Idaho Politics Weekly 9-16-19

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Monday, September 16, 2019

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This Week In Idaho Politics

Congress returns to pleas for more gun laws
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
Do something.Members of Congress have been hearing that line plenty of times plenty during the August recess, and since those horrific mass shootings in Texas and Ohio.

Bonneville County GOP entertains yet again
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
East Idaho is a great place to live.  Fantastic scenery and superb recreation. Friendly people. And, a never-ending source of entertainment in the form of the Bonneville County Republican Central Committee.

Idaho wind blows against property tax increases
By Stephen Hartgen
As the Bob Dylan song says, "You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows" and the political wind in much of Idaho now is blowing hard against any additional taxes.

Trump's trade war with China stokes the Amazon fires
By Jim Jones
What possible connection could the fires in the Amazon rainforest have with Trump's trade war against China? Well, Brazilian farmers and ranchers are lusting to replace U.S. farmers as China's go-to supplier of agricultural products.

Guest opinion: Unfortunate brief by Idaho AG
By Rep. Mat Erpelding (D-Boise)
You should not be fired for being black, being a woman, being Mormon, or being gay. This is an Idaho value that nearly all Idahoans share. And yet, every year, Idahoans are fired for who they love. They are qualified for their jobs, hardworking, and highly-skilled but terminated because an employer feels the right to judge them.

Guest opinion: Preventing Medicaid patient abuse
By Sen. Mike Crapo
In June, Idaho Attorney General Lawrence G. Wasden asked me to introduce legislation to affirm the state's authority to address Medicaid resident abuse beyond traditional health care facility settings. 

Guest opinion: Idaho needs relief from the greed of drug companies
By Tom Trail
For too long, drug companies have been price gouging seniors and hardworking Americans. Consider insulin, which people with diabetes rely on. Its price nearly tripled from 2002 to 2013. But it isn't a breakthrough drug: insulin was invented nearly a century ago, yet modern formulations remain under patent, thanks to drug makers manipulating the system.

News release: Citizens supporting 'Invest in Idaho' ballot proposal
By Press release
Reclaim Idaho's Invest in Idaho ballot initiative has been public for barely a week, and already volunteers from close to 40 towns/cities all over the state have signed up to volunteer for the effort. The initiative would bring major investment into Idaho's K-12 public education system.

Political news notes: Property tax group . . . Dem motion rejected . . . Zito announces for Senate . . . town hall series continues . . . salmon working group
By Idaho Politics Weekly staff
New Working Group to Help Provide Property Tax Relief.  The Idaho House Republican Caucus has announced a new legislative working group to study the current property tax structure in the state, and better understand the complexities of the process.

NOW activist makes bid for Risch's Senate seat
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
Nancy Harris.Remember that name, or don't. Unless you're following the U.S. Senate race closely, the next time you see her name in print might be on the 2020 ballot where her name will be listed next to Republican Sen. Jim Risch.

Reclaim Idaho makes an unforced error
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
Reclaim Idaho has been on a roll. In 2018 the group was the key driver in passing Medicaid expansion. They fiercely opposed legislative efforts to impose new hurdles to placing future measures on the ballot. Their stance was bolstered by Gov. Brad Little's veto of the restrictions. And, they have drawn substantial attention for their town hall forums on the appropriateness of Idaho's current ballot access procedures.

Guest opinion: Time for an initiative to invest in education
By Rebecca Schroeder, Reclaim Idaho Executive Director
Ask any politician in the state what issue matters most to them and they will tell you education.

Political Calendar Highlights

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Magic Valley Republican Women Meeting
When: Wednesday, Sept 18, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: El Cazador | Mexican Restaurant, 113 Broadway Ave S, Buhl, ID
Republican strong, addressing current issues. For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Magic ValleRW President.

2019 Boise Mayor's State of the City Address
When: The Egyptian Theatre, 700 W Main St, Boise, ID
Where: West Ada School District - Auditorium 1303 E Central Drive, Meridian, ID
Boise is recognized as one of the country's most successful cities. During this year's State of the City, Mayor Bieter will talk about the benefits and challenges of that success and what it means for the future of our city. The Mayor will give his remarks from 4-5 p.m., with a reception to follow on the Basque Block from 5-7 p.m. More info.

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