Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, January 25, 2016

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  Poll: Nearly Half of Idahoans Agree with Donald Trump's Call to Bar Muslims
Nearly half of all Idahoans agree with Donald Trump that Muslims should be banned from entering the United States temporarily, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows....

Let the Budget Battle Begin
For most of his first eight years in office, Gov. Butch Otter has used his online newsletters to shed the best light on a sorry economy....

  Idaho Political Scene: Odds & Ends
Some thoughts on a few, random, topics......

  Donald Trump: Not Now, Not Ever
I’m somewhat ashamed that I didn’t write this column a few weeks ago.  But, my friends at the prominent conservative magazine National Review, with their takedown of Donald Trump last week, have prodded me forward. ...

  Guest Opinion Column: The Market of Truth on Guns
John F. Kennedy once said, “A nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.”...

Idaho Economic Outlook: Water is Lifeblood of Idaho Economy
Water serves as not only a literal lifeline for humans, animals, and plants, but also as a functional lifeline for Idaho’s businesses, industries, and aquaculture....

  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....

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

Ada County Democrats Legislative Lunch
When: Wednesday, Jan 27, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Bardenay Restaurant & Distillery, 610 W Grove St, Boise, ID
The Legislative Lunch is an opportunity to catch up on the 2016 legislative session, ask questions, and interact with the Democratic Caucus in a low key setting with a catered meal. More info and purchase tickets here

Washington County Lincoln Day Dinner
When: Friday, Jan 29, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Vendome Event Center, 309 State St, Weiser, ID
Guest speakers Ken Ivy and Jim Chmelik. 6 p.m. social, 6:45 p.m. dinner including prime rib or salmon. Tickets $35, contact Jonna Duvall-Williams, 208-550-1435 or 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..

Idaho State Democratic Party Politics A to Z
When: Saturday, Jan 30, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: BSU Student Union Building
This intro level training weekend is designed to cover the basic political tools adults of all ages will need to join a campaign team in Idaho. Headhunters will be interacting with trainees throughout the weekend. Training will be held in two locations, University of Idaho campus in Moscow Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 10am-12pm and Boise State University campus in Boise, Saturday 10am-5pm. More info


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Idaho Headlines

Kuna woman among growing percentage of female farmers in Idaho, nation (Press-Tribune)

Ballot initiative to cut Idaho college costs put on hold (State Journal)

Otter Defends Medicaid Gap Proposal in Strongly Worded Op-Ed (Times-News)

Schmidt Introduces Bill to Cover CAT Board Travel Costs (Times-News)

Education funding is likely to lead legislative session (Mountain Express)

Idaho lawmakers approve new rule on cottage foods (Capital Press)

Bedke, others cannot end permitless-carry issue in secret gun committee (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Even in good time, Idaho’s lawmakers still watch the wallet (Idaho Statesman)

Idaho Smart Growth: Wonks who want us to walk (Idaho Statesman)

How local Idaho taxing districts quietly claw back money from you (Idaho Statesman)

What The Flint Water Crisis Means For Idaho Regulators (Boise State Public Radio)

Idaho Senators Introduce Bipartisan Nuclear Energy Bill (Boise State Public Radio)

Expanded Medicaid in Idaho promoted in physician’s bills (Spokesman-Review)

New Idaho concealed-gun bills proposed (Spokesman-Review)

Complex crossover politics (CDA Press)

Riggs starts campaign for state House seat (CDA Press)

Teacher pay problems (CDA Press)

Working group formed to revamp school funding formula (Idaho Education News)

JFAC chair faces a new challenge (Idaho Education News)

A closer look at Otter's literacy initiative (Idaho Education News)

ACLU public defense lawsuit dismissed (Idaho Reports)

National Headlines

Bloomberg trial balloon has Republicans laughing (Politico)

Iowa’s Des Moines Register endorses Clinton, Rubio (Politico)

Federal government closed Monday (The Hill)

Trump takes credit for Sanders momentum (The Hill)

Sanders: Clinton is running a ‘desperate’ campaign that lacks excitement (Washington Post)

Joni Ernst to campaign with Rubio Monday (Washington Examiner)

Meet the New Hampshire newspaper publisher who’s at war with Donald Trump (Washington Post)

Sanders, Clinton cool to Bloomberg's possible entry into 2016 race (Reuters)

Poll: Donald Trump gained 15 points on Ted Cruz in Iowa in two weeks (Washington Post)

Why President Obama Says He Wouldn't Want to Run for a Third Term (ABC News)

Bear market unlikely to trigger U.S. recession, history shows (MarketWatch)


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