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Monday, January 7, 2019

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This Week In Idaho Politics

No 'learning curve' for this governor; he's ready
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
Governor Brad Little.That has a nice ring to it. Almost any change at the top looks good to me, whether it's the presidency, or governor of Idaho and Little's rise to the state's highest office is no exception....

Shoot-out at the Supreme Court on Jan. 29
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
All eyes will be on the Idaho Supreme Court on Jan. 29. That is the date set for oral arguments on the constitutional challenge to the Medicaid expansion measure overwhelmingly passed by Idaho voters in November....

Let's let the judges judge
By Rep. Ilana Rubel (D), and Rep. Bryan Zollinger (R)
As Idaho faces a $500 million request to expand prisons that primarily house drug offenders, and ranks in the top three states in America for the proportion of the population in prison, we can no longer afford to ignore the simple truth: mass incarce...

Health care costs top concerns of Idahoans, poll shows
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
Idahoans' greatest concerns revolve around health care costs and expanding health coverage to more folks, a recent public opinion poll commissioned by Idaho Politics Weekly shows....

Forget the wall - Let's try to solve the problem
By Jim Jones
In July of 1964, I visited East Berlin and learned something about walls....

Gov. Brad Little's Inaugural Address, Jan. 4, 2019
By Idaho Politics Weekly staff
Thank you. Teresa and our family, my fellow constitutional officers, Mr. Speaker, Pro Tem., honored legislators, Mr. Chief Justice, and members of the judiciary. Our National Guard- men and women who have served and sacrificed for Idaho and our count...

Gov. Brad Little names additional appointments to his administration
By Idaho Politics Weekly staff
Brian Wonderlich as General Counsel for Gov. Brad Little.  ...

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...

Political Calendar Highlights

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Meridian Chamber Luncheon - Speaker Series
When: Tuesday, January 8, 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: West Ada School District, 1303 E Central Drive, Meridian, ID
Ring in the beginning of the New Year with a special technology themed luncheon sponsored by Meridian Library District to kick off January as their technology month. Guest speaker Chris Taylor, CEO of Fisher's Technology on "Transformation of a Technology Company:  The Five Lessons I Learned From Fisher's Turnaround." More info.

Boise Chamber Legislative Forum 2019: Growing Idaho's High-Tech Economy with Information Infrastructure   
When: Wednesday, January 9, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: The Grove Hotel, 245 S Capitol Blvd, Boise, ID
Presented by The Idaho Statesman, the Boise Chamber Legislative forum is the main opportunity for the business community to welcome members of the State Legislature to Boise. At the Forum the Chamber will present its 2019 legislative agenda that addresses issues needed to grow the state's economy, and will ask legislators for their support. This event is an excellent opportunity for the business community to connect with other business leaders and elected officials. More info and register here.

Kootenai County Dems Dem Club with Guest Dr. Steven Cook
When: Friday, January 11, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Iron Horse Restaurant, 407 East Sherman, Coeur d'Alene, ID
Dr. Steven Cook, Superintendent, Coeur d'Alene School District, will speak about publicly funded kindergarten and full-day kindergarten programs. More info.

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

Idaho Headlines

What's on tap for Idaho Legislature? (Mountain Express)

Bill could ramp up sale of BLM 'disposable lands' in region (Mountain Express)

Former page follows father's footsteps into Idaho Legislature (State Journal)

Work Requirements For Medicaid On The Table For Gov.-Elect Brad Little (Boise State Public Radio)

Idaho's Hispanic population, economic impact continues to grow (Press-Tribune)

The keys to a friendly transition... (Press-Tribune)

Long list of issues awaits upcoming legislative session (Press-Tribune)

Adding local sales tax, dropping grocery tax appear unlikely as Legislature prepares to meet (Times-News)

Sorry, farmers: Hemp still illegal in Idaho (Idaho Business Review)

Little: Idaho hemp legalization could lead to 'camouflage for marijuana trade' (Idaho Statesman)

At inauguration, incoming Gov. Brad Little says he will 'reflect shared Idaho values' (Idaho Statesman)

The 2019 Idaho legislative session has many unknowns. The one thing for certain? Change (Idaho Statesman)

State officials should keep their promises to taxpayers, too (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Marty Trillhaase: If tax cuts mattered, Little would not be governor (Lewiston Tribune)

New day dawns in Gem State (Lewiston Tribune)

Little restates commitment to teacher pay raises (Idaho Education News)

Idaho teacher acquitted of animal cruelty (Idaho Education News)

National Headlines

Exculpatory Russia evidence about Mike Flynn that US intel kept secret (The Hill)

Biden Sees Himself as Democrats' Best Hope in 2020, Allies Say (New York Times)

Manchin slams 'horrible' comments from Dem calling for Trump impeachment: 'So disgusting' (The Hill)

Elizabeth Warren defends her DNA test: 'I am not a person of color' (New York Post)

NAACP blames 'white supremacy' for Portland earthquake signs (Washington Times)

'The goal is not to open up the government': Sen. Graham says no shutdown end without wall (USA Today)

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez calls herself 'radical' (FOX News)

Collins will decide on reelection bid by end of year (Politico)

How Trump's tweet storms to rally support for the government shutdown seem to be working (CNBC)

China's faltering economy gives US stronger hand in trade talks, Trump says (Guardian)

Roaring U.S. jobs market banishes fears of recession (MarkeWatch)

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