Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, February 27, 2017

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  Balanced federalism principles and guidelines
By LaVarr Webb, Idaho Politics Weekly Publisher
Most Republicans have long been concerned about the concentration of power at the federal level and the inability of states to act as a check on federal regulations and growth of federal programs. Republicans for decades have called for a better bala...

Scope, power level, changes for leading business lobby
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
We all know there are three branches of government – executive, legislative and judicial – and the checks and balances attached to all three....

  Odds & Ends: Facebook posts, farm workers
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
A few thoughts on a few, somewhat random, topics......

  Guest column: Does the right to life end at birth for some kids?
By Jim Jones
It is time for the Legislature to repeal the faith-healing exemption to Idaho’s statute prohibiting the injury of children. Section 18-1501 of the Idaho Code penalizes conduct by “any person” that is likely to endanger the person or...

Press Release: Spending time at home with Idahoans
By Congressman Raul Labrador, First Congressional District
It was a great week to be home in Idaho. I always love the change of scenery and the opportunity to travel through the district and spend time with my constituents. ...

  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. ...

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

Kuna Pizza & Politics
When: Monday, Feb 27, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Idaho Pizza Company, 331 Avenue E, Kuna, ID
You're invited to pizza and politics. You'll have the opportunity to meet with your Democratic state legislators to discuss what's going on in the Idaho Legislature this year. Pizza will be provided.

Red Jacket Luncheon
When: Tuesday, Feb 28, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Crystal Ballroom, Hoff Building
Join the Ada County Republican Women's Club and the Idaho Federation of Republican Women for the annual Red Jacket Luncheon. Speaker Carrie Almond, NFRW President. Doors open at 11:45 a.m., lunch at noon. Silent auction featuring items from local artist Jennie Kilcup. RSVP to Mary May at 208-447-7165 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Canyon County Republican Women's "Take Your Legislator to Lunch"
When: Wednesday, Mar 1, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Office of the Attorney General, Lawrence Wasden
Doors open at 11:45 a.m., lunch at noon. Tickets $12, RSVP and more info here.

9th Annual Meridian Firefighters Pipes and Drums Chili Cookoff
When: Saturday, Mar 4, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Meridian Speedway, 335 S Main St, Meridian, ID
Help send the Meridian Firefighters Pipes and Drums to Colorado Springs for the Fallen Firefighter's Memorial. More info.

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

Idaho Headlines

Outdoor retailers pull their show from Utah, a shot heard all around the West (Idaho Statesman)

How long must Idaho police hang on to rape evidence? Bill would set agency standards (Idaho Statesman)

Push to restrict Idaho tribal gaming ends with House panel’s narrow vote (Idaho Statesman)

Natural resource groups skeptical of science panel proposal (Capital Press)

Idaho sanctuary cities bill opposed by farm groups rewritten (Capital Press)

Immunization bill fails, more action to follow (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Fish passage dispute ramps up in Legislature (Mountain Express)

Labrador Says He Understands Some People Are Upset At Results Of Election (Boise State Public Radio)

Idaho Senator Jim Risch Offers Low-Tech Solution To Cybersecurity (Boise State Public Radio)

Advocates say LGBT rights slipping in Idaho (Lewiston Tribune)

State reps come to the people (CDA Press)

Ending mandatory minimums? Proposed Idaho bill would cease mandatory minimum sentences for convicted drug traffickers (State Journal)

Idaho Senate backs bill to avoid new ‘loser pay’ rule for courts (Spokesman-Review)

Diverse group urges Idaho to invest in early-childhood education (Spokesman-Review)

New proposal calls for convention to limit federal power (Times-News)

Call for balanced budget convention squeaks through committee (Times-News)

Mortimer floats plan to address insurance costs (Idaho Education News)

A Medicaid morass (Idaho Education News)

House committee kills tribal gaming bill (Idaho Business Review)

Idaho sugar industry plans a response to GMO critics (Idaho Business Review)

Are some Land Board transactions unconstitutional? A quick look at a complex issue (Idaho Reports)

'What we do, we do well:' Gould praises virtues of Idaho ag industry (Press-Tribune)

National Headlines

Iran holds naval war games amid rising tensions with U.S. (Reuters)

Spicer checks WH staffers' phones for leaks, vows more searches coming (FOX News)

Rachel Dolezal, white woman who identifies as black, now jobless, may soon be homeless (FOX News)

Democrats Elect Thomas Perez, Establishment Favorite, as Party Chairman (New York Times)

Across The Divide, Identity Politics Unites The Base At Both CPAC And DNC (NPR)

Why did Keith Ellison lose the DNC race? (Washington Post)

Sessions' tough on crime talk could lead to fuller prisons (Washington Post)

Congress returns to face health care, Supreme Court decisions (Boston Globe)

Trump to Ask for Sharp Increases in Military Spending, Officials Say (New York Times)

Five takeaways from the Scott Pruitt emails (The Hill)

Neil Buchanan: What Happens if Trump Privatizes Social Security? (Newsweek)

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