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Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, December 31, 2018

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This Week In Idaho Politics

Legislature should adopt alternative to municipal runoff
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
In 2017, Idaho Falls had the highest spending race for mayor in the entire state of Idaho with more than a quarter-million dollars spent. One factor was that Idaho Falls has a runoff election system as do seven other Idaho cities....

Mayor brings small-town flavor to big city
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
Mayor Tammy de Weerd of Meridian describes herself modestly as a mother and grandmother, a wife and a former business person who has a passion for her city....

Idahoans optimistic about personal finances
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
Idahoans feel pretty good about the U.S. economy and their personal financial stability, a recent Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows....

Let's resolve to make America shine again
By Jim Jones
Pres. Ronald Reagan often characterized America as "the shining city upon a hill."...

Guest opinion: Bipartisan success is roadmap for future
By Sen. Mike Crapo
Bipartisan legislative achievements often get lost in the din of partisan rhetoric.  But, the bipartisan accomplishments of the 115th Congress and this administration are representative of how we can work together in the 116th Congress...

Press release: Gov.-elect Little appoints key leaders
By Idaho Politics Weekly Staff
Gov.-elect Brad Little continues the transition process by hiring leaders for state departments and agencies, and also for his office staff....

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....

Political Calendar Highlights

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Bonneville County Republican Women Meeting
When: Thursday, December 27, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Location varies
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Idaho Headlines

Legal arguments: Idahoans in health gap face 'harsh consequences' (Idaho Press)

103,000 Idahoans enrolled in 2019 health insurance through state exchange (Idaho Press)

Fulcher names reelected Sen. Cliff Bayer chief of staff, appoints other leadership staff (Idaho Press)

Caldwell's economic development director 'one of best in the country by far' (Idaho Press)

State: Your W-4 is way off, and you need to fix it now... (Idaho Press)

Lawsuit claims Idaho's 'physicians-only' abortion law is unconstitutional (Times-News)

Programs expand innovation throughout Idaho (Idaho Business Review)

Weapons at school. Livestreaming arrests. These Idaho bounty hunters' questionable practices (still) aren't regulated. (Idaho Statesman)

Family of woman killed at Treasure Valley seed company can't sue, Idaho Supreme Court rules (Idaho Statesman)

As Fulcher heads to Washington, he plans to stray from predecessor Labrador's ways (CDA Press)

Replacing a wall around Boise with a wish list for freedom (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Marty Trillhaase: In Idaho, 'Reefer Madness' never stopped (Lewiston Tribune)

Little hires education liaison (Idaho Education News)

State names Distinguished and Blue Ribbon schools (Idaho Education News)

National Headlines

Trump's Top 10 Achievements of 2018 (RealClearPolitics)

Media sneer at Melania Trump's fashion choices, fawn over Michelle Obama's (FOX News)

Poll: Most Veterans Approve of Trump's Job as President (FOX News)

Facebook Rescinds Ban On Evangelist Franklin Graham Post And Apologizes (Deadline)

Maine governor deems congressional election 'stolen' while certifying result (CNN)

John Kelly blames Jeff Sessions for 'zero tolerance,' family separations along border (USA Today)

Trump issues executive order freezing federal workers' pay in 2019 (CNN)

Ocasio-Cortez Slams McCaskill After She Calls Her a 'Thing,' 'Shiny New Object' (Slate)

Lindsey Graham: 'There will never be a deal without wall funding' (Washington Examiner)

California Women's March rally canceled over concerns that it would be 'overwhelmingly white' (Washington Post)

California's largest utility provider could face murder charges for wildfires, AG says (CNN)