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Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, July 13, 2015

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  Jeb Bush, Hillary Clinton Lead 2016 Presidential Contenders in the Gem State
A new Idaho Politics Weekly poll of Idaho residents measuring support for GOP and Democratic presidential hopefuls finds that Jeb Bush leads the Republican field, while Hillary Clinton is preferred among the Democratic candidates....

Idaho's Newest State Senator: Kelly Anthon
Kelly Anthon was recently appointed by Gov. Butch Otter to fill the vacancy left for the District 27 state Senate seat by the appointment of Dean Cameron as the head of the Department of Insurance. ...

Malek Offers Different Brand in North Idaho
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and State Rep. Luke Malek of Coeur d'Alene come from far different ends of the political spectrum with McConnell being one of the most powerful figures in Congress and Malek as a two-term legislator...

July's Economic Snapshot from Zions Bank
Understand what's going on with Idaho's economy with these monthly economic snapshots from Zions Bank....

Trending in DC: International Problems Impact US Markets
It seems like every day we hear more about the ongoing financial turmoil in Greece.  ...

  Winning the Political Game: Survey Research is Valuable; But Don't Live or Die by It
It was enjoyable last week to listen to pollster Dan Jones, the old survey research master, talk about the state of Idaho politics. He spoke in Boise at the Zions Bank Premier Wealth Management Speaker Series luncheon before many Idaho business and p...

Economic Outlook: Strong in the Long-Term
U.S. Long-Term OutlookThe long-term economic outlook for the United States looks strong as job growth and low inflation free up more disposable income for many Americans. ...

  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....

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

South-central Idaho named a 'manufacturing region' (Idaho Business Review)

Simpson, Labrador Vote to Shoot Down Fed Lands Amendment (Times-News)

Editorial: Get ready for unintended consequences of gay marriage ruling (State Journal)

Snake River hydropower projects stir controversy (Post Register)

Maine expands gun rights while Idaho lawmakers balk (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

No surprise: Report details BLM's failure managing its finances (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Editorial: Note to West Ada trustees: Downplay drama, embrace Clark (Idaho Statesman)

Tippets slips into DEQ regulator role after a career in mining, Idaho Senate (Idaho Statesman)

Boise tax rate to go down, but total taxes can still rise (Idaho Statesman)

Will a leadership schism hurt West Ada schools? (Idaho Statesman)

Will pot from Oregon flood Idaho? Don't count on it (Idaho Statesman)

Idaho Power Says Hydroelectric Projects Are Key To Idaho's Energy Future (Boise State Public Radio)

Otter surveys Cape Horn Fire damage (CDA Press)

Increasing per-capita personal income in Idaho reflects improving economy (Spokesman-Review)

Case questions Otter's veto on instant racing bill (Spokesman-Review)

Labrador, Simpson support House ESEA rewrite (Idaho Education News)

Evaluating the job of K-12 evaluations (Idaho Education News)

Business community pushes for curriculum changes (Idaho Education News)

Are these the last days of NCLB? (Idaho Education News)

Lawsuits looming over state broadband claims (Idaho Education News)

National Headlines

Breakthrough? Iran deal may be imminent (Politico)

Sanders, Dems urge Obama to expand Social Security (The Hill)

Trump hints against a third-party run (The Hill)

GOP strategists to Jeb: Treat Trump with kid gloves (The Hill)

Greek debt crisis: Tsipras resists key bailout measures after 15 hours of talks (Guardian)

Treasury Secretary Encouraged by Reports on Greek Talks (Wall Street Journal)

Walker joining White House race Monday, amid high expectation in already crowded field (FOX News)

Confederate flag supporters rise up to defend embattled symbol (Reuters)

3 Truths About Trump (Atlantic)

Teachers' union endorses Clinton's 2016 presidential bid (Associated Press)

Why is the 2016 GOP candidates field so big? (Associated Press)