Mayor Tammy's 2017 State of the City Address brought to you by Syringa Networks. Learn about what the City accomplished in 2016 and what is to come in 2017. The speech is free and it is $10/person to attend the Taste of Meridian reception following the event. The reception features food and drinks from locally owned restaurants. More info.

North Idaho Federated Republican Women Meeting
When: Thursday, Feb 9, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Where: Holiday Inn Express, 477326 Highway 95, Ponderay, ID
Meeting 5:30 p.m., social start time 5:45 p.m. All republicans welcome, meetings held on the 2nd Thursday of each month.

2017 Pastry and Politics
When: Saturday, Feb 11, 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Where: Java On Sherman, 819 Sherman Ave, Coeur d'Alene, ID
Come hear Democratic legislators who are touring the state talking about what is happening in Boise that we all need to know about. Arrive at 9:30 to get your coffee and join us in the back room at Java on Sherman. More info.

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

Idaho Headlines

Editorial: Marilyn Shuler has passed but her courage is ever-present (Idaho Statesman)

Trump administration gives agencies go-ahead to hire seasonal firefighters, rangers (Idaho Statesman)

Idaho lawmaker who lost committees over remarks on sexual favors is reinstated (Idaho Statesman)

Idaho’s Labrador proposes term limits for Congress — but there’s a high bar (Idaho Statesman)

Moyle’s plan could stop massive property tax hikes (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

In the interest of fairness, Democrats should up the ante on tax cuts (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Idaho FFA members descend on Capitol for Day on the Hill event (Capital Press)

Oregon professional to lead southern Idaho economic development (Capital Press)

Legislature may restrict cities’ ability to regulate vacation rentals (Mountain Express)

Bills would allow state management of sage grouse (Mountain Express)

Idaho Businesses Weigh In On Trump's Executive Order (Boise State Public Radio)

Idaho's D.C. Politicians React To Trump's SCOTUS Nominee (Boise State Public Radio)

Marty Trillhaase: The day Idaho's conscience took a holiday (Lewiston Tribune)

Proposed Idaho bill sets up split over health care dollars (Lewiston Tribune)

Trump's order hits area organization hard (CDA Press)

Reluctant Idaho lawmakers forward a bill to outlaw gambling machines that bring $3 million a year to state coffers (Spokesman-Review)

Idaho lawmakers debate health budgets, but not coverage gap (Spokesman-Review)

Bill to exempt free clinics from tax heads to House floor (Times-News)

Massage therapy background checks pass House committee (Times-News)

Otter names his Higher Education Task Force (Idaho Education News)

House Education approves new school accountability system (Idaho Education News)

Idaho unemployment drops to 3.7 percent (Idaho Business Review)

House committee approves bill to cut income tax (Idaho Business Review)

Court record system roll-out delayed in 10 counties (Idaho Reports)

Immigration reform petition started by Marsing dairyman gaining traction in Eastern Idaho (Press-Tribune)

Idaho senators' offices deal with thousands of calls (Press-Tribune)

National Headlines

Bay Area Conservatives Keep Meetups Secret Fearing For Their Safety (KPIX 5)

Fiscal Hole Will Test President Donald Trump’s Agenda (Wall Street Journal)

Trump attacks judge again on travel ban; Pence predicts victory in courts (USA Today)

Standing Rock Sioux want 'no forcible removal' of protesters from Dakota Access pipeline site (Washington Post)

Gorsuch nomination meets with positive reception (CNN)

Democrats aim to make Steve Bannon a scarier Karl Rove (Politico)

Elon Musk says he focused White House meeting on travel ban (USA Today)

'Obamacare' Sign-Ups Show Slippage in Trump Era (New York Times)

Trump to Fox News: I think tax reform will be done this year (CNBC)

Fiduciary Rule Is Now in Question. What's Next for Investors. (New York Times)

Senate rejects transparency rule for oil companies (CNN)