Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, June 22, 2015

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  Idahoans Think Congress Is Doing Less Than Last Year
While it has only been six months, Idahoans are not convinced that the Republican-controlled Congress is accomplishing more than the old, divided body before the 2014 elections, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows....

  The (Unsurprising) ACLU Public Defender Lawsuit Against Idaho
Last Wednesday, a six-attorney team coordinated by the American Civil Liberties Union sued the State of Idaho and various public officials tied to Idaho State Public Defense Commission....

A Place Where Your Opinion Counts
Something that I've found so refreshing about Idaho Falls is that people care about politics....

  Winning the Political Game: How Do You Stay Informed?
It's vitally important for people holding positions in public policy to stay informed and be up-to-date on current events. ...

  Washington Report: Labrador, Lee Introduce Religious Liberty Bill
Rep. Ral Labrador, R-Idaho, and Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, have reintroduced legislation to clarify and strengthen religious liberty protections in federal law, by safeguarding individuals and institutions who promote traditional marriage from government...

Idaho Economic Outlook: Business Growth in Boise is on the Rise
The Boise Valley-including Boise, Meridian, Garden City, Nampa, Eagle, Star, and Caldwell-is often considered the economic center of the state. ...

  Poll Shows Wide Support in Idaho for Immigration Reform
In a new wide-ranging poll on immigration, Idaho Politics Weekly finds that more than two-thirds of Idahoans want more legal immigrants allowed in to work the farms, a majority want more immigrants to work in high-tech, skilled jobs, and most want to...

  What is Next for Areva in Idaho (and in France)?
In 2008, French nuclear giant Areva announced that it would build a massive nuclear enrichment plant less than 20 miles west of Idaho Falls, off of Highway 20 which leads to the Idaho National Laboratory and Arco....

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

Governor's Address to the Business Community

When: Tues, June 23, 12 pm - 1:30 pm
Where: Boise Centre, 850 West Front Street, Boise, ID
Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter to address the business community. $35 for members, $45 for nonmembers. Table Sponsor (table of 10) @ $650 (table sponsorship includes table signage, preferred placement and company name in event program). More info

Kootenai County Democratic Club Meeting

When: Fri, June 26, 12 pm - 1 pm
Where: Iron Horse Bar and Grill, 407 East Sherman Avenue, Coeur d'Alene, ID
More info

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

Idaho Headlines

Capital, workers are issues at ag-tech conference (Idaho Business Review)

Anthon, Pickett, Hurst Mini-Cassia GOP Picks for Cameron's Old Senate Seat (Times-News)

Marty Trillhaase: Why just praise Ivory when you can imitate him? (Lewiston Tribune)

Solar developer says project is in jeopardy (Mountain Express)

The King v. Burwell precedent (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Rerouting of pension bill won't fly with taxpayers (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Editorial: Export business can still thrive without Ex-Im Bank (Idaho Statesman)

Lobbying at the Capitol: Should Idaho state employees have to register under the law? (Idaho Statesman)

Mike Simpson's Boulder-White Clouds bill has broad support, but is delicately balanced (Idaho Statesman)

ISP misled other state officials about prison investigation (Idaho Statesman)

Editorial: Survey says: County on wrong wage track (CDA Press)

NAACP leader seeks answers (CDA Press)

Local jobless rate the lowest it's been since February 2008 (CDA Press)

Teacher salary talks heated (CDA Press)

Eye on Boise: Schools could get $3 million a year more from endowment (Spokesman-Review)

Trouble SBAC grading job carries a $3 million price tag (Idaho Education News)

Ousted Caldwell administrators still in line for pay raises (Idaho Education News)

State Board names new executive director (Idaho Education News)

Education Department to audit teacher evaluations (Idaho Education News)

New DEQ director's former employer has environmental record dings (Idaho Reports)

National Headlines

Marco Rubio, Everyman (Politico)

'Liberal' Isn't a Bad Word Anymore (Politico)

Dem Strategist: We Shouldn't Be Surprised if Sanders Beats Clinton in Iowa and New Hampshire (Free Beacon)

Bernie Sanders Wows Hollywood Progressives at Two L.A. Fundraisers (Hollywood Reporter)

Pentagon chief planning for longer-term rift with Russia (Reuters)

Washington whipped into frenzy ahead of ObamaCare ruling (The Hill)

Biggest Health Insurers to Get Even Bigger Under Obamacare (Bloomberg)

Washington fears losing Greece to Moscow (Financial Times)

Charleston victim to gunman: 'Why are you doing this?' (CBS News)

GOP cries foul after Senate blocks defense bill (CBS News)

California Golf Trip Lands Obama in a Water-Use Debate (New York Times)


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