Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, April 18, 2016

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  Dig Into the Data to Understand Demographic Differences
It’s always fascinating to look closely at the crosstabs of survey research to see the differences among the various demographic groups....

  Why Reducing the Pay Gap is Very Difficult
Here’s a message I recently received from some Democratic Party leaders: “Today is Equal Pay Day, the day the average woman’s salary catches up to what the average man earned last year. On average, women in the US earn 79 ...

  Guest Column: Idaho's Economic Future - and Good Jobs for Families - Require Excellent Education
Recently, a group of Idaho business leaders, including myself, formed a group called Idaho 2020 which is dedicated to helping find policy solutions that invest in Idaho’s future....

  Political Odds & Ends
A few thoughts on a few, somewhat random, topics......

AARP President to Seniors: Don't Be Politically Complacent
Last fall, I engaged in an activity I haven’t done in a long time. I joined a bowling league....

Economic Outlook: Signals Mixed, but Mostly Positive
Home prices continue to rise slightly across the nation and in Idaho....

  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...

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

Idaho Falls Chamber 2016 Mayors' Business Day
When: Tuesday, April 19, 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Where: Shilo Inn Convention Center, 780 Lindsay Boulevard, Idaho Falls
Keynote speaker Todd Pedersen, the CEO/Founder of Vivint Inc. and a native of Idaho Falls. The event includes a trade show portion for business-to-business connections, as well as featured speakers and panels. Mayors' Business Day is a great way for businesses of all sizes to participate in an event that promotes and encourages business growth. More info and register here.

29th State of Downtown Boise Annual Meeting
When: Wednesday, April 20, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Boise Centre, 850 W Front St, Boise
Come celebrate Downtown Boise! Hear from Mayor David Bieter and a series of speakers on the success of Boise's Downtown and how to continue to grow in positive ways. More info

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

Idaho Headlines

Cities react to Idaho's urban renewal law changes (Press-Tribune)

Early primary voting starts Monday (Press-Tribune)

Amid reports of racism and stabbing, Pocatello tells Muslims they're welcome here (State Journal)

Watchdog Group Gives Idaho 'F' Again on Spending Transparency (Times-News)

Obama Spokesman Slams Risch on Supreme Court Comments (Times-News)

Marty Trillhaase: Doze through this primary and you'll regret it (Lewiston Tribune)

Idaho's Risch could become big ally of small businesses (Lewiston Tribune)

NW senators weigh in on the politics of justice (Lewiston Tribune)

Puerto Rico debt crisis prompts feds to act (Lewiston Tribune)

Idaho drafts water sustainability plan (Capital Press)

Do we have an accurate picture of the Medicaid gap population? (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Tax day means higher taxes for Idaho’s working poor (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Editorial: Too bad it’s too late to recall the West Ada School District recall (Idaho Statesman)

Columbia and Snake sockeye decimated by 2015’s warm rivers (Idaho Statesman)

Gateway West power line runs through the lives of Westerners (Idaho Statesman)

Adams County sheriff candidate decided to run before Idaho rancher shooting (Idaho Statesman)

In need of brain surgery, Idaho woman can’t get insurance or Medicaid (Idaho Statesman)

How A TED Talk And A Public Radio Host Shamed Pocatello Into Changing Its City Flag (Boise State Public Radio)

Yates bashes state leaders in secretly filmed video (Post Register)

First candidate forum for Supreme Court race takes place Tuesday (Spokesman-Review)

Natural resources expert seeks court seat (CDA Press)

Littlejohn, Redman take part in debate (CDA Press)

The latest, grim college completion numbers (Idaho Education News)

Rexburg lawmaker removes Ed News' photo from campaign video (Idaho Education News)

National Headlines

Could Trump Be Impeached Shortly After He Takes Office? (Politico)

Trump's campaign may see some fallout from its fight with the RNC (CNN)

Sanders: Clooney is backing the wrong horse (CNN)

As Supreme Court battle looms, undocumented immigrants seek truce (USA Today)

Gov. McCrory Stands Behind Parts of North Carolina's 'Bathroom Law' (NBC News)

The Battle for New York's Key Voting Blocs in the Primaries (New York Times)

2016's Other Big Question Mark: The Senate (New York Times)

Michelle Fields Attacks Prosecutor's Wife (Daily Beast)

Chinese Finance Minister Lou Jiwei Takes Aim at Donald Trump’s Trade Policies (Wall Street Journal)

Insurers May Leave Obamacare Markets, But Don't Expect A Mass Exodus (Forbes)

Americans pay more in taxes than for housing, food, clothes combined (MarketWatch)


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