Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, December 9, 2019

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This Week In Idaho Politics

Partisanship wins in this impeachment battle
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
As Congress proceeds with seemingly endless rounds of impeachment hearings, I am trying to pinpoint when presidential politics became so vicious.

Runoff elections solidified mandates of winners
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Last week, two runoff elections were held in Treasure Valley.

Guest opinion: The dangerous world of vaping
By Beth Markley, Boise nonprofit professional, community volunteer, & mother of two
Until recently, tobacco use was on the decline among Idaho's youth. Vapingsmoking e-cigarettesreversed this trend, and tobacco use is surging among those most likely to develop a lifelong addiction. As mother of adolescents, here's what I've learned about why:

Trump Christmas paper seems like a perfect wrap
By Stephen Hartgen
With both Christmas and the Idaho legislative session fast approaching, it seems appropriate this week to take look at how these are related.

Guest opinion: Why I support association health plans
By Sen. Mike Crapo
As participants in the decisions made in Congress, Idahoans contact me with valuable input about the issues our country faces.  One of the issues Idahoans have contacted me about is S. 1170, the Association Health Plans Act, and Association Health Plans (AHPs).  The following is my response:

Guest opinion: Invest in our kids . . . they're worth it
By Leah Jones, 2nd grade teacher in Twin Falls
A little over two years ago, I walked into my classroom to begin my first year of teaching second grade.  The room was empty except for desks and shelves. Parents supplied some of the materials students needed.

News release: Trump administration looks to Idaho on regulatory reform
By Press release
Gov. Brad Little recently joined members of the Idaho Legislature to announce that Idaho surpassed South Dakota in becoming the least-regulated state in the country by cutting and simplifying 75 percent of regulatory rules in one year.

Former Sen. Jordan stood up to a vindictive president
By Jim Jones
Sen. Len Jordan, who served in the U.S. Senate from 1962 to 1972, was a rugged individualist who used his own brain and moral compass in representing the state of Idaho. Unlike our current officeholders, Jordan was unafraid to stand up to a president who abused his power.

Rep. Mat Erpelding resigns from Idaho House and earns praise
By Idaho Politics Weekly staff
Erpelding statement. It has been the most significant professional honor of my life to serve District 19 and the state of Idaho for the last seven years.

News release: Idaho STEM Action Center awards 72 grants worth $133K
By Press release
The Idaho STEM Action Center has awarded 72 grants worth more than $130,000 to schools, districts, libraries, and out-of-school and youth-enrichment programs statewide to advance science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education.

Political news notes: Bd of Ed appointment . . . House leadership elections . . opioid advisory group . . . Treasurer lawsuit . . . underage drinking . . .
By Idaho Politics Weekly staff
Governor Little appoints Kurt Liebich to State Board of Education. Gov. Brad Little has announced the appointment of Kurt Liebich of Boise to the State Board of Education.

Senators seek path to better jobs, higher wages
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
WHEW 1965 was a long time ago. Lyndon Johnson was president, the Great Society was alive and well, and I was in junior high school with aspirations of becoming a Major League baseball player. I ended up playing in a few beer-drinking slo-pitch softball leagues in my adult life, but unfortunately, big-league scouts were looking elsewhere for talent.

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

KC Dems: Annual Christmas Party
When: Monday, Dec 9, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Where: The Art Spirit Gallery, 415 Sherman Ave, Coeur d'Alene, ID
All democrats and democrats-at-heart are invited for an evening of great food and beverages, conversation with congenial, welcoming people, and holiday music. Please bring a bottle of wine or plate of hors d'oeuvres to share. In addition, we are collecting donations of cash and non-perishable food for the Post Falls Foodbank, so bring your food donations to the event. We hope to have you there, invite friends! More info.

Valley County Republican Women Meeting
When: Thursday, Dec 12, 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: Location varies
A fast growing republican organization, come join us! For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 208-860-1120.

KC Dems Women's Association: Holiday Ornament Exchange and Cookie Party
When: Thursday, Dec 12, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Trailhead Boise, 500 S 8th St, Boise, ID
Please bring a wrapped ornament to exchange and cookies to share. We donate the leftover cookies to those in need. You don't want to miss this fun and festive event. More info.

North Idaho Pachyderm Club
When: Friday, Dec 13, 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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