Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, February 13, 2017

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  Most Idahoans say state is on the 'right track,' less confident about America
By Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
By a slight plurality, most Idahoans believe the United States is on the wrong track, but more than half say Idaho itself is going the right way, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows....

Guest column: Idaho has benefited by conservative leadership
By Lt. Governor Brad Little
I am happy to share with you that Idaho is on the brink of incredible opportunity and I look forward to helping lead the way this legislative session and having our great state seize all opportunities....

Congress repealing Obama last-minute rules
By Congressman Raul Labrador, First Congressional District
It’s been an amazing two weeks in Washington....

  Impact of the anti-Sharia bill
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Idaho State Rep. Eric Redman (R-Athol) hopes the second time is the charm....

Labrador builds a case for term limits
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
When Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador came to Congress six years ago, the thought of term limits was nowhere on his radar. In fact, congressional elections worked well in his mind....

  You're invited to Idaho Falls law enforcement discussion
By Mayor Rebecca Casper
Like so many Americans, I have watched with sadness as conflict between citizens and law enforcement has played out on my television screen....

  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....

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

State of the Cities Breakfast 
When: Tuesday, Feb 14, 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Where: INL Meeting Center, 775 University Blvd., Idaho Falls, ID
Hosted by the Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce, the State of the Cities Breakfast is an opportunity to hear from the mayors of Idaho Falls and Ammon about what was accomplished in 2016 and plans for 2017. The cost is $15/chamber members, $20/potential members, and $5 gallery seating. Table sponsorships are available. More info.

D14 Informal "Coffee Talk"
When: Tuesday, Feb 14, 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.

Caldwell Chamber Noonbreak Luncheon
When: Tuesday, Feb 14, 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: College of Idaho, Simplot Dining Hall
Awards luncheon, sponsor West Valley Medical Center. $15 members, $20 nonmembers and no RSVP. Register and more info.

Nez Perce County Republican Women Meeting
When: Tuesday, Feb 14, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Red Lion Hotel Lewiston, 621 21st St, Lewiston, ID
Agenda includes speakers pro and con the building of a new high school.

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

Idaho Headlines

Immigration order spurs debate over sanctuary cities (Mountain Express)

Marty Trillhaase: Tales from Speaker Bedke's legislative crypt (Lewiston Tribune)

Climate change is liberal 'scam,' according to GOP lawmaker (Lewiston Tribune)

Clow's bill would collect taxes on online sales (Times-News)

New bill would require counties to list bond costs on tax notices (Times-News)

Bill to remove licensing fee from gas hybrids heads to House (Idaho Business Review)

House rejects bill to ban electronic TouchTabs game (Idaho Business Review)

Gov. Otter amends religious discrimination remark (Press-Tribune)

Ag forum: The future of agriculture is bright in Idaho (Press-Tribune)

Bill would create dyed fuel enforcement program in Idaho (Capital Press)

Idaho proposal seeks state funding for farm best management practices (Capital Press)

Grocery tax repeal gains major allies (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Celebrate Monks’ proposal to stop government-funded electioneering (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Gov. Otter says he supports national park status for Craters of the Moon Monument (Idaho Statesman)

Three road funding bills introduced in Idaho House; gas tax hike killed (Idaho Statesman)

‘Hurry up and wait:’ Near its halfway point, Legislature’s ‘weird’ session lurches along (Idaho Statesman)

Idaho Governor Plans Appeal Of Federal Lawsuit Over Sage Grouse Conservation (Boise State Public Radio)

The Power Of Committee Chairs In The Idaho Statehouse (Boise State Public Radio)

Expert: Big liquor law changes aren't necessary (Idaho Education News)

Legislators speak on student loans, vouchers and more (CDA Press)

Rep. Heather Scott proposes bill to protect sled-dog racing (Spokesman-Review)

Idaho bills would let passing cars speed up legally, ban police from profiling motorcyclists (Spokesman-Review)

House panel approves English, math and computer science standards (Idaho Education News)

Is Brent Hill running for lieutenant governor? (Idaho Reports)

Six Idaho officials on their vision for Idaho (Idaho Reports)

National Headlines

How can we trust global warming scientists if they keep twisting the truth? (Daily Mail)

State GOP leaders move quickly as party bickers in Congress (New York Times)

Trump and Trudeau to meet face to face for first time (Associated Press)

Mexican Migrants Signal They Prefer Detention to Deportation (Wall Street Journal)

Immigration Agents Arrest 600 People Across US in One Week (New York Times)

Trump reviews top White House staff after tumultuous start (Politico)

Trump administration signals change in policy for transgender students (Washington Post)

Who are the refugees and immigrants entering the US since the travel ban was lifted? (Christian Science Monitor)

Trump seeks to break DC bubble (The Hill)

Obamas gear up for speaking gigs and book deals (New York Post)

Sears, Kmart join other retailers in dropping Trump-branded items (Washington Post)

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