Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, February 11, 2019

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This Week In Idaho Politics

More education funding wins highest support from Idahoans
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
Idaho legislators are in the midst of their 2019 general session, and a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll finds that increasing public education funding is the most important item lawmakers can do....

Has Trump set a new tone for his presidency?
By LaVarr Webb, Publisher
Some national political commentators are asking: Did Pres. Donald Trump's recent State of the Union Speech mark a turning point for his presidency?...

Some old photos never die, or fade away
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
I was hoping that word about this photo of me would never get out, because there's no doubt that my career would be over if the public knew about it....

Odds & Ends: Idaho Supreme Court . . . sex education . . . home purchase . . . redistricting
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
A few thoughts on a few, somewhat random, topics......

A little guidance from Honest Abe on presidential truth telling
By Jim Jones
As we observe the 210th anniversary of the birth of America's greatest president on Feb. 12, we should reflect on Abraham Lincoln's reputation for truthfulness....

Guest opinion: How to have a great spring trip to Washington, D.C.
By Sen. Mike Crapo
Washington, D.C., is a popular tourist destination at all times of year, but March through June are especially busy times for tours. ...

Idaho economic snapshot by Zions Bank
By Press release
Idaho's labor market continues to expand, but there are signs that the low unemployment rate is making it difficult for employers to find the workers they need, according to Robert Spendlove, economic and public policy officer for Zions Bank....

Political news notes: GOP, Dems duel over redistricting . . . other political happenings
By Idaho Politics Weekly staff
Idaho Democrats issue statement protesting 'gerrymandering' hearing....

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....

Political Calendar Highlights

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Nez Perce County Republican Women Meeting   
When: Tuesday, February 12, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Red Lion Hotel Lewiston, 621 21st St, Lewiston, ID
A group of dynamic republicans, educating the community. For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., NPCRW President.

Boise Young Professionals Mayor Bieter's Round Table
When: Thursday, February 14, 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Where: City of Boise, 150 N. Capitol Blvd., 3rd Floor Boise, ID
Community-wide discussion on the long-term plan to manage growth and how we can collectively preserve the livability and authenticity of our city. Please join Mayor Dave Bieter to provide BYP's perspective about Boise's future and your role in working to make Boise the most livable city in the country. Free and open to the public, RSVP here.

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