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Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, June 29, 2015

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  Idaho Residents Say Increasing Teacher Pay Will Boost Performance
The best way to improve public education is to give teachers a big pay raise and provide professional development to increase their work skills; that's the opinion of most Idahoans a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows....

  Winning the Political Game: Why Do We have Government?
In a few days we celebrate Independence Day our country's 239th birthday. As we contemplate our nation's founding, it's worth stepping back and thinking a bit about some of the basics of government and politics....

  Picking a New State Senator for the Mini-Cassia Area
On the evening of Friday, June 19, I had the unique opportunity to receive real-time reports as Republican precinct chairs picked three possible replacements to be sent to Gov. Butch Otter for former State Sen. Dean Cameron, who was recently appointe...

GOP's 'Something' Budget Plan May Mean 'Nothing'
The Republican Party's battle cry in next year's congressional elections could be this: "At least we did something."...

Idaho Economic Outlook: Arts Important to Attract People & Businesses
When it comes to moving a family, business incentives aren't always sufficient to motivate people to pack their belongings and relocate. ...

  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....

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

Mike Crapo Campaign Kickoff Luncheon

When: Mon, June 29, 12 pm - 1 pm
Where: Zions Bank Commercial Real Estate, 202 North 9th Street #201, Boise, ID
VIP Reception at 11:30 available to sponsors. Ticket price is $100, 17th floor Zions Bank Building. To reserve tickets or sponsor the event contact Camille Blaylock at 208-284-8064 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Ada County Republican Women's Club Meet & Greet

When: Thurs, July 2, 5 pm - 6:30 pm
Where: Bardenay, 610 W Grove St Boise, ID
Each month on 1st Thursday the ACRWC will hold a social hour meet & greet in Downtown Boise from 5:00-6:30. More info

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

Idaho Headlines

Future problems ahead for Treasure Valley transportation (Press-Tribune)

Decision Expected Later Rather Than Sooner on Cameron Replacement (Times-News)

Stability, education are key to economic growth, says governor (Idaho Business Review)

Idaho negotiations seek to stave water calls (Capital Press)

Booming food processing sector depends on water (Capital Press)

Idaho ranchers take ag concerns to Willie Nelson (Capital Press)

Words no longer have meaning (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Lawmakers, governor raise taxes on driving come July 1 (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Hartgen, Wood bend reality to defend politician pension payoffs (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Common Core: What parents will and won't learn from Idaho's new test results (Idaho Statesman)

Idaho's elected officials react to Supreme Court marriage ruling (Idaho Statesman)

Raul Labrador: Restoring forest health should be based on facts, not ideology (Idaho Statesman)

Idaho Reaction to Supreme Court Ruling, Upholding Obamacare Subsidies (Boise Weekly)

Idaho Cattle Lobby Protests Federal Sage Grouse Plan (Associated Press)

Study examines positives, negatives of Bonner County economic outlook (Hagadone News Network)

Idaho leaders decry Supreme Court's same-sex ruling (CDA Press)

Eye on Boise: New Idaho law center will cover up lynching murals (Spokesman-Review)

Broadband Committee sets first meeting July 21 (Idaho Education News)

Ybarr hires her former boss (Idaho Education News)

Special Report: Teacher salary gaps are wide, and they aren't going away (Idaho Education News)

National Headlines

The Grand Old Party's future shock (Politico)

Iran talks: 5 key things to watch (Politico)

US official: Iran talks to push past deadline (The Hill)

Pope's activism sets stage for awkward visit to Capitol Hill (The Hill)

Activist on taking down Confederate flag: 'All they have to do is keep it down' (Christian Science Monitor)

Huckabee: Same-sex marriage opponents 'will go the path of' MLK (CBS News)

Donald Trump giving up 'The Apprentice' to run for president (CNN)

Graham: Remove the Confederate flag, keep other Confederate tributes (FOX News)

Christie launches 2016 bid (Associated Press)

Sanders Defends Gun Record as Marriage, Flag Dominate Debate (New York Times)

Oregon weed legal soon, but not legally sold (Washington Times)