Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, March 23, 2015

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  Poll: Idahoans Think State's Public Education System is Below Average
Idaho residents think the state's public education system is below average, and they believe using state money to fund charter schools and preschool education would help it improve....

  Where Do Idahoans Get News About the Legislature?
When it comes to news about Idaho's legislature, television is still king while online sources lag behind....

  Thinking of Running for Municipal Office this Fall?
Do you have strong views?  Does any local issue raise your blood pressure? Do you think you have what it takes to run for political office?...

Freshman Year is About Reality Checks
Many years ago, the late George Carlin had a hilarious stand-up comedy routine, talking about the differences between football and baseball. Some of the same principles can be applied to looking at the contrast between freshmen and seasoned politicia...

  Winning the Political Game: How to Deal With a Crisis
Almost every political failure is a failure of communications. ...

Trending in DC - The Veto as a Negotiation Tool
For the first time in over four years, President Obama vetoed a bill that came to him after being approved by Congress.  ...

Idaho Democratic Chair Larry Kenck: Building for the Future
Larry Kenck was elected chairman of the Idaho Democratic Party in February of 2013.  ...

Idaho Economic Outlook: Retail Provides a Lot of Jobs
Retail is the largest sector of employment in the United States, supporting one in four jobs in America, for a total of 42 million jobs. ...

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

2015 Safety and Business Fest Southern Idaho

When: March 24-26, 7:30am 5:30pm
Where: College of Southern Idaho, 315 Falls Avenue, Twin Falls, ID
Attendees include: Contractors, small and large; Construction and General Industry; Professional Technical Educators; Anyone who desires to improve the safety performance of their business. All sessions are free, participants must pick up registration packet before attending the first class. The Trade Show will be held March 24, 8 am to 5 pm and March 25, 8 am to 5 pm and March 26, 8 am to noon. Prizes will be drawn at noon on Thursday, March 26th. More info and registration here More info

2015 Mountain West Municipal Clerks & Treasurers Institute

When: March 25-27, 8am - 5pm
Where: The Riverside Hotel, 2900 East Chinden Boulevard, Boise, ID
Register now to attend the 2015 MWCTI at the The Riverside Hotel. Hotel reservations can be made by calling 208-343-1871. Ask for a room in the "Municipal Clerks and Treasurers" block to get the discounted rate of $95.00 Single/Double per night. Daily schedule and meeting info detailed on the association website. More info

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Idaho Headlines

Editorial: Gov't Secrecy is Pervasive in Idaho (Times-News)

Editorial: Don't Wage Class Warfare against Hunters, Anglers (Times-News)

Idaho Senate Signs Off on $400K for Wolf Board (Times-News)

Study Might Replace Cannabis Oil Legalization (Times-News)

Idaho's Unemployment Rate at 7-year Low (Times-News)

Idaho lawmakers OK $200,000 for sheep station (Capital Press)

Risch, Wyden join forces on geothermal bill (Idaho Statesman)

Committee moves concealed-carry weapons bill to full House on 13-4 vote (Idaho Statesman)

Committee nixes complex transportation funding plan; only one still standing (Idaho Statesman)

Controversial new exams are coming to Idaho schools. How will they affect education? (Idaho Statesman)

'Instant Racing' Pulls Idaho Lawmakers Between Pro-Business, Moral Views (Boise State Public Radio)

Panel Aims To Clear A Path For Idaho Women In Tech (Boise State Public Radio)

Two Idaho Republicans Pitch Pilot Preschool Program Dubbed 'Kindergarten Preparedness' (Boise State Public Radio)

President Obama Calls For Iran To Release Boise Pastor (Boise State Public Radio)

Panel endorses sunshine for schools bill (CDA Press)

Idaho ban on 'instant racing' one step closer (Spokesman-Review)

Idaho House asks Congress to impeach judges who rule for same-sex marriage (Spokesman-Review)

Teacher pay bill widely supported (Spokesman-Review)

Idaho Senate bill seeks to regulate knives, too (Spokesman-Review)

House Education passes teacher salary bill (Idaho Education News)

National Headlines

Sen. John McCain: Loretta Lynch delay has 'nothing to do with race' (Politico)

Iowa's uneasy embrace of Hillary (Politico)

Netanyahu pollster: Obama role in election larger than reported (The Hill)

Dem: I don't need lessons from Steve King on what it is to be Jewish or a Democrat (The Hill)

Ready for Hillary ready to step aside as she prepares campaign (The Hill)

Election 2016: Why Ted Cruz picked Liberty University (CNN)

Powerful New York unions are backing Jesus (Chuy) Garcia's challenge to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (New York Daily News)

'Hit list' of 100 US troops: What it says about Islamic State power (Christian Science Monitor)

Supreme Court to hear battle over Confederate license plates (Washington Post)

OPEC won't bear burden of propping up oil price (Reuters)

Will California's drought affect hydroelectric power? (Christian Science Monitor)


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