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Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, January 12, 2015

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  Poll: Majority of Idahoans Support Medicaid Expansion
Idahoans overwhelmingly support expanding the federal Medicaid program, a new poll shows....

  Poll: Idaho Residents Want More Funding for Roads, Divided on How to Pay For It
There's an old saying in politics: "Don't tax me, don't tax thee, tax that fella behind the tree."...

  New Features for Idaho Politics Weekly
Welcome to the second edition of Idaho Politics Weekly, serving the Idaho public policy community. We're pleased that Chuck Malloy, a long-time Idaho journalist, is now writing for us. We welcome his contributions....

Fracking Can be Path to Energy Independence
On our journey toward increased reliance on renewable energy, the United States has taken an unlikely detour back to traditional oil and natural gas production. The reason is that recent advances in hydraulic fracturing-commonly called "fracking"-hav...

  Winning the Political Game: Basic Elements of a Political Campaign
2015 is municipal election time in Idaho. Potential candidates in numerous cities and towns are considering a bid for mayor or city council. Mounting a political campaign is a big undertaking. Here's a reminder of what constitutes a successful politi...

Fulcher Wants Freedom Foundation to Offer Solutions
By aligning himself with the Idaho Freedom Foundation, former State Sen. and Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Russ Fulcher is either building a stepping stone, or digging his political grave....

Buck Stops at the Top, Says Otter
Gov. Butch Otter, who was Idaho's lieutenant governor for 14 years before going to the state's highest office, remembers one important rule from the governor he served under -- Cecil Andrus: Never surprise the governor with revelations about state co...

  Political Calendar Highlights
Please see our political calendar page for details. Click on an item for location and more information....

Idaho Headlines

Editorial: The time for Gov. Otter to take action is now (Idaho Statesman)

2015 Idaho Legislature: Rep. Jeff Thompson will take reins of environment, energy and technology committee (Idaho Statesman)

Road fund increase 'very likely,' backer says (Idaho Statesman)

Wayne Hoffman: For the Legislature, so much to do and so little time (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

In Sun Valley, still a 3-person council (Idaho Mountain Express)

Marty Peterson: Republican rule gives Idaho's congressional team clout (Lewiston Tribune)

Marty Trillhaase: What makes Butch run? Tune in Monday (Lewiston Tribune)

I.F. girl steals show at Otter inauguration (Post Register)

Sen. Dean Mortimer will lead Education Committee (Post Register)

Editorial: Governor will back funding for schools (Idaho State Journal)

Editorial: Passenger rail could fuel future of West (Idaho State Journal)

Gov. C.L. 'Butch' Otter talks of resistance to federal policies as he takes public oath of office (Idaho State Journal)

Legislator: 'Political realities' make Medicaid expansion difficult in Idaho (Idaho State Journal)

Idaho's top 100 most influential people (Idaho State Journal)

Editorial: Lawmakers Prep for an Otter Intervention (Times-News)

Mike Crapo: Pressing On (Times-News)

Caldwell project is latest to get Idaho tax credits (Idaho Business Review)

Idaho ranks No. 46 overall in Education Week report (Idaho Press-Tribune)

Local residents create Legislative wish list for 2015 (Idaho Press-Tribune)

Raising gas tax, registration fees, more ideas tossed around to address transportation funding (Idaho Press-Tribune)

National Headlines

Bush and Romney: Ready to rumble? (Politico)

Blue billionaires on top (Politico)

Top Obama military adviser: No al Qaeda link to Paris attacks (The Hill)

Former Intel chairwoman: Major attack on US 'in the realm of possibility' (The Hill)

Clinton now ready to embrace President Obama on economy (The Hill)

Paris shooting: As world leaders march in Paris, United States represented by ambassador (AFP)

Holder mum on report Petraeus faces felony charges, as senators rally for the ex-CIA director (FOX News)

Feinstein to Justice Department: Don't charge Gen. Petraeus, he has 'suffered enough' (Washington Times)

Halving The Price Of Oil Makes Keystone XL More Important, Not Less (Forbes)

Idea for natural gas terminal in waters off New York, New Jersey rankles fracking critics (Associated Press)

Was 2014 Really the Strongest Year of Job Growth Since 1999? (Wall Street Journal)