Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, January 22, 2018

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  Poll shows big support for background checks on gun sales in Idaho
By Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
By a huge majority, Idahoans want to have background checks on all gun sales in the state, a recent Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows....

Introducing the 'liberal' Butch Otter
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
It's not surprising to see the Idaho Freedom Foundation's Wayne Hoffman lashing out at Gov. Butch Otter for promoting a "liberal agenda." But not everyone is so quick to mention "Butch Otter" and "liberal" in the same sentence....

  Legislators represent the people, not themselves
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Last week, the Idaho House State Affairs Committee held a disturbing hearing that illustrated that some Idaho legislators don't understand that they represent the people of Idaho, not themselves....

Why allow people from "sh__hole countries" into the United States?
By Jim Jones
The president recently posed the question of why people from, shall we politely say, crapper countries should be allowed into the U.S. Before answering, I should disclose that my ancestors were all from crapper countries--Germany, Scotland, Wales and...

Guest opinion: The end of Obamacare in Idaho is here
By Lt. Governor Brad Little
When President Trump signed into law the removal of the individual mandate, many Idahoans were no longer forced to purchase overpriced insurance....

Guest opinion: Democrats own businesses - and have character
By Rep. Mat Erpelding, Idaho House Democratic Leader
Rep. Brent Crane recently told Chuck Malloy of Idaho Politics Weekly, " A lot of folks on the Democratic side of the aisle are not small business owners, so they don't understand it. A lot of them work for a bureaucracy or a government agen...

Guest opinion: Another milestone to protect the unborn
By Congressman Raul Labrador
Since abortion was legalized across America, almost 60 million babies have been denied the most fundamental of all human rights the right to life....

Guest opinion: How to enjoy a trip to the nation's capital
By Sen. Mike Crapo
Washington, D.C., is one of the world's most popular tourist destinations, and that isn't surprising as there is so much to see and do, most of it free to the public. ...

  Campaign roundup: Balukoff, Ahlquist, Labrador issue statements
By Idaho Politics Weekly staff
Balukoff Calls on Lawmakers to Repeal Idaho's Sales Tax on Groceries....

  Press release: Groeschl appointed Idaho Lands acting director
By Press Release
The State Board of Land Commissioners (Land Board) has appointed State Forester David Groeschl as acting director of the Idaho Department of Lands (IDL)....

  Majority of Idahoans say Trump's foreign policy is making America safer
By Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
By a bare majority, Idahoans believe GOP President Donald Trump's foreign policy is making the United States safer, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll finds....

Governor, lawmakers at odds on tax cuts
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
If Senate President Pro Tem Brent Hill of Rexburg were in the U.S. Senate, he probably would have voted for the controversial Republican-charged tax reform bill that was signed by President Trump....

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

Idaho Chamber Alliance Chamber Days at the Legislature
When: Monday, Jan 22 to Tuesday, Jan 23, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: The Grove Hotel, 245 S Capitol Blvd, Boise, ID 
Speaker topics will include career technical education, tourism/recreation, as well as the usual updates on leglisative issues. More info including schedule and registation here.

Kootenai County Republican Party Meeting                  
When: Tuesday, Jan 23, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Kootnai County Administration Building, 451 N Government Way, Coeur d'Alene, ID
More info.

Northwest Fest Salmon Feast Fundraiser
When: Friday, Jan 26, 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Eagles Lodge Ballroom, 209 Sherman Ave, Coeur d'Alene, ID
The Northwest Fest Salmon Feast is a Family Promise of North Idaho Benefit. FPNI provides shelter, meals, and counseling to families dealing with homelessness. This critical local program relies on financial contributions to make this work possible. The benefit dinner and silent auction will help to raise these needed funds. More info and tickets here.

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

Idaho Headlines

Idaho's PERSI the 'envy' of most other state pension plans (Spokesman-Review)

Hemming, hawing, and truck registration fees (Spokesman-Review)

She went to the hospital for mental illness. She ended up charged with 2 felonies. (Idaho Statesman)

GOP candidates for governor share visions for state, Magic Valley at Twin Falls forum (Times-News)

Survey shows Magic Valley residents favor grocery tax cuts, feel public schools could improve (Times-News)

Marty Trillhaase: Still waiting on Ahlquist to explain his slogan (Lewiston Tribune)

Democrat Balukoff optimistic about chances (Lewiston Tribune)

Trump Administration Moves To Delist Canada Lynx In Idaho, Other Northern States (Boise State Public Radio)

Draft Bill Would Drop Idaho Faith Healing Protections (Boise State Public Radio)

GOP front-runners gather in Blaine County for candidates forum (Mountain Express)

Balukoff criticizes GOP leadership in campaign for governor (Mountain Express)

Mormons, Protestants give Trump highest approval ratings (State Journal)

Amid pushback, Darigold granted tax break (Press-Tribune)

One gov candidate supports Otter's overall approach, others offer alternative paths (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Idaho ag department seeks eight new positions in its budget (Capital Press)

Idaho Legislature has full slate of ag bills (Capital Press)

Lawmakers kill bill aimed to clear up evaluations confusion (Idaho Education News)

State Board signs off on Otter's higher ed 'CEO' proposal (Idaho Education News)

IDP data director resigns after domestic battery charge (Idaho Reports)

National Headlines

GOP bouncing back in 2018 polls after tax cuts (Axios)

Was Lynch coordinating with Comey in the Clinton investigation? (The Hill)

Senator says FBI lost crucial texts tied to Clinton probe (Reuters)

More texts turned over from FBI agent taken off Mueller team (Associated Press)

Richest one percent made 82% of wealth created last year (AFP)

Obama Mocked Trump's Political Ambitions. Trump Spent His First Year Dismantling Obama's Legacy (Daily Caller)

Pence arrives in Israel as Trump's Jerusalem move reverberates (AFP)

Jordan's king tells Pence U.S. must rebuild trust after Jerusalem decision (Reuters)

Day 3 of government shutdown ends with no deal; vote pushed to Monday (NBC News)

As federal shutdown continues, states bail out Lady Liberty, Grand Canyon (Washington Post)

Could Amazon's new headquarters flip the presidential vote in a swing state? (Washington Post)

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