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Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, August 3, 2015

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  Idahoans Rank Education as Top Issue According to Poll
By far, education is the top issue in Idaho, a new Idaho Politics Weekly finds....

  Poll: Fans Most Enthusiastic About Boise State's Upcoming Football Season
Let's have a little fun this edition of Idaho Politics Weekly, and measure the optimism or downright dog-faced drooping concerning Idaho's upcoming public college football seasons....

  'Interesting' Cast of Speakers for GOP Barbecue
The 2016 presidential race is right around the corner. The Iowa caucus is set for Feb. 1, 2016.  That is but 5 months away. The New Hampshire primary will be on Feb. 9....

Trending in DC: The History and Future of Healthcare Reform
This year marks the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid.  ...

This Nice Guy Deserves to Finish First
Ben Ysursa had big plans when he retired this year as secretary of state including traveling with his wife, Penny, spending time with his grandchildren and playing golf with friends at Plantation Country Club. Not long ago, he bought a townhouse nea...

Justice Jim Jones to be Sworn in as Chief Justice of Idaho Supreme Court Monday
Justice Jim Jones will officially be sworn in as the new Chief Justice of the Idaho Supreme Court during a ceremony Monday morning. He succeeds Justice Roger S. Burdick, who will continue to serve on the state's highest court. ...

Ironman Coeur d'Alene Adds to Idaho Economy
With so many lakes in northern Idaho, it seems natural that the state's open-water swimming race events draw people from all over the world....

  Poll: Idahoans Are Pessimistic About the Nation's Direction
Idahoans are not the most optimistic people these days, both about how their state is doing and certainly about how life is in the United States, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows....

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

Treasure Valley Transportation Projects Open House

When: Tues, Aug 04, 10 am - 7:30 pm
Where: Community Planning Association (COMPASS) 700 NE 2nd Street Meridian, ID
Join COMPASS for an open house to discuss the future of the Treasure Valley's transportation system, and review the FY2016-2020 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), a 5-year transportation budget for Ada and Canyon Counties. Maps, photos, and videos will be displayed, and brief presentations by COMPASS and local transportation agency staff will occur beginning at 6:00 pm. More info

Spirit of Enterprise Award Presentation to Congressman Simpson

When: Thurs, Aug 06, 12 pm - 1:30 pm
Where: Willard Arts Center, 498 A Street, Idaho Falls, ID
US Chamber of Commerce to present Congressman Simpson with Spirit of Enterprise Award at a special luncheon hosted by Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce. Sponsored by AECOMM and US Chamber of Commerce. $20 Members/$25 Non Members. More info

Meridian Chamber Economic Development Committee Meeting

When: Thurs, Aug 6, 12 pm - 1 pm
Where: Mountain View Idaho Central Credit Union Branch 1615 S Celebration Ave., Meridian
Meeting includes an update from the Department of Commerce. More info

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

Idaho Headlines

Pocatello to take hard look at its finances (State Journal)

Schools grapple with low test scores (Press-Tribune)

Editorial: Crunch Time for Wilderness Bill (Times-News)

Otter Most Conservative Governor in America, Data Group Says (Times-News)

Labrador pushing for state takeover of fed lands (Lewiston Tribune)

County officially supports Craters status change (Mountain Express)

State overhaul to concealed weapons takes effect (Mountain Express)

Wilderness bill clears Senate hurdle (Mountain Express)

Couer d'Alene Press missed solid opportunity to expose corporate welfare (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

No secret: Big Labor using card check to swell ranks in Idaho schools (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Otter puts Linda Clark, West Ada superintendent, on Idaho state school board (Idaho Statesman)

Wilderness ranger teamed up with Simpson in efforts to protect Boulder-White Clouds (Idaho Statesman)

Moms return to Idaho Capitol to seek improved breastfeeding protections (Idaho Statesman)

Idaho's Price copes with backlash against the raise that roared (Idaho Statesman)

Idaho Dems Pick New Party Chairman (Boise Weekly)

Group Accuses Idaho BLM Of Removing Sage Grouse Protection Areas (Boise State Public Radio)

Idaho Senator Mike Crapo raises record re-election funds (Spokesman-Review)

Eye on Boise: Governor creates Idaho task force to battle hackers (Spokesman-Review)

Ybarr at work on next year's school budget (Idaho Education News)

State Board of Ed approves NCLB waiver (Idaho Education News)

National Headlines

Charles Koch: 'Life or death struggle for our country' (Politico)

Sanders disagrees with Clinton on 'many issues' (The Hill)

Obama doubles down on historic climate rule for power plants (The Hill)

Donald Trump jabs GOPers at Koch brothers retreat (Los Angeles Times)

How 2016 turned into a game for billionaires (CBS News)

Joe Biden adviser says vice president is '90% in' for 2016 run, as party boss says she'd welcome veep into race (New York Daily News)

Hillary Clinton promises to build on Obama climate plan as president, industry and environmental groups weigh in (Washington Post)

Senate to vote Monday to defund Planned Parenthood, first step in renewed battle (FOX News)

Why Mike Huckabee hopes to get attacked at GOP debate (CBS News)

It Could Be Time to Say Bye-Bye to Medicare (FOX Business)

Obama, Elizabeth Warren's new financial oversight agency, CFPB, faces challenge by Democrats (Washington Times)