Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, March 9, 2015

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  51% of Idaho Residents Support the State Taking Control of Public Lands
Several interesting questions this week in the Idaho Politics Weekly poll, the most telling being the partisan variations among Idahoans when asked if the State of Idaho should take over ownership of federal lands in the state....

Rep. Wendy Horman: Tackling Idaho Education Needs
First elected to Idaho House in 2012, up and coming Rep. Wendy Horman (R-Ammon) serves on the powerful Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee, which sets the state's budget.  ...

Age, Attitudes and Lt. Gov. Brad Little
Sixty is the new 40....

  Winning the Political Game: How to Stay Visible with Voters
With municipal elections coming up this year, mayors and city council members seeking re-election need to communicate pro-actively with voters. ...

  How Idaho Fills Vacancies in Political Offices
Last week, Idaho Falls City Councilman Dee Whittier died unexpectedly of complications related to a heart attack....

Economic Notes: More Technology Needed in the Classroom
Technology has a big impact not just on the business environment in Idaho, but also on the state's education system. ...

  News Release: Bill Extends Ag Exemption to Family Logging Operations
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Rep. Ral Labrador, R-Idaho, has introduced the Future Logging Careers Act, a bill that would help family-owned timber harvesters train the next generation in one of Idaho's most important natural resource industries....

  Poll: Idaho Residents Favor Use of Military Force Against ISIS
There must not be many Ukrainian Americans in Idaho, because a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows most in the state don't want the United States to give weapons to Ukrainians fighting against Russian-backed separatists....

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

Election Day

When: Tues, March 10, 8am 8pm
Election locations and information here.

Spring Forth Social Kootenai County Democratic Club

When: Wed, March 11, 5pm - 8 pm
Where: Lake City Center, Coeur d'Alene
Democrats Spring Forth is a spring fundraising event to raise funds for party organizing and campaign support. Featuring food along with a silent and live auctions, no host bar and music. It is an opportunity to meet and build relationships with fellow Democrats. It is also an early opportunity during election years to see who is running for office in local and state wide elections. $25/ticket. More info

21st Annual Frank & Bethine Church Gala

When: Sat, March 14, 6pm - 9pm
Where: Boise Centre, 850 West Front Street, Boise
The Frank & Bethine Church Gala is the largest annual fundraiser for the Idaho Democratic Party. Now entering it's 21st year, this event draws hundreds of Democrats into Boise from across the state. Accomplishments from the past year will be celebrated and there will be strategic planning for the future. Keynote Speaker will be Emeritus John A. Perez. Doors open at 6pm, program starts at 7pm. Price: $85, last minute/at the door tickets will be $90. More info


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Idaho Headlines

Editorial: Prayer snub pitiful (Idaho Statesman)

Chastened by president's profane email, Idaho business lobby now looks inward (Idaho Statesman)

Idaho agency declares emergency, gives CenturyLink $1.88 million broadband contract (Idaho Statesman)

Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry's full-court press results in some fouls (Idaho Statesman)

Idaho Legislature sends message to D.C. on Boulder-White Clouds (Idaho Statesman)

Idaho Legislature Might Leave Priorities Unfinished This Year (Boise State Public Radio)

Across Idaho, Voters To Decide On $393 Million For Schools (Boise State Public Radio)

Idaho Governor Appoints Longtime Boise City Councilor To Legislature (Boise State Public Radio)

Financial Website Ranks Idaho 9th Worst State For Women (Boise State Public Radio)

Religious leaders call for Idaho senator's apology (CDA Press)

Mental health facility one step closer (CDA Press)

Bill to ban all gambling in Idaho pulled from agenda (CDA Press)

Two former Idaho governors threaten federal lawsuit over nuke waste (Spokesman-Review)

Andrus, Batt fight plan to bring spent nuclear fuel rods to Idaho for research (Spokesman-Review)

Idaho state senator defies call for apology to Hindus (Spokesman-Review)

Education top priority before close of Idaho Legislature (Spokesman-Review)

Legislators win $16,000 for local schools (Idaho Education News)

A $393 million school election day looms (Idaho Education News)

West Ada steps up case for bond issue (Idaho Education News)

$125 million teacher pay plan in jeopardy (Idaho Education News)

National Headlines

Hillary in Nixon's shadow (Politico)

The Iowa Ag Summit: 10 takeaways (Politico)

Jeb Bush in Iowa (Politico)

Issa: Clinton could face criminal charges (The Hill)

Gowdy: Months of Clinton emails missing (The Hill)

ATF again under Republican fire (The Hill)

American democracy is doomed (Vox)

Sen. Lindsey Graham Admits He's Never Sent an Email (TIME)

New mayoral runoff poll shows a week of campaigning did little to move the needle (Sun-Times)

Clergy and others call for overhaul of Ferguson leadership (Post-Dispatch)

Greek warning: With no rescue funds, 'there could be problems' (Los Angeles Times)


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