Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, March 11, 2019

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This Week In Idaho Politics

Idahoans support medical -- but not recreational -- marijuana
By Bob Bernick, Contributing editor
Medical marijuana legalization in Idaho is coming, it's just a matter of when and how.

Conservatives rally behind McGeachin photo-op
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
"Well, this is another fine mess that you've gotten me into." - Oliver Hardy to Stan Laurel

Time to drive a stake through the heart of Idaho's initiative process?
By Jim Jones
The people of Idaho decided in 1911 to put a process in place to enact or repeal legislation at the ballot box when they disagreed with the Idaho Legislature. It was part of a reform effort that was sweeping the country because of recalcitrant legislators. Idaho voters have used the initiative from time to time when the Legislature has refused to honor the popular will.

Jordan & Vander Woude property tax bill has broad impact
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
Idaho House Bill 243 may be the most far reaching measure introduced in this year's Legislature.  The bipartisan bill introduced by Boise Democratic Sen. Maryanne Jordan and Nampa Republican Rep. and Majority Caucus Chair John Vander Woude would reconfigure the Idaho property tax break that benefits most Idaho homeowners to accommodate rapidly rising real estate prices.

Guest opinion: Celebrating Idaho's women leaders
By Sen. Mike Crapo
Idaho has been home to women pioneers, educators, civic leaders, elected officials, physicians, attorneys, businesswomen, writers, artists, innovators and more.  The courage and skills of Idaho women are among our state's enduring strengths.  

Political news notes: Busy time for Legislature & governor
By Idaho Politics Weekly staff
Historic Theater Bill Clears the Senate. Sen. Michelle Stennett (D-Sun Valley) carried Rep. Mat Erpelding's (D-Boise) historic theater bill on the Senate floor and it passed on a 25-10 vote. It now heads to the governor to be signed into law.

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 designate the 4th of March each year as the day to celebrate the birth of our great State. What a great idea!

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 convicted of threatening federal officers with an AR-15.

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). 

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

Canyon County Republican Women Meeting
When: Tuesday, March 12, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Golden Palace Restaurant, 703 Main St, Caldwell, ID
11:30 a.m. social time, 12 p.m. program begins.

Boise Chamber March Ambassador Committee Luncheon
When: Thursday, March 14, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Boise Metro Chamber, 1101 W Front St #100, Boise, ID
More info and register here.

Idaho Democratic Party Annual Frank and Bethine Church Gala
When: Saturday, March 16, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: The Boise Center
Now entering its 25th year, the Gala attracts hundreds of Democrats from every corner of the state. The Gala is the capstone to a day filled with trainings and workshops for Idaho Democrats and is a memorable evening for all who participate. Senator Karen Parker Peterson from Louisiana is the Keynote speaker. More info and register here.

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