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Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, January 13, 2020

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This Week In Idaho Politics

Paulette Jordan eyes run against Risch
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
There's speculation, with perhaps some wishful thinking among Democrats, that former state Rep. Paulette Jordan will run for the U.S. Senate this year giving Idahoans at least one competitive high-level race.


Idaho's GOP advances interesting policy proposals
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
The Idaho Republican Party State Central Committee recently met and set forth some interesting ideas on a range of policy issues, in the form of resolutions and rule changes.


Guest opinion: The report card no Idaho parent wants
By Roger Quarles, Executive Director, Albertson Family Foundation
What would happen in your household if your child came home with a report card filled with a few Cs, quite a few Ds and some Fs?


Trump brought successful refugee policy change
By Stephen Hartgen
Idaho public officials from the governor's office on down to local city councils and county commissions were patting themselves on the back recently for "approving" the resettlement of more refugees in Idaho.


Short takes on a variety of New Year issues
By Jim Jones
So many newsworthy things are happening as we enter a new decade that it is difficult to address them all. Here are some brief comments on a variety of important issues.


News release: Highlights & responses to 2020 State of the State and Budget Address
By News release
(Note: A news release from the governor's office and responses from Democratic leaders are included here.)


Guest opinion: Meeting the federal obligation to Idaho counties
By Sen. Mike Crapo
Nearly two-thirds of Idaho is federally owned, which severely limits the tax base for roads, law enforcement and schools because federal lands contribute no property taxes. 


Guest opinion: Let's make 2020 a year to remember
By Luke Mayville & Rebecca Schroeder, Reclaim Idaho
For tens of thousands of Idahoans looking to get ahead, the 2020 legislative session may come down to two issues: the future of Medicaid expansion and education investments in our state. 


More Keystone Cops foreign policy
By Jim Jones
The targeted killing of General Qasem Suleimani was a mixed blessing for the Iranian regime. It eliminated one of Iran's most celebrated military figures, but at the same time, it has strengthened Iran's hand in the region. It is likely to play out as a net positive for Iranian hard-liners.


Political news notes: NEPA changes . . . Women's March . . . Econ Advisory Council . . . 'I Voted' . . . Gov's schedule
By Idaho Politics Weekly Staff
Little issues statement on Trump's NEPA revisions. Gov. Brad Little issued the following statement regarding Pres. Donald Trump's announcement this morning that he is seeking improvements to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).


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.


Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

Nez Perce County Republican Women Meeting
When: Tuesday, January 14, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Red Lion Hotel Lewiston, 621 21st St, Lewiston, ID
A group of dynamic republicans educating the community. For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., NPCRW President.

North Idaho Pachyderm Club
When: Friday, January 17, 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.

To submit events to the Idaho Politics Weekly calendar please use our contact form here.


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