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Monday, August 19, 2019

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This Week In Idaho Politics

How to improve representation in Idaho's Legislature
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
The 2020 census is around the corner and, like peanut butter and jelly, the census is coupled with the redrawing of Idaho's legislative districts. Currently, Idaho has 35 legislative districts, each represented by a single state senator and two state representatives. Each is responsible to be an advocate for their entire district.

There's a reason why this bad rule exists
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
Chuck MalloyRep. Heather Scott of Blanchard has done a wonderful job promoting the importance of paying attention to those administrative rules that have the effect, and sometimes drastic impact, of law. As a member of the House committee on Judiciary, Rules and Administrative, she has seen her share of rules that can cause hair to curl or fall out.

New ag center adds major research future to Southern Idaho
By Stephen Hartgen
Stephen HartgenThere have been some political calculations to satisfy various counties and constituencies, as well as a longer timeline, but it now appears a modern agricultural research center is moving ahead in Southern Idaho.

War weapons don't belong on America's streets
By Jim Jones
Jim JonesDuring my service in Vietnam, I had the opportunity to witness the use of a variety of weapons that were specifically designed to kill or maim as many people as possible in the shortest amount of time. My heavy artillery battalion could kill hundreds of communists at a time with 200-pound high explosive shells, ferocious white phosphorus rounds, and cluster munitions that scattered grenade-sized bomblets over a wide area.

Guest opinion: Idaho charts path to fight opioid crisis
By Gov. Brad Little
Gov. Brad LittleOpioid and substance misuse is one of America's and Idaho's growing problems.  It is not a problem that just affects the individuals who feel condemned to addiction, either.  

Guest opinion: Important discussions on affordable housing
By Sen. Mike Crapo
Housing affordability is a critical issue in Idaho and all across the country.  Nationwide, there is a shortage of millions of affordable rental homes available to lower-income Americans, and the gap between the demand for affordable homes and the supply of new ones being built increases each year. 

Political news notes: Carson visit . . . Capital for a day . . . Public safety work . . . forestry task force
By Idaho Politics Weekly staff
Buckner-Webb addresses housing crisis. During Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson's visit to Treasure Valley last week, State Sen. Cherie Buckner-Webb, D-Boise, made a brief speech:

'Common sense' gun reform not happening
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
Chuck MalloyHere we go again. Two more mass shootings, one in El Paso and one in Dayton, and we're hearing some predictable rhetoric this time with a Democratic presidential nomination on the line.

Idaho ed spending is low, but gets good bang for the buck
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
Give Idaho an "A" for effort, but an "F" for low per-student spending.

Trump, 'red flag' laws, & Idaho's gun lobby
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
Politics is known for making strange bedfellows.  It can also create unusual foes. A rather unique conflict may be brewing in Idaho in relation to so-called "red flag" laws geared to reduce gun violence.

Tax issues, initiatives & redistricting lead legislative agenda
By Stephen Hartgen
Stephen HartgenIt's the heat of summer, but none too early for some look-ahead topics likely to be on legislators' radar when they convene in Boise in a much-cooler January. Among the likely topics are tax proposals, the census-driven redistricting effort, and another attempt at tightening the initiative process.

Trump maneuvers China into a strong position in the trade war
By Jim Jones
Jim JonesIt is apparently dawning on the president that the Chinese may well hold the key to his re-election in 2020.

Political Calendar Highlights

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Boise Chamber Business Education Series
When: Thursday, Aug 22, 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Where: Boise Metro Chamber, 1101 W Front St #100, Boise, ID
Join us for the Culture & Brand Camp. Peppershock's co-founder & leader, Rhea Allen, will inspire you and your team, enhance your culture, and give you the tools to navigate your way into building an exceptional brand and bottom line. Who should attend? Humans that lead a team or want to lead a team. In 2017 Peppershock Media was named "Small Business of the Year" by the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce, come find out why. More info.

Kootenai County Democratic Club
When: Friday, Aug 23, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Iron Horse, 407 Sherman Ave, Coeur d'Alene, ID
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