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Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, January 14, 2019

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This Week In Idaho Politics

It's honeymoon time; bring on the 'happy' dances
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
I've seen some political honeymoons over the years, and this one with Gov. Brad Little is among the better ones....

Idaho leaders: Be vocal like Sen. Tim Scott
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
One of the great conservatives in the U.S. Senate is Tim Scott. He is from South Carolina and took the seat of conservative icon Jim DeMint and is a strong backer of conservative government, a strong national defense, and he also happens to be black....

The people have spoken: Let's expand Medicaid
By Jim Jones
The Idaho Constitution flatly declares: "All political power is inherent in the people."...

Guest opinion: Banking Committee had a lot of success
By Sen. Mike Crapo
Committees are essential to the legislative process. ...

State of the State address by Gov. Brad Little
By Idaho Politics Weekly Staff
Mr. Speaker, Mr. Pro Tem, Madam President, honored legislators, my fellow constitutional officers, Mr. Chief Justice and members of the judiciary, my family, friends, and my fellow Idahoans....

House & Senate Democratic response to State of the State address
By Idaho Politics Weekly staff
Sen. Michelle Stennett and Rep. Mat Erpelding gave the following response to the State of the State address and outlined the Democratic Legislative Agenda on January 7, 2019: ...

Political News Notes: Inmate surgery appeal...Boise River concerns...New comms director
By Idaho Politics Weekly Staff
Idaho appeals ruling in transgender inmate surgery case. Gov. Brad Little announced today that the Idaho Department of Correction (IDOC) has appealed a U.S. District Court ruling that orders the State of Idaho to provide gender reassignment surg...

Press release: Proposed INL nuclear plant to feature safer digital display system
By Press release
NuScale Power and Ultra Electronics Energy (Ultra) unveiled a new safety display and indication system using field programmable gate array (FPGA) technology that represents the first application of FPGA technology for real time display and monitoring...

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....

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

Idaho Falls Chamber Annual Membership Meeting   
When: Tuesday, January 15, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Where: Melaleuca, Inc. Global Headquarters, 4609 West 65th South, Idaho Falls, ID
Mark your calendars for a review of 2018 and an overview of 2019 at the Annual Membership Meeting. Members will receive printed copies of the 2018 Annual Report, and we will be celebrating accomplishments and announcing our exciting plans for the coming year. We will present awards to Chamber members who have provided their time and efforts to the Board of Directors. The Tribute to Local Business Award will also be presented. More info and tickets here.

Leadership Boise Alumni Government Session Opportunity 2019
When: Wednesday, January 16, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Boise City Hall, 150 N Capitol Blvd, Boise, ID
LB Alumni members are invited to attend the 2018 Leadership Boise Government afternoon Session. Attend the full afternoon or only the session you'd like to see. The social hour will be held at Capital Cellars directly following the end of the day. More info.

Leadership Meridian 2018/2019 Session Day
When: Thursday, January 17, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Location varies
Leadership Meridian is a program of the Meridian Chamber of Commerce. It consists of monthly, day long sessions where participants receive an insider's view of our local area. New perspectives for creative leadership are taught with the goal to give them a foundation to expand their leadership role within the community and their businesses.  More info.

Kootenai County Dem Club: Katherine AikenBunker Hill Mine Issues
When: Friday, January 18, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Iron Horse Restaurant, 407 E Sherman Ave, Coeur d'Alene, ID
Katherine Aiken, Professor of History, University of Idaho and author, will speak about Bunker Hill Mine in Kellogg; environmental issues and agreement with Placer Mining to rebuild. More info.

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

Idaho Headlines

McGeachin says business experience will help her in lieutenant governor role (State Journal)

District 26 lawmakers outline legislative priorities (Mountain Express)

Freedom Foundation argues Prop 2 would turn Idaho lawmakers into 'zombie legislators' (Idaho Press)

There's a new Sen. Bayer, at least for now... (Idaho Press)

Tribal Hunting Rights In Mountain West Take Center Stage At Supreme Court (Boise State Public Radio)

Idaho's International Trade Officials Offer Optimism Despite Lingering Talk Of Trade Wars (Boise State Public Radio)

Tax Reform: Revenue panel projects $93 million less than Little (Post Register)

'Jump in and figure it out': Freshmen legislators get thrown into work of making laws (Times-News)

Sen. Risch talks foreign relations, government shutdown, President Trump (Times-News)

No recession predicted for next year, Legislative committee hears (Idaho Business Review)

Little: Idaho to appeal ruling requiring state to pay for transgender inmate's surgery (Idaho Statesman)

As the Idaho delegation gets to work in D.C., this senator wants to end shutdowns forever (Idaho Statesman)

Contrary to what Jim Jones says, Medicaid expansion is not a done deal (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Marty Trillhaase: Did the anti-Medicaid caucus just get checkmated? (Lewiston Tribune)

Idaho lawmakers trim revenue forecast (Lewiston Tribune)

HP to bankroll study of Idaho education system (Idaho Education News)

New Idaho governor makes ag a budget priority (Capital Press)

In session: NW legislatures take up issues impacting agriculture (Capital Press)

National Headlines

The 'Fake News' Epidemic Was...Fake News (Reason)

Ocasio-Cortez Pushes Democrats to the Left, Whether They Like It or Not (New York Times)

Conrad Black: America's resurgence is reshaping the world (National Post)

Dems fly to Puerto Rico on chartered jet, meet with lobbyists, see 'Hamilton' as shutdown drags on (FOX News)

Ocasio-Cortez campaign slapped with a fine for not providing proper workers' comp (Daily Caller)

San Diego TV station: CNN declined our 'local view' because of reports on wall effectiveness (The Hill)

Democratic lawmaker cuts ties with top donor over dead bodies found in his home (New York Post)

Fusion GPS-Linked Group Funded by Soros Worked with Tech Firm Behind Russian False Flag Against Roy Moore (PJ Media)

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez Responds to Criticism From Joe Lieberman: 'New Party, Who Dis?' (Townhall)

Journalist and Former MSNBC Host Tour Accused of Sexual Harassment By Former Coworker (The Root)

GOP Senator Pushes Temporary Deal to Open Government (Wall Street Journal)