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Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

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This Week In Idaho Politics

Risch plans to use his new powers wisely
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
Idaho Sen. Jim Risch, the new chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, is in a unique position. He's one of the few members of Congress who has Pres. Trump's ear....

Odds & Ends: Ammon . . . education study . . .overlooked legislation . . . embezzlement . . . instant runoffs
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
A few thoughts on a few, somewhat random, topics......

Guest opinion: Investments in public education benefit us all
By Gov. Brad Little
The education of young Idahoans affects all of us. A well-educated and well-trained population improves our overall prosperity as a state....

Guest opinion: Medicaid expansion is not a done deal
By Fred Birnbaum, VP of Idaho Freedom Foundation
Proponents of Medicaid expansion believe that the November election settled the issue of expansion and that the Legislature now simply needs to fund it. Recently, writer Jim Jones took that one step further by both attacking the Idaho Freedom Foundat...

U.S. Syrian policy: Pasting together feathers, hoping for a duck
By Jim Jones
After American forces defeated Saddam Hussein's forces in Iraq, the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) did not have the foggiest idea of how to form a new government to run the country. Just about everything the CPA did was wrong. One participant ...

Guest opinion: What went wrong with my taxes?
By Sen. Brent Hill
"Oh, dear! Something's wrong!" That's what you're going to shout at your computer screen when TurboTax finishes its calculation, or at your accountant when she hands you your tax return. If you're prone to profanity, your reaction might be even more ...

Guest opinion: Congress acts to combat human trafficking
By Sen. Mike Crapo
The Trump administration reports that there are nearly 25 million victims of human trafficking worldwide, and more than 8,500 human trafficking cases were reported to the National Human Trafficking Hotline here in the U.S. last year alone.&...

Guest opinion: It's time to 'Add the Words'
By Sen. Maryanne Jordan
I am often asked why I serve in the Idaho Senate. Why, as a Democrat in Idaho, would I choose the Idaho legislature? ...

Guest opinion: Education as a big tent
By Michelle Stennett, Senate Democratic Leader
Statewide emergencies led to the formation of several task forces in recent years to address very fundamental Idaho values: jobs, opportunity, prosperity, and security for our families....

Political news notes: Legislature in action . . . LINE Commission meets . . . more appointments
By Idaho Politics Weekly staff
Sen. Maryanne Jordan introduces "Add the Words" bill. ...

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....

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

Risch discusses committee appointment, Trump and salmon (Mountain Express)

News Of GOP Idaho Congressman's Divorce While Campaigning Just Coming To Light (Boise State Public Radio)

Funding uncertain for Idaho recovery centers, but Twin Falls center won't be affected (Times-News)

Legislature looks to deregulate licensing (Times-News)

New school funding formula unveiled, lawmakers roll up sleeves... (Idaho Press)

College of Western Idaho president sees 'dynamic disruption' at community colleges, as dual-credit students flood in (Idaho Press)

House passes 3 freshman members' first bills, amid hazing, charge of 'fraud against the American people' (Idaho Press)

Idaho House member tried trademarking your license plate image; the owner threatened to sue (Idaho Statesman)

They were killed by people they once trusted. What can Idaho do to prevent more deaths? (Idaho Statesman)

Secretary of State enhances voting cybersecurity (Idaho Business Review)

Marty Trillhaase: The size of the pie isn't changing, just the slices (Lewiston Tribune)

Legislature, Little should reject bid for more office space (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Idaho Ag Department requests flat budget (Capital Press)

It's no wonder they want to serve on an education committee (Idaho Education News)

A lesson in compromise from water users (Idaho Reports)

Rule debate highlights shortcomings in Idaho's prescription tracking program (Idaho Reports)

National Headlines

Failing the Covington Catholic test: Next time there's a viral story, wait for facts to emerge (Atlantic)

BuzzFeed's Trump story latest in long list of Russia bombshells that weren't (Daily Caller)

Journalists and Celebs Rush to Delete Tweets Slamming MAGA-Hat Kids (Mediaite)

A Problem for Kamala Harris: Can a Prosecutor Become President in the Age of Black Lives Matter? (Intercept)

Gillibrand condemns anti-Semitism at Women's March (CNN)

Ocasio-Cortez responds to Aaron Sorkin directing young Dems to 'stop acting like young people' (The Hill)

Dems Who Slammed GOP Over Kavanaugh Attended Puerto Rico Trip with Cardenas (Washington Free Beacon)

The media's 'Gotcha!' hysteria is shameful (New York Post)

What A Weekend for Media Accuracy (Ricochet)

BuzzFeed Reporter Cormier: 'We Can't Get Into, Like, the Details Here' (PJ Media)

That idiotic Gillette ad may have turned the tide on 'toxic masculinity' (New York Post)