Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, April 4, 2016

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  Poll: Idahoans Divided on Whether Federal Taxes are Fair
As the April 18 federal and state income tax filing deadline approaches, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll finds most Idaho Democrats believe the federal taxes they pay are fair while most Idaho Republicans believe federal taxes are unfair. ...

  Poll: Idahoans Divided on SCOTUS Vacancy
Idahoans are split over whether the U.S. Senate, controlled by Republicans, should vote on Democratic President Barack Obama’s appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court, or should the Senate wait for the newly-elected president to nominate early ne...

  Guest Column: Highlights of Idaho's 2016 Legislative Session
During this year’s session, the Idaho Legislature addressed hundreds of issues from education to healthcare, from Bibles to guns, from property rights to states’ rights. Here are a few highlights:...

Legislature Not Conservative Enough for IFF
With its overwhelming Republican majority, Idaho has a reputation of having one of the most conservative legislatures in the nation. But glancing at the Idaho Freedom Foundation’s conservative “freedom index” for the 2016 session, I...

  Political Odds & Ends: GOP Intrigue; Trump as Nominee
Some thoughts on a few, somewhat random, topics......

Idaho Economic Outlook: The Demographics of Idaho's Refugees
One important component of Idaho’s demographic makeup is its refugee population. Idaho became a haven for refugees as early as 1975 when Gov. John Evans established the Indochinese Refugee Assistance Program....

  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....

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

Idaho Falls Chamber Out of the Box Networking Lunch
When: Tuesday, April 5, 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: Catered Your Way, 2161 E 17th St, Idaho Falls, ID
Build your professional network and learn more about businesses in the community. Door prizes, introductions, and other interactions will make this a casual, fun opportunity to meet others and build your professional network. If you would like to be a Featured Business, please call 523-1010 or email Janet Barton at 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

Boise Chamber Donuts & Democracy Event
When: Friday, April 8, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Where: Boise Regional Realtors 9550 W. Bethel Ct., Boise
Donuts & Democracy provides a quarterly advocacy update on current issues. There will be a panel discussion on a legislative wrap-up of real estate issues. Free donuts and coffee. More info

Kootenai Democrats Spring Forth Social
When: Saturday, April 9, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Lake City Center, 1916 N Lakewood Dr, Coeur d'Alene
Spring fundraising event to raise funds for party organizing and campaign support, featuring food, along with a silent and live auctions, no host bar and music. Meet and build relationships with fellow Democrats and have an early opportunity during election years to see who is running for office in local and state wide elections. More info

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

Idaho Headlines

Bergdahl described as being a pawn in wider political battles (Mountain Express)

County to buy new voting machines (Mountain Express)

'Dog' helps kill bounty hunter bill (Press-Tribune)

Reports: Wolf populations in Idaho far exceed the number required by de-listing rule (State Journal)

Otter Signs 2 Literacy Bills (Times-News)

Most Magic Valley Lawmakers Rank Low on 'Freedom Index' (Times-News)

Dems Announce Full Slate of State Convention Delegates (Times-News)

Marty Trillhaase: Dr. Otter is suffering from a case of denial (Lewiston Tribune)

Treasure valley growth projects worry water managers (Capital Press)

Orwell was right: The 'waiver' is Medicaid expansion (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Freedom Index separates real conservatives from phonys (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Idaho’s Otter signs off on required ultrasound notification, stalking protection (Idaho Statesman)

Like Flint, Idaho knows lead poisoning (Idaho Statesman)

Labrador discusses public lands (CDA Press)

Sen. Crapo speaks on timber (CDA Press)

Lt. Gov. Little: Education tops for legislation (CDA Press)

GOP candidates Cheatham, Riggs, square off (CDA Press)

Republicans gather for Lincoln Day Dinner (CDA Press)

The K-12 funding debate: A new normal? (Idaho Education News)

DeMordaunt leaves a hole in education leadership (Idaho Education News)

A deconsolidation discussion with roots in Idaho history (Idaho Reports)

National Headlines

Trump and Sanders' common cause (Politico)

Cruz revives winning Iowa strategy for Wisconsin (Politico)

Trump, Priebus rhetoric remains harsh (The Hill)

Ten House seats Dems hope Trump will tilt (The Hill)

Sanders: Wisconsin loss would be 'devastating,' kill momentum (Washington Examiner)

Kasich: Open GOP convention would be ‘fun,’ ‘cool’ (Washington Times)

Ted Cruz gets Packerland welcome at Green Bay stop (Journal Sentinel)

Donald Trump and Ted Cruz Shift Into High Gear as Wisconsin Primary Looms (New York Times)

Marijuana activists see D.C. win as opportunity for dialogue (Washington Times)

British PM: ISIS Terrorists Working To Drone The West With Nuclear Material (Daily Caller)

5 things to know about the Panama Papers (MarketWatch)


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