Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  Trump Has Big Lead Among Idaho Republicans; Carson and Cruz Trail
GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump holds a commanding lead among Idaho Republicans; a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows....

  Idaho 2020: Balanced Bonding (Borrowing) Makes Sense
Idaho’s political leaders are generally viewed as being quite conservative. But when they want to borrow money for large infrastructure projects, they are sometimes criticized for following “borrow and spend” policies....

  Good Facts Create Good Decisions
Last week I was impressed by the announcement of Idaho 2020, a new group of Idaho business leaders dedicated to generating solid comparative data concerning policies in other states with the goal of giving Idaho policymakers the tools to make fact-ba...

Otter Budget Plan Gets Darts from Both Sides
Gov. Butch Otter’s recent State of the State address to the Legislature won’t go down in history as the most dramatic in Idaho’s history, and it certainly wasn’t among the longest. But on a personal level for him, it was one o...

  Labrador Announces Military Academy Nominations
Rep. Raúl Labrador, R-Idaho, has announced his office’s nominations to the United States service academies....

  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?...

Political Calendar Highlights

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Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting
When: Tues, Jan 19, 7:30 am to 9 am
Where: Willard Arts Center, 498 A St, Idaho Falls
Join fellow Chamber members as we review the Chamber's accomplishments for 2015, take a look at new objectives for the coming year, recognize volunteers and wrap up with a 2016 economic outlook presentation by Washington Federal's Idaho President, Tom Van Hemelryck. More info

Boise Metro Chamber Start-Ups and Suds
When: Wed, Jan 20, 4 pm to 5:30 pm
Where: Payette Brewing Company, 111 W 33rd St, Boise
Start Ups and Suds provides a quarterly, casual networking event hosted by a Chamber member business. Chamber members can hear from a Chamber startup company and enjoy a free drink. More info

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Idaho Headlines

Joint legislative committee proposes larger budget for 2016 and 2017 (Idaho Business Review)

Marty Trillhaase: Idaho college budgets leave guesswork behind (Lewiston Tribune)

Obamacare drives $29 million improvement in Idaho's bottom line (Lewiston Tribune)

ITD director impresses lawmakers by seeking workforce reduction (Lewiston Tribune)

Gay Rights, Lower Tuition Supporters to Rally at Capitol (Times-News)

Big Ideas for Schools in State of the State, Few Bills Yet (Times-News)

Ex-senator urges ag industry to engage with lawmakers (Capital Press)

Proposal would codify landmark stock water decision into Idaho law (Capital Press)

Otter’s budget expands government’s waste line (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Erpelding, Democrats recklessly push for Medicaid expansion (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Otter, Little push massive budget increases and fairy tale tax cuts (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Editorial: A true Idaho solution to health care gap is still needed (Idaho Statesman)

On climate change, criticized lawmaker is not out of touch with Idahoans (Idaho Statesman)

Costs of Idaho’s low-income health plan would be ‘managed very closely’ (Idaho Statesman)

Boise pastor held in Iran won’t be back in Idaho until he gets medical treatment (Idaho Statesman)

Anti-Refugee Speeches At Idaho Capitol Draw Supporters And Protesters (Boise State Public Radio)

Forest Service Official: Idaho Fish and Game’s Unapproved Wolf Collaring 'Unbelievable' (Boise State Public Radio)

Saeed Abedini’s Idaho Church Reacts To News Of His Release From Iranian Prison (Boise State Public Radio)

Idaho sees health care savings due to state exchange (Spokesman-Review)

Idaho GOP eases up on party platform ‘loyalty oath’ (Spokesman-Review)

Modernizing Idaho’s urban renewal laws (CDA Press)

Senate Committee Chair: Medicaid cuts for supported living services will be postponed (CDA Press)

Lawmakers debate flexibility in teacher hiring (Idaho Education News)

STEM Action Center in line for a big budget boost (Idaho Education News)

National Headlines

Dem insiders: Sanders failed to dent Clinton (Politico)

The 8 biggest moments of the Dem debate (Politico)

Kerry 'very angry' over Iran's footage of sailors (The Hill)

Cruz blasts Trump's ties to Democrats (The Hill)

5 Things We Learned From Sunday’s Democratic Presidential Debate (ABC News)

Donald Trump makes the religious argument at Liberty University (CBS News)

Can this US company ban Muslim prayer breaks? They just did. (Christian Science Monitor)

Chris Christie: Keep the White House out of the cafeteria (CBS News)

Rubio: faith ‘single greatest influence in my life’ (Washington Post)

Taxes Chased GE Out Of Connecticut (Daily Caller)

The 62 Richest People On Earth Now Hold As Much Wealth As The Poorest 3.5 Billion (Huffington Post)


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