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Monday, September 25, 2017

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This Week In Idaho Politics

Don't dismiss someone who has money and charisma
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
When I talk with pundits about next year's governor's race, I hear a lot of opinions about Boise developer Tommy Ahlquist's chances. Most of them are negative....

  Labrador's views on education policy
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Last week U.S. Congressman and 2018 Republican candidate for governor Raul Labrador gave a far-reaching interview with Idaho Education News' Kevin Richert....

  Poll: Idahoans say North Korea is the greatest global threat
By Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
A new Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows that Idahoans say North Korea poses the greatest threat to world peace today....

The Senate health care charade is irresponsible
By Jim Jones
I often wonder what happened to the Republican Party, whose banner I carried for many years, starting in the 1960s....

Guest column: Raising awareness about military suicide
By Sen. Mike Crapo
Marilyn Neal, department president for the Idaho Department of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Auxiliary, gave me a blue teardrop pin to wear on my lapel to bring awareness to veterans and military suicide.  I continue to wear the pin with pr...

Guest opinion: A record wildfire year -- time to reform forest management
By Congressman Raul Labrador
This year will go down as one of the worst fire seasons in U.S. history. With fires still burning across the West, federal wildfire spending has reached $2.4 billion topping the previous record of $2.1 billion in 2015....

  Poll: Trump's approval rating remains steady in Idaho
By Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Despite a rough start to his presidency, President Donald Trump's job approval rating in Idaho is about the same percentage as he got in the Nov. 2016 election, a new Idaho Politics Weekly survey shows....

Term limits issue shows signs of life
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
The older I get, the more I like term limits....

Guest opinion: A progressive's view of threats to the Constitution
By David Adler
Threats to our Constitution abound. ...

  Odds & Ends: Russians, Pocatello lawsuit and cutting health insurance premiums
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
A few thoughts on a few, somewhat random, topics......

Voters need better information in judicial elections
By Jim Jones
When a district or appellate judge retires during his or her term of office, the Idaho Judicial Council interviews candidates to fill the vacancy. The council carefully vets the candidates and sends a list of 2-4 of them to the governor for selection...

Political Calendar Highlights

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Idaho Falls Chamber Distinguished Under 40
When: Tuesday, Sept 26, 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: Residence Inn, 635 West Broadway, Idaho Falls, ID
Each year the Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce selects 10 outstanding individuals to receive the Distinguished Under 40 Award. These honorees are recognized and presented with their award at a luncheon. Join us to celebrate these individuals and their contributions to the greater Idaho Falls community. Registration deadline is Friday, September 22. More info and register here.

Women and Leadership Conference      
When: Wednesday, Sept 27, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Boise State University, Student Union Building
Women and Leadership is designed to empower the leaders of tomorrow by sharing the knowledge, insights, and motivating forces driving today's most successful women. Creating equal opportunity for all is a goal that requires the commitment of both men and women. All genders are welcome. $215/Individual. More info.

Tommy Ahlquist's 44 County Tour Stop-Elmore
When: Thursday, Sept 28, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Mountain Home Central Library, 790 N. 10th E. St., Mountain Home, ID
Tommy Ahlquist is touring all 44 counties of Idaho in 44 days to share his conservative blueprint to build an even better Idaho with all Idahoans. Each stop is a public event open to all Idahoans and the press to come meet Tommy, listen to his plans, and ask him questions. More info and RSVP here.

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


Idaho Headlines

Silak, Trout and Brody talk women on Idaho's highest court (Spokesman-Review)

Idaho ramps up 'Good Neighbor Authority' to boost logging in federal forests (Spokesman-Review)

Top state aide accused of sexual, racial harassment resigned after July investigation (Idaho Statesman)

What would the Senate's latest health care plan have done in Idaho? (Idaho Statesman)

Twin Falls GOP head, Hagerman mayor throw in with Ahlquist (Times-News)

Trump, Legislature outpoll D.C. delegation (Times-News)

Marty Trillhaase: Idaho health care was no Paradise Lost (Lewiston Tribune)

Major changes eyed in Idaho public school funding plan (Lewiston Tribune)

State inspections: tough love or torture? (Lewiston Tribune)

Idaho Sen. Crapo: Loosen Restrictions On Switchblade Sales (Boise State Public Radio)

As Wildfire Season Winds Down, Idaho And Other States Count The Costs (Boise State Public Radio)

Idaho's Wheat Deal With Taiwan Worth More Than Half A Billion Dollars (Boise State Public Radio)

Bart Davis Steps Down From Idaho Legislature To Take On U.S. Attorney Job (Boise State Public Radio)

Advocates, opponents differ on how to strengthen Idaho's victims' rights laws (Press-Tribune)

Idaho employers aren't waiting for government to mandate higher wages (Idaho Business Review)

Giddings story wrong; lawmaker acted appropriately (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Idaho bean, seed groups to seek legislation to protect crops from soybean diseases (Capital Press)

Raul Labrador: Education deserves more vision from governor's office (Idaho Education News)

Slowly, a school funding formula rewrite takes shape (Idaho Education News)

National Headlines

Obama's Watergate (American Spectator)

NASCAR owners side with Trump, take firm stance against anthem protests (USA Today)

Deadly Tennessee church shooting: Sudanese immigrant arrested, FBI launches civil rights investigation (Fox News)

Sen. Rand Paul lays out demands on health care as talks continue (Washington Post)

Bannon to conservatives: Fear 'corrupt' GOP establishment (ABC News)

Trump issues new travel ban restricting entry from 8 countries (ABC News)

Travel ban on Muslim countries expires, future uncertain (USA Today)

GOP tax blueprint to propose slashing corporate, individual rates (Politico)

Prosecutors asking for 2-year prison sentence for Anthony Weiner (CNN)

Solar Panels Perfect Case Of Protectionism Costing More Jobs Than It Saves (Forbes)

Dark Posts And Facebook's Deals With The Devil (Forbes)


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