Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, March 21, 2016

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  Poll: Majority of Idahoans Favor Lawmakers Cutting Taxes
Idaho Republican Gov. Butch Otter is butting heads with lawmakers over several issues this general session, which is scheduled to wind down next week....

One Way to Improve Primaries: Get Rid of Them
Idaho Secretary of State Lawrence Denney, who as House Speaker was instrumental in bringing the closed-primary system that discourages large numbers from voting, is now working with colleagues from other states to promote higher voter turnouts in pri...

  Where Should Idaho Go on Federal Public Lands?
Whether Idaho has a right to take over federal lands within Idaho continues to be a point of contention in the Idaho Legislature....

Consumers Confident Early in the Year
U.S. Consumer Confidence Index. The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index® increased moderately, jumping 1.8 points from 96.3 in December to 98.1 in January....

Policy Innovation Through Creative Disruption: How Government Can Learn from the Private Sector
Through his groundbreaking work, economist Joseph Schumpeter described the process of “creative destruction.”  ...

  Press Release: Labrador and Goodlatte Introduce Broad Refugee Reform Legislation
Immigration and Border Security Subcommittee Vice Chairman Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) have introduced the Refugee Program Integrity Restoration Act (H.R. 4731)....

  Poll: Idahoans Wary About Economy
Idahoans are only moderately optimistic about the economic futures of the U.S., Idaho, or their own household incomes, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows....

  Poll: Idaho Residents Don't Think Iran Will Keep its Promises on Nuclear Weapons
Two-thirds of Idahoans don’t believe Iran will keep its promise not to develop a nuclear weapon, as a new international agreement calls for, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll finds....

Political Calendar Highlights

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2020 Vision for Business Lunch with Senator Crapo
When: Tuesday, March 22, 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: Willard Arts Center, 498 A St, Idaho Falls
2020 Vision for Business luncheons focus on issues and ideas that inspire, educate, and motivate business owners, managers, and key staff to move their business forward. The goal is to bring speakers that will share the stories of their road to success, the wisdom earned through adversity, and the skills and tips that helped build their business; Where will your business be in 2020? More info

2016 Idaho State Democratic Caucus
When: Tuesday, March 22, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Caucus locations
Doors open at 5 p.m. and will close promptly at 7 p.m., please arrive early to avoid long lines. More info and reserve seat here

Ada County Democrats Legislative Lunch
When: Wednesday, March 23, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Bardenay Restaurant & Distillery, 610 W Grove St, Boise
Catch up on the 2016 legislative session, ask questions, and interact with the Democratic Caucus in a low key setting with a catered lunch. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your RSVP by Tuesday at 5 pm to ensure your meal is reserved, or buy tickets here.

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Idaho Headlines

Idaho ranchers play waiting game as scorched land regenerates (Press-Tribune)

Economic report seeks ways to grow local economy (Press-Tribune)

Lawmakers Busy as Session Winds Down (Times-News)

Bernie Sanders Draws Thousands in Idaho Falls (Post Register)

Marty Trillhaase: Nothing forced Davis to stop Medicaid expansion (Lewiston Tribune)

Democrat voluntarily joins the uninsured (Lewiston Tribune)

Urban renewal reform bill muddles ahead (Lewiston Tribune)

Idaho ag leaders wary about possible state land purchases (Capital Press)

Government caused the health-care problem lawmakers are attempting to solve (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Editorial: Clinton is the Democratic candidate ready to be president (Idaho Statesman)

Idaho oil and gas industry advocacy group blows up (Idaho Statesman)

West Ada program helps homeless, unparented teens finish school (Idaho Statesman)

Clinton, Sanders united on global warming, divided on nuclear energy (Idaho Statesman)

Idaho lawmakers at turning point on health care for poor (Idaho Statesman)

State Prison Official Mistakenly Exaggerates Scope Of Idaho's Heroin Problem (Boise State Public Radio)

Idaho senator will give up state-paid health insurance until Legislature provides coverage for others (Spokesman-Review)

Lawmaker’s anti-Sharia bill draws fire (Spokesman-Review)

Concealed weapon bill nears completion (CDA Press)

Scholarships to religious colleges may violate constitution (Idaho Education News)

JFAC approves $9.1 million literacy budget (Idaho Education News)

Ybarra makes last minute push for rural schools center (Idaho Education News)

National Headlines

How John Kasich Could End Up Picking the Next President (Politico)

Inside Cruz's bid to conquer Rubioworld (Politico)

10 Senate seats most likely to flip in 2016 elections (The Hill)

House seeks to slow down flow of refugees (The Hill)

RNC Chair 'Not 100%' on Trump, Cruz, or Kasich Taking Nomination (Weekly Standard)

With visit, Obama aims to push acrimony with Cuba into past (Associated Press)

John Kasich: I'd consider nominating Merrick Garland to Supreme Court (CBS News)

McConnell says Obama's Supreme Court nominee won't even have a vote after the election (Los Angeles Times)

Trump praises campaign manager after incident with protester (Washington Post)

Plunging numbers of Texas abortions: Are clinic closings behind decline? (Christian Science Monitor)

Here comes the opposition book: Clinton and her allies prepare for Trump (Washington Post)


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