Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  How do Idahoans stack up politically?
By Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
We know that Idaho is a conservative, red state. And that Boise and Ada County are the liberal bastions in Idaho....

  New theory: Washington disruption requires a Trump-like temperament
By LaVarr Webb, Idaho Politics Weekly Publisher
OK. I have a new Trump theory. One he might even like....

Rep. Crane weighs his political future
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Next year’s primary election for the 1st District congressional seat will be a real doozy if (or when) Congressman Raul Labrador announces his candidacy for governor....

  R-E-S-P-E-C-T for the judiciary
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
As a civil attorney, I spent a bit of time interacting with judges and court staff, at both the federal and state level. Sometimes I win (yay!) and sometimes I lose (ugh)....

  Survey research: Idaho Falls & Bonneville County citizens like their local law enforcement
By LaVarr Webb, Idaho Politics Weekly Publisher
Idaho Falls and Bonneville County citizens are quite happy with their local law enforcement. Some 89 percent of respondents to a recent scientific poll said their overall perception of local law enforcement is very positive (51 percent) or somewhat p...

  Guest opinion: What would Abraham Lincoln say to Donald Trump?
By David H. Leroy
Since 1989, each outgoing American president has left a private letter of comments and advice in the Oval Office for their incoming successor. ...

  Press release: Labrador, Crapo sponsor bill to correct vets education oversight
By Press Release
Rep. Raúl Labrador has introduced the Shauna Hill Post 9/11 Education Benefits Transferability Act (H.R. 1112) to correct an oversight in current law regarding benefits under the GI Bill. Sen. Mike Crapo has introduced companion legislation in...

  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....

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

Idaho Falls Chamber Young Professionals Network Meeting
When: Tuesday, Feb 21, 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Where: Willard Arts Center, 498 A St, Idaho Falls, ID
Monthly meetup will feature Dana Briggs, Economic and Development Coordinator for the City of Idaho Falls. She will address what economic development is, what has been done recently to grow the area and help businesses, what current projects are happening, and what plans are for the future. More info.

26th Annual Idaho Business & Technology Expo
When: Tuesday, Feb 21, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: The Riverside Hotel, 2900 W Chinden Blvd, Boise
The general public is invited to attend a wide variety of free seminars presented by local business leaders who are experts in their fields. Attend this free networking event and view over 75 exhibits. Free to the public. More info.

Ada County Lincoln Dinner Association
When: Tuesday, Feb 14, 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: College of Idaho, Simplot Dining Hall
Guest speaker Andrew Card, Former Chief of Staff and Secretary of Transportation. 6 p.m. reception, 7 p.m. dinner. Tickets, table sponsorships and more info here.

Meridian Chamber CEO Roundtable-Young Entrepreneurs Academy Event
When: Thursday, Feb 23, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Where: Wahooz Family Fun Zone, 400 W Overland Rd, Meridian
Students from the Meridian Chamber's Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) at Renaissance High School will receive business and networking advice and face to face interaction in a roundtable format with area CEOs. More info and a list of participating CEO's here

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

Idaho Headlines

Editorial: Vote yes on $172 million Boise School District bond (Idaho Statesman)

Oroville Dam threat in California places spotlight on aging Idaho dams and oversight (Idaho Statesman)

To help Idaho, Otter wants Trump to crack down on states with liberal marijuana laws (Idaho Statesman)

Idaho Senate panel votes to create oil and gas division at Department of Lands (Idaho Statesman)

What’s terrorism? The question moves Idaho gun restriction bill back to committee (Idaho Statesman)

Idaho House Speaker Bedke recounts 2013 ‘stalking’ incident, denounces website attacks (Idaho Statesman)

Beautiful bill puts Idahoans back to work, loosens regulations (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Bill would do away with dyed fuel in Idaho (Capital Press)

Federal agencies release draft wilderness plan (Mountain Express)

Idaho Senator Risch Goes On Talk Shows Over Fallout From Flynn Resignation (Boise State Public Radio)

Idaho Lawmakers Consider Rolling Back Mandatory Minimums For Drug Crimes (Boise State Public Radio)

Marty Trillhaase: Mention ethics in Idaho and you hear crickets (Lewiston Tribune)

Idaho's lost opportunity? (Lewiston Tribune)

Minimum drug sentences generate maximum debate (CDA Press)

Idaho lawmakers OK emergency budget bill for anti-mussel boat inspection stations (Spokesman-Review)

Idaho House Speaker Scott Bedke says stalker’s false account twisted in ‘Redoubt News’ report (Spokesman-Review)

New bill would raise smoking age to 21 (Times-News)

Bedke says stalker made up accusations of sexually-explicit convo (Times-News)

Trustees to discuss school funding with lawmakers (Idaho Education News)

Idaho bankers look to Congress for relief from regs (Idaho Business Review)

Survey: Treasure Valley residents would like more public transit options (Idaho Business Review)

For lawmakers and educators, debate on public funded preschool continues (Press-Tribune)

National Headlines

Trump taps Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as his new national security adviser (Washington Post)

Is Putin the world's real richest man? (Daily Mail)

'I pee with LGBT': Oscar-nominated director Richard Linklater directs ad against Texas bathroom bill (Dallas Morning News)

Robots poised to take over wide range of military jobs (Union-Tribune)

Feds: 12 planes violated Trump air space over weekend (Palm Beach Post)

Milo Yiannopoulos's Pedophilia Comments Cost Him CPAC Role and Book Deal (New York Times)

Trump's revised travel ban will target same countries: report (The Hill)

White House denounces threats to Jewish centers (CNN)

Business owners stand by decision to fire workers who protested (CNN)

Global arms trade rises to post-Cold War high (FOX News)

President Trump Will Be Able to Recast the Fed by Filling Vacancies (FOX Business)

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