Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, February 4, 2019

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This Week In Idaho Politics

In the game of politics, Moyle is a grand master
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
House Majority Leader Mike Moyle of Star has been in his party's leadership in the Legislature for almost as long as Tom Brady has been slinging touchdown passes for the New England Patriots....

Abortion is all about the middle ground
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
Abortion is back on the national agenda. Last week Virginia drew the spotlight for a bill to loosen restrictions on late-term abortions, eliminating a current requirement that such only be allowed if birth would "substantially and irremediably impair...

Short takes/brief comments -- on big issues
By Jim Jones
With the start of the 2019 legislative session in Idaho and the continual turmoil in Washington, there is an overload of fodder for political commentary. Here are some brief comments on several of the issues swirling around the political sphere....

Guest opinion: Idaho lawmakers: Listen to voters & fund Medicaid expansion
By Luke Mayville, Co-Founder, Reclaim Idaho
On Monday, Feb. 4, at noon, hundreds will gather on the steps of the Capitol with a simple message: It's time for our legislators to honor the will of the voters and fund Medicaid expansion without restrictions....

Guest opinion: Bipartisan farm bill provides ag certainty
By Sen. Mike Crapo
On Dec. 11, with my support, the U.S. Senate passed the final version of the new Farm Bill by an overwhelmingly, bipartisan vote of 87-13. ...

Press release: Study shows economic boost from eastern Idaho reactor plan
By Press release
Construction of an electric power generation facility in eastern Idaho that would utilize a group of small modular reactors could significantly boost the regional and state economies and increase U.S. carbon-free energy development, according to an e...

Political news notes: Legislative action . . . executive orders . . . Senate appointment . . . minimum wage
By Idaho Politics Weekly staff
Executive orders reduce regulations. Gov. Brad Little has signed two new executive orders aimed at reducing state regulatory burdens on Idaho citizens and businesses....

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. ...

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Idaho Falls Chamber Out of the Box Networking Lunch
When: Tuesday, February 5, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Pinecrest Event Center, 560 E Anderson St, Idaho Falls, ID
This is your opportunity to build your professional network and learn more about businesses in the community. Door prizes, introductions, and other interactions will make this a casual, fun opportunity to meet others and build your professional network. More info.

Boise Young Professionals Lunch and Learn
When: Wednesday, February 6, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: FACES of Hope Victim Center, 417 S 6th St, Boise, ID
Guest speaker Paige Dinger is the Executive Director for Faces of Hope Foundation, which provides immediate safety and support for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and elder abuse.  She has been able to use her passion for teaching to help educate and empower those victims who have come to Faces of Hope for services. More info.

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