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Monday, January 27, 2020

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This Week In Idaho Politics

A menu of options on property taxes
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
With the Idaho Legislature meeting in Boise, one issue that is drawing considerable focus is property taxes. Both Republican and Democrats say they are hearing from their constituents that property taxes need to be reduced.

Guest opinion: Idahoans deserve a second chance
By Rep. Ilana Rubel (D-Boise) and Sen. Dave Lent (R-Idaho Falls)
Our criminal justice system is intended to ensure there is an appropriate penalty associated with crime. We refer to this as paying one's debt to society. However, under some of Idaho's current laws, the payment never seems to stop.

Please 'click' on this article and read it
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
In the life of a newspaper writer, mood swings are common. Turn a couple of good stories for the front page, and it's a good week. It's maybe not so good if it's a week of mundane stories that land deep on the inside pages. I've been on both ends during my career.

Idaho's cookin' economy is not by chance
By Stephen Hartgen
Gov. Brad Little gave an upbeat and impressive snapshot of the Idaho economy in his State of the State address to Idaho legislators on Jan. 6, and the real numbers bear out his rosy assessment.

Idaho's salmon can't survive the lower Snake River dams
By Jim Jones
Shortly after taking office as Idaho attorney general in January 1983, I took a crash course in the life-and-death struggles of Idaho's anadromous fish. The U.S. Supreme Court set oral argument that March for a case filed years earlier by a prior AG, Wayne Kidwell. The lawsuit was against Oregon and Washington, claiming the down-streamers were overfishing salmon and steelhead runs. Idaho sought an allocation of the fish runs.

Guest opinion: Vaccines, children, and freedom
By Rep. Laurie Lickley (R-Jerome)
I believe that vaccinating children and young adults may be the single most important health-promoting intervention we can perform as parents, caregivers, and healthcare providers.

News release: Speaker of the House introduces tax relief bill
By News release
In an effort to start the discussion in response to statewide calls from Idahoans for tax relief, Speaker of the House Scott Bedke and House Republican leadership is introducing legislation that would increase the Grocery Tax Credit for every single Idahoan.

Political news notes: ERA . . . Treasurer lawsuit . . . LINE Commission . . . Families First Act . . . Capital for a Day . . . Parole Commission . . . Religious Freedom Day
By Idaho Politics Weekly Staff
Wintrow Introduces Equal Rights Amendment. Rep. Melissa Wintrow (D-Boise) has introduced the Equal Rights Amendment as a personal bill in the House.

Risch on Trump: 'You can relate to this guy'
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
In the coming weeks, we will be hearing plenty about all the pomp that goes with an impeachment trial in the Senate along with President Trump's blasting of Democrats and Twitter rants.

Should Idaho help more with diabetes?
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
A couple years of ago the Centers for Disease Control released a report detailing that 30.3 million Americans - 9.4% of the population - have diabetes. If that number holds in Idaho, over 160,000 Idahoans have diabetes. And, the numbers are growing . . .

Guest opinion: Working to lower prescription drug costs
By Sen. Mike Crapo
On Dec. 19, 2019, Senate colleagues and I introduced S. 3129, the Lower Costs, More Cures Act, to lower prescription drug prices and encourage the development of new therapies and cures.  

Guest opinion: The case for Driving Privilege Cards
By Senator Jim Guthrie, District 28
Years ago, I served as a member of the Bannock County commission and one of our duties was to appoint citizens to various boards like planning and zoning, fair board, and many others.

Political Calendar Highlights

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District 15 Dems Dinner Huddle
When: Tuesday, Jan 28, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Casa Mexico, 10332 W Fairview Ave # 104, Boise, ID
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North Idaho Pachyderm Club   
When: Friday, Jan 31, 7 a.m. to 8 a.m.
Where: IHOP, 2301 N 4th St, Coeur d'Alene, ID
Come join us every Friday at 7 a.m.

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