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Sunday, August 19, 2018

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This Week In Idaho Politics

Idahoans support Trump's trade policies, despite harm to economy
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
A new Idaho Politics Weekly poll finds that 47 percent of Idahoans believe Pres. Donald Trump's tariffs will harm the state's economy, yet 58 percent still agree with his trade policies....

Politicians love to express indignation over trivial issues
By LaVarr Webb, Publisher
Political issues frequently pop up that allow members of Congress and other politicians to express outrage (to let constituents know they're alive and actually doing something)....

Stallings: Dems not smart enough to win nationally
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Say what you want about President Trump and there are plenty of strong opinions on both sides but this much is clear. He's the president that the Democratic Party so richly deserves....

Bad few weeks for Medicaid expansion opponents
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Proponents of expanding Medicaid have been on a roll. ...

Comprehensive attack needed to fight opioids
By Sen. Mike Crapo
An important part of furthering progress in combatting opioid abuse is ensuring resources are in place for every piece of the response to this pervasive problem. ...

Guest opinion: Talented young Idahoans are pushing their limits
By Congressman Raul Labrador
I am once again honored to celebrate the amazing work of young Idahoans who take it upon themselves to meet the rigorous standards of the Congressional Award, a public-private partnership established by Congress in 1979....

Reducing automobile efficiency would be costly and dangerous
By Jim Jones
The Trump administration wants to substantially reduce the fuel economy standards for new cars. ...

Trump & the news media: a battle to the death
By LaVarr Webb, Publisher
The relationship between Pres. Trump and the traditional news media is noxious and getting worse. I've never seen such literal hatred between a major politician and the press. As a former journalist, I think it's highly unfortunate.However, it's not ...

Guest opinion: Trump's hostility toward the press spreads alarm
By David Adler, Alturas Institute
The historical, sometimes grudging respect that two centuries of American presidents have paid to the essential constitutional role of the press, has been abandoned by Pres. Donald Trump, who has waged an ongoing assault on the Fourth Estate. His rel...

Idahoans don't expect North Korea to abandon nuclear weapons
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
For once, Idahoans are not buying what GOP Pres. Donald Trump is selling most don't believe that North Korea will end its nuclear weapons program, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows....

Guest opinion: Farm bill doesn't need fixing
By Sen. Mike Crapo
A message I have heard clearly from Idahoans in the town meetings I have been holding across our great state and in discussions with Idaho producers and agricultural leaders is the current Farm Bill is not broken and does not require major changes.&n...

A fast-growing state like Idaho needs an honest and accurate census
By Jim Jones
There appears to be some political chicanery afoot with the upcoming 2020 census. On the surface, it might not seem to be unusual for the census questionnaire to ask respondents if family members in their household are citizens. However, the census f...

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

D14 Dems Informal "Coffee Talk"
When: Tuesday, August 14, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Where: Wild West Bakery and Espresso, 83 E State St, Eagle, ID
A social, informal, come-and-go-as-you-please meeting.

Magic Valley Republican Women Luncheon
When: Wednesday, August 15, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: Location varies
Republican strong, addressing current issues. For more information, contact Marie Silver, Magic ValleRW President.

South East Idaho Republican Women
When: Wednesday, August 15, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Omni Building, Conference Room 200, Pocatello Idaho
Republicans educating today, leading tomorrow. For more information, contact Char Tovey, SEIdahoRW President.

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

Idaho Headlines

Idaho courts identify an outdated sentencing law that could be helping spur prison growth (Press-Tribune)

In robocalls featuring 'Friends' theme song, California neo-Nazi Patrick Little says he's coming to Sandpoint (Spokesman-Review)

A word with Diane Bevan, first CEO of the Idaho Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (Idaho Business Review)

Residents ask Twin Falls city council to form diversity advisory commission (Times-News)

Republican legislators, candidates speak at Twin Falls GOP picnic (Times-News)

New report: Obamacare's Medicaid expansion increases costs for the rest of us (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

To some a rallying cry, to others a liability, 'Blue Girl' stickers find new meanings (Idaho Statesman)

He's been Gov. Otter's longtime No. 2. But who is GOP nominee Brad Little? (Idaho Statesman)

Idaho wolves kill six cows in one week (Capital Press)

Safety expert, educators express concerns over Ybarra security plan (Idaho Education News)

National Headlines

Conservatives call for constitutional intervention last seen 230 years ago (Guardian)

Nancy Pelosi Accuses NBC of Trying to 'Undermine' Her Chances of Getting Back Speaker's Gavel (Mediaite)

Poisonous dust from 9/11 attack has given almost 10,000 New Yorkers cancer (The Sun)

Vermont exec would be nation's first transgender governor (Associated Press)

Who's Afraid of Tom Arnold? (Rolling Stone)

NBC Ignores Own Reporter and Crew Assaulted By Antifa in Charlottesville (NewsBusters)

Giuliani: Avenatti should settle 'bankruptcy situation' before running for White House (The Hill)

Rent control fuels costliest fight on California 2018 ballot (CNBC)

Andrew Cuomo unknowingly confesses to breaking federal law with eagle feather story (Washington Times)

Democratic socialists suffer another loss in Hawaii primary, as Dems notch gains elsewhere (FOX News)

Keith Ellison denies abuse allegations (Vox)