Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, January 28, 2019

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This Week In Idaho Politics

Guest opinion: The blight of social media mobs
By Steve Yates
This last week, we saw an avalanche of instant media condemnation aimed at a group of high school students, only to have the students exonerated by extensive video evidence after the fact. In response to this, my good friend and Fox News commentator ...


Idaho shouldn't deprive faith-healers' kids the right to life
By Jim Jones
In the 1944 decision of Prince v. Massachusetts, which can be found at 321 U.S. 158, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the ability of a state to protect a child against a parent's harmful religious practices. The court said, "the right to practice r...


Clamping down on local autonomy
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
Government in Idaho is organizationally split between the statewide and local levels. Often, statewide officials, particularly in the Idaho Legislature, are tempted to tell the local folks what to do....


And they lived happily ever after for now
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
Ding-dong the witch is dead, and the nation's longest government shutdown is over....


Guest opinion: Respecting privacy & safeguarding data
By Sen. Mike Crapo
The collection, protection and use of personally identifiable information by both the government and private companies deserves close scrutiny. ...


News notes: Speaker Scott Bedke named water statesman
By Idaho Politics Weekly staff
Speaker Scott Bedke of Oakley has been honored by the Idaho Water Users Association with its "Water Statesman Award" for his role in fighting for the rights of water users and water issues all throughout Idaho....


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 ...


Political Calendar Highlights

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Boise Young Professionals 101: After Work
When: Wednesday, January 30, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Where: Boise Metro Chamber, 1101 W Front St #100, Boise, ID
BYP 101 welcomes new members to come and learn what BYP is all about. This brief workshop will review all programs and events as well as give you the inside scoop on how to get build your network and get the most out of your membership. Members, nonmembers and guest are invited. The first 20 minutes will be time to network with participants. More info.

Kootenai Dem Club with guest Daniel Mattos
When: Friday, February 1, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Iron Horse, 407 Sherman Ave, Coeur d'Alene, ID
Daniel Mattos, Undersheriff, Kootenai County Sheriff's Department, will continue our discussion of Idaho State gun laws. More info.

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Idaho Headlines

Provo, Boise, Salt Lake Among Nation's Top Cities For Economic Growth (Boise State Public Radio)

Nullifying Federal Laws A Topic At The Idaho Legislature (Boise State Public Radio)

Idaho farmers see production increase, revenue decrease in 2018 (Post Register)

Fulcher on bipartisan NATO support bill: Other countries aren't pulling their own weight (Idaho Statesman)

Crapo votes yes on 1 of 2 bills to reopen government; Risch misses votes due to flight delay (Idaho Statesman)

Idaho Republicans say you should know what party your city councilor belongs to (Idaho Statesman)

Editorial: Idaho legislators have a duty to keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers (Idaho Statesman)

Ybarra pitches 8% school funding boost, with salaries topping list (Idaho Press)

Boise State warns that proposed budget likely will lead to tuition hike (Idaho Press)

University presidents get teaching moment with lawmakers (Idaho Press)

Idaho House leaders want more space; state treasurer may have to pay for it (Lewiston Tribune)

Treasure Valley mayors: Housing not keeping pace with population, job growth (Idaho Business Review)

Idaho bill would extend FSMA deadline for transition (Capital Press)

Shutdown is reminder for lawmakers to act on fed dependency (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Undisclosed Lobbying: Idaho's secret economy (Idaho Reports)

Ybarra faces an uphill fight on mastery education (Idaho Education News)

National Headlines

Half of Americans Wouldn't Support Trump Impeachment, Have Little Faith in Fairness of Mueller Report, Says New Poll (Newsweek)

Andrew Gillum's Florida Ethics Troubles Just Got Worse (Slate)

Texas says it found 95,000 non-citizens on voter rolls; 58,000 have voted (FOX News)

Covington bishop to students: Sorry we immediately, unthinkingly threw you under the bus (Washington Examiner)

Melania Trump gets 'substantial damages' and an apology for story in British magazine (CNN)

Hillary Clinton still considering 2020 presidential run (New York Post)

'Trump is having an impact': NATO head credits president's tough talk for $100B boost (USA Today)

Kamala Harris Kicks Off 2020 Campaign with Oakland Rally (New York Times)

Leaked messages reveal Buzzfeed staff rowed over having 'emotional support puppies' as 15% are axed (The Sun)

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez calls Big Tech giants' dominance 'unsustainable' (CNN)

Democrats Worry A Howard Schultz Presidential Bid Would Only Help Trump (HuffPost)


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