Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, March 7, 2016

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  Poll: Trump Leads in Idaho Ahead of Tuesday's Primary
Donald Trump will likely win Tuesday’s Idaho Republican presidential vote, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll finds....

If Hillary Wins, Blame the Bumbling GOP
With all the drama in the Republican Party during this presidential election, it’s easy for Idahoans to forget about the elephant in the room....

  A Couple of Kudos, One 'Not Cool', and a Few Observations
Sometimes politicians say stupid things.  Very few of them ever acknowledge that they did such a thing....

  Guest Opinion: Marco Rubio is the Only Candidate Who Can Cure Government's Over-Spending Problem
As a United States Senator and State Controller, we have unique insight into a critical problem in America. ...

  Congressman Ral Labrador Statement Announcing Re-Election Bid
Republican Congressman Raúl Labrador has filed his Declaration of Candidacy with the Idaho Secretary of State to seek his fourth two-year term representing Idaho's First Congressional District.  ...

Economic Outlook: Using Data to Reduce Recidivism (Part 1 of a Two-Part Series)
Behind every crime is an individual who has crossed the line that separates societal and moral acceptability from the realm of injustice....

  Press Release: Idaho Business for Education Releases 2015 SAT Scores
Idaho Business for Education (IBE) has released its 2015 Idaho College and Career Readiness Report, a compilation of the state’s SAT scores, broken down by individual high school and district....

  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....

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

Greater Idaho Falls Young Professionals Networking Breakfast
When: Tuesday, March 8, 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Where: Willard Arts Center, 498 A St, Idaho Falls
March Presenter and Topic: Blake Wetzel, recruiter with Basic American Foods, will be presenting on LinkedIn best practices. The event starts with free breakfast and networking, followed by a spotlight of a local nonprofit agency giving attendees ways to be involved in the community, and then a motivational speaker. More info

Idaho Primary Election
When: Tuesday, March 8, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Kootenai Democrats Pastries and Politics
When: Saturday, March 12, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Where: Java On Sherman, 819 Sherman Ave, Coeur d'Alene
Join state legislative leaders and fellow democrats for a candid discussion about state politics and our current campaign season. More info

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


Idaho Headlines

INL faces ‘perfect storm’ of aging workforce and lack of STEM candidates, director says (Idaho Business Review)

Rep. Gayle Batt stays true to her country roots in Idaho Legislature (Press-Tribune)

Anderst announces he is running for re-election (Press-Tribune)

Idaho senator isn't changing his positions (Lewiston Tribune)

Marty Trillhaase: What's equal about compromised equal rights? (Lewiston Tribune)

Urban renewal reform bill finally introduced (Lewiston Tribune)

Stennett, Simpson file for re-election (Idaho Statesman)

Bill imposes criminal penalties for biosecurity breaches (Capital Press)

Idaho should get out of the workforce training business (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Freedom Foundation President Wayne Hoffman corrects the record (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Freedom Foundation doesn’t pass Idaho Conservation League transparency test (Idaho Statesman)

Why educated millennials are leaving Idaho (Idaho Statesman)

Deeds: Idaho lawmakers might really fix alcohol law (Idaho Statesman)

Cruz rallies supporters in Boise (Idaho Statesman)

Federal Officials Plan To Delist Grizzlies, Handing Management Over To Idaho And Other States (Boise State Public Radio)

Idaho Pro-Pot Petition Pulled (Boise State Public Radio)

Why Advocates Say Idaho Law Needs To Change To Help Victims Of Stalking (Boise State Public Radio)

North Idaho lawmaker’s first bill targets Sharia law (Spokesman-Review)

Idaho school levies share ballot with presidential primary picks (Spokesman-Review)

Most high-profile Idaho Republicans say they’d back Trump if he’s nominated (Spokesman-Review)

Idaho Supreme Court slams ‘corrupted’ broadband project (Spokesman-Review)

A twist in the primary (CDA Press)

Presidential campaign visits North Idaho (CDA Press)

‘Millions of dollars are at stake’ (CDA Press)

Key lawmaker pushes for oversight of teacher evaluations (Idaho Education News)

State pursues a broadband settlement (Idaho Education News)

National Headlines

Trump strategy for winning national election relies on converting Dems (New York Times)

Smackdown in Flint: Clinton, Sanders spar over trade, auto bailout (Politico)

8 most interesting moments of the Democratic debate (Politico)

Clinton deflects email question to Trump (The Hill)

Clinton, Sanders call for Michigan governor to resign at debate (The Hill)

How Trump is jolting Silicon Valley politics in unexpected ways (San Francisco Chronicle)

Seeds of GOP splinter in opposition to all things Obama (Associated Press)

Hillary Clinton stumps at Detroit black churches (Detroit News)

At Washington's Annual Gridiron Dinner, The Jokes Have Some Bite (NPR)

Why some foreign politicians are not so keen on Trump (Christian Science Monitor)

Nancy Reagan: A legacy all her own (Washington Post)


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