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Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

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This Week In Idaho Politics

Guest opinion: A look back at 2017
By Congressman Raul Labrador
Working with my colleagues and President Trump, we have fulfilled our promises to grow jobs and the economy, roll back regulatory overreach and enact significant tax reform.A key reason Americans voted for change in 2016 was to improve our economy. W...

Guest opinion: Senate Banking Committee had a good year
By Sen. Mike Crapo
Serving as Senate Banking Committee Chairman over the past year has been an honor and responsibility as the committee has worked to manage legislation that affects so many Americans.  Despite the current political climate, my priority has been t...

Idaho lost two outstanding public servants in 2017
By Jim Jones
This year witnessed the passing of two Idahoans who dedicated their lives to public service. Neither Orval Hansen nor Larry Boyle held public office to enrich themselves or others but, rather, to give of their time on this planet to make it a better ...

  What will drive Idaho's 2018 elections?
By Super User
Americans today are a grumpy lot. Overall, the economy is pretty strong but U.S. voters are not satisfied with the current direction of the country. The latest Real Clear Politics average of polls show that only 32.3% of Americans surveyed belie...

Fulcher gets big boost to his congressional bid
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
The political action group that propelled former Congressman Bill Sali to brief political fame a decade ago is back at it this time campaigning on behalf of former state Sen. Russ Fulcher in his bid for the First District congressional seat.The Club...

  Trump is among most popular politicians in Idaho
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
Pres. Donald Trump may want to think about spending some time in Idaho.An Idaho Politics Weekly poll finds the controversial president is quite popular here.He has a 59 percent approval rating, with 41 percent of Idahoans disapproving of the job Trum...

  Leroy leads in 1st CD race but most Idahoans still undecided
By Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Former Idaho Lt. Gov. David Leroy has a double-digit lead among Republicans in the state's 1st Congressional District, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows....

Nonini plans to keep tire shops, shoe stores busy
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
For political candidates, few things are more daunting than launching a statewide campaign especially if they are running for an office that hardly touches the hearts and souls of everyday Idahoans....

  Alabama Senate race and write-in votes in Idaho
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
The fierce election fight in Alabama over Attorney General Jeff Session's former U.S. Senate seat came to a close last week.  And, controversial Republican nominee Ray Moore lost narrowly....

The Grand Old Party may be reawakening
By Jim Jones
There are a few encouraging signs that my dear old Republican Party may be returning to its roots....

Guest opinion: People who make great things happen in our communities
By Sen. Mike Crapo
We do not have to look hard in Idaho to find great people helping others....

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

Welcome to 2018! District 18 Dems Pizza Party
When: Wednesday, Jan 3, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Boise Pizza Restaurant | Smoky Mountain Pizzeria & Grill, 415 E Parkcenter Blvd, Boise, ID 
The 2017 off election year is past, the holidays are upon us and we are all looking forward to the New Year. It's time to come together as District 18 committee members, activists and volunteers, along with our friends and family, to revel in the excitement of a challenging 2018 election year.  RSVP and more info here.

Blaine County Democrats Winter Gala   
When: Friday, Jan 5, 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Where: Ketchum Event Center, 660 Sun Valley Road, Ketchum, Idaho
Enjoy good eats, a cash bar, a silent auction, and great conversations about the decisive 2018 election year with your fellow Democrats and state party leaders. This fundraiser will support work to both keep our current elected officials and to elect more Idaho Democrats. More info and register here.

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


Idaho Headlines

Top education stories of 2017 (Idaho Education News)

High levels of teacher attrition drive educator shortages (Idaho Education News)

Controversial ICE contract hasn't materialized (Capital Press)

Judge orders anti-development petition to be filed (Capital Press)

Cut, cap, or re-prioritize: Three gov candidates differ on state spending growth (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Ask your legislators to support this one New Year's resolution (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Expert: Big Win For Idaho Big Businesses Under GOP Tax Plan (Boise State Public Radio)

What The Nevada Bundy Mistrial Means For Public Lands (Boise State Public Radio)

Idaho The Fastest Growing State According To U.S. Census Bureau (Boise State Public Radio)

Northwest members of Congress chalk up a few key victories (Lewiston Tribune)

Hail Mary or opportunity knocks? (Lewiston Tribune)

Top 8 government and politics stories of 2017 (Times-News)

Editorial: Debate and scrutiny are helping Boise get promising Downtown stadium project right (Idaho Statesman)

Loggers, enviros partner on Idaho forest projects. Their main obstacle is now money. (Idaho Statesman)

The fate of the Northwest's largest energy provider may decide future of our salmon (Idaho Statesman)

How much will expanding victims' rights cost Idahoans? Around $550,000 a year. (Idaho Statesman)

If Congress doesn't save kids' health insurance, it will cost Idaho millions (Idaho Statesman)

These immigration reforms must be part of any DACA fix, say Labrador, GOP (Idaho Statesman)

Developer buys building back from state for nearly $1M less than he was paid in 2013 (Spokesman-Review)

Rep. Giddings receives stay in property tax case for military service (Spokesman-Review)

National Headlines

As the Dossier Scandal Looms, the New York Times Struggles to Save Its Collusion Tale (National Review)

Trump Effect: Business, Anticipating Less Regulation, Loosens Purse Strings (New York Times)

Congress heads toward showdown over 'Dreamers' (The Hill)

North Korean defector claims Kim Jong-un has ordered biggest missile yet for nation's 70th anniversary (Telegraph)

On Trump's plate: Congress, midterm elections, North Korea (Associated Press)

Five fights facing Congress in 2018 (The Hill)

New York Dems Cuomo, de Blasio still seem at odds (FOX News)

Changes In H-1B Could Impact Tech Industry, Foreign Workers (International Business Times)

Who Is Susie Tompkins Buell? Clinton Donor Gave $500000 to Fund Trump Sexual Misconduct Accusers (Newsweek)

California rolls its own recreational pot sales out for 2018 (Associated Press)

The $15 Minimum Wage Movement Is Winning, And That's Bad News For Cashiers (Forbes)