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Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, March 16, 2015

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  Poll: Idaho Residents Think Congress Is Doing a Poor Job
Idaho residents don't much care for the federal government, but they they think the Idaho legislature is performing okay....

  Fallout from Hindu Prayer Fuss
Back in the 1990s, I served as chief of staff for a Utah member of the U.S. House of Representatives.  Often, people would ask my background and I would invariably indicate proudly that I was raised in Idaho....

  Winning the Political Game: Do You Have a Communications Plan?
Most political failures are failures of communications. Most political wins are triumphs of communications....

TV Talk Shows Boosts Risch Profile
Idaho Sen. Jim Risch has been called a lot of unflattering things over the years, so he is not troubled by suggestions that he and 46 other Republican senators are "traitors" for sending a letter to the Iranian government concerning negotiations with...

  A Tale of Two Elections
Last Tuesday, Jefferson County (largest city is Rigby) voted whether or not to recall its county prosecutor, Robin Dunn.  Out of 3,946 votes cast, a full 81% voted to recall Mr. Dunn.  But, he will stay in office because 9,167 votes were ne...

Tier 3 Fuel, Vehicles, Would Improve Air Quality
Per capita pollution in Idaho is among the lowest in the country. That's the good news. ...

  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....

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce CEO Speaker Series

When: Wed, March 18, 12pm 1:30pm
Where: The Grove Hotel, 245 South Capitol Blvd, Boise, ID
CEO Speaker Series luncheon featuring Brad Tilden of Alaska Airlines. Brad Tilden is the Chief Executive Officer of Alaska Air Group and its two subsidiaries, Alaska Airlines, the nation's sixth-largest carrier, and Horizon Air, its regional affiliate. Early Bird Pricing through March 15th, members $30/non-members $40. Table Sponsorships: $400 (includes a table for eight,your company name in the event program, table signage and preferred placement). More info

Ada County Democrats Legislative Lunch

When: Wed, March 18, 12pm - 1pm
Where: Bardenay Restaurant & Distillery, 610 West Grove Street, Boise, ID
The Legislative Lunch is an opportunity to catch up on the 2015 legislative session, ask questions, and interact with the Democratic Caucus in a low key setting with a catered meal. Boise's historic Basque Block provides the perfect mix of history and culture for a discussion of Idaho's politics and future. Lunch will be served in Bardenay's Boiler Room. More info


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Idaho Headlines

Editorial: Risch, Crapo Antagonize Iran (Times-News)

Editorial: Don't Leave Boise until Work Is Done (Times-News)

Simpson: To Govern or Obstruct (Times-News)

Sportsmen Work to Boost Game Habitat as Lawmakers Mull Fee Hike (Times-News)

Editorial: Anti-bullying bill should be no-brainer (State Journal)

Editorial: How to save to put online in schools (State Journal)

Sun Valley is in good financial shape (Idaho Mountain Express)

Is there anything Fred Wood's committee won't pass? (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

House racing businesses owed due process (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Editorial: Step up to funding plate, legislators (Idaho Statesman)

Southeast Idaho couple learns the steep cost of government access (Idaho Statesman)

What's left to do during the 2015 Idaho legislative session? (Idaho Statesman)

New Bill For Marijuana-Derived Epilepsy Treatment Comes With Strong Restrictions (Boise State Public Radio)

Neck and neck (CDA Press)

Senate passes bill allowing self-driving car testing in Idaho (CDA Press)

Legislators eye session's end (CDA Press)

Idaho Legislature on track for a new low (Lewiston Tribune)

Bill limiting kids' use of tanning beds heads to governor (Spokesman-Review)

Vendors seek back pay from Idaho on school broadband network (Spokesman-Review)

IEN vendors threaten lawsuits, file multimillion-dollar claims against Idaho (Spokesman-Review)

National Headlines

Democrats prepared to buck White House on Iran nuclear deal (Politico)

Hillary Clinton's fear of the trail (Politico)

5 big hurdles for the GOP's budget blueprint (The Hill)

Will Hillary Rodham Clinton run for president? Here's why, and why not. (Christian Science Monitor)

McConnell vows: no vote on attorney general until abortion flap solved (Christian Science Monitor)

Gowdy denies Benghazi panel created to thwart Hillary Clinton's 2016 bid (FOX News)

At Gridiron Club Dinner, Anyone and Everyone Is Fair Game for Obama (New York Times)

Getting Hispanics to the polls in Chicago mayor's race no slam dunk for Chuy (Chicago Sun-Times)

Ferguson activists press ahead, undeterred by latest shooting (Reuters)

New Obamacare window opens for those who owe federal fines for being uninsured (Associated Press)

NASA scientist says one year left of California water supply (AJC)