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Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, March 18, 2019

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This Week In Idaho Politics

Survey: Idahoans, overall, like Trump's performance on key issues
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
Most Idahoans approve of the way GOP President Donald Trump is handling the economy, immigration and foreign policy, an Idaho Politics Weekly poll finds.

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. 

Life is great . . . Why is everyone so miserable?
By LaVarr Webb, Publisher
By any objective measure, there's never been a better time to be alive than now in the entire history of the world.

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: Lands bill helps Owyhee Collaborative
By Sen. Mike Crapo
The Senate and House of Representatives both passed S.47, Natural Resources Management Act, by overwhelmingly, bipartisan votes, and Pres. Trump signed it into law. 

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.

Political news notes: What Idaho politicians are up to . . .
By Idaho Politics Weekly staff
GOP House Caucus Responds to SB 1159.  The Idaho House Republican Caucus supports SB 1159 to expand voter involvement in the initiative and referendum process.

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.

Political Calendar Highlights

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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.

Magic Valley Republican Women Luncheon
When: Wednesday, March 20, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: Location varies
Republican Strong, addressing current issues. For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Magic ValleRW President.

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