Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  Idaho Residents Not Sold on Otter's Tax Cut Proposal
Idahoans strongly support public education funding and most don't want GOP Gov. "Butch" Otter's personal and corporate income tax cuts, a new poll by Idaho Politics Weekly shows....

  Idahoans Divided Over Guns on Campus
Idahoans are split on whether handguns should legally be allowed on public university campuses, a new Idaho Politics Weekly survey finds....

Trending in D.C.: Is Federal Tax Reform Dead Before it Began?
For several years many people in Washington have been preparing for the time when Congress could take on the issue of federal tax reform.  ...

Senate Majority Leader Bart Davis Lists Session Priorities
First elected in 1998 to represent Idaho Falls in the State Senate, Republican Bart Davis was recently re-elected by his Senate GOP colleagues as Senate Majority Leader.  ...

  Idaho Falls Explores Revamping Runoff Elections
The Idaho Falls City Council is considering revising the current City ordinance providing for runoff elections for any mayoral or city council candidate who fails to get more than 50% of the vote in a general election....

The Long Saga of 'Add the Words'
Thirty years ago, the Idaho Legislature was among the last holdouts in recognizing Martin Luther King's birthday as a holiday and the Gem State was looking pretty silly. ...

Economic Outlook: Winners & Losers of Cheap Oil
Who doesn't love low gasoline prices?  ...

  Winning the Political Game: Stay Out of The 'Tunnel'
I learned an important campaign lesson from a veteran campaign manager a number of years ago. ...

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

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

Global Trade Two Day Export Seminar

When: Wednesday, February 4-Thursday, February 5 | 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
The Idaho Commerce and Idaho State Department of Agriculture are teaming up to bring this informative two day seminar for Idaho companies interested in expanding their international business. Sales and business development staff, complicance officers, CFO's and anyone involved with international shipments should attend. $40 for both days. More Info

Idaho Headlines

Editorial: Ybarra Sets Speed Record with Budget Pitch (Times-News)

Poll Says Idahoans Oppose Income Tax Cuts, Divided on 'Guns on Campus' (Times-News)

Report says litigation not the right strategy for public lands (Lewiston Tribune)

Study faults public-land grazing fees (Idaho Mountain Express)

Military has wide discretion on Bergdahl (Idaho Mountain Express)

With open media's emergence, it's time to revisit Idaho's committee filming restrictions (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Op-ed: Fish and Game director calls out groups for slanting wolf numbers (Idaho Statesman)

Boise mayor picks Scot Ludwig to fill council seat (Idaho Statesman)

2014 was bumper year for Idaho agriculture (Idaho Statesman)

Rocky Barker: Crapo's collaborative reaps reward in the Clearwater (Idaho Statesman)

Idaho schools - and their unusually heavy reliance on state funding (Idaho Statesman)

How An Unlikely Partnership Is Working To Bring Back A Native Idaho Trout (Boise State Public Radio)

After Legalizing Instant Racing, Idaho Lawmakers To Re-Evaluate The Gaming Machines (Boise State Public Radio)

Idaho City's Data Show Preschool Has A Positive Impact On Its Students (Boise State Public Radio)

As Teachers Leave Idaho, Districts Hope Higher Pay Will Help Lure Them Back (Boise State Public Radio)

Editorial: Hypocrisy of 'Add the Words' proponents (Press-Tribune)

Editorial: Higher ed must be more efficient (Press-Tribune)

Curriculum audit aims to streamline learning in Nampa School District (Press-Tribune)

Editorial: GOP's 2016 chances discouraging without Mitt (State Journal)

No more Mitt: Ardent local Romney supporters disappointed (State Journal)

National Headlines

Obama's proposals: From healthy to dead on arrival (Politico)

Mitch McConnell's way (Politico)

The FCC chair's Internet pivot (Politico)

Republicans give Obama budget scathing reviews (The Hill)

Obama looks to entice GOP with tax plan (The Hill)

CDC chief: Anti-vaxxers endanger others (The Hill)

Obama Health Budget Calls for Authority to Negotiate Drug Prices (Wall Street Journal)

Budget proposal is Obama's map back to big government (McClatchy)

Chris Christie remarks show vaccines' potency in political debate (Washington Post)

Jeb Bush adds veteran consultants to team (CNN)

Walker's budget proposal coming into focus (Associated Press)


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