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Monday, April 17, 2017

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  Repeal Obamacare or repair it? Idahoans are split
By Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Idahoans are mixed over what to do with Obamacare, split over whether to just plain repeal it or if it’s best to repair and improve it, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows....

  The lawsuit over Gov. Otter's veto of food tax repeal
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Last Tuesday, April 11, Gov. Butch Otter vetoed the bill that would have eliminated the sales tax on food, HB 67....

Otter sees no place for grocery tax repeal
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
A lawsuit challenging whether Gov. Butch Otter met the constitutional deadline with his veto of the grocery-tax repeal legislation may not go far. But getting rid of the sales tax on food is not a lost cause....

  Guest opinion: Legislature needs process for veto override
By Senator Steve Vick
Here’s what Gov. Butch Otter’s vetoes mean to everyday Idahoans:...

  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....

Political Calendar Highlights

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Idaho Falls Chamber Mayors Business Day
When: Tuesday, Apr 18, 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Keefer’s Island Convention Center, Shilo Inn
Crossroads: The Intersection of Education and Workforce. Keynote speaker Lori Otter. Event includes a trade show portion for business-to-business connections, as well as featured speakers and panels. Mayors’ Business Day is a great way for businesses of all sizes to participate in an event that promotes and encourages business growth. Registration for the day is $50 for chamber members, and $65 for non-chamber members and includes a light breakfast and lunch.

Magic Valley Republican Women Luncheon
When: Wednesday, Apr 19, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Clear Lake Country Club, 403 Clear Lake Ln, Buhl, ID
The third Wednesday of every month, join the Magic Valley Republican Women for their luncheon meeting at Clear Lake Country Club in Buhl. 11 a.m. social time, 12 noon lunch. For information call Billee 421-2101.

Clearwater County Republican Women Meeting
When: Friday, April 21, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Where: School District Office, Main St.Orofino, ID
Contact Joy Hall at 208-464-2685 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Idaho Headlines

Pay equality moving at ‘glacial pace’ in Idaho, elsewhere (Moscow-Pullman Daily News)

After three decades in Idaho courts, Supreme Court justice plans to retire this fall (Idaho Statesman)

Otter vetoes grocery tax repeal, saying costs ‘too high’; allows road bill to become law (Idaho Statesman)

State GOP chairman to step down, considering lt. gov. run (Times-News)

Libertarian law firm says Otter wrong on asset forfeiture (Times-News)

Marty Trillhaase: Budget-buster is coming; Otter can't stop it (Lewiston Tribune)

Labrador still coy on run for governor (Lewiston Tribune)

Though Still Mostly Rural, Idaho's Urban Population Is Growing (Boise State Public Radio)

Idaho Lawmakers Challenge Validity Of Governor's Veto (Boise State Public Radio)

Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador Holding Two Town Halls (Boise State Public Radio)

Legislature’s $320 million transportation plan becomes law (Mountain Express)

Hundreds sound off at March, town hall (CDA Press)

Businesses still have a shot at saving on taxes come January (Idaho Business Review)

Otter: benefits of repealing grocery tax are mostly imaginary while downsides are very real (Idaho Business Review)

2017 session is proof-positive more legislators are embracing freedom (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Idaho’s job growth causes farm labor crunch (Capital Press)

Ag fares well during 2017 Idaho legislative session (Capital Press)

Districts start spending bond and levy dollars (Idaho Education News)

Eastern Idahoans rail against changes to science standards (Idaho Education News)

Zollinger, Nate, Smith challenging grocery tax veto (Idaho Reports)

National Headlines

Speaking in Korea, Pence emphasizes U.S. resolve (Associated Press)

Break away from the USA? The effort to cleave California faces its own split (Los Angeles Times)

Protests sweeping South America show rising antigovernment anger (Washington Post)

Erdogan’s Referendum Victory Puts Turkey on Collision Course With Europe (Wall Street Journal)

After Afghan Talks, US Hints at Harder Line on Pakistan (New York Times)

North Korea’s embarrassing missile launch failure may have been caused by US cyber attack (The Sun)

Trump wants to know ‘who paid for’ rallies seeking release of tax returns (Associated Press)

Will Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch recuse himself on his first day on the job? (FOX News)

As tensions with North Korea flare, Trump spends quiet weekend at Mar-a-Lago (Washington Post)

Pro-Trump group launches a $3 million ad campaign to prop up House allies (Washington Post)

Trump nominates vocal critic to head Export-Import Bank, casting uncertainty on agency's future (Washington Post)

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