Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  2018 Idaho governor race is wide open
By Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Next year’s race to replace Idaho GOP Gov. Butch Otter is wide open, with 45 percent of voters saying they “don’t know” who they support at this time, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows....

Guest opinion: Idaho ingenuity needs intellectual property protections
By Sen. Mike Crapo
U.S. Forest Ranger Edward Pulaski helped save the lives of fellow wildland firefighters in Idaho’s 1910 Big Burn. ...

Guest opinion: Fixing our broken immigration system
By Congressman Raul Labrador
Since I was first elected to Congress in 2010, I have advocated for fixing our broken immigration system.  In addition, I have frequently stated that the most important step in completing that process is getting serious about enforcing existing ...

Leroy hopes early bid will help in First District race
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
We’ve seen this movie before. David Leroy, the onetime golden boy of Idaho’s Republican Party, is running for Congress in Idaho’s First District – 23 years after he was defeated for the same office....

  Reviewing Idaho's occupational licenses
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
On May 19, Idaho Lt. Gov. Brad Little was acting as governor while Gov. Butch Otter was out of Idaho. And, he took an interesting action....

  Poll: Idahoans want to make Craters of the Moon into a national park
By Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Beauty, and certainly economic development, is in the eye of the beholder....

  Would you sneak into a foreign country and stay illegally?
By LaVarr Webb, Publisher
The debate over illegal immigration continues to divide the country. ...

Does Jeff Sessions think there is a shortage of federal prison inmates?
By Jim Jones
Despite the fact that the number of persons incarcerated in federal prisons is at a 10-year low, in February U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded a Justice Department policy of phasing out the government’s use of private prisons....

Rep. Packer says she's ready for next leadership role
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Rep. Kelley Packer’s story might seem to be a bit corny, but it explains why this mother of four from McCammon, a town of about 800 people near Pocatello, thinks she has a chance to be Idaho’s next lieutenant governor....

  Idaho's newest community college
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Last Tuesday, Bonneville County voters went to the ballot box and by a vote of 71% to 29% created Idaho’s newest community college....

Guest opinion: Immigration reform starts with U.S. enforcing its own laws
By Congressmen Raul Labrador and Bob Goodlatte
One of the most important aspects of immigration reform is bolstering enforcement of existing immigration law....

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

"Grow. Here" An Economic Summit Presented By BVEP
When: Wednesday, May 31, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: Boise Centre, 850 W Front St, Boise, ID
Two dynamic panels of guest speakers will discuss "What do we keep, change, and grow?" Food trucks, performing arts, and surprises along the way. More info and register here.

Kootenai County Republican Women Federated Meeting
When: Thursday, June 1, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Shore lounge, The Coeur d'Alene Resort, South 2nd Street, Coeur d'Alene, ID
For more information, contact Teri Duke at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Leadership Boise Alumni Reunion & Class Graduation
When: Thursday, June 1, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Where: The Grove Hotel, 245 S Capitol Blvd, Boise, ID
Reunite with Leadership Boise alumni and welcome the 2017 class to the Alumni Network. This is a great time to get involved and serve on one of the new alumni association committees. More info and register here.

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


Idaho Headlines

Zinke, Perdue to speak in Boise next week, talk to media with Gov. Otter (Idaho Statesman)

Idaho advocates brace for federal budget impact, but it probably won’t be Trump’s plan (Idaho Statesman)

Jail can’t handle her. New law aims to secure her. What is her future? (Idaho Statesman)

Moldy smells, leaky ceilings and cramped quarters: Twin Falls County considers new jail, courthouse (Times-News)

Labrador's immigration crackdown bill heads to full House (Times-News)

New ads, campaign teams, kickoff tours: The latest in the governor's race (Times-News)

Marty Trillhaase: A complaint straight out of the 'Seinfeld' era (Lewiston Tribune)

New Trump Budget Proposes Selling Off Much Of Northwest Power Grid (Boise State Public Radio)

Trump Budget Proposal Could Affect Future Of Wild Horses In Idaho And The West (Boise State Public Radio)

New Report Snapshots Idaho's Health, Education And Financial Stability (Boise State Public Radio)

Teachers union does not ratify salary agreement (Mountain Express)

Make local officials commit to protecting taxpayers (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

New state law boosts Idaho recharge totals (Capital Press)

Idaho groundwater users give lawmakers, libraries Swan Falls book (Capital Press)

Trump seeks big K-12 budget shift (Idaho Education News)

National Headlines

Jared Kushner didn't suggest Russian communications channel in meeting, source says (FOX News)

Paul Ryan’s Favorite Charter School (Politico)

Five goals for Republicans this summer (The Hill)

The shadow secretary of State (Axios)

Trump lashes out at leaks, considers staff upheaval (Wall Street Journal)

Trump, Huddling With Aides, Looks to Get Past ‘Side Issues’ (Wall Street Journal)

Sanders revolution hits a rough patch (Politico)

Credit Scores Hit Record High as Recession Wounds Heal (Wall Street Journal)

Expanded laptop ban could cover half a million travelers a day (CNNMoney)

President Trump Pays Memorial Day Tribute at Tomb of Unknown Soldier (NBC News)

Secretary of State Tillerson rides Harley at Rolling Thunder Memorial Day event (Washington Examiner)


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