Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

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This Week In Idaho Politics

Keep drivers safe by banning cell phone use, Idahoans say
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
By huge majorities, Idahoans want the Legislature to enact a statewide ban on handheld cell phone use while driving. And if the state won't do it, then Idahoans want local governments to have that power, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows.Pollste...

In competing with Trump & courts, feeble Congress has only itself to blame
By LaVarr Webb, Publisher
The uproar over Pres. Trump's emergency declaration to raise money for his border wall has both Republicans and Democrats in Congress bemoaning executive power and the diminution of the legislative branch of the federal government.Republicans said si...

Conservative group aims for middle ground
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
When I began covering Idaho politics with the Post Register some 35 years ago, it was easy to identify who the conservatives were. They were Republicans, who were guided by the principles of God, country and the Idaho Association of Commerce and Indu...

Raybould works to shake up public notices
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Those who regularly read a newspaper often see an array of legal and other public notices often organized in columns of small type.  They announce pending foreclosures of real property, public hearings for counties and cities and other entities,...

Legislative apportionment ain't broke; doesn't need fixin'
By Jim Jones
After much partisan wrangling in the Legislature and lengthy fighting through the courts, Idahoans voted to fix Idaho's legislative redistricting system by removing it from raw politics. In 1994, the people approved an amendment to the Idaho Constitu...

Guest opinion: Committee assignments mean we have Idaho covered
By Idaho Congressional Delegation
Congressional committees are central to the legislative process.  Committees provide oversight of federal governmental operations and identify issues suitable for legislative review.  A committee can dig into the details of issues under its...

Press release: Legislation avoiding government shutdown has benefits for Idaho
By Super User
The legislation passed last week keeping the federal government open also included a number of benefits for Idaho, according to the Idaho congressional delegation.The entire delegation voted to pass H.J. Res. 31, which funds about one-quarter of the ...

Press release: Energy, Salmon, Agriculture & Community: Can We Come Together?
By Andrus Center press release
Gov. Cecil Andrus worked closely with the Northwest's governors from both parties to support and defend the public power system and seek bipartisan solutions for salmon restoration. So, it is fitting that the Andrus Center for Public Policy convenes ...

Political news notes: Lots of action in Idaho politics
By Staff
Bill giving historic theaters right to sell alcohol heads to House floor. On Monday, Rep. Mat Erpelding's bill to allow historic theaters to sell alcohol passed in committee. The bill will allow a theater that was built before 1950 and on the hi...

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....

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Boise Chamber Congressional Forum with Jim Risch   
When: Thursday, February 21, 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: The Riverside Hotel, 2900 W Chinden Blvd, Boise, ID
Join us to hear from U.S. Senator Jim Risch at our first Congressional Forum of 2019. More info and register here.

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