Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, April 6, 2015

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  Idahoans Overwhelmingly Favor Term Limits for Legislators
Sometimes it is amazing how elected officials can just ignore the will of voters even when those voters overwhelmingly desire their public officials to take a specific action....

  Interview: Idaho Democratic Party Executive Director Sally Boynton Brown
Idaho's Democratic Party had a rough election in 2014.  But the state party has a substantial staff in place, led by Sally Boynton Brown. ...

  Winning the Political Game: Seven Components of a Full-Scale Political Operation
Some businesses, associations and government entities are highly dependent on success in the political realm for their survival. ...

Catching Up With the 'Boss'
Say this about Secretary of State Lawerence Denney the man that some editorial writers have nicknamed "Boss" Denney. He has a sense of humor....

  Another Plea to Idaho Public Officials and Public Figures
A couple of weeks ago I wrote a column talking about the possible impact on Idaho's image and economic development efforts from the boycott of the Hindu prayer in the Idaho State Senate by Sen. Steve Vick (R-Dalton Garden), Sen. Sheryl Nuxoll (R-Cott...

Economic Report: Federal Reserve Deals with Employment and Stagnant Wages
When the Federal Reserve was established in 1913, over 30,000 different currencies were in some type of use throughout the United States. ...

  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....

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

Safety Fest Eastern Idaho

When: April 7, 8 and 9th
Where: Red Lion Hotel Conference Center 1555 Pocatello Creek Road, Pocatello
Invited to attend are the construction, general and transportation industries; highway jurisdictions, contractors and construction personnel; any business requiring safety related training and anyone who desires to improve the safety performance of their business/agency. Registration is closed but walk-ins are welcome on a first come, first serve basis. All sessions are free. More info

North Idaho Federated Republican Women Meeting

When: Thurs April 9, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Where: DiLuna's Cafe
"Locomotives, Loads and Levity," Serena Carlson with Carlson Strategic Communications will present Ross Lane, Regional Director of Public Affairs at BNSF. Seating limited to 75, public welcome. Contact Charlene Matheson at 208-265-8773. More info

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Idaho Headlines

Idaho cottage food bills will not advance in 2015 (Capital Press)

Farm groups help halt proposals to increase fee on dyed fuel (Capital Press)

It's April ... time for the Legislature to get the heck out of town (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Editorial: We need Craters of the Moon National Park (Idaho Statesman)

Otter signs bill allowing benefit corporations (Idaho Statesman)

Good government, or too much? Boise councilman unveils 'Healthy Initiatives 2.0' (Idaho Statesman)

Idaho colleges reduce tuition increase proposals (Idaho Statesman)

Idaho Legislature enters the postseason, when the real contest starts (Idaho Statesman)

Study: 78,000 Idahoans 'Let Down' By Refusal to Expand Medicaid (Boise Weekly)

Idaho Fish and Game Report Shows Wolf Population is Healthy (Boise Weekly)

Idaho Senate Tees Up Counter Offer To House On Roads Funding (Boise State Public Radio)

Editorial: Crisis center: Now it's our turn (CDA Press)

STEM Action Center creation likely (CDA Press)

Teacher pay day (CDA Press)

Cd'A could raise minimum wage (CDA Press)

Annual wolf report released (CDA Press)

Idaho lawmakers approve state STEM center (Spokesman-Review)

Otter signs $125 million teacher pay bill (Spokesman-Review)

Otter prefers 'user-pay' funding for transportation needs (Spokesman-Review)

Lawmaker explains his perfect score on Ed News quiz (Idaho Education News)

National Headlines

Swing Democrats on Iran bill: 'Yes, but' (Politico)

Gary Hart: Billion-dollar Clinton campaign should 'frighten' Americans (Politico)

Dominance of national security shakes up race for White House (The Hill)

Netanyahu: Iran deal 'absolutely' threatens Israel's survival (The Hill)

Lynch struggles for Republican votes in the Senate (The Hill)

California drought tests history of endless growth (New York Times)

Donations soar for Washington florist who refused gay wedding (Sun Times)

Report: 'Rolling Stone' rape story author to apologize (USA Today)

Santorum on religious freedom laws: 'Tolerance is a 2-way street' (CNN)

Chicago mayoral runoff heads into the last lap (USA Today)

Jobs shocker may show that economy is in real trouble (CNBC)


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