Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, April 20, 2015

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  Poll Shows Strong Support for Death Penalty
Most Idahoans don't want to eliminate concealed carry permits for handguns, they like the death penalty for the most serious crimes of murder and kidnapping and if there is to be an execution, they want lethal injection used, a new Idaho Politics Wee...

  SB 1067: A Stand for Liberty or a Disaster for Idaho's Children?
In March of 2015, the Idaho Department of Health & Welfare collected more than $19 million in child support on behalf of 183,170 children. But, a last minute action by the Idaho House Judiciary, Rules and Administration Committee, just before the...

Riding on the Gas Tax Train
During the legislative session, many ideas were kicked around about providing more funding for transportation. The most interesting idea was one that never came to legislative floors....

  Winning the Political Game: Look for a Strong News Peg
Dealing with the news media, and promoting oneself via social media, are among the most difficult, interesting, important and scary things that public officials do....

Idaho Economic Outlook: Legislature Tackles Education, Infrastructure
Since the Idaho Legislative Session commenced on January 12, state legislators have worked together to effect changes that will positively impact Idaho's economy. ...

  Poll: Idaho Residents Don't Want Protections for Wolves
Most Idahoans don't want wild wolves protected in the state, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows....

  Winning the Political Game: Choose Communications Channels Carefully
In any communications campaign, it is important to carefully select the delivery mechanisms, or channels, through which your message(s) will be delivered. ...

Political Calendar Highlights

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develop.idaho 208: Code for Growth

When: Thurs, April 23, 1 pm - 6 pm
Where: Boise State University, Stueckle Sky Center
Join us for this year's develop.idaho conference where you will have the chance to network, engage, learn from and socialize with influencers in the 208 tech universe. This year, develop.idaho has been able to obtain an amazing array of innovative, business-minded and tech savvy entrepreneurs, leaders and subject matter experts from Idaho and beyond including keynote speaker Hadi Partovi - early advisor to Zappos and Facebook and CEO/Co-Founder of Harness their experience and knowledge to launch your own Code for Growth. More info

Jerome County Republican Central Committee Legislative Report/Breakfast Fundraiser

When: Sat, April 25, 9 am - 11 am
Where: Jerome Senior Center, 520 North Lincoln Avenue, Jerome
Come and enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet prepared by the Jerome Senior Center, meet your local legislators and hear about what this session of the legislature accomplished and how it will effect you, your business, family and community. We will also have a speaker who will discuss issues and events as they are going on in our Nation's Capital. Individual tickets are $20, sponsorship tickets are $600. Contact Mark Swenson (208) 420-1980, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Boise's 6th Annual Crawl Around Downtown

When: Sat, April 25, 12 pm - 5 pm
Where: Downtown Boise
A fun, family-friendly pub crawl in downtown Boise benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Crawlers will receive a drink ticket for a taster beverage at eight participating places, a commemorative t-shirt, and a map/menu to plan the route and determine where/what to eat along the way. Enjoy a spring afternoon strolling with friends. More info

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Idaho Headlines

Editorial: Special session may be needed to fix botch (State Journal)

Otter: Session addressed some education, transportation needs (State Journal)

Editorial: Report Card Time for Magic Valley Lawmakers (Times-News)

Economic development funds shorted (Idaho Business Review)

Editorial: Annual report card for the Idaho Legislature (Press-Tribune)

Marty Trillhaase: Grade lawmakers' 90 days in Boise on the curve (Lewiston Tribune)

Editorial: Make the case for road funding (Mountain Express)

Lawmakers acted appropriately on child support bill (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Q & A: More insight into Idaho's child support situation (Idaho Statesman)

Q&A: Will the Idaho Legislature meet in special session on the child support bill? (Idaho Statesman)

Environmental groups urge EPA to force air pollution action in Treasure Valley (Idaho Statesman)

Editorial: Governor steps up for Pend Oreille (CDA Press)

Idaho issue goes national (CDA Press)

Souza speaks about session (CDA Press)

Building a better economy (CDA Press)

Otter considers special session to ensure child support payments (Spokesman-Review)

Jobless rate drops to 3.8 percent in Idaho (Spokesman-Review)

Idaho lawmakers honor Sen. Shawn Keough's milestone (Spokesman-Review)

Lawmakers want no credit for representative's editorial (Spokesman-Review)

Accomplishments, or not, of Idaho legislative session (Spokesman-Review)

National Headlines

The New Hampshire GOP summit: 6 takeaways (Politico)

Greens face divide over Hillary Clinton and Keystone (Politico)

Graham: 'Snowball's chance in Hell' Congress approves Iran deal (The Hill)

Possible Hillary challenger says voters have 'incumbent fatigue' (The Hill)

Homegrown extremist threat remains 20 years after Oklahoma City bombing (CNN)

Gyrocopter pilot frustrated message isn't getting through (Associated Press)

Bernie Sanders 'making sure' of enough money to challenge Clinton (Politico)

Reagan Shooter Finds Rejection, Indifference in Future Home (Associated Press)

Lindsey Graham readying for presidential run as a problem solver (Washington Times)

Texas House of Representatives votes to allow residents to publicly carry guns in holsters (New York Daily News)

Clinton patches relations with liberals at campaign's outset (Associated Press)


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