Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, January 11, 2016

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  Poll: Idahoans Support Increased Background Checks for Gun Purchases
Two-thirds of Idahoans support increased background checks for gun purchases, including on Internet and gun show sales, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll by Dan Jones & Associates finds....

  Bonneville County GOP's Resolution on Otter PAC: A Clarion Call or Just Goofy?
This week I was planning to write on another topic but the resolution sent out by the Bonneville County Republican Party Executive Committee urging Governor Otter to not use his new political action committee, Otter PAC, to influence GOP precinct cha...

Groups Compete for GOP Control
When I heard recently about Gov. Butch Otter forming a political action committee, the first question that came to mind was … why?...

The Tremendous Impact of an Effective Teacher
Most of us fondly remember a teacher who helped us achieve to a degree we hadn't previously thought possible. The evidence-based impact of teachers is called the "teacher effect." ...

  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....

Political Calendar Highlights

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Kootenai Democrats Dems Discuss
When: Mon, Jan 11, 12 pm to 1 pm
Where: Coeur D'alene Public Library, 702 E Front Ave, Coeur d'Alene
Join fellow Democrats for a lively discussion based on topics posed by discussion participants. More info

2016 Economic & Tax Planning Update
When: Tues, Jan 12, 7:30 am to 10:30 am
Where: Boise Centre, 850 W Front St, Boise
Review tax law changes that may affect you and your business as well as strategies for getting the most back on your return. Plus key market events of 2015 and review investment strategies for the upcoming year. In the new segment this year, discuss the importance of thoughtful leadership and new ideas for business development. There is something for everyone and seating is limited. More info

Garden City Chamber Luncheon
When: Tues, Jan 12, 12 pm to 1:30 pm
Where: The Riverside Hotel, 2900 W Chinden Blvd, Boise
Garden City Community Clinic will announce some exciting changes for 2016 to serve Treasure Valley residents. Chamber members $30, nonmembers $40. More info

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

Idaho Headlines

U of I study digs into state's middling go-on rate (Idaho Education News)

Precinct boundary changes proposed (CDA Press)

Idaho losing half its college grads within four years (Spokesman-Review)

Editorial: Unconstitutional system deserves to go to front of the legislative line (Idaho Statesman)

Idaho business tax incentive draws fire from employer, conservative group (Idaho Statesman)

Crapo slams Obama executive action, defends Ada County moratorium (Idaho Statesman)

Group wants data to drive decisions on building Idaho economy (Idaho Statesman)

Otter’s proposed $30 million entitlement program heads in wrong direction (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Otter Says No Need for Planned Parenthood or Refugee Action (Times-News)

Otter, Bedke Call for Rule of Law in Oregon Standoff (Times-News)

Idaho State Agencies Seek 7.6 Percent Funding Boost (Times-News)

Bedke Wants Gun Group to Vet Permitless Carry Bill (Times-News)

Wilderness groups look to block elk study (Lewiston Tribune)

Legislators seeking balance on human rights disharmony (Lewiston Tribune)

Otter wants to bridge the medical gap (Lewiston Tribune)

Marty Trillhaase: Two months to go; where are the Democrats? (Lewiston Tribune)

Editorial: Otter needs a lasting legacy (State Journal) opening Boise office, gathering signatures for ballot initiative (State Journal)

Otter, legislative leaders reserve judgment on 'constitutional carry' bill (Idaho News Service)

Editorial: Intriguing but flawed GOP party resolutions (Press-Tribune)

National Headlines

Paul Ryan dreams of a kinder, more substantive GOP (Politico)

Conservative group nears big payoff in Supreme Court case (Politico)

White House: Obama won't endorse in primary (The Hill)

Vegas billionaire donor keeps GOP candidates guessing (The Hill)

Exclusive: Republican Party Chairman Calls Donald Trump ‘Varsity’ (TIME)

Trump Tells 3,000 In Reno NFL Has Gone ‘Soft’ Like The US (Associated Press)

Supreme Court case could undercut public sector union power (Reuters)

Clinton Defends Latest E-Mail Flare-Up in Rare Sunday Show Appearance (Bloomberg)

ABC drops Union Leader from Republican debate, Donald Trump takes glee (Boston Globe)

Hillary Clinton Says A Republican President Would 'Break' The Supreme Court (Huffington Post)

Tax Error Complicates Financial Help for Some With Obamacare (Associated Press)


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