Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, January 26, 2015

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This Week In Idaho Politics

Poll: Idaho Residents Want Congress and Obama to Compromise
Three-fourths of Idahoans want Democratic President Barack Obama and the new GOP-controlled Congress to compromise on major issues and get things done, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows....

Twitter and Politics: It's Risky, But Riskier to Ignore
Twitter presents a lot of risks and opportunities for political campaigns....

Idaho Delegation Stays at Work, Avoids Obama
Former Democratic Congressman Richard Stallings was no fan of Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, but he knows what he would have done had either president appeared in his home state the day after the State of the Union address....

Idaho Mayors Step Up to Tout Their Cities
Every January, the President gives his State of Nation address and Governors chime in with their State of the State presentations.  Similarly, many Idaho mayors give State of the City speeches. ...

Economic Outlook: Idaho's Airports Critical to Economy
What one type of business in Idaho supports almost every other business in the state? Here's a hint: it is responsible for bringing domestic and international business travelers, tourists, and cargo into and out of the region. ...

Winning the Political Game: What it Takes to Win
Being successful in politics takes a lot of talent and smarts. But that's not enough. ...

Poll: Residents Split on Whether Idaho Headed in Right Direction
Oh, partisan politics, how it doth color our views....

Poll: Idaho Residents Disagree with President Obama's Actions on Immigration
Two-thirds of Idahoans disagree with Democratic President Barack Obama's executive orders on immigration, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows....

Political Calendar Highlights

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2015 City Officials' Day at the Capitol

When: Thursday, January 29, 2015 | 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Each year, the Idaho Legislature makes critical policy decisions that impact cities - decisions affecting property taxes, state shared revenues, annexation authority, city water rights and many other areas. It is essential that all city officials are engaged with legislators and informed of these critical issues. This is perhaps the best opportunity of the year to do that. More Info

2015 IAC Midwinter Conference

When: Begins Monday, February 2, with affiliate meetings and will conclude on Wednesday, February 4, with the annual Legislative Reception
Boise is host to the Midwinter Conference each February, allowing county elected officials to familiarize themselves with Idaho Association of Cities legislative package.  County officials have the opportunity to visit the Capitol, meet with their legislators and provide testimony on key bills affecting county government. More Info

Idaho Headlines

Editorial: Actions and rhetoric (Post Register)

Panel moves 'insignificant discharge' rule (Post Register)

Legislators look at alternative to CAT Fund (Post Register)

Editorial: Education, economy depend on each other (State Journal)

School District 25 will ask voters to OK $9.25M supplemental levy (State Journal)

Ohio Gov Kasich Pitches Balanced Budget Amendment to Idaho Lawmakers (Times-News)

House Committee Hears Teacher Licensure, Pay Pitch (Times-News)

Editorial: Idaho should revamp vehicle registration system (Post-Tribune)

Idaho's aging bridges are key part of transportation funding discussion (Post-Tribune)

Horseless Racing Stumbles (Boise Guardian)

Editorial: Despite aversions, it's time to rev up the gas tax (Idaho Statesman)

Bill would let Idahoans drive 3-wheeled cars (Idaho Statesman)

At the Idaho Statehouse, Kasich touts a balanced-budget amendment (Idaho Statesman)

Idaho students to foot bill for raises for college employees (Idaho Statesman)

Effort afoot to get rid of instant racing (Idaho Statesman)

Simpson unveils updated Central Idaho wilderness bill (Idaho Statesman)

JFAC's Bitter Pill (Boise Weekly)

Half Of Idaho Students Taking Online Classes Are In 5 Districts (Boise State Public Radio)

Breeding Wolf Pairs On The Decline In Idaho (Boise State Public Radio)

An Obama Post-Mortem At Boise State (Boise State Public Radio)

National Headlines

Charles Koch: We're just getting started (Politico)

'There appear to be no rules anymore.' (Politico)

Tech eyes Cuban payday (The Hill)

NSA reform remains cybersecurity legislation's biggest hurdle (The Hill)

Pope's visit to stoke climate fight (The Hill)

Obama seeks to put Alaska refuge off-limits to drilling (USA Today)

Denis McDonough's slip of the tongue (Politico)

The GOP's field of presidential hopefuls grows ever more crowded (Washington Post)

Mike Huckabee on 2016 bid: 'I'm moving in that direction' (The Week)

Syriza poised for victory in Greek election (MarketWatch)

Eyes on Fed after ECB, other bank stimulus moves (Reuters)

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