Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Saturday, October 21, 2017

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This Week In Idaho Politics

No clear leader in the race to replace Labrador; Simpson in good shape
By Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
The GOP race to replace U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador in Idaho's 1stCongressional District is wide open, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll finds....

Is Malek a hardline conservative, or a flaming liberal?
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
In Idaho's First Congressional District, where the most conservative candidates generally win, ratings from the American Conservative Union tend to carry more punch than other places....

Appointments shake up Idaho politics
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Last week, Gov. Butch Otter selected Idaho's newest state senator, Tony Potts....

Is taking a knee disrespectful to American military personnel?
By Jim Jones
Many life or death problems face America today, including possible nuclear war on the Korean Peninsula, clean-up from three massively destructive hurricanes, a horrendous mass shooting in Las Vegas, horrible and deadly wildfires in California, a brea...

Guest opinion: Letter from constituents on war powers
By David Adler
On October 2, I wrote a letter to Idaho's congressional delegation, asking them to introduce or support my proposed "War Powers Act of 2017," which aims to prohibit unilateral presidential initiation of military hostilities....

Guest column: Building on years of work on tax reform
By Sen. Mike Crapo
I recently wrote about the need for comprehensive tax reform to lower the burden on all Americans and make the tax code fairer, flatter and simpler. ...

Guest opinion: Conservative budgeting 101
By Max Black
Folks tend to feel that government is wasteful, inefficient and generally irresponsible in using their taxpayer dollars. And some think anyone with a lick of business sense could quickly and easily clean up the mess and save a lot of money....

Guest opinion: Time to create a new state park
By Rick Just, President, Friends of Idaho State Parks
We, the Friends of Idaho State Parks, believe it's time to create another state park to serve the Treasure Valley, and that the park should be at Horsethief Reservoir....

Guest opinion: Let's solve forest problems, not exploit them
By Jonathan Oppenheimer
Our national forests are at risk from beetles, wildfireand the U.S. Congress. While forests have evolved with fire and insects, it's not clear they'll survive attacks from misguided politicians....

Press release: Before you hunt, keep these three things in mind
By Idaho Department of Lands
For many Idahoans, fall is the best time of year for one reason - hunting! As you head out to hunt this fall, please keep three things in mind:...

Poll: Idahoans divided on Trump's decision to ban transgender soldiers
By Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Half of all Idahoans (49 percent) disagree with GOP President Donald Trump in his decision to ban transgender people from the U.S. military, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows....

Political Calendar Highlights

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134th Annual Boise Chamber Gala Featuring Brendan McDonough, Lone Survivor of the Yarnell Hill Fire
When: Wednesday, Oct 18, 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Where: Boise Centre, 850 W Front St, Boise, ID
An evening benefiting the Boise Chamber's programs and services. Silent auction, reception, dinner and program. Members $100, nonmembers $150. More info and register here.

Clearwater County Republican Women Meeting
When: Wednesday, Oct 18, 6 p.m. to  7:30 p.m.
Where: Joint School District 171, Orofino
Informing the community on republican issues. For more information, contact Donna Curfman, CCRW President.

Tommy Ahlquist's 44 County Tour Stop Jefferson County
When: Thursday, Oct 19: 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Where: Rigby City Library, 110 N State St, Rigby, ID
Tommy Ahlquist is touring all 44 counties of Idaho in 44 days to share his conservative blueprint to build an even better Idaho with all Idahoans. Each stop is a public event open to all Idahoans and the press to come meet Tommy, listen to his plans, and ask him questions. More information and a list of county stops here.


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Idaho Headlines

Otter picks Potts to serve out Davis' Senate term (Spokesman-Review)

Idaho GOP chair decries new moderates PAC; says Dems, independents shouldn't register as GOP (Spokesman-Review)

Idaho delegation hails Trump exec order on health care, but it's unlikely to ease rates in Idaho (Spokesman-Review)

Taking on Trump, Bob Corker sets a loud tone. What would Jim Risch be like in his place? (Idaho Statesman)

Marty Trillhaase: Honor Andrus where his legacy was born (Lewiston Tribune)

Ahlquist will show Idaho the money (Lewiston Tribune)

Governor Otter Appoints Idaho Falls Man To Fill State Senate Vacancy (Boise State Public Radio)

Idaho Senators Continue Push For Change In Wildfire Funding (Boise State Public Radio)

BLM to re-examine sage grouse plans (Mountain Express)

Wilderness plans approach final stage (Mountain Express)

Five mayoral candidates challenge two-term incumbent Blad (State Journal)

'Big Safety Issue' - Bannock County sheriff says jail needs urgent upgrades (State Journal)

Nampa, Caldwell candidates turn in first campaign finance reports (Press-Tribune)

Zollinger shines as cowardly smear campaign fails (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Ybarra launches re-election campaign (Idaho Education News)

Russ Fulcher, candidate for Congress (Idaho Education News)

National Headlines

Trump and the dismantling of Obama's legacy (Daily Mail)

Once promised paradise, IS fighters end up in mass graves (Jakarta Post)

Leader of California Senate to challenge US Sen. Feinstein (ABC News)

Have dirt that could impeach Trump? Larry Flynt will pay you $10 million. (Washington Post)

The ironic, enduring legacy of banning 'To Kill a Mockingbird' for racist language (Washington Post)

Pence, Biden hit the trail in Virginia governor's race (Politico)

Whataburger fires employee who refused to serve police officers (Dallas Morning News)

Fed chair: Hurricanes had 'noticeable' short-term impact on economy (The Hill)

Yellen sounds upbeat on economy, signaling likely rate hike (Associated Press)

Austria likely takes a right turn as 31-year-old minister declares victory in election (CNBC)

Woody Allen worries of Hollywood 'witch hunt' after Weinstein allegations (MarketWatch)