Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, April 11, 2016

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This Week In Idaho Politics

Nearly Half of Idahoans Support Capital Punishment
A near-majority of Idahoans still favor the death penalty, but support is clearly dropping, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll finds....

Guest Essay: Federal Debt Threatens Country - and it's Getting Worse
As our national debt now exceeds $19 trillion, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has issued projections that require us to take notice of the ever-growing pit of debt our nation is amassing.  We must get real and make the changes...

A Proud Member of the Establishment
The establishment is much-maligned these days. It seems the way to get elected is to run against the establishment -- blame the establishment for all the ills of humankind....

Judge Declines to Allow Depositions in GOP 'Secret Society' Case
Last Thursday I was able to attend the hearing in the so-called GOP “secret society” case.It was fascinating....

Former Boise State Star Takes Diabetes Fight to Congress
Ryan Clady, a former Boise State football star who has been building a Hall of Fame resume (four pro bowls) during eight seasons playing offensive tackle with the Denver Broncos, probably couldn’t have a future as a high-powered Washington, D.C...

Recidivism: What Data and Parenting can Teach us About Reducing Crime and Prison Populations (Part Two in a Two-Part Series)
As a parent, I’m often guilty of responding to a child’s mistake by invoking punishment proportionate (in my mind) to the severity of the mistake.  If the poor choice is repeated, I respond by merely increasing the quantity of punish...

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...

Political Calendar Highlights

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Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce 2016 Idaho Legislative Luncheon
When: Monday, April 11, 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: Hilton Garden Inn Idaho Falls, 700 Lindsay Blvd, Idaho Falls
Local legislators will present and discuss the decisions that were made and actions taken during the session. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions regarding the 2016 Idaho Legislative Session. Cost: $20 members, $25 non-chamber members, RSVP required. More info

Boise Chamber BOSS Series Featuring Jessica Rolph, Happy Family Brands
When: Tuesday, April 12, 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: Red Lion Hotel Boise Downtowner, 1800 West Fairview Ave., Boise
Lunch and a casual Q&A with Jessica Rolph, COO of Happy Family Brands. Happy Family was recognized as one of the fastest-growing companies in the country by Inc. Magazine for two years running. Members $25, nonmembers $35. More info and register here.

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Idaho Headlines

Main revenue sources on track for Ketchum budget (Mountain Express)

How business fared in the legislative session (Idaho Business Review)

Growth heats up in southeastern Idaho (Idaho Business Review)

Freedom Foundation criticizes Packer on job search emails (State Journal)

Judge: No deposition of accused GOP secret society members (Associated Press)

Idaho Colleges May Have to Graduate More Students if They Want More Money (Times-News)

‘Quiet’ Recreation is Economic Driver (Post Register)

Marty Trillhaase: Idaho's foxes are circling Wasden's henhouse (Lewiston Tribune)

Delay vexes L-C Valley vintners (Lewiston Tribune)

Job-seeking legislator highlights need for ethics reform (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Editorial: INL nuke solution should start with frank, face-to-face discussions (Idaho Statesman)

Idaho’s Risch ‘sort of’ endorses Ted Cruz (Idaho Statesman)

Service woes beset Idaho health insurance exchange (Idaho Statesman)

Did Jim Risch endorse Ted Cruz or not? (Spokesman-Review)

A whole PAC of trouble (CDA Press)


One PAC, two PAC, red PAC, whose PAC? (CDA Press)

Concealed carry concerns (CDA Press)

Otter signs student mobility bill (Idaho Education News)

The final score on Ybarra's legislative proposals (Idaho Education News)

Scholarship bill becomes law (Idaho Education News)

National Headlines

Trump's Saturday delegate disaster (Politico)

Sanders wins Wyoming caucuses (Politico)

Sanders ramps up attacks on Clinton (The Hill)

Budget crunch time for GOP (The Hill)

Angry Donald Trump blasts Colorado GOP results as 'totally unfair' (Denver Post)

Delegate-Selection Fight Plays to Ted Cruz’s Strength (Wall Street Journal)

Hillary Clinton makes case for cities in Baltimore (Baltimore Sun)

Top Benghazi panel Dem endorses Hillary Clinton (CNN)

CIA Director Says He Would Not Obey a Waterboarding Order (Associated Press)

Panama Papers Leak Signals a Shift in Mainstream Journalism (New York Times)

President Obama to Meet With Fed Chairwoman Yellen on Monday (Wall Street Journal)


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