Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, September 23, 2019

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This Week In Idaho Politics

Right & left should seek common ground on our transitioning energy economy
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
Last week I had an interesting experience at a seminar in Colorado discussing energy trends. 

Ybarra a no-show for high-level visitor
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
Strange.The No. 2 guy in Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' office visits the Gem State, and Idaho's top education official State Superintendent Sherri Ybarra was nowhere to be found. Not even in the airport's baggage-claim area.

Idaho again shows financial commitment to education
By Stephen Hartgen
Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra outlined another proposal this month to boost Idaho's education funding budget by over $100 million for the next fiscal year, the fifth year running of over $100 million in general fund annual increases.

Taking up a collection for the health of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
By Jim Jones
The news that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg experienced a second bout of pancreatic cancer this year was a triple blow for me. First, she has been a long-time champion for the rights of women and minorities and we need her on the Supreme Court to continue that work. Second, it is likely her vote will determine whether the Affordable Care Act (ACA) lives or dies.

Guest opinion: Idaho seniors need property tax relief
By State & Local Officials (See authors at end)
Tax policy may seem like an abstract exercise to some people, but decisions made by Idaho lawmakers have real-world consequences.

Guest opinion: Honoring Gold Star families
By Sen. Mike Crapo
The sacrifices families make when their loved ones serve in our nation's Armed Forces are incredibly understated.  Military families raise children and hold together households while their loved ones are far from home.  They endure sleepless nights worrying about their loved ones serving in harm's way. 

Political news notes: Broadband task force . . . Crapo legislation . . . Governor events
By Idaho Politics Weekly staff
Idaho Broadband Task Force Announces Meeting. The Idaho Broadband Task Force will meet on Wednesday, September 25, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. MST. The meeting will be held in the East Conference Room in the JR Williams Building located at 700 W. State Street, Boise, Idaho 83702.

Press release: Family dinner prevents substance abuse
By Press release
Be The Parents, the underage drinking prevention campaign of the Idaho Office of Drug Policy (ODP), has kicked off an Idaho Family Dinner Night campaign to encourage families across the state to make and enjoy a meal together on Sept. 26. 

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.

Political Calendar Highlights

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Idaho Falls Chamber Distinguished Under 40 Awards
When: Tuesday, Sept 24, 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: The DEC - The Downtown Event Center, 480 Park Ave, Idaho Falls, ID
Each year the Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce selects 10 outstanding individuals to receive the Distinguished Under 40 Award. These honorees are recognized and presented with their awards at a luncheon. Join us to celebrate these individuals and their contributions to the greater Idaho Falls community. More info.

District 15 Dems Dinner Huddle
When: Tuesday, Sept 24, 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 Young Professionals 13th Annual Gala: See How We Bloomed
When: Wednesday, Sept 25, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 Old Penitentiary Rd., Boise, ID
The gala will reflect on Boise Young Professional's twelve years in the community, celebrate successes and recognize outstanding young professionals with the Young Professional Awards. Awards will be presented for Young Professional of the Year, Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year, Young Leader of the Year and Best Next Generation Place to Work. Guests of all ages are encouraged to attend and celebrate Idaho's next generation leaders. More info.

Bonneville County Republican Women Meeting
When: Thursday, Sept 26, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Location varies
Become an active republican in this community. For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., BonnevilleCRW President.

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