Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, July 6, 2015

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  Poll: Idaho Schools Are Not Improving; Residents Want State Out of Common Core
Forty-four percent of Idahoans believe their public education system, K-12, is worse today than it was five years ago, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll finds....

  Trade Promotion Authority a Big Win for Idaho and U.S.
We just commemorated Independence Day, the 239th birthday of our country. And here's a national accomplishment truly worth celebrating passage of Trade Promotion Authority by Congress. After all, free trade is as American as fireworks and apple...

  Meet Greg Lanting, the New President of the Association of Idaho Cities
Greg Lanting is the new president of the Association of Idaho Cities (AIC), having been sworn in for a one-year term in June....

Democrats Have Issues with Crapo, But No Candidate
While most politicians will do almost anything to attract media coverage, Sen. Mike Crapo is going in the opposite direction in the early stages of his re-election campaign....

Economic Outlook: Good Education Needed to Maintain a Globally Competitive Workforce
To build a family-sustaining career in the rapidly-changing global marketplace, our children will need vastly different skills than were required even just a decade ago.  ...

  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...

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

Boise Airport Ribbon Cutting

When: Tues, July 7, 11 am - 12 pm
Where: 3201 Airport Way, Boise Airport (BOI), 3201 Airport Way, Boise, ID
Ribbon cutting for concessions grand opening, vendor samples from Parrilla Grill, 13th Street Grill, Bardenay, etc., speakers including Mayor Bieter, and 94.9 The River will be broadcasting live. Questions, contact Sean Briggs at 208-424-5666 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. More info

Coffee with the Mayor of Eagle

When: Sat, July 11, 10 am - 12 pm
Where: Wild West Bakery & Espresso, 83 East State Street, Eagle, ID
Join Mayor Jim Reynolds for conversation and coffee. This event is free and open to the public, and no reservations are necessary. Come and share your successes and concerns over a beverage of your choice, courtesy of the Mayor. More info


First Responder Appreciation Concert and BBQ

When: Sat, July 11, 3 pm - 7 pm
Where: The Barn at Mader Farm, 13506 Hillside Road, Genesee, ID
Hosted by the Nez Pierce & Latah Republican Central Committees. $10/individual, $25/family, free for first responders and families. Live music, fun games, great food. More info


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Idaho Headlines

Crapo launches 2015 veterans survey (Mountain Express)

Idaho's ethnic diversity on the rise (Mountain Express)

Crapo warns of debt crisis (Mountain Express)

Idaho aquifer agreement finalized (Capital Press)

Idaho is a leader, in raising taxes and hurting families (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Mack Redford, Idaho Public Utilities commissioner, died Tuesday (Idaho Statesman)

Lawerence Denney navigates from partisan speaker to less-partisan secretary of state (Idaho Statesman)

Idaho's gay marriage ban remains in state constitution (Associated Press)

Video: Memorial's Flag Now Permanently Flies Half-Staff, Thanks to New Idaho Law (Boise Weekly)

Governor Appoints Kelly Anthon to Idaho Senate (Boise Weekly)

Elected Officials From Boise, Meridian Join Chorus Against Exhibition of Circus Animals (Boise Weekly)

Despite Supreme Court Ruling, Idaho GOP Maintains Stance On Same-Sex Marriage (Boise State Public Radio)

Idaho Police Warily Eye Oregon's New Pot Law (Boise State Public Radio)

Idaho students exceed expectations on Common Core-aligned ISAT (CDA Press)

Finman to join STEM Action Center board (CDA Press)

Concealed and lethal: Much more than personal defense (CDA Press)

Idaho state parks thrive, draw crowds despite budget cuts (Spokesman-Review)

STEM Action Center has a board ... almost (Idaho Education News)

Idaho educators receive White House honors (Idaho Education News)

Kelly Anthon appointed Dist. 27 state senator (Idaho Reports)

National Headlines

Greece votes No (Politico)

The city on the hill(s) for Obama alums (Politico)

Bernie and Hillary's holiday weekend (Politico)

Puerto Rican debt crisis sets off fresh fight in Congress (The Hill)

Kerry: Iran nuke talks 'could go either way' (The Hill)

George Takei Apologizes for Calling Justice Thomas 'a Clown in Blackface' (PJ Media)

Republicans cast into turmoil as Donald Trump rides the populist surge (Telegraph)

'Grassroots' candidate Cruz posts $14.2 million fundraising haul (USA Today)

Christie looks to close book on Bridgegate as he runs for president (Washington Post)

Sanders lauds gay rights ruling, balks at denying exemptions (Associated Press)

Donald Trump has offended Jeb Bush (Boston Globe)