Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  Idahoans Support More Spending on Infrastructure Projects
Idahoans think that state and local governments aren't spending enough on roads, bridges and other transportation infrastructure, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows....

Trending in DC: The Presidential Race Heats Up
Although we are still nearly eighteen months away from the 2016 elections, the race for president is already heating up. ...

  Winning the Political Game: Favorite Leadership Tips
Importance of Compromise"Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate."- President John F. Kennedy, inaugural address, January 20, 1961...

  Economic & Investment Update From Zions Bank
Randy Shumway, CEO of Cicero Group and Economic Advisor for Zions Bank, discusses the phenomenon of low inflation and low unemployment, and the Federal Reserve's role in stabilizing unemployment, inflation and wages. See the video below or here....

  Is Conviction of Jefferson County Sheriff the Beginning or the End?
On May 13, a Twin Falls jury of 12 convicted Jefferson County Sheriff Blair Olsen of three felony counts of misusing public funds.  He faces up to 33 years in prison and will be sentenced by Judge Gregory Moeller on June 22....

Simplicity Doesn't Mix with the Politics of Child Support
House Speaker Scott Bedke was standing on the second floor of the Statehouse, with arms folded and a frustrated look on his face contemplating a longer day than he expected for the Legislature's special session last week....

Idaho Economic Outlook: Investment in Aerospace Industry Pays Off
The success of an industry and its impact on the economy are often directly proportional to the state-wide investment of money and time in related infrastructure and educational programs. ...

  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...

Political Calendar Highlights

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Hailey, Idaho Memorial Day Ceremony

When: Mon, May 25, 11 am - 12 pm
Where: Hailey, Idaho Cemetery
12th Annual event that honors the nearly 400 veterans from Blaine County laid to rest at the Hailey Cemetery and will honor the 73 Idahoans who've passed away during conflict since 9/11. This year's theme is, "On Behalf of A Grateful Nation." More info

Caldwell Chamber Coffee Connect

When: Wed, May 27, 8 am 9:30 am
Where: Anglers Habitat, 716 Blaine Street, Caldwell, ID
Caldwell Chamber of Commerce Coffee Connect sponsored by Angler's Habitat. Please join us to learn something new and have an opportunity to network. There will be coffee and light refreshments. More info

Idaho Legislators: Public Q&A Panel Discussion

When: Thurs, May 28, 6 pm 7:30 pm
Where: COMPASS (Community Planning Association), 700 NE 2nd Street Suite 200 Meridian, ID
Join COMPASS for a panel discussion with Representative Joe Palmer (District 20, Meridian) and Senator Bert Brackett (District 23, Twin Falls), Chairs of the House and Senate Transportation Committees. Learn about the legislative process, issues the committees grappled with, and what's next for transportation policy in Idaho. More info

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Idaho Headlines

Editorial: ACLU hurts credibility with silly litigation (Press-Tribune)

Editorial: Why charter school disparity in Idaho? (Press-Tribune)

Pee Milk, Sharia Law And More Special Session Takeaways (Times-News)

Editorial: Maybe the kids can attend split sessions? & Fixing the hurry-up bill (State Journal)

Marty Trillhaase: Evil? Stupid? No, these politicians are chicken (Lewiston Tribune)

Conservation group criticizes BLM fire plan (Mountain Express)

School District considers $85.4 million budget (Mountain Express)

Pension-spiking good-ol'-boys club alive and well (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Editorial: Raney's departure is a big loss for Ada County, major gain for feds (Idaho Statesman)

Caldwell school board candidate won't decide yet whether to challenge results (Idaho Statesman)

Jerky quip earns an Oberto sampler (Spokesman-Review)

Mountain Bikers Object To Idaho Wilderness Bill In Congress (Boise State Public Radio)

Strong education equals a strong economy (CDA Press)

Jobless rate holds steady (CDA Press)

Op-ed: Fear all around (CDA Press)

Idaho public charter schools discriminate against students of color, complaint says (Spokesman-Review)

State slashes data collection requirements (Idaho Education News)

Lawmakers promise to support innovation (Idaho Education News)

Bonneville likely to seek bond issue recount (Idaho Education News)

Idaho Reports Special Session Coverage - Extended Cut (Idaho Reports)

National Headlines

Federal court blocks Obama's immigration plan (USA Today)

Senate GOP prepared to replace Obamacare subsidies (Politico)

Walker rips Obama over Iran negotiations (The Hill)

Washington is ready to spend (The Hill)

Supreme Court to Weigh Meaning of 'One Person One Vote' (New York Times)

Ann Kirkpatrick to Challenge John McCain for Arizona Senate (New York Times)

Scott Walker may sit out Florida GOP primary (CNN)

Bernie Sanders Campaign Site's 404 Page Is The Most Bernie Sanders Thing Ever (Huffington Post)

US Sen. Thad Cochran Marries Longtime Aide, His Office Says (Associated Press)

Obama: Senate should work through recess on NSA authorization (CNN)

U.S. Accuses Texas Man of Helping Friend Join Islamic State (Wall Street Journal)


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