Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, April 3, 2017

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  Otter, Legislature earn good approval ratings, but Idahoans say no to 4th Otter term
By Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Most Idahoans don’t want three-term GOP Gov. Butch Otter to run for a fourth term in 2018, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows....

  Don't be afraid of Article V amendments convention
By LaVarr Webb, Publisher
With Republicans in control of two-thirds of state legislatures and governorships, more and more states are calling for a national convention under Article V of the Constitution to discuss and propose various constitutional amendments, most of which ...

Yates ponders likely run for lieutenant governor
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Here’s one way to chase away potential candidates for lieutenant governor. Enter Steve Yates, the state Republican Party chairman, into the race....

  Trump, Labrador...and Idaho
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Idaho U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador has always been a bit of troublemaker. His involvement in the defeat of the GOP health care plan last week drew the fire of Pres. Trump who singled him out by name....

Growing population: Understanding and preparing for big things to come
By Robert Spendlove, Zions Bank Economic and Public Policy Officer
The Greek philosopher, Heraclitus, famously said, “the only constant is change.”  ...

  Idaho's foster care system may be in for big changes
By Jim Jones
The Idaho Legislature’s efforts to improve our foster care system may be a bright spot of the 2017 legislative session....

  Guest column: Need a doctor? Proposed medical school to improve access to physicians
By Dr. Rodney Bates, DO Board-certified Internal Medicine
A majority of Idahoans live in small rural towns where shopping local is not only the preferred option, but the only nearby option....

  Press release: Labrador chairs his first Natural Resources Subcommittee
By Press Release
The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held an oversight hearing last week on delays and uncertainty related to Endangered Species Act (ESA) consultations....

  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....

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

Boise Chamber CEO Speaker Series featuring Skip Oppenheimer
When: Tuesday, Apr 4, 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: Red Lion Boise Downtowner, 1800 W Fairview Ave, Boise
$30 members, $40 nonmembers, more info and register here.

Meridian Chamber Luncheon
When: Tuesday, Apr 4, 12 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Where: West Ada School District, 1303 E Central Dr, Meridian, ID
Lunch will featuring guest speaker, Steve Siddoway, Meridian Parks & Recreation Director. Catering by Grant's Neighborhood Grill. $15 members, $20 nonmembers, more info and register here.

Idaho Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee Sine Die Celebration
When: Wednesday, Apr 5, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Amsterdam Lounge, 609 W Main St, Boise, ID
Join the Idaho Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee for a Sine Die Celebration. House and Senate Democrats worked tirelessly this session to bring up the issues that matter most to Idahoans, come celebrate the official end of the legislative session. Tickets are $30 and include 2 drink tickets and hors d'oeuvres. More info and register here.

Boundary County Lincoln Day Dinner
When: Friday, Apr 7, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Best Western Plus Kootenai River Inn Casino & Spa, 7169 Plaza St, Bonners Ferry, ID
Social hour, 6 p.m., dinner and program 7 p.m. Tickets $45 Contact: Linda Alt

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

Idaho Headlines

Editorial: Still waiting for long-term ‘Idaho solutions’ for uninsured, transportation woes (Idaho Statesman)

Simpson says Trump administration may move federal land agencies to the West (Idaho Statesman)

Idaho Legislature’s 2017 session quietly comes to a close (Idaho Statesman)

Late consensus on roads caps session marked by infighting (Idaho Statesman)

Idaho’s Democrats: Minority, down 4-1, forced ‘ourselves into the conversation’ (Idaho Statesman)

With the session over, where do the big issues stand? (Times-News)

Senate ends year by killing tax cut (Times-News)

Marty Trillhaase: Time for Sheriff Butch to whip out his veto (Lewiston Tribune)

Insurrection was the theme of '17 session (Lewiston Tribune)

Idaho Democrats Reflect On End Of Legislature (Boise State Public Radio)

Trump budget proposal would affect Blaine County (Mountain Express)

How our county got into the jobs business (CDA Press)

Cosmetology educators upset with new bill that would reduce hours required to receive licenses (State Journal)

GARVEE bill still has hurdles before funds reach I-84 in Canyon County (Press-Tribune)

Popular federal grant program that supports meals for elderly, downtown rehab placed on congressional chopping block (Press-Tribune)

Nearly doubling Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument sets up battle (Capital Press)

Idaho ag department gets 11 percent budget hike (Capital Press)

Study: Idaho ranks 20th for business tax climate (Idaho Business Review)

Hoffman: Some good legislation this session (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Meet some of the Legislature's freshman class of 2017 (Idaho Education News)

Ron Nate on the differences in Dist. 34 representation (Idaho Reports)

National Headlines

Putin seeking meeting with Trump (Washington Examiner)

Trump summit will be only US stop for Xi, says Secret Service source (South China Morning Post)

McConnell vows Gorsuch will be confirmed this week, Schumer predicts he won't get 60 votes (FOX News)

Gorsuch Supreme Court Nomination Gains More Democratic Support (New York Times)

Trump hits the links with Rand Paul, talks health care, WH says (CNN)

I'm a Woman Who Benefitted Greatly from Working for Mike Pence (National Review)

Trump says health-care bill not dead, touts Republican unity (Wall Street Journal)

Obamacare Choices Could Go From One to Zero in Some Areas (New York Times)

A Pentagon Test for Boeing's Mr. Fix-It (New York Times)

New EPA documents reveal even deeper proposed cuts to staff and programs (Washington Post)

Schumer rips bill allowing internet providers to sell user data (New York Daily News)

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