Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, May 18, 2015

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  Labrador Reintroduces Bill on State/Local Forest Management
The bill aims to improve forest health and provide a long-term solution for struggling rural areas     WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Raúl Labrador, R-Idaho, on Thursday reintroduced a bill that will allow&n...

  Winning the Political Game: Proper Use of Power
Politicians might not admit it, but one thing that clearly attracts people to politics is POWER.Policymakers who make, execute and interpret laws and ordinances clearly have power. They wield the awesome coercive power of government. They can take my...

Economic Conditions Show Slow Improvement
Slow and steady is often better than fast and erratic. That describes national economic growth.U.S. Consumer Confidence IndexThe U.S. Consumer Confidence Index increased 2.5 points to 101.3 in March after declining in February. The Expectations Index...

  Idahoans Support Legalizing Medical Marijuana
Most Idahoans favor legalizing medical marijuana. They also want the state Legislature to abide by federal law so travelers can use state I.D.s to board airplanes. A large majority wants some sort of Medicaid expansion, either full federal Medicaid e...

  Is Privacy a Concern With Child Support Bill?
The Legislature is scheduled begin its special session on the day this column appears to address the failure in the regular session to pass SB 1067, the measure to bring Idaho in line with the requirements for the United States to join the Hague Trea...

Aging Gracefully with AARP
To borrow from comedian Jeff Foxworthy, you know you're getting old when …In my case, it was when I turned 50 and received my AARP card. It helped cap a wonderful day of black balloons, mock funerals and endless “over the hill”...

  Idaho Democrats Favor Clinton in 2016; Republicans Have No Clear Favorite
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is not a favorite among Idahoans, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll finds....

  Winning the Political Game: Politicians Deserve Respect for Being Down There Pitching
Some 40 years ago, I served an internship with muckraking journalist Jack Anderson in Washington, D.C....

Political Calendar Highlights

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Magic Valley Republican Women Luncheon

When: Wed, May 20, 11:30am - 1:30pm
Where: Clear Lakes Country Club
11:30 am social 12 pm Meeting, Guest Speaker GOP Chairman Steve Yates. R.S.V.P. 208-421-2101

NIFRW Elephant Trunk Sale

When: Sat, May 23, 8am 5pm
Where: Coffelt's Funeral Home
North Idaho Federated Republican Women's Elephant Trunk Sale fundraiser. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or More info

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Idaho Headlines

Editorial: Session should end concerns over support bill (State Journal)

Nye says 'no' to special session cash (State Journal)

Vote Tuesday on trustees, bonds and levies (Press-Tribune)

Editorial: Unions Should Come Clean about Elections (Times-News)

Marty Trillhaase: Idaho Democrats liked Legislature; GOP not so much (Lewiston Tribune)

Labrador takes another shot at federal land (Lewiston Tribune)

Idaho's special session grabs eyes worldwide (Associated Press)

School board approves .5 percent teacher raise (Mountain Express)

Voters asked to approve water bond (Mountain Express)

Federalism: What really is at stake in special session (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Explained: How Democrats' bad ideas drove down wages in Idaho (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Rocky Barker: Interior Secretary Sally Jewell will return to Idaho to deal with sage grouse (Idaho Statesman)

Election 2015: Kuna voters to decide whether to create recreation district (Idaho Statesman)

Officially, Idaho refuses to comply with REAL ID act, but it's heading that direction (Idaho Statesman)

Idaho Legislature convenes Monday for special session: What to expect (Idaho Statesman)

Fearmongering, a tactic long-seen in U.S. politics (CDA Press)

Solving the puzzle of lawmakers' differing airfares (Spokesman-Review)

Coeur d'Alene School Board election: Terri Seymour versus Tambra Pickford (Spokesman-Review)

Ten Idaho schools earn U.S. News & World Report 'medals' (Idaho Education News)

The child support bill: Who knew what, and when? (Idaho Reports)

National Headlines

'Hillary Clinton Sold Her Soul When They Accepted That Money' (Politico)

Scott Walker's Iowa dilemma (Politico)

Top Dem: Trade bill not for big business (The Hill)

Patriot Act on life support (The Hill)

Mixed reaction: Boston Marathon bombing verdict (Chicago Tribune)

California Senate Candidate Caught Ridiculing Native Americans (TIME)

Paul Ryan: House will approve Obama's trade effort (CNN)

Jeb Bush Says Christian Business Owners Can Refuse To Serve Gay Weddings (Huffington Post)

Is the Stephanopoulos controversy like Bill O'Reilly's or Brian Williams's? (Washington Post)

GOP Criticizes Hillary Clinton For Not Talking To Press (Associated Press)

Bernie Sanders to Introduce Bill to Make College Tuition-Free (Bloomberg)


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