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Sunday, April 30, 2017

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This Week In Idaho Politics

Poll: Most Idahoans support term limits for Congress
By Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
It’s rare that you find this: 78 percent of Idahoans favor a congressional action....

Guest Opinion: Trump's first 100 days
By Congressman Raul Labrador
As you may know, last Saturday was President Trump’s 100th day in office, and while the media has a habit of overhyping the 100-day mark in a new President’s term, it does provide a good opportunity to reflect on the pace of the Pres...

GOP candidates not fearing probable run by Yates
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
A month ago, I wrote a column – just one little column – and what happens?...

Idaho to be ground zero for fight over fake news
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
The phrase “fake news” has entered the national lexicon over the past year. A Twin Falls jury will have the opportunity to decide whether spreading fake news should have real consequences....

Guest opinion: Loose rules of engagement can harm U.S. interests
By Jim Jones
It appears that the rules of engagement in Syria and Iraq have been loosened in the last couple of months....

Press release: Ricker Joins Zions Bank as community development manager
By Press Release
BOISE, Idaho — Bryan Ricker has joined Zions Bank as a Community Development Manager....

Poll: Idahoans oppose accepting more Middle Eastern refugess
By Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Most Idahoans don’t want to accept more refugees from the Middle East, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows....

Loose ends: Food tax, population bomb, Article V
By LaVarr Webb, Publisher
Expect cuts in federal funding. Here’s another good reason it made sense for Gov. Butch Otter to veto the repeal of the state sales tax on food: Idaho, along with other states, is going to need to get used to less federal money and rely mo...

Guest opinion: Staying in touch with Idaho
By Congressman Raul Labrador
Last week was eventful....

Guest opinion: A non-scientific approach to climate change
By Jim Jones
There has been so much heated public discussion about climate change that it is hard for a person without scientific training to make heads or tails of the issue....

Race for next Idaho governor heating up
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
With Gov. Butch Otter stepping down, Idaho voters in 2018 will pick a new governor....

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

Congressman Raul Labrador Town Hall
When: Monday, Apr 24, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Mission Aviation Fellowship, 112 N Pilatus Ln, Nampa, ID

U.S. Navy Report with Rear Admiral Michael Dumont
When: Wednesday, Apr 26, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce, 250 S. 5th St., Boise, ID
Admiral Dumont will provide overall remarks on what the Navy is doing currently and how the protection of sea lanes and commerce is important to the nation, including Idaho. Free to attend, $10 lunch optional. More info.

Idaho Women in Leadership Public Service Leadership Training
When: Thursday April 27 to Saturday April 29
Where: Boise, ID
Idaho Women in Leadership offers a public service leadership training to teach women about the legislative process, how to become an informed voice and advocate and run for an elected position. Curriculum will cover positioning oneself for elected office, navigating the political party structure, media training, the nuts and bolts of organizing a campaign, fundraising, mobilizing voters, and crafting a message
. More info.

Jerome County Lincoln Day Breakfast
When: Saturday, Apr 29, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Where: Senior Citizen Center, 520 N Lincoln Ave, Jerome, ID
Keynote Speaker: Brad Little. 9 a.m. breakfast served, 10 a.m. program begins. Tickets $20

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

Idaho Headlines

Signatures for Idaho medical marijuana petition encouraged at Hemp Fest (Moscow-Pullman Daily News)

Editorial: Time for leadership, time for new path through INL nuke research stalemate (Idaho Statesman)

Idaho farm groups advance Bangerter for Ag forest post (Idaho Statesman)

‘Calculated’ risk: Otter backs Army Corps decision to keep Boise River flows steady (Idaho Statesman)

Boise lawmaker Rubel recovering from serious burns in kitchen accident (Idaho Statesman)

Labrador’s 3-hour town hall in Meridian: ‘It’s always good when people are energized’ (Idaho Statesman)

Trump signs flood disaster declaration to fix Magic Valley roads (Times-News)

Marty Trillhaase: It's Labrador's race to lose - but lose it he could (Lewiston Tribune)

Mapping Project Focuses On Treasure Valley Farmland Loss (Boise State Public Radio)

Idaho Unemployment Ticks Down In March (Boise State Public Radio)

Concerns over Trump administration dominate Labrador town hall in Meridian (Press-Tribune)

New Idaho law allows use of surplus water without right (Capital Press)

Poll shows significant support for farmland preservation in Idaho (Capital Press)

Coeur d’Alene and Boise are among the country’s fastest-growing metros (Idaho Business Review)

Harvard professor: Stop incentivizing out-of-state companies and build up Idaho ones (Idaho Business Review)

2018 campaign for governor starts now (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Report details problems in teacher 'leadership premium' payments (Idaho Education News)

Congressman Labrador Meridian town hall (Idaho Reports)

National Headlines

Pat Buchanan won after all. But now he thinks it might be too late for the nation he was trying to save. (Politico)

Outsiders Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen sweep to victory as France kicks out old guard (Daily Mail)

FBI director James Comey arrives in Queenstown for 'Government conference' (New Zealand Herald)

Wash Post poll hides: Trump still beats Clinton, 43%-40% (Washington Examiner)

With O'Reilly Out, FOX Rivals See Chance to Move In (New York Times)

Top Trump officials push border wall as government shutdown looms (The Hill)

Nancy Pelosi on Abortion stance: Democrats can be pro-life (Washington Times)

Republicans in position to reshape federal bench (Washington Post)

Survey of economists finds optimism about growth prospects (Washington Post)

IMF members set aside trade split as French vote rattles nerves (Reuters)

How Trump Can Destroy Democrats and Keep Congress (Daily Beast)