Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, March 5, 2018

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This Week In Idaho Politics

Thinking about Idaho Day
By Jim Jones
On March 4, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln signed a bill establishing the Idaho Territory. At that time, the Territory included large portions of Montana and Wyoming. By 1868, the Territory had been whittled down to its present somewhat awkward shap...

  Older Idahoans are more Republican
By Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
The Idaho Republican Party had better hope that young adults in the state grow more conservative and pick the GOP to belong to as they age, otherwise, there could be a political reckoning coming, a recent Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows....

Labrador promises new culture in state politics
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Congressman Raul Labrador's opponents are saying that people should be nervous about what state government will look like if he becomes governor. In figurative terms, it involves drowning the Idaho Capitol in gasoline and lighting a match....

  Trump trade gyrations endanger Idaho economy
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Last week, Pres. Trump in a meeting with U.S. steel representatives announced that he would impose this week a 25% tariff on foreign steel and a 10% tariff on foreign aluminum. The impact of this decision could hit Idaho hard....

Guest opinion: Give Idaho law enforcement tools to protect domestic abuse victims
By Canyon County Sheriff Kieran Donahue & Rep. Melissa Wintrow (D-Boise)
In 2015, Laura and Judy Diaz's father shot and killed their mother at their home in Wilder.  It's a horrific story made even worse by a simple fact: he shouldn't have had the gun in the first place.  ...

Improving access to affordable health care
By Sen. Mike Crapo
One central and undeniable fact remains throughout health care debates-our current system is badly broken. ...

  Guest opinion: Idaho's historic opportunity to revolutionize healthcare
By Loel Fenwick, MD
Pres. Trump repealed thousands of federal regulations to make America great again. ...

Guest opinion: Stand up for the Second Amendment
By Congressman Raul Labrador
The Valentine's Day tragedy in Parkland, Florida in which 17 innocent people, most of them high school students, were murdered by a mass shooter has dominated the news ever since....

  Political Roundup: Lawmakers & legislators make pitches
By Idaho Politics Weekly staff
Family planning services bill sent to house. Rep. Mat Erpelding, District 19, has introduced House Bill 563 Plan First Idaho in the House Health & Welfare Committee.  ...

  Idahoans like the direction of Idaho; not so sure about the nation
By Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributing Editor
By a large majority, most Idahoans believe the state is going in the right direction, a recent Idaho Politics Weekly poll finds....

  Guns? I have a few
By LaVarr Webb, Idaho Politics Weekly Publisher
I grew up fishing and hunting in various places in the west....

Leroy touts age as plus in congressional run
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
At the age of 70, David Leroy is not your typical candidate running for Congress, nor would he be your typical wide-eyed freshman if he happens to win the election for Idaho's First District congressional seat....

Political Calendar Highlights

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Meridian Chamber Coffee with the Mayor
When: Tuesday, March 6, 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Where: Moxie Java - Locust Grove, 1560 N Locust Grove Rd, Meridian, ID  
Coffee with the Mayor is a free, quarterly event that is open to the public. It gives Meridian residents and business owners the chance to meet with Mayor Tammy and other City Leaders in an informal setting. More info.

Idaho Falls Chamber Out of the Box Networking Lunch 
When: Tuesday, March 6, 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: Pinecrest Events Center, North Ballroom, 560 East Anderson St., Idaho Falls, ID 
This is an opportunity to build your professional network and learn more about businesses in the community. Door prizes, introductions, and other interactions will make this a casual, fun opportunity to meet others and build your professional network. More info.

24th Annual Frank & Bethine Church Gala
When: Saturday, March 10, 7 p.m.
Where: Boise Centre, 850 W Front St, Boise, ID
The Frank & Bethine Church Gala is the signature event for the Idaho Democratic Party. Now entering its 24th year, the Gala attracts hundreds of Democrats from every corner of the state. The Gala is the capstone to a day filled with trainings and workshops for Idaho Democrats and is a memorable evening for all who participate. More info and register here.

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

Idaho Headlines

Texas billionaires put 54,000 acres of Idaho land up for sale (Idaho Statesman)

Politics over policy? Critics decry bill to put Idaho agency hiring in governor's hands (Idaho Statesman)

Lawmakers kill proposed tax on painkillers, meant to aid opioid recovery (Idaho Statesman)

Bill offers alternative to DUI charge, advances to Idaho House floor (Idaho Statesman)

Idaho Senate backs 'stand your ground' gun law on party-line vote (Spokesman-Review)

Idaho budgets for swelling load of prison inmates (Spokesman-Review)

Legislator nudging Washington and North Idaho to switch time zones (Spokesman-Review)

Bill to authorize and cap pretrial supervision fees passes Senate (Times-News)

Marty Trillhaase: No more 'collaboration' on Medicaid, Butch; act (Lewiston Tribune)

Rural schools will arm some instructors (Lewiston Tribune)

Safety 'A Moot Point' As Idaho Senate Votes Down Bill To Curb Cellphone Use While Driving (Boise State Public Radio)

Flurry Of Education Bills Wind Through Idaho Legislature (Boise State Public Radio)

Idaho Senate OKs 'Stand Your Ground' Bill (Boise State Public Radio)

After 6 years in Legislature, Rep. Packer pursues higher office (Mountain Express)

Idaho reeling from numerous school threats reported since Florida shooting (State Journal)

Gubernatorial candidate Paulette Jordan speaks at Fort Hall (State Journal)

Nampa weighs funding options for future transportation needs (Press-Tribune)

Bill to modify noncompete legislation moves forward (Idaho Business Review)

Idaho proposal would start Idaho's path toward gun confiscation (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Battle over Idaho's 'ag gag' law heads back to district court (Capital Press)

Idaho farm groups help defeat 'poisonous plants' bill (Capital Press)

Lawmakers advance Ybarra's rural school center bill (Idaho Education News)

State Board opposes private scholarship bill (Idaho Education News)

National Headlines

YouTube Sponsoring 9/11 Truther As Part Of Multimillion Dollar Diversity Program (Daily Caller)

Maxine Waters promises reparations in 'stump speech for 2020' (American Mirror)

Chilling: Play titled 'Kill Climate Deniers' launches theatrical run (Washington Times)

Left faces off with Dem establishment in primary fights (The Hill)

George P Bush's struggle in Texas may signal end of 70-year political dynasty (Guardian)

In Texas GOP primary, it's who can love Trump the most (Associated Press)

Netanyahu to talk with Trump about attending embassy opening (AFP)

Trump trade adviser says no exceptions for allies on new aluminum and steel tariffs (Washington Post)

At Gridiron Dinner, Trump Trades Jabs With His 'Opposition Party' (NPR)

Ben & Jerry's co-founder arrested for disorderly conduct (Washington Times)

South Carolina Gun Store Corrects Dick's on the Term 'Assault Rifle' (Townhall)

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