Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, February 29, 2016

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  Poll: Idahoans Favor Cigarette Tax Hike, Public School Funding Increase
Idahoans greatly favor a “significant” increase in the state cigarette tax, the money going to lower public college tuition, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll finds....

  Time for Idaho Republicans to Dump Trump
Now it is Idaho’s turn. ...

Call This the 'Common Sense Act' of 2016
Rep. Julie VanOrden of Pingree, vice chair of the House Education Committee, likes to make her rounds after a legislative session to get a first-hand look at how schools are dealing with the laws she sponsors....

Idaho Economic Indicators are Healthy
Labor Market. Idaho’s unemployment rate is holding steady at 3.9 percent....

  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....

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

Boise Chamber CEO Speaker Series featuring Tara Russell
When: Wed, March 2, 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: Boise Centre, 850 W Front St, Boise, IDFeatured speaker is Tara Russell of Fathom Impact + Travel. Tara is also the founder and Chair of the successful, nonprofit social enterprise Create Common Good. Members $40, nonmembers $50. More info and register here

Nez Perce County Republicans Lincoln Day Dinner
When: Sat, March 5, 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: Lindsay Creek Winery, 3107 Powers Road, Lewiston
Dinner and dancing to the music of the University of Idaho Retro Swing Band, live and silent auctions, and a chance to meet and chat with your elected officials. Guest speaker Ron Nilson, President and CEO Ground Force Worldwide. Tickets call 208-746-4853.

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Idaho Headlines

Bill to provide state funds to public defenders moves forward (Press-Tribune)

Idaho's first medical school coming to ISU's Meridian campus (State Journal)

Senate Has Some Fun Passing Anthon's First Bill (Times-News)

Group pushes public lands takeover (Lewiston Tribune)

Marty Trillhaase: Idaho's children have a religious right to die (Lewiston Tribune)

A $20,000 pebble ripples through a $112 million pond (Lewiston Tribune)

Minimum-wage bill sent to Senate (Mountain Express)

Idaho bill makes it a felony to spread crop, livestock diseases (Capital Press)

Idaho advances liberal policies, shelves conservative ideas (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Editorial: West Ada reputation tarnished during toxic recall exchanges (Idaho Statesman)

Idaho conservative advocacy group draws fire for blurring lines (Idaho Statesman)

A Republican Representative's Take On Health Care In Idaho (Boise State Public Radio)

Suicide Prevention Groups Lobby Idaho Lawmakers To Do Four Things (Boise State Public Radio)

Western GOP Congressmen Promote Transfer Of Federal Forests To States (Boise State Public Radio)

Idaho legislator says trauma prevents pregnancy in rape, incest victims (Spokesman-Review)

Southern Idaho lawmakers fail attempt to block conservation easement budget item (Spokesman-Review)

Labrador seeks local control of federal land (CDA Press)

Billboards fixed after Dems threaten to sue (CDA Press)

Election central (CDA Press)

Bill would address sexual assault kits (CDA Press)

The state of the legislature (CDA Press)

Bible-in-schools bill will get a rewrite (Idaho Education News)

Charter contracts: A short bill, a heated debate (Idaho Education News)

First OTTERPAC filing reveals solid support in Treasure Valley (Idaho Reports)

What does the tax incentive for the ISU partnership look like? (Idaho Reports)

National Headlines

Bernie’s Revolution Hits a Wall (Politico)

Rubio to campaign 'as long as it takes' to beat Trump (Politico)

Trump doubles down on promise to 'open up' libel laws (The Hill)

Top DNC official leaves post to back Sanders (The Hill)

Arguments in Supreme Court abortion case pitched to audience of one (Washington Post)

Clinton looks to close Sanders out in March (CNN)

In major blow to Ted Cruz, Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama endorses Donald Trump for GOP nomination (Washington Post)

Bill Clinton Addresses Confrontation With Benghazi Protesters at Rally (ABC News)

Rubio shifts to the offensive in an effort to slow Trump (Washington Post)

Kasich condemns white supremacists and candidates ‘hurling insults’ (Washington Post)

The world should stop relying on U.S. consumers: U.S. Treasury chief Lew (Reuters)


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