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Monday, March 23, 2020

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This Week In Idaho Politics

Guest opinion: History will remember our reaction to coronavirus, so let's be there for each otherGuest opinion: History will remember our reaction to coronavirus, so let's be there for each other
By Governor Brad Little
I've been talking to many Idahoans about the 2019 novel coronavirus. Everyone has an opinion, and most people are doing their best to stay healthy and prevent others from getting sick.

Fulcher: This is no time for fear or panic
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
The deteriorating economy, and hysteria over the coronavirus pandemic, is not what a sitting president should like to see in an election year.

Overlooked bills from this year's Legislature
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
This year's Idaho Legislature will be known for two things: 1) The coronavirus pandemic swirling around the session and 2) The failure to enact property tax relief for homeowners.

No one wants to be labeled an un-woke 'salmon racist'
By Stephen Hartgen
Dam removal on the lower Snake River below Lewiston is once again in the news, with so-called "experts" like river enthusiasts, journalists and columnist Jim Jones all jumping in feet first to support breaching.

Guest article: We're losing farmland in the Treasure Valley -- growth outpaces current efforts to preserve farmland
By Conservation the Idaho Way
Article courtesy of Conservation the Idaho Way, a publication of the Idaho Soil & Water Conservation Commission. Originally published Feb. 2020; authored by Steve Stuebner. Reprinted in the Blue Review.

Who are the most important victims of coronavirus?
By Jim Jones
The three victims had been in rapidly deteriorating health for a couple of weeks when they suffered a sudden collapse on Thursday, March 12.

News release: Idaho wants to hear from small businesses impacted by coronavirus
By News Release
Gov. Brad Little announced the State of Idaho is seeking responses from small, non-farm businesses across Idaho whose operations and ability to conduct business have been disrupted by the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

News release: Governor, Legislature advance $1.3 million to ensure continuity of government services
By News Release
The Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee approved Governor Brad Little's request to allocate an additional $1.3 million to ensure essential government services continue as the state addresses the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Guest opinion: Moving public transportation systems forward
By Sen. Mike Crapo
The Senate Banking Committee recently held a hearing on the reauthorization of the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, which expires at the end of September 2020. 

Political news notes: COVID-19 town hall . . . Signature-gathering ends . . . Travel Council meeting . . . Blood donations needed . . . and more
By Idaho Politics Weekly Staff
Coronavirus town hall. Gov. Brad Little will host a statewide AARP telephone town hall to provide information and answer questions regarding coronavirus in Idaho.

These are the times that try men's souls . . .
By Stephen Hartgen
He was an obscure pamphleteer even then, a British-born immigrant to the Colonies, but an ardent American patriot. Yet, his little pamphlet, Common Sense, written in early 1776, stirred a continent to action.

Leadership amid a major crisis -- how is the Trump team performing?
By LaVarr Webb, Publisher
A major crisis is always a severe test of the leadership of the person in charge. Right now, Pres. Trump is being scrutinized and judged on his leadership during the coronavirus pandemic. It will certainly have ramifications for his re-election.

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