Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, March 6, 2017

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  New poll: Idahoans back Trump on immigration
By Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Most Idahoans agree with President Donald Trump’s immigration and refugee policy, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows....

  Can Trump beat opposition to create a conservative utopia?
By LaVarr Webb, Idaho Politics Weekly Publisher
Just like Barack Obama became perhaps the biggest gun salesman in history, so Donald Trump will become the greatest fundraiser for liberal and environmental causes....

Oversight is important no matter who's in charge
By Congressman Raul Labrador, First Congressional District
For years, I have been a strong proponent of congressional oversight of the executive branch. ...

'Waiting for Trump' is Legislature's rallying cry
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Since the Idaho Legislature has spent the last two months waiting to see what President Trump does with a variety of policy positions, there’s hardly need to discuss what’s going on at the statehouse. The session appears to be on auto-pil...

  Idaho impact: Pres. Trump's address to Congress
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
It appears that Pres. Trump had finally found a decent speechwriter. His address last week to Congress was very solid. Using a teleprompter and avoiding the adlibs really helped. Overall, I thought it was Trump’s best public speech yet....

  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....

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

Valley County Republican Women Meeting
When: Thursday, Mar 9, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Tamarack Seven Devils Grill & Pub, Tamarack Ski Resort

Donuts & Democracy
When: Friday, Mar 10, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Where: Yanke Family Research Park, 220 Parkcenter Blvd., Boise
Donuts & Democracy provides a quarterly advocacy update on current issues. Hosted by a Chamber member business, attendees can take advantage of the opportunity to hear from experts on a relevant issue while enjoying free donuts and coffee. More info

23rd Annual Frank & Bethine Church Gala
When: Saturday, Mar 11, 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Boise Centre East, 195 S. Capitol Blvd, Boise, ID
The Frank & Bethine Church Gala is the signature event for the Idaho Democratic Party. Now entering its 23rd year, the Gala attracts hundreds of Democrats from every corner of the state. The Gala is the capstone to a day filled with trainings and workshops for Idaho Democrats and is a memorable evening for all who participate. More info

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

Idaho Headlines

French Consul meets with Idaho aerospace companies ahead of Paris Air Show trade visit (Idaho Statesman)

Idaho bill would give state sweeping power to protect oil and gas property owners (Idaho Statesman)

Idaho lawmaker explains why he wants emails shielded from public disclosure (Idaho Statesman)

Lawmakers step up push to repeal Idaho’s sales tax on groceries (Spokesman-Review)

North Idaho lawmaker favors funding roads over mental health care (Spokesman-Review)

Divided House panel approves Fish and Game fee hikes (Times-News)

Senate panel OKs 2 bills to help federal lands grazers secure water rights (Times-News)

Marty Trillhaase: No closing Pandora's box after this long (Lewiston Tribune)

Caught in the middle (Lewiston Tribune)

Liberal group debates how to oppose Trump agenda (Mountain Express)

Rumors of ICE raids prompt fears (Mountain Express)

2018 Idaho Governor's Race Gets Third Republican Candidate (Boise State Public Radio)

Public Records Exemption Bill Meets Quick Opposition At Idaho Statehouse (Boise State Public Radio)

Crapo: Time to drain the swamp (CDA Press)

Idahoans flock to tiny Oregon town for legal marijuana (Idaho Statesman)

House Speaker approves of plan to use millions for relief in areas battered by winter weather (Press-Tribune)

State: Data centers are bypassing Idaho in search of tax breaks (Idaho Business Review)

Senate committee approves stock watering rights bill (Capital Press)

Labrador: Idaho should be ag innovation capital (Capital Press)

Lawmakers take a step toward liberty with reform of civil asset forfeiture laws (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

The bond issue 'supermajority': a debate as old as Idaho (Idaho Education News)

Idaho's $715 million school election day (Idaho Education News)

Preview of an insurrection (Idaho Reports)

National Headlines

Mike Pence demands AP apologize for publishing, refusing to take down story showing his wife's email address (Washington Examiner)

Republicans are facing increasing pressure to make details of 'Obamacare Lite' public (Business Insider)

Hillary coming to terms with her new life (The Hill)

Tokyo calls North Korea’s latest missile launch a ‘grave threat to national security’ (Associated Press)

Illegals Confront Judgment Day Over Old Orders (New York Times)

Pro-Trump rally in Berkeley turns violent as protesters clash with the president’s supporters (Washington Post)

Rep. Richmond apologizes for Conway remarks (CNN)

Poll: 7 in 10 people say America is losing its identity (CBS News)

Some GOP lawmakers' block-everything mentality could imperil big-picture plans (Washington Post)

Trump to Undo Vehicle Rules That Curb Global Warming (New York Times)

Why Keystone XL pipeline won't buy US steel, despite Trump's order (Christian Science Monitor)

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