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Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, June 8, 2015

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  Idahoans Want Minimum Wage Hiked to $10 Per Hour
By far most Idahoans want the state's minimum wage increased from $7.25 an hour to $10 an hour, a new Idaho Politics Weekly survey shows....

  Winning the Political Game: Two Political Leadership Tips
(1)   Define victory yourself. Don't leave it to others. ...

  Can Legislators be Appointed to Lead Executive Departments?
Gov. Butch Otter has recently been busy naming high-profile replacement directors for the Idaho Department of Insurance and the Department of Administration....

The North May Rise Again
North Idaho, the state's forgotten stepchild, is on the cusp of getting a slice of political power in the state. Finally!...

Economic Outlook: New Chapter in U.S.-Cuban Trade Relations
Who doesn't enjoy relaxing on an idyllic Caribbean beach, being taxied around in retro cars, and taking a break island style? Cuba could be the next big Caribbean island destination if the U.S. continues to soften its decades-long trade embargo with ...

  Press Release: Labrador Pushes for Release of Pastor Saeed Abedini
Naghmeh Abedini, the wife of Boise Pastor Saeed Abedini, recently testified in front of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs regarding her husband and other Americans being detained in Iran.  ...

  Press Release: Tribe Challenges Governor Otter's Veto in Idaho Supreme Court
The Coeur d'Alene Tribe filed a petition with the Idaho Supreme Court for a writ of mandamus to compel Secretary of State Lawerence Denney to certify Senate Bill 1011 into law as required by the Idaho Constitution. ...

  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....

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

Caldwell Chamber of Commerce Noonbreak Luncheon

When: Tues, June 9, 11 am - 1 pm
Where: College of Idaho Simplot Fireside room, 2112 Cleveland Blvd. Caldwell, ID
Caldwell Police Chief Chris Allgood and Caldwell Fire Chief Mark Wendelsdorf will be guest speakers. Must RSVP, call 459-7493 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. $15.00 Members - $20.00 Non-members. More info

5th Annual Give Back Golf Tournament

When: Thurs, June 11, 11:30 am - 5 pm
Where: Ridgecrest Golf Club 3730 Ridgecrest Dr. Nampa, ID
The 5th Annual Give Back Golf Tournament presented by IREM- Idaho Snake River Chapter and CCCIM benefitting Camp Rainbow Gold, who provides programs to Idaho's children diagnosed with cancer and their families and support networks. There will be a silent auction, prizes and great networking opportunities. Partial proceeds will go to benefit Camp Rainbow Gold. $85 for members and $95 for non-members. More info.

North Idaho Federated Republican Women Meeting

When: Thurs, June 11, 5:30 pm - 7 pm
Where: DiLuna's Cafe, 207 Cedar St, Sandpoint, ID
For more information, contact Charlene Matheson at 208-265-8773. More info

To submit events to the Idaho Politics Weekly calendar please use our contact form here.

Idaho Headlines

Editorial: Idaho Needs Accountability (Times-News)

Gas Tax Hike To Fuel Early Perrine Bridge Fix, Other Local Projects (Times-News)

Marty Trillhaase: Labrador dives into the deep end of the pool (Lewiston Tribune)

Editorial: Miller chose theories over kids (Mountain Express)

City officials clash on code change (Mountain Express)

School board approves $85.4M budget (Mountain Express)

Bergdahl's hearing pushed back several months (Mountain Express)

Hiking the minimum wage hurts the poor (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Otter's flip-flop on medical marijuana hurting Idaho's kids (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

The case against the American Lands Council that wasn't, and isn't (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Editorial: West Ada trustee's misuse of email account should cause repercussions (Idaho Statesman)

Fire experts predict normal fire year for most of Idaho, but records show normal has changed (Idaho Statesman)

Why An Idaho Engineer Is In Africa On A Federal Trade Mission (Boise State Public Radio)

The minimum wage debate (CDA Press)

Two judge replacements, two very different processes (Spokesman-Review)

Rubio headlines meeting of Idaho GOP (Spokesman-Review)

State selects vendor for IT instruction (Idaho Education News)

A State Board fixture plans his departure (Idaho Education News)

Say Nice Things About Mike Crapo Day (Idaho Reports)

GOP committees pass on opening primary, support Sunshine Law and pres primary changes (Idaho Reports)

National Headlines

Another Bush heads to Europe (Politico)

Boehner caught in Ex-Im crossfire (The Hill)

Republican Walker is leader of 2016 election pack in Iowa (Reuters)

Interpreting the silence of the Speaker (Chicago Sun-Times)

Chinese hackers may be mapping US government (Financial Times)

2016 GOP presidential candidate Lindsey Graham wants Caitlyn Jenner's vote (Associated Press)

Clinton to Roll Out Policy Ideas in Series of Speeches (Wall Street Journal)

Christie aims to revive enforcement of federal marijuana law (Associated Press)

Kansas to cap welfare ATM withdrawals at $25 per day (FOX News)

Ben Carson's Nascent Campaign Faces Personnel Turmoil (New York Times)

European Leaders Voice Frustration With Greece in Debt Crisis (New York Times)