Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, March 28, 2016

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  Poll: Most Idahoans Support Mandatory Vaccinations for All Public School Children
More than two-thirds of Idaho adults believe all children who attend public schools should be required to receive vaccinations, regardless of their religious beliefs. ...

The Good Friday Massacre
As the debate rages over whether health care is a right or a privilege, House Minority Leader John Rusche couches the conversation in a different light....

  When You Are in Danger of Losing Your Party Position...
Sometimes people do things that just make you shake your head....

Smart Investment in Education Needed to Keep Idaho Economy Strong
January 2016, marked the third month in a row in which Idaho led the nation in annual employment growth....

  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....

Political Calendar Highlights

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2016 Congressional Forum
When: Wednesday, March 30, 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: The Grove Hotel, 245 S. Capitol Blvd, Boise
Featuring U.S. Representative Mike Simpson. Members $35, nonmembers $45. More info and registration here.

Boundary County Lincoln Day Lunch
When: Saturday, April 2, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Speaker Priscilla Giddings, Air Force Academy graduate and A-10 pilot, currently in the Air Force Reserves and serves as Field director for Senator Mike Crapo. Tickets $40 each, RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. More info

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Idaho Headlines

Jan Rogers seeks one identity for eastern Idaho (Idaho Business Review)

Supreme Court upholds dismissal of lawsuit filed by Coalition for Agriculture's Future (Press-Tribune)

House Panel Passes Abortion Fetal Tissue Ban; Dems Boycott (Times-News)

Marty Trillhaase: Still too early for the balloons and confetti (Lewiston Tribune)

Session mixed bag for area lawmakers (Lewiston Tribune)

2016 legislative failures overshadow smattering of accomplishments (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

After 12 years in Boise, Rep. Pence looks to retirement (Mountain Express)

Editorial: Idaho Legislature’s failure to take action on health care plan is bad medicine (Idaho Statesman)

Look who’s telling Stimson Lumber what it can do with its land (Idaho Statesman)

As Idaho health proposal dies, focus turns to Otter (Idaho Statesman)

Highlights, lowlights of the 2016 Idaho Legislature (Idaho Statesman)

Idaho Lawmakers Hold To Conservative Values In 2016 Session (Boise State Public Radio)

Looking Ahead To Idaho's Primary Races (Boise State Public Radio)

Idaho's Obamacare Holdout On Expanded Coverage For Working Poor To Continue (Boise State Public Radio)

Idaho House approves funding for North Idaho conservation easement (Spokesman-Review)

Lawmakers ante up for arts, after first killing budget (Spokesman-Review)

Idaho legislature addressed some longstanding issues but didn’t close the health care gap (Spokesman-Review)

County commission candidates square off (CDA Press)

Idaho showing shifting citizens (CDA Press)

Otter signs school safety law (Idaho Education News)

House approves broadband settlement bill (Idaho Education News)

The 2016 session. What happened? What didn't happen? (Idaho Education News)

National Headlines

Why Bernie Sanders' West Coast Blowouts Matter (ABC News)

Sanders, Clinton forget their manners (Politico)

The Case for Vice President Al Franken (Politico)

Could Trump turn New York red? (The Hill)

Sanders calls Clooney-hosted Clinton fundraiser 'obscene' (The Hill)

Clinton email probe enters new phase as FBI interviews loom (Los Angeles Times)

California Nears Deal to Adopt a $15 State Minimum Wage (New York Times)

Why some Republicans are feeling shame (Washington Post)

More than 5,000 support petition to allow guns at Republican National Convention in Cleveland (Akron Beacon Journal)

President Obama's Overrated Unemployment Story (RealClearMarkets)

Fed's Williams: US doing fine, world isn't (CNBC)


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