Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, May 23, 2016

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This Week In Idaho Politics

Idaho's Economic Future Looks Bright, But We Must Invest in a Skilled Workforce
By Lt. Gov. Brad Little
As has been featured in this publication and a variety of new outlets in the past several months, Idaho’s economy is back to growing at a fast pace following a tough recession and recovery....

Poll: Idahoans Disappointed Legislature Did Not Pass Medicaid Expansion Legislation
By Bob Bernick
Most Idahoans agree with their GOP-controlled Legislature on allowing any adult to carry a concealed gun, but a significant majority didn’t like that lawmakers adjourned last month without passing a Medicaid expansion bill, a new Idaho Politics...

Guest Commentary: Bathroom Issue is a National Disaster
By David H. Leroy
The Obama Administration has done it this time!  Its edict to public schools on transgender access to restrooms is nothing less than a national disaster. ...

Otter PAC Makes Its Mark in GOP Primaries
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Gov. Butch Otter and First Lady Lori Otter have only two more years left in their leadership positions. But they hardly have a short-timer’s attitude when it comes to shaping the Republican Party on the legislative and precinct levels....

Brody/McKenzie Race for Idaho Supreme Court Looks like Barnburner
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
The open seat race for the Idaho Supreme Court seat held by Chief Justice Jim Jones yielded several surprises last week....

Economic Outlook: Idaho's Great Outdoors Benefits Gateway Communities
By Randy Shumway, Zions Bank Economic Advisor
Although Idaho’s great outdoors are thought of by some to be a bit off the beaten path, thousands of tourists flood gateway communities throughout Idaho every year, bringing much-needed economic activity....

Poll: Idahoans Divided on Funding Boost for Education
By Bob Bernick
On the whole, Idahoans agree with Gov. Butch Otter’s veto of a recently-passed bill that would have allowed the Bible to be taught in public schools, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows....

The Buck Should Stop With the Governor
By LaVarr Webb, Idaho Politics Weekly Publisher
Should Idaho’s governor be fully in charge of the executive branch of government?...

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

Kootenai Democrats Central Committee Meeting
When: Tuesday, May 23, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Coldwell-Banker Building, 2000 Northwest Blvd
This is an open meeting of all precinct chairs, vice chairs, and elected officers on the Kootenai County Central Committee. More info


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Idaho Headlines

Voters reject $23M Ketchum bond measure (Mountain Express)

Idaho's Primary: Results And Analysis (Boise State Public Radio)

Migration helps in some Idaho communities, hinders in others (Idaho Business Review)

Primary turnout less than 20 percent (Press-Tribune)

Bad Night for Right-wing Challenges But a Wash for the Legislature Overall (Times-News)

Labrador, Simpson on Same Side on Religious Exemption but Split on Rebel Flag (Times-News)

Marty Trillhaase: The secret's out of the bag; there's no secret (Lewiston Tribune)

Summit: Nuclear energy crisis on horizon (Lewiston Tribune)

Former Idaho County commissioner bows out of race, clearing way for Duman (Lewiston Tribune)

AG's office determines Chmelik not caught up in a conflict of interest (Lewiston Tribune)

Idaho ag director goes East to critique feds’ role in West (Capital Press)

Idaho Farm Bureau honors ag-friendly lawmakers (Capital Press)

Editorial: Idaho primary sends along a few messages amid weak voter turnout (Idaho Statesman)

Land-transfer agitator Chmelik loses in Idaho County (Idaho Statesman)

Crusade by Boise’s Trevor Schaefer for cancer registry nears end (Idaho Statesman)

5 takeaways: Idaho’s upside-down primary election results (Idaho Statesman)

Crapo, Labrador coast to wins (Spokesman-Review)

Three North Idaho lawmakers backed by Idaho Freedom Foundation lose seats in Idaho primary (Spokesman-Review)

No automatic recounts in Idaho, but loser could request one (Spokesman-Review)

Closed Republican primary in Idaho attracts Democrats (Spokesman-Review)

Reflections from the primary (CDA Press)

West Ada moving forward following school board recall (Idaho Education News)

Federal judge rejects anti-SBAC lawsuit (Idaho Education News)

National Headlines

This Is What the Future of American Politics Looks Like (Politico)

Obama's 'apology' complex (Politico)

Trump camp quietly courts Muslims (The Hill)

Trump overtakes Clinton in poll average for first time (The Hill)

Citing Family, Hillary Clinton Affirms Gun-Control Stance (New York Times)

Will Trump vs. Clinton be a nailbiter? (CNN)

Secret Service Shoots Armed Man Near White House (NPR)

How Donald Trump Gained Power Over Senate Republicans With His Supreme Court List (Huffington Post)

Trump's Message on Super PACS Takes General Election Turn (NBC News)

Tom Cotton Is Positioning Himself to Thrive in Both a Trump and Post-Trump GOP (New Yorker)

Dallas Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban for Clinton's Veep? (NBC News)

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