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Monday, December 23, 2019

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This Week In Idaho Politics

A memorable Christmas etched deep in my heart
By Jim Jones
My Christmas of 1968 was like no other. Today's commercialism was nowhere to be seen. It was a joyful affair at an orphanage operated by the Cao Dai Church, which is located at Tay Ninh City in the former Republic of Vietnam.

Utah and Idaho on divergent tax policy paths
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Idaho's legislative session is around the corner. Last year Gov. Brad Little specified that prudent budgeting last year would allow the sales tax to be removed from food, possibly beginning this coming year.

Guest opinion: Why I voted against articles of impeachment
By Congressman Mike Simpson
The resolution considered on the floor of the House of Representatives, H.Res. 755, has two articles: 1) abuse of power, and 2) obstruction of Congress.  After careful consideration of the evidence, I voted no on H.Res. 755. 

Little creates 'garbage day' for useless regulations
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
To think when Brad Little was running for governor in 2018, opponents in the Republican primary were doing all they could to paint him as the "liberal" candidate in the race.

Guest opinion: Farm Workforce Modernization Act is smart legislation
By Rick Naerebout, CEO, Idaho Dairymen´┐Żs Association
I am an Idahoan. I grew up on a dairy farm and have worked in the dairy industry nearly my entire life. I support the Farm Workforce Modernization Act. It is good conservative legislation that supports legal immigration and really takes a look at the reform we as Americans have been demanding.

Guest opinion: Sales tax exemptions are the fiscal elephant in the room
By Rep. Steve Berch (D-Boise)
I visit with my District 15 constituents at their doors nearly every day to stay current with what concerns them the most. The top two issues almost everyone brings up are education funding and managing growth. Both issues are impacted by a common underlying concern fiscal management.

Lessons of Luke's timeless account of Jesus' birth
By Stephen Hartgen
We all know St. Luke's compact and yet detailed account of the birth of Christ in a Bethlehem stable, how the baby was "wrapped in swaddling clothes" and then visited by wondering herdsmen from the nearby hills.

Idaho voters can help stop Russian election interference
By Jim Jones
Idaho voters are uniquely positioned to influence congressional passage of a bill to stop Russia from trying to corrupt our elections. The bipartisan Defending Elections from Threats by Establishing Redlines (DETER) Act would impose serious economic sanctions against Russia for election interference. The sanctions would be substantially stronger than those presently in place.

Guest opinion: Momentum building for fixing broken budget process
By Sen. Mike Crapo
Federal overspending cedes strength, forgoes the ability to put full resources behind new ideas and essentially resigns our nation to a system of cobbling by, moving from one federal funding deadline to another without a focus on the bigger picture.  The strength of our nation is far too important not only to Americans, but also to world stability to accept this outcome.  I joined a bipartisan group of my fellow senators in introducing S. 2765, the Bipartisan Congressional Budget Reform Act, that would fix the federal government's broken budget process. 

News release: Enhanced Short-term Plans available for Idaho families in 2020
By News release
Gov. Brad Little has announced that Idahoans will have even more affordable health insurance options with the availability of Enhanced Short-term Plans beginning Jan. 1, 2020. Enhanced short-term plans are comprehensive health insurance plans with essential benefits that provide an alternative for families needing coverage.  

News release: Little meets with Trump, Pence on regulatory reform
By News release
Gov. Brad Little attended a meeting last week with President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and other governors in the White House to discuss regulatory reform.

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.

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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