Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, April 1, 2019

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This Week In Idaho Politics

Republicans like their elected officials
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
Idaho's top politicians all Republicans do just fine among their own party members in job approval ratings, a recent Idaho Politics Weekly poll finds.

Thank the Dems if Trump wins again
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
You won't get this through the network television news or by listening to the talking heads, but this is a nice time to be a Republican on Capitol Hill.

Initiative restriction measure triggering backlash
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
Newton's Third Law of Motion: For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.

Climate change--pay now, or pay a lot more later
By Jim Jones
Thousands of people were forced from their homes when the so-called "bomb cyclone" storm hit the U.S. Midwest in March. The storm caused record flooding and tremendous property damage. On the other side of the world, a record cyclone struck Mozambique and surrounding countries, displacing hundreds of thousands and causing widespread devastation. February ended the hottest summer on record in Australia, which saw devastating fires and over 200 heat records broken.

Guest opinion: Congress must approve Canada/Mexico trade agreement
By Gov. Brad Little
Our neighbors to the north and south play an integral part in Idaho's economy.

Guest opinion: Idaho input helps shapes federal policy
By Sen. Mike Crapo
Idaho families struggling with debilitating diseases, such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, or less common and rare illnesses, regularly share their heartbreaking, but also inspiring, personal experiences with me. 

Guest opinion: Mailbag brings questions on abortion, land management
By Congressman Russ Fulcher
Vicky from Coeur d'Alene asks: As a pro-life woman, the last election left me very concerned for the future of unborn children. With Democrats in control of the House, what can you do in Congress to make sure abortion laws are not expanded and babies are protected?

Political news notes: Session winding down, but hot issues remain
By Idaho Politics Weekly staff
Initiative proponents dislike two initiative bills. Following a week in which proponents of an anti-initiative bill saw public and legal support erode forSenate Bill 1159, the House voted 40-30 to advance the legislation to the governor's desk. The body also voted 47-22 to pass a companion "trailer" bill (HB296) which makes minor alterations to the controversial Senate bill. That bill will head to the Senate.

Trump is favorite presidential candidate in Idaho
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
Idaho is still Trump country.A recent poll by Idaho Politics Weekly matching GOP Pres. Donald Trump with other contenders in 2020 shows the president is still popular in Idaho.

Apologies owed on Trump collusion assertions
By LaVarr Webb, Publisher
Bombshell! Bombshell! Bombshell!That word has been used thousands of time in the last two years to describe leaks or revelations in the lengthy Mueller probe into purported collusion with Russia by Pres. Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign.

What voters want may not be what they get
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
After receiving 58 percent support in the last election, there was no question that Gov. Brad Little earned the right to be the state's chief executive through 2022.

Legislature may not have final word on some issues
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
As the Idaho Legislature grinds towards a close, a host of issues are ending up on the wayside. A new school funding formula?  Unlikely. More guns in schools? No. Requiring parents to opt-in their kids for sex ed?  Nope. Raising the property tax exemption for homeowners? Not on the agenda. Raising the marriage age?  Nada.

Political Calendar Highlights

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Boise Young Professionals Lunch & Learn
When: Wednesday, April 3, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Boise Metro Chamber, 1101 W Front St #100, Boise, ID
More info and register here.

Bonner County Lincoln Day Dinner
When: Saturday, April 6, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Priest River Events Center, 5399 US-2, Priest River, ID
Cost $40 per person.

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