Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

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This Week In Idaho Politics

Poll: Idahoans want to make Craters of the Moon into a national park
By Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Beauty, and certainly economic development, is in the eye of the beholder....

Would you sneak into a foreign country and stay illegally?
By LaVarr Webb, Publisher
The debate over illegal immigration continues to divide the country. ...

Does Jeff Sessions think there is a shortage of federal prison inmates?
By Jim Jones
Despite the fact that the number of persons incarcerated in federal prisons is at a 10-year low, in February U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded a Justice Department policy of phasing out the government’s use of private prisons....

Rep. Packer says she's ready for next leadership role
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Rep. Kelley Packer’s story might seem to be a bit corny, but it explains why this mother of four from McCammon, a town of about 800 people near Pocatello, thinks she has a chance to be Idaho’s next lieutenant governor....

Idaho's newest community college
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Last Tuesday, Bonneville County voters went to the ballot box and by a vote of 71% to 29% created Idaho’s newest community college....

Guest opinion: Immigration reform starts with U.S. enforcing its own laws
By Congressmen Raul Labrador and Bob Goodlatte
One of the most important aspects of immigration reform is bolstering enforcement of existing immigration law....

Guest column: Honoring excellence: Idaho's teacher of the year
By Sen. Mike Crapo
I recently had the great honor of meeting with Mary Lynn Spiker who was selected to be the 2017 Idaho Teacher of the Year. ...

Poll: Idahoans divided on whether women are treated fairly in the workplace
By Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Whoa, mama!When it comes to Idahoans’ opinion of whether women are treated fairly in the workplace, gender matters a lot, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll finds....

Lament of a reluctant Trump supporter
By LaVarr Webb, Publisher
I want Donald Trump to be successful. I support his efforts to shake up Washington, to enact tax reform and tax cuts, to reduce the regulatory quagmire, improve healthcare, to achieve energy independent, and produce jobs and economic growth....

Guest opinion: Time for Republicans to stand up for their country
By Jim Jones
I’m having a hard time understanding the Republican Party that I joined back in the early 1960s....

Guest opinion: Trump national monument review is welcome step
By Senator Mike Crapo
Americans deserve to enjoy a variety of benefits from our nation’s abundant, while increasingly pressured, public lands. ...

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

Southern Idaho Republican Women Meeting
When: Monday, May 22, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Where: Turf Club, 734 Falls Ave, Twin Falls, ID
Come hear about local and state republican current events. For more information email Doriene Knight, SouthernIdahoRW President.

Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce Mission 43 Brief
When: Tuesday, May 23, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce, 250 S 5th St #300, Boise, ID
Join the Small Business Advisory Council to learn more about Mission 43, a partnership of the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation. The only veterans organization of its kind in the nation, Mission 43 is designed to give Idaho veterans and military spouses the resources for a successful transition after leaving the service. More info.

Boise Chamber Ambassador Committee Luncheon
When: Wednesday, May 24, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce, 250 S 5th St #300, Boise, ID
Ambassadors, please RSVP for the luncheon by noon Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017. Info and register here.

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

Idaho Headlines

Report: Crapo puts emphasis on bipartisan bills in new role of banking chairman (Spokesman-Review)

New Rep. Labrador bill targets sanctuary cities, would allow crime victims to sue them (Idaho Statesman)

Saving Idaho’s salmon: Nature again turns against returning fish that already face long odds (Idaho Statesman)

Report: Trump suggests steep cuts for nuclear, possibly affecting Idaho National Lab (Post Register)

After disastrous winter, Idaho cities, highway officials wait for road-repair help (Times-News)

Competition heavy for $50K in state road money (Times-News)

Marty Trillhaase: Mike Simpson can't defend the bill he passed (Lewiston Tribune)

Idaho Senators Want To Intervene In Grocery Tax Legal Battle (Boise State Public Radio)

Idaho's Raul Labrador Introduces Bill Cracking Down On Sanctuary Cities (Boise State Public Radio)

Waters recede for now and leave public infrastructure intact (Mountain Express)

How low can the jobless rate go? (CDA Press)

Kootenai County? Liberal?! (CDA Press)

Can Little prove his executive order is not just a campaign stunt? (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Idaho ag export value increases for first time since 2014 (Capital Press)

Beehive privacy? 9th Circuit debates ‘ag gag’ law (Capital Press)

Voters approve College of Eastern Idaho. Now what? (Idaho Education News)

State releases revamped science standards proposal (Idaho Education News)

Licensing requirements: An unexpectedly hot topic (Idaho Reports)

National Headlines

McConnell steps into Obamacare firing line (Politico)

Tillerson in Saudi Arabia: 'This is a fight of good against evil' (The Hill)

Trump urges Muslim world to ‘drive out the extremists' (The Hill)

Mike Pence tells Notre Dame grads to rely on 'integrity and values' as dozens stage walk-out (South Bend Tribune)

Texas revives transgender 'bathroom bill' for public schools (Los Angeles Times)

Kimberly Ellis calls for an audit of the election for California Democratic Party leader (Los Angeles Times)

Sanders raises stakes in tight Montana race (Washington Post)

Trump tells advisers he wants to end key Obamacare subsidies (Politico)

Saudi Arabia’s $20 billion wager with Blackstone is record-sized bet on U.S. infrastructure (MarketWatch)

Boeing inks Iran airline deal as Trump threatens to revisit sanctions (Washington Post)

US, Gulf countries form new group to stem flow of terror financing (CNBC)