Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, December 24, 2018

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This Week In Idaho Politics

Idaho is mostly GOP red, but Dems rule in Boise
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Sen. Fred Martin of Boise is ready for the nickname that goes with winning a razor-close election, and the good-natured ribbing that goes with it....


No. 1 financial concern in Idaho: healthcare
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
Idahoans worry about the rising cost of health care above any other financial issue in their lives, a recent Idaho Policy Weekly poll shows....


Personnel make policy at the federal level & in Idaho
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
When Ronald Reagan was sworn in as president in 1981, his loyalists had a saying: "Personnel is policy".  The idea was that implementing policy was dependent on having staff committed to the executive's ideals....


Trump's love of coal stymies Santa
By Jim Jones
It is well known that the president is a big fan of coal. It plays a central part in his energy program....


Water infrastructure is key to Idaho's future
By Sen. Mike Crapo
As we spend time with family and friends this Christmas season-tromping through the snow to get a Christmas tree, skiing, snowshoeing, sledding, ice skating, or just shoveling snow and ice off of our driveways and sidewalks-the snow we recreate in an...


Press releases: Labrador praises forest management order and criminal justice bill
By Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter
Rep. Ral Labrador, R-Idaho, has thanked Pres. Trump for signing an executive order that will promote better management of America's forests and other federal lands....


Press release: Little hires new administration leaders as transition continues
By Idaho Politics Weekly Staff
Gov.-elect Brad Little has hired staff members for his office, and also key cabinet positions.  ...


The end is near for Trump...or not
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
Have you heard the latest about President Trump?...


Idahoans feeling pretty good about economy & jobs
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
By and large, most Idahoans are confident about their own economic future and their job prospects, but they worry about what the next generation faces economically, and they don't believe incomes across the board are fair in the United States....


Odds & ends: Medicaid, missing report, Interior secretary, rural economies & Texas decision
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
A few thoughts on a few, somewhat random, topics......


What a contrast in style & substance--Bush and Trump
By Jim Jones
With the passing of former Pres. George H.W. Bush, much of the nation has reflected upon his life and accomplishments....


Guest opinion: Helping veterans with training & jobs
By Sen. Mike Crapo
Veterans serve on the front lines of our national defense, sacrificing for country, community, family, friends and fellow soldiers. ...


Political Calendar Highlights

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Idaho Headlines

Idaho, Oregon settle endangered fish dispute with major financial implications (State Journal)

Judge's opinion could undo cell phone law (Mountain Express)

Per 100,000, Idaho has more people in its correctional system than almost any other state (Idaho Press)

What happens when an Amazon distribution center comes to your city? (Idaho Press)

All told, far more raised, spent on ballot measures than governor's race (Idaho Press)

After Threatened Cancellation, Steelhead Season To Proceed In Idaho Mostly Unencumbered (Boise State Public Radio)

Lead Expert: Boise Schools Need To Do More To Clean Up Drinking Water (Boise State Public Radio)

'On the cusp of an outright emergency' - Citizen committee presents jail recommendations to Twin Falls commissioners (Times-News)

'We have some real stars in the room': Trump compliments new governors, including Little (Idaho Statesman)

IT company Involta warned of Idaho lobbyist's actions in Attorney General's Office letter (Idaho Statesman)

Hemp legislation creates ideal time for Idaho to rethink cannabis (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Marty Trillhaase: Vindication brought Johnson no reward (Lewiston Tribune)

Senators make bipartisan push for secure rural schools funding (Idaho Education News)

Idaho Farm Bureau policy priorities include wolves (Capital Press)

New leaders, same challenges (Idaho Reports)

National Headlines

Checking Robert Mueller (Wall Street Journal)

Where Is the Flynn 302? (National Review)

Top Republican predicts Flynn guilty plea will be thrown out, citing FBI 'misconduct' (FOX News)

Mattis writes letter of recommendation for Reince Priebus to join the Navy (CNN)

Trump praises closure of Weekly Standard: 'Rest in peace!' (The Hill)

Hemp industry expected to blossom under new Farm Bill (NBC News)

Sen. Collins: Kavanaugh demonstrated fairness (CNN)

Former fossil fuels lobbyist to head interior department as Zinke exits (Guardian)

White House prepares for shutdown as both sides dig in over Trump's wall (Washington Post)

Iowa poll: Biden, Bernie lead Democratic caucus field (Politico)

CBS to dock Les Moonves' severance, give millions to women's rights groups (FOX News)


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