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Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, November 25, 2019

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This Week In Idaho Politics

Big changes, with more to come, sweep Idaho's newspapers
By Stephen Hartgen
Newspaper upheaval isn't a topic you'll read about in most newspapers, for at least several reasons: One, despite their constant crowing about "transparency," newspapers are notorious for the privacy of their own internal issues, particularly when it comes to declining circulation, falling revenue and slashed staffing. Nothing to see here, folks; we'll give you scoops on government, but on ourselves, not so much.

IEA checklist goes beyond dollars spent
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
When the Idaho Legislature convenes in a couple of months, we'll be hearing plenty about the budget for public schools, the largest line item on the books. Along the way, we'll hear the usual cries that quality education does not depend on the amount of money spent.

Guest opinion: BYU-Idaho's Medicaid rejection hurts families
By Samuel Ruiz & Esther Spencer Rivas, BYU-Idaho students
The BYU-Idaho administration recently dropped a bombshell on thousands of students and families. In just a few sentences, they turned the lives of countless families upside down by rejecting Medicaid and Medicaid expansion as healthcare options for students. As you are reading this, students are living on borrowed time until next semester, wondering how to provide healthcare for ourselves and our families.

Guest opinion: Medicaid expansion is throwing thousands off their insurance
By Speaker Scott Bedke, Majority Caucus Chair Megan Blanksma, Majority Leader Mike Moyle & Assistant Majority Leader Jason Monks
Nearly 15,000 Idahoans will be losing their insurance because of the passage of Medicaid expansion. While this may come as a surprise to some, the House Republican Caucus worked hard to warn Idahoans.

Should Idaho regulate property management?
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
Last week in Ada County the former head of the militia group 3% of Idaho, Brandon Curtiss, pleaded guilty to grand theft for stealing $98,564 from clients of his Meridian property management company.

Guest opinion: Ed task force proposals make sense, but more work needed
By Sen. David Nelson (D-Moscow)
When I was running for office in 2018, I frequently talked about improving education at all levels in Idaho. People all over Benewah and Latah counties consistently told me that they wanted to improve K-12 education and asked that the state pay a larger and fair share for education, especially for facilities.

Guest opinion: Deserving Idahoans honored for their service
By Sen. Mike Crapo
Each year, I honor Idaho veterans and volunteers who support veterans with the Spirit of Freedom: Idaho Veterans Service Award. 

Guest opinion: State mandates force higher property taxes
By Sen. Grant Burgoyne (D-Boise), & Rep. Mat Erpelding (D-Boise)
When the legislature orders counties to carry out state functions but fails to provide the money to do so, local property taxpayers pay the price. As a result, residential property taxes are sky high in many counties and citizens are demanding relief.   

The president's wild Ukrainian goose chase
By Jim Jones
President Trump's obsession with a Ukraine conspiracy theory is almost as troubling as his request that the Ukrainian president investigate the Bidens. His theory is that it was Ukraine, not Russia, that interfered in the 2016 election. Despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, the president continues to pursue the non-existent Ukrainian connection to the great detriment of our national interests.

News release: Idaho partnership encourages cybersecurity careers
By Press release
Gov. Brad Little has announced that Idaho will again partner with the SANS Institute on an initiative to introduce Idaho high school and college students to careers in cybersecurity through the Girls Go CyberStart and Cyber FastTrack initiatives.

Political news notes: Tree lighting . . . hemp transportation . . . county property taxes . . . shared stewardship . . .
By Idaho Politics Weekly staff
Idaho's First Family to host Capitol Christmas tree lighting. Gov. Brad Little and First Lady Teresa Little invite all to join them on the evening of Monday, December 2, for the annual lighting of Idaho's Capitol Christmas Tree on the Capitol steps beginning at 5:30 p.m.

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.

Political Calendar Highlights

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District 15 Dems Dinner Huddle
When: Tuesday, November 26, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Casa Mexico, 10332 W Fairview Ave # 104, Boise, ID
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North Idaho Pachyderm Club
When: Friday, Nov 29, 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.

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