Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Thursday, June 22, 2017

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This Week In Idaho Politics

Poll: Most Idahoans approve of President Trump's job performance
By Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
When it comes to GOP President Donald Trump, Idahoans are about the opposite of the nation, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows....

Economic outlook: U.S. labor crunch threatens business growth
By Robert Spendlove, Zions Bank economic and public policy officer
It has been nearly eight years since the end of the Great Recession and many businesses in the United States are still struggling to grow, but this time for a different reason – a lack of qualified workers....

Shake-up in the race for governor
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Then there were three....

First District race gives Fulcher his best chance of winning
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Former Sen. Russ Fulcher’s decision to drop out of the governor’s race is a blow to supporters and friends who have worked years to help their man get elected to the state’s highest office....

Guest opinion: Clive Strong leaves legacy of service in the AG's office
By Jim Jones
As Chief of the Idaho Attorney General’s Natural Resources Division for over 32 years, Clive Strong has done more good for the state than practically any other public servant....

Guest column: Pledging to help raise PTSD awareness
By Sen. Mike Crapo
Captain Sarah C. Humphries served in the U.S. Army in Iraq. ...

Poll: Idahoans support further military action in Syria
By Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Idahoans are feeling their oats when it comes to U.S. military action in the Syrian civil war, a new poll by Idaho Politics Weekly finds....

Liberal federalism: A new twist on federal-state relationships
By LaVarr Webb, Publisher
Traditionally, it has been Republicans and conservatives who have complained about an overbearing and all-powerful federal government....

Lessons from the British election for Idaho candidates
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Last Thursday, voters in the United Kingdom went to the polls.  A couple of weeks ago, expectations were that British Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservative Party would romp to a big win and expand its narrow four-vote majority in Parli...

A place where the gun culture does not thrive
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Lethbridge, Alberta, is a nice place to visit … and apparently, a nice place to live if a low crime rate is a priority....

Guest opinion: Is the U. S. giving up its role as the world's moral leader?
By Jim Jones
Ever since World War II, the United States of America has been the champion of democracy and human rights throughout the globe....

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

Boise Chamber Business After Hours
When: Thursday, June 22, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: Clearview Cleaning Service, 3660 W. Chinden Blvd, Garden City, ID
Food, drinks, and entertainment at Clearview Cleaning's new location on Chinden Boulevard. Enter the drawing for a chance to win an outdoor misting fan, high-end vacuum, or free home carpet cleaning. Join for a night of fun and networking. No RSVP needed. Free to Boise Chamber Members/$10 for Non-Members (pay at door). More info.

Idaho Democratic Party SCC Meeting
When: Friday June 23 - Saturday June 24
Where: Ponderay Events Center, 401 Bonner Mall Way, Ponderay, ID
Friday night social and Saturday committee meetings and breakout sessions. Saturday evening banquet $55. More info.

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


Idaho Headlines

Risch, questioning Comey, suggests testimony absolves Trump of obstructing justice (Spokesman-Review)

With no ethics reform on the ballot, Idaho lawmakers to examine the matter themselves (Spokesman-Review)

Once again, we just need a Senate vote for Idaho to get a new federal judge (Idaho Statesman)

Russ Fulcher makes it official: He’s leaving Idaho governor’s race to run for Congress (Idaho Statesman)

Idaho lawmakers pray for injured, praise Capitol police (Times-News)

Crapo-backed Russia sanctions bill passes Senate (Times-News)

Marty Trillhaase: Idaho sits in back of the national classroom (Lewiston Tribune)

Group Ranks Idaho High On Scale Of Business ‘Dynamism’ (Boise State Public Radio)

How The U.S. Trade Deal With China Could Impact Idaho’s Beef Industry (Boise State Public Radio)

Conversations With Ambassadors 'Everyday Occurences,' Idaho's Jim Risch Says To Jeff Sessions (Boise State Public Radio)

Idaho Reps Oppose Trump Restrictions On Cuban Trade (Boise State Public Radio)

School District approves $54.78 million budget (Mountain Express)

Teachers’ salaries and insurance deductibles rise (Mountain Express)

Resignation sparks residency verification (Press-Tribune)

Applause for Smith’s defense of the state constitution (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Proposed Idaho rule results in closer wheat commission-industry relationship (Capital Press)

Idaho groundwater users leery of solar power development (Capital Press)

Idaho ranks No. 50 for per-pupil spending (Idaho Education News)

ISAT, SAT scores remain virtually flat (Idaho Education News)

National Headlines

Senate GOP shifts focus to Lynch (The Hill)

Facebook feels the heat (The Hill)

White House meetings add to tech’s awkward dance with Trump (Politico)

Ossoff, Handel battle for Georgia special election win (Politico)

Illinois finances in 'massive crisis mode' (Associated Press)

Pentagon: US shoots down Syrian aircraft for first time (Associated Press)

Milwaukee County sheriff not joining DHS, after all (ABC News)

Lawmakers set to return to scrapping over health care, Russia probes (Politico)

UT/TT Poll: Immigration, border security still top concerns for Texas voters (Star Telegram)

The right criticized Janet L. Yellen for years. Now the left says she's too far right. (Washington Post)

Judge won't allow Trump to be added to pipeline lawsuit (Washington Post)