Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, February 9, 2015

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  Poll: Idaho Residents Overwhelmingly Oppose Legalizing Marijuana
Idaho should not go the way of Washington and Colorado, two of its neighbors, and legalize the use of marijuana, a new poll of Idahoans shows....

Education Network in Need of Remedial Work
The Idaho Education Network's broadband program to schools, aimed at keeping rural school districts current with their technology, has turned into a modern day version of Laurel & Hardy. Somewhere, Gov. Butch Otter must be saying, "Well, this is ...

  Political Turmoil in Jefferson County
Most Idahoans would be surprised to learn that the most contentious local politics in Idaho are not in a major city but in Jefferson County which lies between Idaho Falls and Rexburg. ...

  Winning the Political Game: How to Make Tough Decisions and Survive
Every day we hear citizens complain, for a variety of reasons, about decisions made by political leaders. So here's my annual column about how to make tough political decisions and survive....

Long-Term U.S. Economic Outlook
U.S. growth in 2015 is expected to continue at a modest 2.62.8 percent. According to projections published by the Conference Board, global growth should hold at 3.4 percent barring major geopolitical upheaval....

  Idaho Residents Not Sold on Otter's Tax Cut Proposal
Idahoans strongly support public education funding and most don't want GOP Gov. "Butch" Otter's personal and corporate income tax cuts, a new poll by Idaho Politics Weekly shows....

  Idahoans Divided Over Guns on Campus
Idahoans are split on whether handguns should legally be allowed on public university campuses, a new Idaho Politics Weekly survey finds....

Trending in D.C.: Is Federal Tax Reform Dead Before it Began?
For several years many people in Washington have been preparing for the time when Congress could take on the issue of federal tax reform.  ...

Political Calendar Highlights

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Andrus Center for Public Policy Politics for Lunch

When: Wed, February 11, 11:30am 1:00pm
Where: Andrus Center, 301 S Capitol
The Business Case for Early Learning with Guest John Pepper. An optional lunch will be served at 11:30 with the presentation beginning at Noon and ending promptly at 1:00. This popular lecture series features local and state politicians and pundits in a casual lunch setting. Lectures deliver balanced, insightful presentations and discussions on the issues that challenge Idaho. More Info

AGC/ITD Highway Forum - Coeur d'Alene

When: Fri, February 13, 8am 3pm
Where: District 3 - Idaho Transportation Department, 8150 Chinden Blvd, Boise.
Open to the public. This is a free event, but prior registration is required.A great chance for Idaho AGC members' senior management to weigh in on topics important to the industry. More Info

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Idaho Headlines

Idaho Senate President Pro Tempore Brent Hill 'strongly leaning' toward instant racing law repeal (State Journal)

House committee introduces bill on chemical abortion rules (Press-Tribune)

Bill exempts road materials from sales tax (Press-Tribune)

David Rauzi: Urban America, here's Idaho's bill for services rendered (Lewiston Tribune)

Marty Trillhaase: With IEN, Otter's fellow Republicans pull punches (Lewiston Tribune)

Marty Trillhaase: Who wrote lands task force report, anyway? (Lewiston Tribune)

New sales tax exemption would shift money to roads (Lewiston Tribune)

Local workers drawn to the oil boom (Lewiston Tribune)

Growers to defend U.S. sugar policy in D.C. (Capital Press)

Idaho Ag Dept. requests funding for 6 new positions (Capital Press)

Bold tax reform is not the milquetoast Otter plan (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Bill puts instant racing on the line in Idaho (Idaho Statesman)

Idaho Sen. Crapo irked as Air Force again eyes grounding Warthogs (Idaho Statesman)

For seventh time, Crapo pushes 'downwinder' bill, tries to get Idahoans compensation for radiation fallout (Idaho Statesman)

Northeast Washington Politicians Propose To Relocate Wolves Westward (Boise State Public Radio)

Legislators address proposed bills (CDA Press)

Nonini pitches bill to cap 'instant racing' locations at three, including Greyhound Park (Spokesman-Review)

Washington buyers help boost Idaho liquor sales to record (Spokesman-Review)

Idaho liquor division on track for another record year of sales (Spokesman-Review)

Sims' protest votes target state worker benefit (Spokesman-Review)

National Headlines

GOP's 2016 war primary (Politico)

Jordanian foreign minister: ISIS 'on the run' (The Hill)

Kerry: No Iran nuclear talks extension (The Hill)

Police, race emerge as signature focus for AG nominee (The Hill)

Do recent Guantanamo releases put US at risk? GOP senators question policy (Christian Science Monitor)

Sen. Ted Cruz Would Deploy U.S. Troops Against ISIS 'If Need Be' (ABC News)

Sen. Chuck Schumer urges CDC to offer free measles vaccine (New York Daily News)

Homeland Security Chief Says 30,000 Will Be Furloughed If Department Shuts Down (Huffington Post)

Jeb Bush Leads Potential Rivals In New Hampshire Poll (Huffington Post)

Paul on vaccines, thin line between medicine and politics (Associated Press)

Evangelist Franklin Graham rejects Obama's comparison between ISIS, crusaders (Jerusalem Post)


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