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This Week In Idaho Politics
Lower costs, more cures and who takes credit By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor President Trump has called on Congress to support efforts to lower the outrageous costs of prescription drugs, and what's playing out in Congress is the political version of the "Me Too" movement.
Idaho's legislative sausage making By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor "If you like laws and sausages, you should never watch either one being made." - attributed to German leader Otto von Bismarck
The president is a powerful role model for American kids By Jim Jones As we observe Presidents Day this year, it is well to consider the critical role our presidents play in shaping the attitudes and ambitions of America's young people. Being the most conspicuous public figures of their time, presidents can have a tremendous influence on the future lives of contemporaneous youngsters. It can be for better or for worse.
Guest opinion: Let's not politicize education By Rep. Steve Berch (D-Boise) The House Education Committee voted last week to reject and remove every word of Idaho's education standards in math, English and science for all K-12 grades. If this decision stands, over 15,000 teachers charged with educating over 300,000 students will have no standards to guide what is taught in classrooms throughout Idaho.
Guest opinion: We need medical billing with no surprises By Senate Majority Leader Chuck Winder & House Majority Caucus Chair Megan Blanksma Medical bills are high enough without surprise bills that can be astronomical, but that's exactly what some Idahoans are forced to deal with. People are being saddled with huge debt for out-of-network care, even after they go to an in-network facility and doctor. It's not right, and it's why we need to pass the No Surprises Act to protect patients.
It should be crunch time on education funding By Stephen Hartgen Seasoned vets of Idaho politics know this, but there are few times in Idaho legislative politics with more stress than the few weeks of February and early March in election years. The reasons are simple enough.
Guest opinion: Progress made on key issues this Congress By Sen. Mike Crapo An important part of representing Idahoans in the U.S. Senate is keeping folks informed about legislation advancing in Congress. In December, I provided a year-end review of some legislative highlights from the first year of the 116th Congress. The following is a more detailed account of the advancement of legislation I have advocated for on behalf of Idahoans.
News release: Gov. Little comments on transgender inmate surgery case By News release Gov. Brad Little issued the following statement in response to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal's decision to deny the State of Idaho's request to rehear the decision of a three-judge panel ordering the state to provide Idaho inmate Adree Edmo with sex-reassignment surgery.
Governor has broad support for literacy goals By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor State Superintendent Sherri Ybarra, who taught third grade for 11 years at Mountain Home before being elected as the lead advocate for public schools, knows all about the importance of children in the early grades reading proficiently. She has first-hand knowledge about the consequences for those who fall behind.
D15 Coffee When: Tuesday, February 11, 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Where: Boise Co-op 2350 N Eagle Rd, Meridian, ID
KC Dem Club When: Friday, February 14, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Where: Iron Horse Bar & Grill, 407 E Sherman Ave, Coeur d'Alene, ID Bette Ammon, Cd'A library director, will give library news and updates. More info.
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