Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, January 4, 2016

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  Poll: Majority of Idaho Residents Want Vote-By-Mail
Three-fourths of Idahoans want the ability to vote by mail, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows....

  Conducted Properly, Polling Provides Accurate Snapshot of Public Opinion
Every day, we see polls in the national news about the presidential race. And Idaho Politics Weekly also conducts regular survey research measuring public opinion about politicians and important issues in Idaho....

  Who Will Win in 2016, Nationally and in Idaho?
With the beginning of a new year, now is the time for any prognosticator worth his or her salt to discuss the likelihood of the various candidates winning the 2016 race for U.S. President....

When Obama Speaks, Gun Sales Soar
Given his position as a longtime board member with the National Rifle Association, former Idaho Sen. Larry Craig would do well by endorsing Hillary Clinton for the presidency....

Economic Outlook: Healthy Living in Idaho Saves Money
At 17.4 percent of the nation’s Gross Domestic Product, healthcare spending constitutes a tremendous portion of state, federal, and individual-level budgets. However, Idaho’s health spending per capita is the fourth lowest in the country:...

  Poll: Idahoans Support Stricter Hunting Access Laws
Pollster Dan Jones & Associates asked if state laws controlling hunting access should be more strict to protect property rights and whether the dams along the Snake River should be removed, which would reduce water for humans and crops, but likel...

  Poll: Idahoans Disagree with Obama's Decision to Nix Keystone Pipeline
The oil-carrying Keystone Pipeline would not go through Idaho, but most Idahoans still disagree with President Barack Obama’s decision to reject its construction, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll finds....

  Gov. Otter Steps Up with New PAC
It is interesting how folks complain when the tables are turned....

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

Kootenai Democrats Progressive Dinners
When: Wed, Jan 6, 6:30 to 8 pm
Where: Seasons of Coeur d'Alene, 209 Lakeside Ave, Coeur d'Alene
This is a dinner group with focused conversation around topics of interest to Democrats. All are welcome. The group meets on the 1st Wednesday of each month. You must RSVP to participate. See our blog for details. More info

Blaine County Democrats Winter Gala

When: Fri, Jan 8, 6 pm to 9 pm
Where: Elkhorn Springs Restaurant, 97 Badeyana Dr, Hailey
Keynote Speaker Mayor of Boise, David H. Bieter. Enjoy yummy food, a "Cash" bar, a Silent Auction,and great conversations about the exciting 2016 election year with your fellow Democrats and State Party Leaders. $50/person, $30 under 30 years old. More info

D17 Breakfast Meeting
When: Sat, Jan 9, 8:30 am to 9:30 am
Where: Rooster's Eatery - Viasta Village Shopping Center 930 Vista Avenue, Boise
District 17's Monthly Breakfast Meeting Contact Eldon Wallace 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. for more information.

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Idaho Headlines

An unclear call for GOP unity (CDA Press)

Editorial: Wanted: Candidates for Congress in Idaho (Idaho Statesman)

Home-care providers, patients sue Idaho over Medicaid cuts (Post Register)

Marijuana protest at Capitol in Boise ends peacefully (Idaho Statesman)

In 2016, lawmakers must limit government, restrain spending and promote liberty (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Idaho poised for solar energy boom (Capital Press)

Idaho’s AG defends state’s handling of flood control issue (Capital Press)

A banner year for public lands (Mountain Express)

Sun Valley starts new political era in 2016 (Mountain Express)

2016: A Busy Session for Magic Valley Lawmakers (Times-News)

Local Lawmakers Expect Refugee Debate in 2016 Session (Times-News)

Lawmakers Say Tax Hike for Coverage Gap Unlikely (Times-News)

7 People to Watch in Magic Valley Politics in 2016 (Times-News)

Warming Climate Intensifies Threat to Sage Grouse (Times-News)

Clow Expects to Be Involved in Urban Renewal Reforms (Times-News)

Kauffman Picked for Western Leg. Academy Training (Times-News)

Rusche to miss first weeks of 2016 session (Lewiston Tribune)

Legislative survey respondent: Ask experts about climate change, not us (Post Register)

In Boise, climate change naysayers (Post Register)

Tribe objects to forest rehab plan (Lewiston Tribune)

Legislative leadership is warned against eliminating sales tax on groceries (Idaho Business Review)

National Headlines

Congress probes hover over Clinton as voting nears (Politico)

Clinton and Sanders cash dash tells tale of 2 campaigns (Politico)

Six fights set to erupt in Congress (The Hill)

Armed militia, Bundy brothers take over federal building in rural Oregon (Washington Post)

Carson Responds to Staff Shakeup: 'We're in a Different Ballgame' (ABC News)

NH GOP lawmaker heckles Hillary Clinton over Bill Clinton's sex scandals (CNN)

A Year of Political Pregame Gives Way to a Sprint in Iowa (Associated Press)

Back From Hawaiian Vacation, Obama to Focus on Gun Control (Voice of America)

Trump rallies thousands in Mississippi with anger at media, Iran deal (Washington Post)

Sanders predicts Mass. victory, says The Donald is dividing nation (Boston Herald)

Taxes rise for rich, but favorable system endures (New York Times)


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