Changes would make citizen initiatives harder By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor State Sen. C. Scott Grow's (R-Eagle) bill week to increase the requirements to get an initiative on Idaho's ballot drew substantial attention last week.
Idaho has a vital stake in an accurate 2020 census count By Jim Jones A federal district court judge ruled on March 6 that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross broke the law by adding a citizenship question to the 2020 Census. A January 15 ruling by a different federal judge reached the same conclusion. The issue is scheduled to be taken up by the U.S. Supreme Court on April 23.
Can't anybody do this job right? By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor Here's a tip for anyone thinking about seeking public office. Don't run for state superintendent of public instruction, because it is by far the worst job in Idaho politics.
Guest opinion: Pinch me this must be a nightmare By Congressman Mike Simpson St. Patrick's Day bears some unique traditions. The idea that forgetting to wear green for the day could cause you to get pinched could be described by some as crazy or even loony. Yet, it's all in good fun.
Guest opinion: Idaho Promise will remove barriers to college By Sen. Grant Burgoyne and Jean M. Henscheid Last year, nearly 10,000 Idaho high school seniors applied for admission to our state's public post-secondary institutions. That fall, 2,600 recent graduates did not show up. That is why we have drafted legislation known as Idaho Promise to remove the barriers that prevent Idahoans from obtaining the training and education they want and need.
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.
Meridian Chamber Economic Excellence Forum When: Tuesday, March 19, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Where: West Ada School District Join us for our semi-annual Meridian Chamber Economic Excellence Forum. This event will focus on Meridian development, and what is to come for our growing city. This luncheon event will feature a panel of local developers discussing issues regarding our local business community and what they see for the future of Meridian and its surrounding areas. This event will also allow for a Q&A portion with audience members and panel during the program. More info.
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