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Monday, March 30, 2020

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This Week In Idaho Politics

This senator lives with today's business struggles
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
When Sen. Mary Souza of Coeur d'Alene talks about the state of the economy with businesses closed and staff reductions she isn't thinking only of situations happening to "somebody else."

Can Gov. Little legally require Idahoans to stay home?
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
With the coronavirus spreading rapidly in Idaho, Gov. Brad Little last Wednesday issued a proclamation directing most Idahoans to stay home for 21 days and all businesses, except those involving essential services, to close for the same period. Little could extend the period still further, depending on the outcome over the next few weeks.

Candidate filings show GOP strengths, Dem weakness
By Stephen Hartgen
Overlooked mostly by the coronavirus pandemic and legislators wrapping up the 2020 session, candidate filings for state legislative offices show a sharp drop in the Democratic Party competition statewide and an upswing in contested races in the May primary election for Republicans.

Guest opinion: We are all connected in our experience with coronavirus
By First Lady Teresa Little
Most of us have had the absolutely heart-wrenching experience of hearing the news that something has gone terribly wrong in the life of someone we dearly love.

A look back: Boise's forgotten pandemic
By Todd Shallat, Ph.D., professor emeritus of history and urban studies at Boise State University. Mistie Rose and Molly Humphreys contributed to this essay
(Notes: The full text of this essay was published in the most recent edition of the Blue Review.)The Great Pandemic of 1918 spread through a fatal cough. Vomiting and delirium followed. Victims spat blood, then suffocated. Most died within 24 hours.

Guest opinion: We are confronting COVID-19
By Sen. Mike Crapo
The coronavirus, or COVID-19, pandemic has challenged our sense of normalcy, and it has tested every institution of daily life we know.  The crisis has had a major impact on the physical and economic health of our country, and a major response has been required. 

Short takes to ponder during anxious hours in isolation
By Jim Jones
Now that the Legislature has wrapped up its 2020 session and vacated the capitol, citizens can rest somewhat easier. Legislators could not bring themselves to provide adequate school funding and residential property tax relief. However, they did address some critical issues--letting out-of-staters pack concealed weapons in our state without a license, passing two transgender bills that are likely unconstitutional, and striking a blow against affirmative action.

News release: Gov. Little signs new executive orders, proclamation to overcome coronavirus challenge
By News Release
Gov. Brad Little's latest executive orders and proclamation will boost funds available for Idaho's coronavirus response, manage the impact of the crisis on the state budget, and help the thousands of Idahoans suddenly unemployed due to the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Gov. Little issues statewide stay-home order, signs extreme emergency declaration
By News Release
Following the guidance of Idaho's public health experts, Gov. Brad Little has issued a statewide stay-home order for all Idahoans.

News release: Housing industry COVID-19 rent deferment programs
By News Release
The Idaho Apartment Association, (IAA) has announced a plan to help renters cope with the economic impacts of COVID-19.

Political news notes: Bedke on virus . . . federal disaster loans . . . Governor's scheduled events
By Idaho Politics Weekly Staff
Speaker Bedke statement on COVID-19 in Idaho. "It is important that we listen to the recommendations provided by our state and local health officials during these difficult, and unusual times.

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.

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