Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, February 8, 2016

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  Poll: Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton Lead in Idaho
The Republican presidential race stays about the same in Idaho; a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows – Donald Trump at 31 percent among GOP voters....

  Poll: Idaho Residents Support Militia Takeover of Oregon Wildlife Refuge
A quarter of Idahoans support the armed protesters who took over a federal wildlife area in Eastern Oregon, a new Idaho Politics Weekly finds....

  Legislature Considering Altering Property Tax System for Homeowners
Idahoans love to gripe about property taxes....

Motherhood, Apple Pie and Economic Growth
Megan Ronk is a mother who wants her two young sons, ages 5 and 2, to explore the world, as she has done....

  Guest Column: Preventing Executive Overreach
Last week, I had the honor of joining an effort to protect our nation’s most important document – the Constitution of the United States of America....

  Guest Column: Marco Rubio: Right Right Now
Inspired by a recent article in this newsletter, I’m adopting the same format which was used to undermine Donald Trump’s candidacy to offer my support for Marco Rubio’s nomination as the Republican candidate for President....

  Guest Essay: SB1205 Provides Common Sense Medicine
Which plan is best: Gov. Butch Otter’s Primary Care Access Program (PCAP), or SB 1205 Healthy Idaho, a.k.a. “Medicaid expansion”? Which plan will best assist 78,000 of our fellow citizens lacking health coverage?...

Economic Outlook: Facing Intergenerational Poverty
Poverty has many faces. We recognize the defeated expressions of homeless panhandlers on street corners and freeway exits, but poverty also hides in households wherein single parents struggle to balance multiple low-paying jobs while caring for child...

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

Young Professionals Network Professional Development & Networking Breakfast
When: Tuesday , Feb 9, 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Where: Willard Arts Center, 498 A St, Idaho Falls, ID 
February Topic: TEDxIdahoFalls: Sharing Ideas, Widening Circles, presented by Brad Christensen. Free to attend. Light breakfast will be provided. Speaker Bio Brad Christensen is a wealth-management advisor at Yellowstone Partners and also serves on the Ammon City Council. More info

Bonneville Democrats Annual Pancakes and Politics
When: Saturday, Feb 13, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Where: Shari's Restaurant & Pies, 1330 W Broadway St, Idaho Falls, ID

Democratic legislators will be present to provide an update on legislative actions and answer questions. Individuals are encouraged to order breakfast, questions please contact Chairman Mark Hatch at 522-9387. More info

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


Idaho Headlines

Idaho doctor: Legislative inaction has killed 1,000 Idahoans (Idaho Business Review)

Idaho death penalty rarely used (Press-Tribune)

Labrador Named to 'Executive Overreach' Task Force (Times-News)

Competing National Studies Cited By Medicaid Expansion Backers and Foes (Times-News)

Idaho Democrats target economic expansion with focus on six areas (Lewiston Tribune)

Lori Otter says she doesn't plan to seek office (Lewiston Tribune)

Lewiston senator praised for wildfire help (Lewiston Tribune)

Group seeks to allow biking in wilderness (Mountain Express)

Idaho Legislature set to battle over animal cruelty law again (Capital Press)

Bill amends Idaho production exemption for farming operations (Capital Press)

Idaho lawmakers can help people without huge government expansion (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Otter’s health care plan would cover Idaho’s poorest — until something goes wrong (Idaho Statesman)

Idaho income taxes: What would Moyle tax cut bill do? (Idaho Statesman)

Idaho comes out well in EPA carbon rule (Idaho Statesman)

Tax cuts sweep House; broader policy moves swept under rug (Idaho Statesman)

Bill would change Idaho college board elections, boot some current trustees (Spokesman-Review)

Idaho Senate approves extra-heavy trucks on freeways (Spokesman-Review)

Idaho county assessors stunned by House panel vote (Spokesman-Review)

Editorial: It’s too logical for Idaho (CDA Press)

Will the K-12 funding formula group revisit tax issues too? (Idaho Education News)

Bill addresses extra teacher contract days (Idaho Education News)

Rewriting the funding formula will take time and money (Idaho Education News)

A constitutional convention might not be as far fetched as many think (Idaho Reports)

National Headlines

Insiders: Marco Rubio crashed and burned (Politico)

Clinton's margin of victory shrinks to 0.25 after Iowa audit (Politico)

Christie: 'I think the whole race changed last night' (The Hill)

Trump looks for rebound in NH (The Hill)

John Kasich jokes about Democratic primary run in New Hampshire (CBS News)

Marco Rubio Comes Back Swinging After Difficult Debate (New York Times)

Hillary Clinton: 'What Happened in Flint Is Immoral' (NBC News)

Cruz: ‘Nuts’ to draft women into the military (Washington Post)

Marco Rubio downplays Muslim discrimination (Washington Post)

As New Hampshire Votes, Obama Will Ask Congress To Double The Investment In Clean Tech (Forbes)

Workers’ wages up, but slower job growth worries financial markets (Washington Post)


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