Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, August 26, 2019

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This Week In Idaho Politics

Weird week overshadowed Idaho's property tax challenge
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
Last week's unique headlines - the Greenland/Denmark spat, the ramped-up trade war with China and the Trump's crazy tweet spasm on Friday - obscured an Idaho GOP legislative forum last Tuesday in Meridian that highlighted Republican House leaders' thoughts on tackling Idaho's climbing property valuations.


Those crazy kids from 50 years ago
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
Things that can be learned by attending a 50-year high school class reunion.


Testy political party conflicts have some benefits
By Stephen Hartgen
As far back as we know in recorded human history, conflicts among political persuasions have always existed. We see it in scripture, where nations will war with nations; in ancient Roman times between Caesar and the Senate; in our own colonial times, which pitted merchants and trade "mechanics" against farmers and laborers.


Afghanistan heads toward an uncertain fate
By Jim Jones
After Osama bin Laden launched his attack against the U.S. on September 11, 2001, we responded with a military operation to destroy him and his terrorist network.


Farm bill supports veterans who want to farm
By Sen. Mike Crapo
The work ethic, experience, diligence and ingenuity of our nation's veterans lend well to many civilian professions. 


Guest opinion: Last chance to defend the will of voters
By Sen. Maryanne Jordan and Rep. Brooke Green
When the voters passed Medicaid expansion through ballot initiative, Republicans in the legislature could not resist putting expensive, unnecessary restrictions on coverage.


Political news notes: Medicaid comment period . . . transgender court decision . . . marijuana opposition . . . field directors
By Idaho Politics Weekly staff
Public comment period begins for Medicaid expansion restrictions. Idaho's Department of Health and Welfare has announced the start of a 30-day public comment period on the most controversial restriction Idaho's legislature placed on voter-approved Medicaid expansion.


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.  


Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

District 15 Dems Dinner Huddle
When: Tuesday, Aug 27, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Casa Mexico, 10332 W Fairview Ave # 104, Boise, ID
More info email organizer This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Boise Chamber CEO Speaker Series
When: Wednesday, Aug 28, 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: The Riverside Hotel, 2900 W Chinden Blvd, Boise, ID
Guest speaker will be Bret Moffett of Power Engineers. More info.

Boise Young Professionals 101: Brown Bag Lunch
When: Wednesday, Aug 28, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Seasons Of Coeur d'Alene
BYP 101 welcomes new members to come and learn what BYP is all about. This brief workshop will review all programs and events as well as give you the inside scoop on how to get build your network and get the most out of your membership. Members, nonmembers and guest are invited. The first 20 minutes will be time to network with participants. More info.

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