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Monday, March 13, 2017

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  Poll: Majority favor tax cut proposal
By Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Most Idahoans favor a cut in personal and corporate income tax rates, as proposed by state House Republicans, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows....

  Most Idahoans say the media has been unfair to Trump
By Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
It may well be fair to say President Donald Trump has had the rockiest start to any presidency since Abraham Lincoln – who saw the nation fall into civil war at his election....

Guest column: Educating the talent that we need
By Lt. Gov. Brad Little
Idaho’s economy is on an incredible path in the right direction. Idaho leads the nation in job creation....

  Guest opinion: Salvage Idaho's forest products
By David Leroy
In the last 30 years, the amount of federal timber available for sale in most of America’s National Forests has been reduced between 70 and 99 percent. ...

  Guest opinion: Will Congress stand up for America?
By Jim Jones
George Washington warned in his Farewell Address of the dangers posed to our country by political partisanship....

He might as well start constituent letters with 'Dear Stupid'
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Republican Sen. Dan Foreman of Moscow insists that he is not a politician, and I can believe that, judging by a recent letter to a constituent....

  GOP health care plan poses interesting choices for Idaho
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
The U.S. House Republican plan (backed by the Trump administration ) to revise and replace Obamacare has some momentum as I write this....

  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...

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

Meridian City Coffee with the Mayor
When: Tuesday, Mar 14, 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Where: High Desert Harley-Davidson, 2310 E Cinema Dr, Meridian
You are invited to have coffee with Mayor Tammy de Weerd and other City Leaders. Find out what is happening in your community and discuss ideas and issues with local leaders.

Caldwell Chamber Noonbreak Luncheon
When: Tuesday, Mar 14, 11 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Where: College of Idaho, Simplot Dining Hall

Sponsored by the Education Committee. $15 members, $20 nonmembers and no RSVP. Register and more info

Canyon County Republican Women Meeting
When: Tuesday, Mar 14, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Golden Palace, 703 Main St, Caldwell, ID

Twin Falls Pizza & Politics
When: Saturday, Mar 18, 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Where: Pizza Pie Cafe Twin Falls, 1826 Canyon Crest Dr, Twin Falls, 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.

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

Idaho Headlines

Idaho lawmakers back higher-ed building plan (Spokesman-Review)

Idaho lawmakers scale back boost in probation, parole officers (Spokesman-Review)

Oil and gas exec says House bill would discourage investment in Idaho industry (Idaho Statesman)

New GOP health care plan not expected to spur action in Idaho (Idaho Statesman)

Idaho advocates press state to cover gap population while it can under national GOP plan (Idaho Statesman)

Floor fight over committees reflects long-brewing discontent (Times-News)

Abortion foes hope repealing law now will let them ban later (Times-News)

Marty Trillhaase: Giddings auditioned on Idaho's newest stage (Lewiston Tribune)

Highway funding proposal could be 'go home' bill (Lewiston Tribune)

Idaho Reaction To Trump's (Second) Refugee Ban (Boise State Public Radio)

Idaho Anti-Abortion Laws May Be Reversed At Statehouse (Boise State Public Radio)

Idaho's Rep. Raul Labrador Opposes Obamacare Alternative (Boise State Public Radio)

Director of refugee resettlement center in S. Idaho: 'We can help more' (State Journal)

CMV educational bill passes House, heads to governor (Press-Tribune)

Could EPA changes affect local cities' plans for wastewater upgrades? (Press-Tribune)

State employees might receive health savings accounts after all (Idaho Business Review)

You’re probably not getting a tax cut this year. Here’s why (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Give teachers a secret ballot election process (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Both dyed diesel bills run out of fuel (Capital Press)

Idaho governor requests federal disaster declarations for flooded farms (Capital Press)

JFAC puts $1 million into teacher evaluations training (Idaho Education News)

National Headlines

Assad calls U.S. forces 'invaders', but still hopeful on Trump (Reuters)

NYT leader: Washington Post slogan 'sounds like the next Batman movie' (The Hill)

Obstacles mount for tax reform (The Hill)

Can Ronna Romney McDaniel unite a fractured Republican Party? (McClatchy)

For Solace and Solidarity in Trump Age, Liberals Turn the TV Back On (New York Times)

Republicans still battle each other even after gaining power (Associated Press)

Through his budget, a bottom-line look at Trump's new Washington (Washington Post)

Donald Trump Jr., running the family business, says he has nearly 'zero contact' with his father (Washington Post)

Calif. man carrying Mace arrested on White House grounds after scaling fence (Washington Post)

Trump Wants Faster Growth. The Fed Isn't So Sure. (New York Times)

EPA to study whether its emissions tests are vulnerable to cheating (Christian Science Monitor)

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