Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  Poll: Idahoans are Big Fans of Powerball
Seventy percent of Idahoans want the state to continue the Powerball lottery, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows....

  Poll: Idaho Residents Say Low Gas Prices are Having a Positive Impact on Their Lives
The low price of oil worldwide and gasoline at the pumps is helping Idahoans much more than dropping stock prices, which some attribute to the glut of oil in the markets, a new Idaho Politics Weekly finds....

  Political Odds & Ends: College, Domestic Terrorism, and Dinosaurs
A few thoughts on some random topics......

Keough Gives Clout to North Idaho
Sen. Shawn Keough of Sandpoint may be in one of the most dynamic and powerful positions in the Idaho Legislature, but there’s not much glory in how she begins each day as co-chair of the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee....

Idaho Economic Outlook: Food Services a Big Part of Idaho Economy
Whether the economy is strong or weak, we all have to eat....

  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....

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

Ada County Democrats Legislative Lunch
When: Wed, Feb 24, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Bardenay Restaurant & Distillery, 610 W Grove St, Boise
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

Meridian Chamber Coffee with Your Legislators
When: Fri, Feb 26, 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m.
Where: The Grove Hotel, 245 S. Capitol Blvd, Boise
Meridian Chamber members are invited to join us for Coffee With Your Legislators. This time has been set aside to interact with your local government officials. More info

Magic Valley Republican Women Dungeness Crab Feed
When: Saturday, Feb 27, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Catholic Church Hall, 1701 Poplar, Buhl
Enjoy a wonderful crab dinner prepared by Chef Tony Avelar. Tickets are $30 and are available at Kurt's Pharmacy in the Lynwood or by calling 934-9259 or 421-2101. The event features a Gun Raffle in support of our 2nd Amendment.

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


Idaho Headlines

Police seek to unclog Idaho’s liquor license system (Idaho Business Review)

Department of Insurance seeks expanded powers (Idaho Business Review)

West Ada trustee resigns during after recall petition submitted (Press-Tribune)

A city in transition (Press-Tribune)

Idaho House Urges Congress to Block Sage Grouse Rules (Times-News)

Capitol Catch-up: Health Care in Limbo; Two Abortion Bills Surface (Times-News)

Transportation bills lack traction with Idaho Legislature (Lewiston Tribune)

Marty Trillhaase: If not Obamacare and Ottercare, then what? (Lewiston Tribune)

Idaho lawmakers work on animal cruelty bill (Capital Press)

Heider, Lodge block proposal to tackle food stamp fraud (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Editorial: Idaho public access limitations must be explained (Idaho Statesman)

Idaho House votes to block localities on higher minimum wage (Idaho Statesman)

Boise State survey returns, shedding light on Idahoans’ opinions on environment, other issues (Idaho Statesman)

Idaho health care debate may have turned a corner (Idaho Statesman)

Working poor: 1 in 3 Idaho households struggles to pay for the basics (Idaho Statesman)

Raul Labrador: No Decision On Bid For Governor (And He's Not A Fan of Donald Trump) (Boise State Public Radio)

Idaho Secretary Of State Responds To Democrat Allegations (Boise State Public Radio)

Idaho Democrats Cry Foul About Billboard Campaign For Primaries (Boise State Public Radio)

Idaho lawmakers say new fee on hybrid cars a mistake, propose repeal (Spokesman-Review)

Idaho homeowner’s exemption could lose inflation index (Spokesman-Review)

Ted Cruz plans North Idaho visit (CDA Press)

Legislators hang up cellphone proposal (CDA Press)

Milan announces campaign for Senate seat (CDA Press)

Rewritten literacy proposal emerges (Idaho Education News)

Idaho's charters lack diversity compared to traditional schools (Idaho Education News)

House Education Chair will not seek re-election (Idaho Education News)

National Headlines

Nevada caucus calamity worries GOP (Politico)

Cruz fires top staffer for promoting false story about Rubio (Politico)

GOP fights off primary challengers in deep-red Texas (The Hill)

GOP leaders see budget breakthrough (The Hill)

Can Democrats’ love for Bill Clinton carry over to his wife? (McClatchy)

Unions say majority of members support Clinton (New York Times)

Delegate count leaves Sanders with steep climb (New York Times)

Sen. Claire McCaskill: 'I Have Breast Cancer' (NBC News)

John Kasich Credits 1978 Victory to 'Women Who Left Their Kitchens' (New York Times)

In 1992, Joe Biden called for an election-year blockade of Supreme Court nominations (Washington Post)

US Economy Still on the Rise, White House Report Finds (New York Times)


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