Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, December 16, 2019

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This Week In Idaho Politics

Analysis: Why most Idaho voters like Donald Trump
By LaVarr Webb, Publisher
With the impeachment of Pres. Donald Trump pending in the U.S. House of Representatives this week, it's a good time to reflect on the president's status in Idaho.

Politicians support Chukars, Hawks (the baseball species, that is)
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Say it ain't so, Mr. Commissioner. Please say that Major League Baseball is not going to implement the latest effort to drive away fans from the game eliminating 42 minor league franchises in the process.

Guest opinion: Let's get Idaho online
By Sen. David Nelson (D-Moscow)
Technology touches every part of our lives and, with technology, comes the need for reliable broadband access. Access to the internet has become nearly as important as access to clean drinking water, power for your home and roads. In fact, access to broadband is so important that a U.S. Court of Appeals recently decided that high-speed internet service can be defined as a public utility. In parts of my district in North Idaho, broadband access may be one of the most important utilities. 

Don't add new goodies to the state budget -- and that's not Scrooge-y
By Stephen Hartgen
Counties and cities are saying they need higher taxes from citizens. State agencies are struggling with Idaho's robust population increase, as well as with prison overcrowding, roads and bridges infrastructure, land management and public schools funding.

Guest opinion: On impeachment, facts speak for themselves
By Congressman Russ Fulcher
U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is proceeding with impeachment charges against Pres. Donald Trump. As a member of Congress and an Idaho representative, I understand the gravity of the situation.

The impact of impeachment on 2020 elections
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
This week we are likely to see the U.S. House of Representatives impeach a sitting president for the third time in the history of the United States. What impact will this have on both U.S. and Idaho politics in 2020?

Guest opinion: Idaho's Office of Performance Evaluations provides a valuable service
By Bruce Newcomb and Jim Jones
There has been talk of reducing legislative support for the Legislature's independent and nonpartisan Office of Performance Evaluations (OPE), which has been nationally recognized for its excellent work. The OPE has provided the Idaho Legislature with valuable information about the effectiveness of a variety of governmental programs. We believe it would be a mistake to reduce financial support for the OPE, change its mission, or take away its independence.

Trump's conspiracy theory hurts Ukraine and helps Russia
By Jim Jones
The Ukrainians are under the gun. Russia grabbed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014 and has been waging war in the eastern part of that country ever since. The hostilities have taken the lives of over 13,000 Ukrainians. It is obvious that Russia has the upper hand, with significantly more military firepower and cyberwar capability.

Press release: SMR Design clears Phase 4 of NRC process; keeps nuclear plant at Idaho National Laboratory on schedule
By Press Release
NuScale Power has announced that the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has completed the fourth phase of review of the design certification application (DCA) for the company's revolutionary small modular reactor (SMR). NuScale reached this milestone on schedule, marking yet another significant achievement along its path to commercialization. The entire review of NuScale's SMR design is now in Phases 5 and 6.

Guest opinion: Outreach needed to improve Alzheimer's treatment
By Sen. Mike Crapo
More than 5 million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer's disease and, absent a medical breakthrough, that number could rise to nearly 14 million by 2050, according to the Alzheimer's Association.  This disease is tragic and life-altering-wherever, whenever and whomever it strikes. 

Political news notes: Ed task force . . . New Dem leaders . . . GOP town hall . . . Farm workforce
By Idaho Politics Weekly Staff
Final report available from education task force. The 2019 final report is now available from Gov. Brad Little's "Our Kids, Idaho's Future" task force that he formed to strengthen K-12 public education in Idaho.

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.

Political Calendar Highlights

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Boise Young Professionals 101: Brown Bag Lunch
When: Wednesday, Dec 18, 12 p.m. to 1 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, Dec 20, 7 a.m. to 8 a.m.
Where: IHOP, 2301 N 4th St, Coeur d'Alene, ID
Come join us every Friday at 7 am.

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