Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, April 10, 2017

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  Idaho's delegation does better on election day than in approval ratings
By Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
The job approval ratings of Idaho’s four members of Congress are mixed; two are above 50 percent and two are below, a new poll by Idaho Politics Weekly shows....

  Is it wise to eliminate the state sales tax on food?
By LaVarr Webb, Idaho Politics Weekly Publisher
Tax reduction, tax reform, and tax simplification are on the agendas of the U.S. Congress and also many states....

  Odds & Ends: Food tax repeal...lieutenant governor candidates
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
A few thoughts on a few, somewhat random, topics......

Ybarra: Liberal media not giving DeVos a chance
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Betsy DeVos is a horrible education secretary – that is, if you believe almost everything you read and hear from the mainstream media....

Guest opinion: Why the Gorsuch confirmation matters
By Congressman Raul Labrador
The U.S. Senate has confirmed an outstanding jurist, Judge Neil Gorsuch, to the U.S. Supreme Court, ensuring his place as the 113th justice in U.S. history.  I was pleased when President Trump nominated Judge Gorsuch back in January and I public...

Guest column: Why I'm running for governor
By Tommy Ahlquist
Imagine an Idaho where our children are thriving in school and graduating ready for Idaho jobs.  A place where our small businesses, ranches and farms can operate without unneeded government interference....

  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.”  ...

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

Idaho Falls Chamber Legislative Luncheon
When: Monday, Apr 10, 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: Hilton Garden Inn Idaho Falls, 700 Lindsay Blvd, Idaho Falls, ID
Each year, the Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce hosts a luncheon at the end of the legislative session where local legislators present and discuss the decisions that were made and actions taken during the session. Hear from elected officials and ask questions regarding the 2017 Idaho Legislative Session. More info and register here.

Caldwell Chamber Noonbreak Luncheon
When: Tuesday, Apr 11, 11 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Where: College of Idaho, Simplot Dining Hall
Sponsored by Saint Alphonsus. $15 members, $20 nonmembers and no RSVP. Register and more info here.

Canyon County Republican Women Meeting
When: Tuesday, April 11, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Golden Palace, 703 Main St, Caldwell, ID
Meeting guest is newly elected Idaho District 7A Representative, Air Force Reserve Major Priscilla Gidding, aka “Altoid."

Idaho Falls Pancakes & Politics
When: Saturday, Apr 15, 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Where: Catered Your Way, LLC, 2161 E 17th St, Idaho Falls, ID
Come hear democratic legislators who are touring the state talking about what is happening in Boise that we all need to know about.

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

Idaho Headlines

Labrador calls for Congressional vote following U.S. missile attack on Syria; McMorris Rodgers backs action (Spokesman-Review)

Two major U.S. Highway 95 projects in North Idaho could be funded under new transportation bill (Spokesman-Review)

Editorial: We support efforts to win a Boise F-35 mission — then making it a good fit (Idaho Statesman)

Supreme Court battle: Small states like Idaho will lose when Senate ends filibuster (Idaho Statesman)

Otter pushing for federal disaster relief for Idaho as he weighs grocery sales tax repeal (Idaho Statesman)

‘He always put in that work.’ Idaho judge recalls boyhood pal, Justice Neil Gorsuch (Idaho Statesman)

Sen. Jim Risch on CNN: Syria strike 'will have impact worldwide' (Idaho Statesman)

Risch, Crapo, Simpson back Trump on Syria strike (Times-News)

Otter vetoes asset forfeiture, invasive species, cosmetology bills (Times-News)

Marty Trillhaase: There are rules - then there's Mike Moyle (Lewiston Tribune)

Congressional roadblock leads to rural insecurity (Lewiston Tribune)

Are You In Idaho's Top Income Bracket? Chances Are – Yes (Boise State Public Radio)

East Idaho Lawmaker Staying Tight-Lipped About Accomodations During Legislative Session (Boise State Public Radio)

Bergdahl defense seeks dismissal (Mountain Express)

Air service tax renewal campaign takes shape (Mountain Express)

Local lawmakers tee off on Otter at town hall (CDA Press)

Challenges galore in job recruitment game (CDA Press)

Planned LDS temple expected to boost Pocatello's economy (State Journal)

Gloomy report card for infrastructure nationwide and in Idaho (Idaho Business Review)

Legislature addressed some pressing business issues, left much unfinished (Idaho Business Review)

Otter vetoes sensible, conservative bills (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Otter, obviously, abducted by aliens (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Ybarra praises lawmakers as she prepares for post-legislative roadshow (Idaho Education News)

Idahoans increase investments in their top priority (Idaho Education News)

Thursday vetoes: Invasive species position, cosmetology, asset forfeiture (Idaho Reports)

National Headlines

He lobbied for gay rights and opposed Trump — now Seattle’s mayor is accused of sexually assaulting minors (Washington Post)

Trump’s Options for North Korea Include Placing Nukes in South Korea (NBC News)

Russia and Iran say they will respond to American aggression following air strike in Syria (The Sun)

The Soviet Union fought the Cold War in Nicaragua. Now Putin’s Russia is back. (Washington Post)

Why Democrats have no regrets after McConnell's 'nuclear' blast (Politico)

Trump to Bannon and Kushner: Work this out (CNN)

New York set to become first state to offer free tuition at public four-year colleges (Washington Post)

Google Denies Labor Department's Pay Disparity Allegations (Bloomberg)

US jobs report: A tale of 2 surveys, at a glance (Associated Press)

FCC Chairman Plans Fast-Track Repeal Of Net Neutrality, Sources Say (Reuters)

Search for consensus on taxes veers into unexpected corners (Associated Press)

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