Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, March 30, 2015

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  Poll: Idahoans Split on Higher Freeway Speeds
Well, we are coming up fast in the outside lane to it being one year since the freeway speed limits in Idaho where changed  80 mph for cars and pickups, but 70 mph for big rigs....

  Opinion Essay: Higher Taxes May Kill Natural Gas Vehicle Industry
Idahoans, by a 2-1 margin, do not appear to support a bill passed by the Legislature that will dramatically increase taxes on natural gas used as a fuel in cars and trucks....

Interview: Idaho Republican Party Executive Director David Johnston
Idaho Politics Weekly contributor Steve Taggart sits down with David Johnston, executive director of the Idaho Republican Party to discuss the political landscape in the state....

Imagine Labrador Cruising With Ted
As Texas Sen. Ted Cruz was announcing his bid for the Republican presidential nomination last week, I kept waiting for him to introduce Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador as his running mate....

  Winning the Political Game: How to Work with a News Reporter
There's an old axiom that anyone who really understands an issue, or who was personally involved in a news event, will be disappointed in the news media coverage of the issue or event. That's not always true, but it often is....

U.S. Economy: Slow Improvement
According to Stratfor's forecast for the upcoming decade, the United States will continue to be the major economic, political, and military power in the world. ...

  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....

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

Kootenai Democrats Progressive Diners Meeting

When: Wed April 1, 6:30pm 8pm
Where: Seasons of Coeur d'Alene, 209 Lakeside Ave, Coeur d'Alene, ID
This month's Progressive Diners session will feature Joe Abate, MD, who is the Chief Medical Officer at Heritage Health (formerly known as Dirne Clinic). He will speak about societal health and will raise some provocative questions concerning our lifestyle, politics, and the stratospheric cost of health care. Space is limited and available on a first come first-serve basis based on the time of your reservation. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your RSVP to reserve a place at the table. Arrive by 6:15 p.m. to check in and get settled. More info

Ada County Republican Women's Club Meet and Greet

When: Thurs April 2, 5pm - 6:30pm
Where: Lock Stock & Barrel, 1100 West Jefferson Street, Boise
Each month on 1st Thursday the ACRWC will hold a social hour meet & greet in Downtown Boise from 5:00-6:30. More info

2015 Fight for Air Climb

When: Sat April 4, 9am - 11am
Where: U.S. Bank Plaza,, 101 South Capitol Blvd, Boise
Test your stamina and lung power by climbing 32 to 128 floors of stairs at the US Bank Building in downtown Boise. Climbers include corporate teams building camaraderie, people new to fitness who are trying to get into shape, fitness buffs looking for a new challenge, first responders, and families tackling the stairs together. This event raises funds to support the American Lung Association in Idaho's lung health and clean air work. Many teams are comprised of friends and family members climbing in honor of a loved one with lung disease, and many company teams participate as part of their employee wellness program. More info

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

Idaho Headlines

Idaho lawmakers seek public lands compact (Lewiston Tribune)

Despite fairness concerns, tax reform bill rumbles on (Lewiston Tribune)

Panel OKs cash for schools (Lewiston Tribune)

Editorial: Civics test (Mountain Express)

Bergdahl writes about five years in Taliban captivity (Mountain Express)

Income, grocery tax proposal deserves support (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Poll: Rate Idaho's legislative session (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Boise drops proposed Uber regulations in reaction to state legislation (Idaho Statesman)

Lawmakers make strides on main bills (Idaho Statesman)

Why Idaho Republicans Want An Earlier Presidential Primary In 2016 (Boise State Public Radio)

Gap Between Boise Wages And Home Prices Is Wide, But Better Than Most Places (Boise State Public Radio)

Otter takes the reins (CDA Press)

Lawmakers vote to repeal 'instant racing' machines (Spokesman-Review)

Idaho lawmakers back big increase for schools (Spokesman-Review)

Rural schools, roads funding passes House sans Labrador support (Spokesman-Review)

Idaho teachers get pay boost (Spokesman-Review)

Rep. Barbieri hosts lunch on 'True Face of Islam' (Spokesman-Review)

Simpson, Labrador split on rural schools funding (Idaho Education News)

Analysis: Statehouse drama shifts to tax policy (Idaho Education News)

JFAC calls for 7.4 percent school funding increase (Idaho Education News)

National Headlines

The crushing defeat that shaped Scott Walker (Politico)

Who's afraid of Elizabeth Warren? (Politico)

NLRB to weigh in on high-stakes McDonald's labor dispute (The Hill)

72 hours to Iran deadline (The Hill)

Scott Walker's partner in power (The Hill)

Pence: Indiana law on religious freedom 'not about discrimination ... not going to change' (FOX News)

Fiorina says there's 'higher than 90 percent' chance she's running in 2016 (FOX News)

Cruz Grilled on Inexperience: 'I Wasn't A Community Organizer Before I Was Elected' (RealClearPolitics)

Martin O'Malley: Presidency not a 'crown' to be shared by 2 families (Washington Post)

Before leak, NSA mulled ending phone program (Associated Press)

This controversial theory has got Janet Yellen worried (CNBC)


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