Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, March 4, 2019

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This Week In Idaho Politics

Idahoans like local option sales tax, pre-school, & repeal of faith-healing exemption
By Bob Bernick, Contributing editor
Even though GOP legislative leaders believe a local option sales tax for cities and counties won't pass this session, three-fourths of Idahoans want it to, a new poll by Idaho Politics Weekly finds....

Castro brings 'progressive' road show to Idaho
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
Democratic presidential candidate Julian Castro, the former San Antonio mayor and HUD secretary, is a long way from even being considered as his party's frontrunner for the nomination. But that doesn't stop him from thinking big things for the future...

Remembering the Garden of Eden on Idaho Day
By Jim Jones
March 4 is Idaho Day, the day Idahoans commemorate the establishment of Idaho Territory by Pres. Abraham Lincoln on March 4, 1863. Former State Rep. Linden Bateman, a dedicated history enthusiast from Idaho Falls, convinced the Legislature to designa...

Lt. Gov. McGeachin should be more careful
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
Idaho Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin made a mistake last week when she posed with two political extremists in front of her office. She compounded it by posting a picture of the meeting on Facebook and by releasing an odd statement backing a man who was co...

Guest opinion: Protecting Idahoans' 2nd Amendment rights
By Congressman Russ Fulcher
Question: What is the definition of a 'criminal'? Answer: Someone who has committed a crime by breaking the law....

Guest opinion: Idaho innovation is flourishing
By Sen. Mike Crapo
In 2017 alone, 1,432 patent applications were filed by residents of Idaho, and 752 patents were issued to Idahoans, according to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). ...

Press release: Gov. Little's rule consolidation executive order makes progress
By Press release
Less than a month after Gov. Brad Little implemented the "Red Tape Reduction Act" through Executive Order 2019-02, progress is taking place to simplify and scale back Idaho's administrative rules.  ...

Press release: Idaho encourages young women to pursue careers in cybersecurity
By Press release
Gov. Brad Little has announced Idaho's participation in an innovative cybersecurity training partnership with the SANS Institute, the largest provider of cybersecurity training and certification for professionals in governments and commercial institu...

Political news notes: Legislature addresses variety of issues
By Idaho Politics Weekly staff
Mandatory minimum bill sent to House floor.  A bipartisan bill to reform Idaho's mandatory minimum sentencing laws, sponsored by Reps. Ilana Rubel and Bryan Zollinger, has passed out of committee by a 13-4 vote and was sent to the House flo...

Is Mueller probe of Trump legitimate? Half of Idahoans say no
By Bob Bernick, Contributing editor
Half of all Idahoans don't believe that Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian collusion with the Donald Trump campaign is legitimate, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll finds.  ...

Climate change is a threat, but manageable, says plurality of Idahoans
By Bob Bernick, Contributing editor
Nearly three-fourths of Idahoans say climate change is a threat to the world, but they differ on how serious it is, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll finds....

Little makes 'being governor' look easy
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
There's something about a person who likes his job. You can tell by the way he walks, talks and interacts with people....

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BYP March Lunch and Learn Boise Young Professionals
When: Wednesday, March 6, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: The Idaho Foodbank, 3562 S. TK Ave., Boise
Food insecurity in the state of Idaho is real and being that there are around 220,000 individuals who are food insecure, The Idaho Foodbank works tirelessly to reach as many people as it can by providing services to over 179,000 individuals on any given month.  In this presentation we will go over the root causes of food insecurity here in the state of Idaho, how our current services function, and what we can do together to better serve our friends and neighbors. More info.

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