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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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