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This Week In Idaho Politics
Guest opinion: Hauling hemp should not be a criminal act By Rep. Ilana Rubel and Rep. Dorothy Moon When Denis Palamarchuk, a truck driver from Portland, Oregon, presented his bill of lading for 6,700 pounds of industrial hemp to officials at the Idaho port of entry on January 24, 2019, he surely never dreamed of the nightmare that lay ahead.
The next great mass extinction is upon us!!! Ho-hum By Jim Jones The United Nations just released an alarming report that should knock the socks off of all of those who still wear them. The report, which was approved by the U.S. and 131 other countries, says the Earth is headed into a mass die-off of plant and animal species. Up to one-eighth of the planet's species are in danger of extinction unless humans make dramatic changes in their planet-fouling behavior.
Keep the two-thirds supermajority provision By Stephen Hartgen Like a clock, regular as daily sunshine, some Idaho public officials muse about reducing the two-thirds supermajority requirement for bond levies as too high a standard to meet. They propose dropping the requirement to something less, such as a bare majority, to make passage easier for school construction and other bonded levy projects.
Guest opinion: A new era for nuclear energy By Sen. Mike Crapo A new chapter in U.S. nuclear energy started with the enactment of two pieces of legislation that further nuclear innovation-S. 97, the Nuclear Energy Innovation Capabilities Act (NEICA) and S. 512, the Nuclear Energy Innovation and Modernization Act (NEIMA).
Press release: Little awards 15 community development grants By Press release Gov. Brad Little has announced that 14 Idaho Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) awards and one Idaho Rural Community Block Grant (RCBG) will be distributed to benefit community development, assist with downtown revitalization and improve senior centers in cities and counties throughout Idaho.
Utah's GOP in-fighting has lessons for Idaho By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor Idaho's State Republican Party is about to select a new chair to lead Idaho's dominant political party. Former chair Jonathan Parker stepped down a while back and the vacancy will be filled at the GOP summer meeting in late June.
Sen. Richard Lugar was a model for political civility By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor People in my line of work typically don't have many friends in the political world, but during my years in Indiana in the 1990s, I had a cordial working relationship with Dick Lugar, the state's longest-serving senator who recently passed at age 87.
Leadership Boise Academy Graduation When: Wednesday, May 15, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Where: Boise State University, Simplot Ballroom, 1700 W. University Dr. Boise, ID Welcome and dinner, scholarship presentation to class of 2018 recipients, keynote speaker, presentation of plaques to the Class of 2019. Check in begins at 5:45 p.m. More info.
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