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Monday, February 3, 2020

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This Week In Idaho Politics

Trump supporters 'rock on' while Dems groan
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
After all these endless hours of opening statements and grilling of House impeachment managers and President Trump's defenders, there was one key question not asked.

Balancing parental rights and children at risk
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
One basic principle that most Idahoans would embrace is that parents should have primary decision-making authority when it comes to their children.

Trump re-election: It's all up to me
By LaVarr Webb, Publisher
President Trump's re-election is entirely up to me.

Let's not trivialize internal injuries suffered by our troops
By Jim Jones
The Pentagon disclosed on Jan. 18 that 34 U.S. service personnel had sustained brain injuries from the Iranian ballistic missile attack on their base in Iraq. Half of those service members were returned to Iraq with concussions, while the rest remained under medical care in the U.S. or Germany.  It was revealed 12 days later that 30 more soldiers had sustained such injuries in the attack. All but 25 of the 64 have returned to duty in Iraq.

Urban renewal should focus on jobs, jobs, jobs
By Stephen Hartgen
A few years ago, during the summer and away from halls of the Capitol, Idaho legislators did a tour of the southern Idaho region, seeing its economic growth and expanding prosperity. They were treated to presentations on Chobani, Clif Bar and Glanbia, all three then expanding, pulling in workers and enlarging the southern Idaho agricultural sector.

News release: Founders rejected politicized removal of president
By News release
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Jim Risch (R-Idaho) issued the following statement concerning a Senate vote to call for additional witnesses in the impeachment trial of Pres. Donald J. Trump:

Guest opinion: After 47 years, it's time Congress recognizes Roe v. Wade victims
By Congressman Russ Fulcher
Every January since 1974, tens of thousands of Americans have gathered in our nation's capital for the March for Life around the anniversary of the Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade.

Guest opinion: We must make real investments in Idaho schools
By Gary Suppiger, Lake Pend Oreille School Board Trustee
The 2020 legislative session has been an eye-opener.  More than 7,600 high paying jobs in technology, construction trades, and health care are unfilled in our state because we lack education and training. I expected a bold plan from Gov. Brad Little to pull us out of a half-billion dollar-a-year income gap and set our great state on a path toward prosperity.

Guest opinion: Idahoans deserve real solutions for property taxes
By Rep. Lauren Necochea (D-Boise)
Idahoans rely on effective local governments. First responders and law enforcement keep our communities healthy and safe. Adequate roads allow residents to arrive at their destinations without harm. Libraries provide opportunities for enrichment and job training. And our courts protect our constitutional right to due process.

Guest opinion: Denying witness testimony was affront to democracy
By Nancy Harris, Democratic Candidate for U.S. Senate
Last week's vote to deny testimony from key witnesses to be heard before the Senate in the impeachment trial is an affront to American democracy. Fundamental fairness requires that the Senate must weigh all evidence relevant to the case at hand.

News release: Little Appoints Magnus to Idaho Travel Council
By News release
Gov. Brad Little has appointed Kayoko Magnus to the Idaho Travel Council (ITC). She will represent Region 1 (Northern Idaho) for a three-year term.

Political news notes: Legislative appointment . . . sex assault protection . . . farm, timber caucus . . . fish & game commission . . . future farmers . . . religious freedom
By Idaho Politics Weekly Staff
Little appoints Remington to District 2 House Seat. Gov. Brad Little has announced the appointment of Pastor Tim Remington of Coeur d'Alene to fill the Idaho House of Representatives seat for Legislative District 2B. Remington currently serves as pastor of The Altar church in Coeur d'Alene. He is the director of Good Samaritan Rehabilitation, a faith-based addiction recovery program.

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

2C Dems Social
When: Tuesday, February 4, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: 2C Family Brewing Company, 1215 1st St S, Nampa, ID

Fremont County Republican Women Meeting
When: Wednesday, February 5, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Location varies
For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., FCRW President.

North Idaho Pachyderm Club
When: Friday, February 7, 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.

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