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Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, November 18, 2019

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This Week In Idaho Politics

Little to McGeachin: Make government more frugal
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
Gov. Brad Little, who has taken a meat cleaver to thousands of pages of administrative rules and regulations, is now taking a closer look at budgets.

Guest opinion: Affordability & political agendas are the real problems at BSU, not social justice
By Victoria Mayer, Boise State College Republican President
I recently organized a campus debate, "The Future of American Higher Education" regarding diversity and inclusion programs at Boise State University. It was a joint effort between College Republicans and Young Democrat clubs. Over 450 people attended.

Teacher debt proposal would duplicate federal program
By Stephen Hartgen
It's fall again so we expect to see the usual pie-in-the-sky ideas from the minority party on how, by just penciling in more money from the state (that's you, taxpayers) on a social issue, it will just get better. Ah, if it were that simple.

BYU-Idaho's strange stance on students & Medicaid
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
One of the oddest things is playing out in Eastern Idaho at Brigham Young University-Idaho. 

Guest opinion: Infrastructure upgrades are crucial to Idaho's future
By Senate Minority Leader Michelle Stennett (D-Ketchum)
Idaho is a very popular place to live and, as a result, it is at the top of the fastest-growing states in our nation.

Impeachment process is not a criminal trial
By Jim Jones
Despite what the talking heads and others may say, an impeachment is not a garden variety criminal trial. The Bill of Rights in the U.S. Constitution does not apply to an impeachment proceeding. The confusion may be understandable because there have been only three presidential impeachments to date and the Constitution just devotes a few scant sentences to the proceeding.

Guest opinion: Keeping a focus on POWs and MIAs
By Sen. Mike Crapo
I honor America's prisoners of war (POWs) and missing in action (MIA) and call attention to National POW/MIA Recognition Day through Senate statements each year to try to help keep national focus on the return of American service members. 

Mark Fuller correction
By Idaho Politics Weekly staff
Note: Mark Fuller, chair of the Bonneville County Republican Central Committee, provided the following response to an article in the Nov. 4 Idaho Politics Weekly newsletter written by contributor Steve Taggart.

News release: New program simplifies teacher certification path
By Press release
Gov. Brad Little has announced the College of Southern Idaho (CSI) in Twin Falls will provide a new non-traditional route to educator preparation in Idaho.

News release: Bratnober announces State Senate run
By Press release
Jim Bratnober has announced he will run for Idaho State Senate in District 15. Bratnober ran in 2018 and lost to Sen. Fred Martin (R-Boise) by only six votes.

News release: Dutch Bros, STEM Action Center Foundation raise record $56K
By Press release
The Dutch Bros Love Abounds Foundation and the Idaho STEM Action Center Foundation gave Reuseum Educational Inc. a $56,536 check to fund scholarships to youth camps that explore science, technology, engineering, and math.

Political news notes: GOP town hall . . . salmon workgroup . . . capital for a day . . . winter boots
By Idaho Politics Weekly staff
House Republican Leaders Bring Town Hall Series to Canyon County. House Republican Leadership and Canyon County members of the House GOP Caucus will hold a town hall at Nampa City Hall 7-9 p.m. on Nov. 19. This will be the fifth town hall in a series throughout the Gem State.

Political Calendar Highlights

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Boise Young Professionals 101: After Work
When: Tuesday, Nov 19, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Where: Boise Metro Chamber, 1101 W Front St #100, Boise, ID
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 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.

North Idaho Pachyderm Club
When: Friday, Nov 22, 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
Where: IHOP, 2301 N 4th St, Coeur d'Alene, ID
Come join us every Friday at 7 a.m.

To submit events to the Idaho Politics Weekly calendar please use our contact form here.

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