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Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, April 15, 2019

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This Week In Idaho Politics

Idahoans mostly in agreement on impact of #MeToo movement, but not on whether it has gone too far
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
Different Idaho demographic groups are not too far apart in their beliefs about sexual harassment in the workforce whether the #MeToo movement has impacted that problem, a recent Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows.

Idaho Legislature rambles to a close with wins and losses
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
After 95 days, the Idaho Senate and House brought the legislative session to a shambling, squabbling close.

There is a bright side to the Medicaid sideboards
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
A good number of people especially on the Democratic side have good reason to be seething over the passage and governor's signing of the controversial "sideboards" law that goes with Medicaid expansion. But there is a bright side to an otherwise sorry story.

Commemorations are an important part of us
By Jim Jones
Every year, there are days we remember for better or for worse. They play an important part of who we are--birthdays, wedding anniversaries, historic events, accidents and illnesses, triumphs and tragedies. Yearly remembrance of the important days in our lives allows us to reflect on how they have affected us--to appreciate the good events and to avoid a repeat of the bad ones. April 11 is an important day for me.

Guest opinion: Sen. Crapo's housing affordability proposal is good for Idaho
By Josh Scholer, Idaho Voices for Children
Affordable homes are essential for a thriving Idaho. Yet many Idaho families are finding it harder to obtain an affordable home as growth in rent prices outpace growth in paychecks and folks continue to move to our state. Idaho U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo understands that Congress can help make sure that affordable homes are available to more families in our state.

Guest opinion: Tax day reflections on benefits of tax reform
By Sen. Mike Crapo
This tax filing season is a reminder of the benefits of the 2017 tax reform law already being realized and the long-term positive effects taking shape.  These gains include an average 3.1 percent growth in our economy, the creation of more than 2.6 million jobs and a 3.4 percent increase in wages in the last year alone.  The considerable progress being made is worth consideration as Americans file taxes this year. 

Gov. Brad Little's weekly schedule
By Idaho Politics Weekly staff
Some of the public events on Gov. Brad Little's calendar for the week of April 15-19:

Idahoans approve of their Legislature's work, but dislike Congress
By Bob Bernick, Contributing editor
Idahoans really don't like the job Congress is doing, an Idaho Politics Weekly poll finds.

Campaign tip: How to leverage the ground game to win votes
By LaVarr Webb, Publisher
Municipal election campaigns are underway, and candidates are determining the best way to win votes. With all the high-tech means of connecting with voters, walking neighborhoods might seem old-fashioned and ineffective.

Idaho redistricting can be improved
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
Former Chief Justice Jim Jones, who gets his kicks these days writing independent political columns, can put together mind-numbing legal opinions with the best of them. He has written plenty of those during his 13-year career with the Idaho Supreme Court.

Where next on Idaho ballot issues?
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
The big news last week was Gov. Brad Little's veto of SB 1159, the hotly debated measure to dramatically increase the requirements to qualify an Idaho initiative or referendum for placement on the Idaho ballot.

Trump's helter-skelter foreign policy endangers our national security
By Jim Jones
On March 28, a headline on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security website proudly declared, "Secretary Nielsen Signs Historic Regional Compact with Central America to Stem Irregular Migration at the Source, Confront U.S. Border Crisis." The story under the headline told of how El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras would continue to work cooperatively with the U.S. to address the "ongoing humanitarian and security emergency at our Southern Border."

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

Boise Chamber Congressional Forum with Mike Simpson
When: Tuesday, April 16, 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: Boise Centre, 850 W Front St, Boise, ID
More info and register here.

Magic Valley Republican Women Luncheon
When: Wednesday, April 17, 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.

To submit events to the Idaho Politics Weekly calendar please use our contact form here.

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