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Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, May 13, 2019

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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.

Rebecca Casper: A leader who knows where she's going
By Bob Bernick, Contributing editor
Idaho Falls Mayor Rebecca Casper certainly seems like a politician who knows where she is going and she wants to lead her eastern Idaho city there.

Simple suicide hotline number makes sense
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
What is the number of that suicide prevention hotline?

Odds & Ends: China, Realtor CEO, Meridian race, land swap lawsuit, & the homeowner's exemption
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
A few thoughts on a few, somewhat random, topics...

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). 

Political news notes: LINE Commission, appointments & schedule
By Idaho Politics Weekly staff
LINE commission meets this week. The Leadership in Nuclear Energy (LINE) Commission will meet May 16 in Idaho Falls.

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.

Idahoans are sticking with the Republican Party
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
Across the nation, Idaho is tied for sixth place as the most Republican state in the U.S.

Political Calendar Highlights

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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.

Meridian Chamber Golf Tournament
When: Friday, May 17, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: SpurWing Country Club, Meridian, ID
Registration is limited to 36 teams of four. Sponsorship opportunities available. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 208-577-2442. More info.

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