Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, March 27, 2017

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  Poll: Idahoans give Trump positive approval ratings
By Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
President Donald Trump is well liked in Idaho, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll finds....

  Winning the political game: Basic elements of a campaign
By LaVarr Webb, Idaho Politics Weekly Publisher
2017 is a municipal election year in Idaho, which actually features more candidates than an even-year election....

Ahlquist adds spice, big dollars, to governor's race
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
The infamous “hole” that was a part of Boise’s downtown landscape for 25 years, doesn’t have much meaning to people living outside the city – especially to those who think of Boise as one big hole in the first place....

  Idaho's first totally-Idaho national park?
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Every year, Americans take roughly 2.2 billion domestic trips, most for pleasure and many for business. A bit more than one in seven of the total visits are to the various national parks, the gems of the American landscape....

  Press release: Risch bill gets support from Idaho dairy farmers
By Press Release
The DAIRY PRIDE Act, co-sponsored by Sen. James Risch to combat the unfair practice of mislabeling non-dairy products, was recently endorsed by the Idaho Dairymen’s Association....

  Poll: Idahoans want Gorsuch confirmed to Supreme Court
By Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Nearly 60 percent of Idahoans believe Federal Appeals Court Judge Neil Gorsuch should be confirmed by the U.S. Senate, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll finds....

  Low tax burden is great - but more money needed for education
By LaVarr Webb, Idaho Politics Weekly Publisher
One of the most difficult challenges for policymakers is divining that fine line between a tax burden that is sufficient to provide necessary services to citizens, and a burden that is too high and drives away businesses and hurts economic viability....

  Idaho's Amazon sales tax deal is a big deal
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Last Thursday, it was announced that massive online retailer Amazon will start collecting next month a 6 percent Idaho sales tax on purchases shipped to Idaho....

Times are a-changin', but not with school board elections
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Do you know who your “zone representatives” are on your local school board?...

Guest column: Educating the talent that we need
By Lt. Gov. Brad Little
(Editor’s note: This column is being re-published because the summary in last week’s newsletter did not link to the full story.)...

Press Release: Andrus Center focuses on why public lands matter
By Press Release
A full-day conference sponsored by the Andrus Center for Public Policy at Boise State University will look at current federal management practices, the various voices in support and dissent, and potential stakeholder collaboration toward forward-look...

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

Bonneville County Democrats Town Hall
When: Tuesday, Mar 28, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Hawthorne Elementary School, 1520 S Blvd, Idaho Falls, ID

Kootenai County Republican Party Meeting
When: Tuesday, Mar 28, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Kootenai County 911 Administration Office, 3380 N Julia St, Coeur d'Alene, ID

Boise Chamber Business After Hours
When: Thursday, Mar 30, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: Lyle Pearson, 351 S Auto Dr, Boise, ID
Join the Boise Chamber at the Lyle Pearson Mercedes-Benz showroom for food, drink, door prizes and a chance to view the world’s finest luxury automobiles. No RSVP needed, free to chamber members, $10 for nonmembers. More info.

Idaho Democratic Party Progressive Launchpad: How to Run for Office
When: Saturday, Apr 1, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: 1912 Center, 412 E 3rd St, Moscow, ID
Join the Latah County Demcorats for a training on How to Run for Office. This training will feature Tom Hamilton, Political Director for the Idaho Democratic Party. More info

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

Idaho Headlines

University of Idaho law professor tackles the problem of political gerrymandering (Moscow-Pullman Daily News)

Idaho House stalled by procedural protests, adjournment delayed until next week (Idaho Statesman)

Passing oil and gas industry reform in Idaho brought many interests together (Idaho Statesman)

Legislature looks to Monday for critical votes on taxes, transportation funding (Idaho Statesman)

With House stalled, end of legislative session pushed back to next week (Times-News)

House grapples with tax cuts (Times-News)

Marty Trillhaase: Otter's 'dollar-a-year man' was no bargain (Lewiston Tribune)

Shepherd, Troy explain votes against 2018 Behavorial Health budget (Lewiston Tribune)

A Behind-The-Scenes Look At The Idaho Legislature From A High School Page (Boise State Public Radio)

Idaho Senate Kills Faith Healing Measure (Boise State Public Radio)

Democratic Party honors Pence (Mountain Express)

Jobless rate pinches employers (CDA Press)

Otter signs CMV bill into law (Press-Tribune)

Canyon County legislators to continue fight for I-84 funding (Press-Tribune)

A word with state Rep. Wendy Horman (Idaho Business Review)

Idaho tops nation in job growth for 2016 (Idaho Business Review)

Patrick scores victory for Idaho workers, consumers (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

House grinds to a standstill on eve of planned adjournment date (Idaho Education News)

This year’s accomplishments, through the eyes of Senate leaders (Idaho Reports)

National Headlines

Angry over U.S. healthcare fail, Trump voters spare him blame (Reuters)

House Conservatives Are Undeterred After Health-Bill Failure (Wall Street Journal)

GOP struggles to govern despite a monopoly in Washington (Associated Press)

Can Republicans govern if they can’t keep a promise they’ve made for 7 years? (McClatchy)

Trump taps Kushner to lead a SWAT team to fix government with business ideas (Washington Post)

Trump Said to Issue Far-Reaching Reversal of Obama Climate Push (Bloomberg)

Woman arrested three times as she tries to see President Trump (CNN)

Sen. Lindsey Graham Fights Back at Rowdy Town Hall: 'Bring It On' (NBC News)

Wall Street fear threatens a dramatic comeback in the stock market (MarketWatch)

These Charts Show Alarm Bells Ringing on the Trump Trade (Bloomberg)

Push for Internet Privacy Rules Moves to Statehouses (New York Times)

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