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Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, February 1, 2016

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This Week In Idaho Politics

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  Idaho Political Scene: Odds & Ends
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Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce State of the Cities Luncheon
When: Thursday, Feb 4, 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: Willard Arts Center, Hartwell Room, 450 A Street, Idaho Falls
Guests Mayor Rebecca Casper of Idaho Falls and Mayor Dana Kirkham of Ammon will share their highlights of 2015 and expectations for what 2016 will have in store. Following their personal remarks, a joint Q&A session will open to audience members to ask questions. Pre-registration REQUIRED by Monday, February 1 here. Cost: Gallery $5, members with lunch included $20, potential members with lunch included $25.

Payette County Lincoln Day Dinner
When: Friday, Feb 5, 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Where: Clarion Inn, 1249 Tapadera Ave, Ontario, OR
Guest speakers Senator Mike Crapo and Lt. Governor Brad Little. 6:30 p.m. social hour, 7 p.m. dinner. Tickets $35 individual or $55/couple, contact Barb Fitch 208-642-9565 or Chad Anthony 208-412-5076 with questions.

Valley County Lincoln Day Dinner
When: Saturday, Feb 6, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: The Ashley Inn, N Main St, Cascade, ID
Speaker will be Chairman Steve Yates. 5 p.m. meet and greet, 6 p.m. dinner. Tickets $30, contact Warren Drake 208-573-6261 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..


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Idaho Headlines

Allgood resigns from Caldwell City Council (Press-Tribune)

Survey: Idaho teens struggling with mental health, tobacco use (State Journal)

Den Hartog Proposes Bill to Move Gas Tax Money from ISP to Roads (Times-News)

Aquifer Recharge in Line for Big Boost in 2016 (Times-News)

Marty Trillhaase: Idaho's tax cut junkie scores his next fix (Lewiston Tribune)

Will Otter's PAC mean war or peace for Idaho GOP? (Lewiston Tribune)

Election taps Blaine County voters’ frustration (Mountain Express)

Otter requests more aquifer stabilization funding (Capital Press)

Bills would repeal Idaho aquaculture, pesticide management commissions (Capital Press)

First tax cut bill OK, but Idaho deserves better (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Editorial: Forget gambling devices; revive Idaho’s horse racing heritage (Idaho Statesman)

Study: Idaho’s wealthiest gain most under tax cut proposal (Idaho Statesman)

Same-sex marriage, taxes collide on floor of Idaho House (Idaho Statesman)

As tension spread beyond the Oregon refuge, the feds moved on Bundys (Idaho Statesman)

Anti-Pot Legalization Speakers Back Out Of Forum On Idaho Drug Policy (Boise State Public Radio)

Rep. Scott fails to kill tax bill despite gay marriage issues (Spokesman-Review)

Otter wants technical-ed boost to address labor shortage (Spokesman-Review)

Hearn runs as Democrat for Sims’ state house seat (CDA Press)

Idaho lawmakers ponder state's definition of marriage - for tax purposes (CDA Press)

New bill seeks change to college leadership (CDA Press)

Analysis: The virtual charter graduation rate debate (Idaho Education News)

House committee approves computer science initiative (Idaho Education News)

Ybarra calls for 7.5 percent boost in school funding (Idaho Education News)

STEM takes center stage at statehouse (Idaho Education News)

National Headlines

6 problems with the Iowa polls (Politico)

How Trump confounds, confuses, and intrigues political scientists (Politico)

Sanders gambles on raising taxes (The Hill)

Microsoft on the hot seat in Iowa (The Hill)

From west to east, Iowa voters have starkly different realities and fears (Los Angeles Times)

'Leave Us Alone': Oregon Townsfolk Tired of Occupiers (Associated Press)

Does Iowa really matter? And should it? (Washington Post)

Will Evangelicals Smite Down Donald Trump in Iowa? (Daily Beast)

Clinton compares e-mail questions to Benghazi (USA Today)

Fed will be patient on U.S. policy given global risks: Kaplan (Reuters)

Cruz Polls Show How Ethanol Lobby Has Lost Its Grip On Iowa Voters (Daily Caller)