Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, June 1, 2015

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  Poll: What Do Idaho Residents Think About Climate Change?
Nearly three-fourths of Idahoans say the world's climate is changing, but they disagree on whether the change is a "global crisis" or is "not very damaging," a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows....

  Should Idaho Lower Threshold for School Bond Elections?
Most of the time in the United States, the majority prevails when an issue is voted upon by the electorate.  But, in Idaho, a significant exception to majority rule occurs when a school bond is on the ballot....

  Winning the Political Game: Networking is Crucial
Networking and personal relationships are vitally important in politics. Master networker Keith Ferrazzi has published networking tips in a number of magazine articles and in his book, "Never Eat Alone," but they're worth repeating here. ...

Have a Cup of Coffee; Big Government is Watching
The Patriot Act, the poster child of government snooping, has been a hot topic of recent debate in the U.S. Senate as the deadline approached for reauthorization. ...

Economic Outlook: Idaho Labor Market Stays Strong
Idaho's labor market showed no signs of slowing in the spring as the unemployment rate dropped another tenth of one percent to 3.8 percent in March. ...

  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...

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

Meridian 7th Annual Public Works Week Celebration

When: June 1 - 6, events scheduled throughout day
Where: Meridian City Hall
Free events for all ages scheduled throughout week. Ribbon cutting ceremony and open house, Public Works Expo with live demonstrations, kid-friendly activities, and a Fun-Run/Walk. More info

Idaho Republican Party Summer Meeting

When: June 5 - 6
Where: Shilo Inn, Idaho Falls
Presidential candidate Senator Marco Rubio will keynote this event. More info

15th Annual Community Service Scholarship Golf Scramble

When: Fri, June 5, 8 am 1 pm
Where: Purple Sage Golf, 15192 Purple Sage Rd, Caldwell, ID
All proceeds benefit Caldwell & Vallivue High School Mayor's Community Service Scholarship & the Mayor's Youth Advisory Council. More info

Fishin' with the Commission

When: Sat, June 6, 10 am 2 pm
Where: Settlers Pond Corner of Ustick & Meridian Roads, Meridian, ID
Meet your Ada County Commissioners and fish for FREE for the day - no fishing license required when you sign in at the Idaho Fish and Game "Take Me Fishing" trailer. Fishing gear and expert assistance will also be provided through Fish and Game.  More info

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Idaho Headlines

Editorial: Preparing for Growth in Twin Falls Schools (Times-News)

Otter Names Sen. Dean Cameron Dept. of Insurance Director (Times-News)

Marty Trillhaase: If Troy wants to fight back, here's its chance (Lewiston Tribune)

Lewiston URA settlement still far away (Lewiston Tribune)

Fish and Game releases sharp-tailed grouse plan (Mountain Express)

Bergdahl not accused of sexual harassment, Army says (Mountain Express)

As Maine goes, so should Idaho go (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Using children as shields (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

The war on terror comes home (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Editorial: Capt. Steve Bartlett is best suited to replace Raney as Ada County sheriff (Idaho Statesman)

Sen. Dean Cameron named next Idaho Department of Insurance director (Idaho Statesman)

Idaho's Labrador, late to endorse in 2012 presidential race, jumps in early to support Rand Paul (Idaho Statesman)

Appeals Court Rules In Favor Of Idaho Woman Arrested For Abortion (Boise State Public Radio)

How Idaho Plans To Spend $95 Million In New Revenue On Roads (Boise State Public Radio)

On health care's cliff: More meds isn't necessarily good medicine (CDA Press)

GOP opposes federal water rules (CDA Press)

Crapo: 'Just a power grab over water' (CDA Press)

Idaho officials were warned about Capitol makeover shortcomings (Spokesman-Review)

ITD picks road projects funded by tax, fee increases (Spokesman-Review)

Extended sit-down with Betsy Russell, and a look at the summer ahead (Idaho Reports)

National Headlines

GOP senators tear into Paul (Politico)

Paul: Colleagues hoping for an attack to blame on him (The Hill)

Dems in pressure cooker on trade (The Hill)

Senate takes up House bill but fails to avoid spying lapse (Associated Press)

Senate lets NSA spy program lapse, at least for now (Reuters)

Deep GOP divide on security both boosts and limits Rand Paul (Los Angeles Times)

Five things to know about Lindsey Graham (CBS News)

Fiorina defends spot in 2016 race, says it's time to 'take the fight' to Clinton (FOX News)

Dennis Hastert's alma mater removes name from public policy center (USA Today)

Juan Williams: Supreme Court risks healthcare chaos (The Hill)

Michael Barone: Hillary faces key demographic tests (Omaha World-Herald)


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