Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Your one-stop source for Idaho political, government and public policy information, presented by Zions Bank. Subscribe to have our weekly e-newsletter delivered to your in-box each Monday morning.

This Week In Idaho Politics

Wilson looks to take superintendent job from Ybarra
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
As a government and civics teacher for much of her 30-year teaching career, Democratic state superintendent candidate Cindy Wilson should know better than to run against an incumbent in a state that bleeds Republican red....


Idahoans split on sports betting and historical horse racing
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
Nearly half of all Idahoans want the state to legalize sports gambling, an Idaho Politics Weekly poll finds....


Odds & Ends: Campaign fundraising & Khashoggi
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
A few thoughts on a few, somewhat random, topics......


Building an unbearable hothouse for future generations
By Jim Jones
Earth's future generations will undoubtedly spend a good deal of their time cursing us for condemning them to an unbearably hot planet. ...


Guest opinion: Idaho's hometown heroes
By Sen. Mike Crapo
Each year since 2011, Idaho Hometown Hero Awards have been presented to members of Idaho communities who are extraordinarily dedicated to hard work, self-improvement and community service. ...


Campaign briefs: RiseUp Idaho!; McGeachin endorsement; Little tours Idaho
By Idaho Politics Weekly staff
RiseUp, Idaho! holds rally. Rise Up, Idaho! candidates held a rally in Twin Falls on Saturday to talk with voters about their commitment to uphold their values and issues....


What does the Kavanaugh fight mean for moderate Republicans?
By LaVarr Webb, Publisher
My wife, Jan, could be described politically as a weak Republican moderate. Like many women, she has no use for Donald Trump....


Idahoans like the jobs associated with nuclear waste
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
Idahoans want to keep their nuclear waste storage facility going, even to the point of taking waste from Washington state, a recent Idaho Politics Weekly poll finds....


No place for drama in Little's campaign
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
Boring is good....


Anti-Medicaid group faces challenges
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
Campaign finance reports are starting to trickle into the Idaho Secretary of State's Office....


Congress should require the president to release his tax returns
By Jim Jones
The public is entitled to see the federal income tax returns of U.S. presidents, as well as all party nominees for that high office. ...


Guest opinion: Let's bring home all the POWs and MIAs
By Sen. Mike Crapo
Through a recent Congressional Record Statement, I had the opportunity to honor America's prisoners of war (POW)s and missing in action (MIA)....


Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

Ada County Highway District Candidate Forum
When: Thursday, Oct 18, 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Where: Boise Metro Chamber, 1101 W Front St #100, Boise, ID
Join us at the Boise Metro Chamber as we host the candidates for the Ada County Highway District. Three candidates have filed for Commission District 3 and four candidates have filed for Commission District 4, one candidate from each will be elected to serve a four-year term. More info.

Kootenai Dems Women's Association Annual Luncheon
When: Thursday, October 18, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Beverly's, 115 S 2nd St, Coeur d'Alene, ID
Join the Kootenai Dems Women's Association for their annual fall luncheon. The 2017 Democratic Diva of the Year will be announced. RSVP to kgbeech@hotmail.com. More info.

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


Idaho Headlines

Otter, Bieter endorse Prop 1 in 'bipartisan' announcement (Idaho Press)

Denney, Humble clash over campaign fines, voter turnout efforts (Idaho Press)

Ybarra, Wilson clash on early education, school safety, but back higher teacher pay (Idaho Press)

Of endorsements, education, and an event in a bar... (Idaho Press)

In seeking governor's office, Brad Little asks what's next for Idaho (Mountain Express)

Legislative candidates stake policy contrasts in election forum (Mountain Express)

Delays Rather Than Drivers Licenses On Offer At Idaho DMVs (Boise State Public Radio)

Medicaid expansion costs based on projected 10-year economic boom (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

What Magic Valley legislative candidates are raising and spending on elections (Times News)

Idaho ranks top U.S. producer of four commodities (Capital Press)

Fish and Game commissioner hunts 'family of baboons' in Africa, faces calls to resign (Idaho Statesman)

In testy superintendent's debate, narratives come into focus (Idaho Education News)

From a 2010 lawsuit to Proposition 2: Where does Wasden stand? (Idaho Reports)

National Headlines

Romney defends Trump's policies as 'effective,' disputes he led 'never Trump' movement (The Hill)

Reince Priebus: 'Kavanaugh effect' helping to secure GOP control of the Senate (Washington Examiner)

Hillary Clinton Says Bill Clinton's Affair With Monica Lewinsky Was Not An Abuse Of Power (HuffPost)

In Tennessee, a Democrat scrambles to turn out voters as polls show slide (Reuters)

Canada cannabis legalisation: 'We know the world is watching' (BBC News)

Sinema's past quip blasting Arizona as 'meth lab of democracy' roiling Senate race (Washington Times)

Ted Cruz: Beto O'Rourke 'unquestionably' testing the 2020 waters (Washington Examiner)

Trump praises McConnell for Kavanaugh confirmation, blasts Democrats at Kentucky rally (ABC News)

Americans Increasingly Predicting Trump 2020 Victory: CNN Poll (HuffPost)

'Hyperbolic moment': Stacey Abrams declines to endorse Eric Holder's controversial 'kick 'em' comment (Washington Post)

Is Harvard fair? Historic affirmative action trial begins Monday (CNN)