Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, December 30, 2019

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This Week In Idaho Politics

Fulcher's first year sees highs and lows
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Idaho Congressman Russ Fulcher can do a lot of things in his official capacity including casting votes and helping his First District constituents navigate the federal government's maze. But he might not be much assistance when it comes to career counseling.

Even with redistricting veto power, Dems unlikely to benefit
By Stephen Hartgen
The Idaho Legislature convenes Monday, Jan. 6, and early attention is likely to be given to plans for legislative redistricting following the 2020 Census.

A famous refugee gave us words to live by
By Jim Jones
As Christians celebrate the birth of Christ, the dangerous situation he faced in his infancy should not be forgotten. According to the Gospel of Matthew, the new-born Jesus and his family fled from Bethlehem to Egypt to escape the wrath of King Herod of Judea. They were allowed to enter Egypt, where they lived in safety until Herod died.

Religious components of northwest political extremism
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Is there a religious element to the most extreme political movements in the Pacific Northwest? Absolutely. 

What's the nation's biggest challenge in the next decade?
By LaVarr Webb, Publisher
Believe it or not, on Wednesday this week we begin the decade of the 2020s. So, after a tumultuous and unpredictable last decade, what is the biggest challenge or issue facing the nation in the 2020s?

News release: Little appoints Perkins as Idaho Department of Finance director
By News release
News release: Little appoints Perkins as Idaho Department of Finance director.

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.

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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