Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  Poll: Otter's Approval Rating Above 50%
More than half of Idahoans think GOP Gov. Butch Otter is doing a good job leading the state, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll finds. Otter gets a 52 percent approval rating in the latest poll....

  The Republican Nomination: It's a Matter of Mathematics
The following policy brief from Leavitt Partners lays out the state of the Republican race as candidates fight to reach 1237 delegates to secure the GOP presidential nomination....

  How to Not Let the Sunshine In
In 1974, Idaho voters passed the Sunshine Law with 77.56 percent in favor. The stated purposes include, “[t]o promote openness in government and avoiding secrecy” in regards to financing of political activities in Idaho....

Risch Says Don't Write Off Rubio
Just as I was ready to go “all in” for Sen. Marco Rubio … along came his awful debate performance in New Hampshire in which Rubio allowed himself to be Chris Christie’s punching bag....

Idaho Economic Outlook: Planning Ahead for Idaho's Water Needs
When water is such a vital aspect of life and economic health, state leaders must take measures to protect against difficult conditions caused by water supply volatility. While Idaho has enough water to meet its needs in an average year, some years b...

  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: Most Idaho Residents Don't 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....

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

Dems Discuss
When: Wed, Feb 17, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
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

Boise Chamber 2016 Congressional Forum with Senator Jim Risch
When: Thurs, Feb 18, 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: The Grove Hotel, 245 S. Capitol Blvd, Boise
Members $45, nonmembers $55. More info email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or register here.

Ada County Lincoln Day Dinner
When: Thurs, Feb 18, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Boise Centre, 850 W Front St, Boise
The Ada County Lincoln Day Association is proud to present Mike Baker as special guest speaker. Mr. Baker is a former CIA Covert Operations Office. 6 p.m. reception, 7 p.m. dinner, admission $65. More info

North Idaho Bootcamp and Democracy Dinner
When: Sat, Feb 20, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Best Western Coeur d Alene Inn, 506 W Appleway Ave, Coeur d'Alene
Featuring Christine Polosi, attorney, author, and activist. She is also the daughter of-US Congresswoman for California's 12th District-Nancy Pelocy. Christine will be a boot camp presenter where she will share leadership lessons for anyone who wants to run for office, run a campaign or advocate for a cause or organization. She will also be the keynote speaker at the Democracy Dinner. More info


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Idaho Headlines

Women’s wage equality puts Idaho in nation’s Top 12 (Idaho Business Review)

Rep. Boyle starts session strong (Press-Tribune)

Guthrie casts lone vote against public defense reform draft legislation (Idaho News Service)

Otter Says Ed Funding Before Tax Cuts (Times-News)

New Law Could Seal Some Underage Drinking Convictions (Times-News)

House State Affairs Rejects PCAP Funding Bill (Times-News)

Region's lawmakers sponsor several bills (Lewiston Tribune)

Convict overcrowding (Lewiston Tribune)

Marty Trillhaase: Idaho's potentates take aim at local control (Lewiston Tribune)

BLM: Sage grouse habitat eliminates airport sites (Mountain Express)

Bill would allow Idaho officers to check for illegal dyed fuel use (Capital Press)

Resolution cites pulse crops’ health, economic benefits (Capital Press)

Idaho potato truck popular with legislators (Capital Press)

Legislators need to hear bill to expand school choice (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Editorial: Housing First homeless solution means Help First (Idaho Statesman)

Idaho lawmakers Scott and Boyle returned to Oregon refuge to get occupiers out (Idaho Statesman)

Idaho’s turn in presidential race comes soon, could mean something (Idaho Statesman)

Idaho primary care proposal ‘dead’ after vote against funding bill (Idaho Statesman)

Idaho lawmakers plan to introduce foster care bill (Idaho Statesman)

Boise State poll: Education top of mind in Idaho (Idaho Statesman)

New Boise State Poll Reveals Most Idaho Residents Encouraged By State's Direction (Boise State Public Radio)

Idaho Legislature Putting The Brakes On Bag Bans And Minimum Wage Hikes (Boise State Public Radio)

By The Numbers: U Of I Researchers Dive Deep Into Idaho Hispanic Demographics (Boise State Public Radio)

Tearful Idahoans push for Medicaid expansion (Spokesman-Review)

Idaho graduation rates show improvement (Idaho Education News)

House Education Committee outlines funding priorities (Idaho Education News)

A basic breakdown of the Treasure Valley water fight — and why you should care (Idaho Reports)

National Headlines

Scalia's death could change court on abortion, race, climate (Politico)

Srinivasan, Lynch fit Obama's formula for nominees (Politico)

Trump mocks Jeb’s campaign appearance with brother (The Hill)

Republicans stand down for FBI investigation of Clinton server (The Hill)

Mapped: Negative central bank interest rates now herald new danger for the world (Telegraph)

Trump: RNC breaking pledge, calls Cruz a ‘liar’ (The State)

Republicans Are Already Tearing Each Other Apart Over Scalia Successor Fight (Bloomberg)

University of Missouri officials to confer over new Melissa Click video (Chicago Tribune)

First US terror trial over ISIS links to begin in Phoenix (Associated Press)

Kentucky lawmaker takes aim at anti-abortion law with 'Viagra' bill (Reuters)

Bill Clinton Says 'We Are All Mixed-Race' (Huffington Post)


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