Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, March 9, 2020

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This Week In Idaho Politics

Paulette Jordan launches bid to unseat Sen. Risch
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Idaho Democratic senatorial candidate Paulette Jordan has been around long enough to know a thing or two about politics in the Gem State. It's certainly no mystery to her why Democrats fail to gain traction in statewide elections.

A flock of political swallows doth a springtime make
By Stephen Hartgen
It is said that one swallow does not signal a coming spring, but a flock of swallows -- well maybe. No single sentiment out of Boise suggests a complete turnabout in Idaho conservative politics, but there are some indicators that the infectious anti-government fever of some on the Idaho alt-right is fading.

Some legislators are keeping the Capitol hot button busy
By Jim Jones
As usual for this time of year, the hot button has swung into action at the state Legislature. Among the hot button issues are the usual suspects--guns and abortion--but transgender bills have been added to the mix this time around.

May primary election is coming into focus
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Idaho's May 19 primary election for some federal and many state and local offices is around the corner and the broad themes are emerging.

Guest opinion: Investing in intervention will save us millions in prison funding
By Rep. Greg Chaney, Chair, House Judiciary, Rules & Administration Committee
Idaho's prisons are overcrowded, and that's costing us a lot of money. But it's money that must be spent to protect the safety of every Idahoan. However, we're also planning to invest in community programs to help keep former inmates out of prison. That can save us much more in the long run.

Guest opinion: Veterans history workshop coming to Idaho
By Sen. Mike Crapo
Recording the life stories of Idaho veterans helps ensure their service is honored in a way that enables us to learn from their examples. 

News release: Gov says Idaho is prepared; do your part to prevent spread of coronavirus
By News Release
Gov. Brad Little has announced the creation of a new team to assist in Idaho's preparation for the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

News release: Idaho Tourism to host regional meetings in March
By News Release
The Idaho Commerce/Tourism Development office will hold statewide meetings with each of Idaho's seven designated travel regions beginning March 10. Attendees will learn about Idaho Tourism marketing efforts, available resources, and grant rules and opportunities, and can share news and concerns affecting their region.

Political news notes: Coronavirus funding . . . Collins to retire . . . Residential care . . . Conservative awards . . . Nelson, Nye, Burgoyne announce re-election . . . Skaug to run
By Idaho Politics Weekly Staff
Governor & Legislature advance $2 million in state funds for coronavirus response. The Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee has approved Gov. Brad Little's request to transfer $2 million to the Governor's Emergency Fund to help in Idaho's response to the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

We'll soon see what $500 million can buy
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
It doesn't take a political genius to know that a Republican presidential nominee will carry Idaho by a wide margin. As a result, it doesn't make sense for candidates on either side to spend much time and resources in the Gem State.

We're already 'Greater Idaho,' even without 'Little Oregon'
By Stephen Hartgen
Gov. Brad Little was certainly correct when he said on national television last month that some eastern Oregon areas wanted to join Idaho because of our more conservative values. Yep, anyone who knows the Oregon high desert country would agree it has a lot in more in common with Idaho than Oregon's "greener" mountains, coastline and social norms.

Message bills and the U.S. Constitution
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
"I do solemnly swear (or affirm, as the case may be) that I will support the Constitution of the United States, and the Constitution of the State of Idaho, and that I will faithfully discharge the duties of (insert office) according to the best of my ability." - Oath of office for Idaho officials

Political Calendar Highlights

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D15 Coffee
When: Tuesday, March 10, 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Where:  Boise Co-op 2350 N Eagle Rd, Meridian, ID

Nez Perce County Republican Women Meeting
When: Tuesday, March 10, 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.

Boundary County Lincoln Day Brunch
When: Saturday, March 14, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Best Western Plus Kootenai River Inn Casino & Spa, 7169 Plaza St, Bonners Ferry, ID
Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 208-255-9866.

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