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Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, January 6, 2020

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This Week In Idaho Politics

Storms are brewing for this legislative session
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Under Gov. Brad Little, Idaho may not ever be known as a high-wage state or one of the leaders in spending for education. But the Gem State will not take a back seat in terms of efficiency.


Boosting Idaho's rental housing affordability
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Idaho's real estate markets are on a roll.  Home prices have soared statewide.  Builders are building as fast as they can. Buyers scramble, often putting in multiple above-full-price offers, before getting a home under contract.


Military justice is not perfect but it deserves our respect
By Jim Jones
The grant of executive clemency to three U.S. servicemen charged with war crimes has raised concerns about the integrity of the military justice system. On Nov. 16, the president pardoned an Army lieutenant who had been convicted of ordering his troops to shoot unarmed civilians, as well as an Army major who was awaiting trial on a murder charge. The third serviceman received a sentence reduction for his crime.


Easy to criticize tax exemptions; much harder to repeal them
By Stephen Hartgen
Notice how Democrats are always wringing their hands about how tax exemptions to "special interests" are depriving the state of needed revenue, but when it comes to which specific sales tax exemption should be eliminated, they turn oddly silent?


Guest opinion: Year-end review & new year opportunities
By Sen. Mike Crapo
As family and friends gathered this holiday season, there were likely plenty of discussions about the state of our nation.  Hopefully, these conversations were more lighthearted than Washington, D.C.-style partisan bickering.  These discussions around dinner tables and coffee tables can be fruitful, as we listen and share viewpoints with our loved ones.  Here are some considerations as we end out the year and kick-off 2020. 


Guest opinion: Idahoans won't be ignored about Common Core
By Rep. Dorothy Moon, R-Stanley
Common Core is exactly what we thought it was.


Political news notes: Medicaid expansion begins . . . wild rivers . . . notary symposium
By Idaho Politics Weekly Staff
News Release: Medicaid Expansion Coverage Begins. Idaho welcomed in the new year with a brand-new gift to tens of thousands of working families: Medicaid expansion. The program will cover more than 50,000 Idahoans according to the state Department of Health and Welfare. Idaho joins 36 states and the District of Columbia which provide Medicaid expansion benefits to its residents.


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?


Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

Meridian Chamber Speaker Lunch
When: Tuesday, January 7, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: West Ada School District Service/Training Center Auditorium 1303 E Central Dr., Meridian
Hear from the experts. Timely tax topics for small businesses and individuals. Presenting Speaker: John Berg 

Valley County Republican Women Meeting
When: Thursday, January 9, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Location varies
A fast growing republican organization, come join us. For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 208-860-1120

North Idaho Pachyderm Club
When: Friday, January 10, 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
Where: IHOP, 2301 N 4th St, Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814, USA
Come join us every friday at 7 a.m.

KC Dem Club: Jobs in Kootenai County
When: Friday, January 10, 12 to 1 p.m.
Where: Iron Horse Bar and Grill, 407 E Sherman Ave, Coeur d'Alene, ID
Guest speaker Glynii Gilliam, President of the Coeur d'Alene Area Economic Development Corporation. During her visit with the club, she will share an update regarding the local economy and 2020 job opportunities. More info.

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