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Rep. Scott enjoys VIP treatment in the swamp

  • By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor

Rep. Heather Scott of Blanchard, a hardline conservative and one of the few legislators who writes regular newsletters to constituents, usually has plenty of dialogue that appeals to her base.

Campaign roundup: GOP plays politics & Little goes to D.C.

  • By Idaho Politics Weekly staff

Statement by Paulette Jordan campaign:  “The Idaho GOP started the general election season showing how ‘Little’ they have to run on, pushing out a totally misleading attack on Paulette Jordan. 

Why Republicans are going bananas over Trump

  • By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor

It’s well known that Pres. Trump’s approval ratings among Idaho Republicans are through the roof, but it appears he has an equally high rating nationwide.

The disheartening Supreme Court feeding frenzy

  • By Jim Jones

It is sad that every vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court sets off a political feeding frenzy in Washington and throughout the country. It is as if a new appointee is intended to be a super-legislator, rather than an...

Guest opinion: Freeing the engines of our economy

  • By Sen. Mike Crapo

I often think about the Americans in communities across this nation who have sat at their desks well into the night trying to make sure they filed necessary paperwork and kept up to date on federal...

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

Meridian Chamber Luncheon - Speaker Series
When: Tuesday, July 17, 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: Wahooz Family Fun Zone 1385 W Blue Marlin Lane Meridian, ID
Please join the Meridian Chamber as we hear from Habitat for Humanity. Presented by Thrivent Financial, food and beverage by Wahooz Family Fun Zone. More info.

Kootenai Dems Rock the Vote Painting Project
When: Tuesday, July 17, 4 p.m. to 7  p.m.
Where: G.O. Phippeny park, Coeur d'Alene, ID
Have some fun while raising voter registration awareness at the Rock the Vote Painting Project. Paint rocks with colorful images and compelling calls to action. Ultimately, the finished rock art will be hidden around town to promote voter registration and activism. More info.

Magic Valley Republican Women Luncheon
When: Wednesday, July 18, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: Location varies
Republican strong, addressing current issues. For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Magic Valley RW President.

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Idaho Headlines

Marty Trillhaase: Here's one time Idaho's GOP is overreaching (Lewiston Tribune)

Grazing is ‘indispensable’ to America. Or, it’s a ‘cancer,’ westerners tell Congress (Lewiston Tribune)

Headed outdoors? Make sure you know about Idaho's new trespassing law (Lewiston Tribune)

Police: Idaho Senate candidate confronted officers with knife before his arrest (Idaho Statesman)

Idaho will vote this fall on legalizing horse-race gambling machines (Idaho Statesman)

Idaho Law Enforcement Takes Issue With Tricky Trespass Laws (Boise State Public Radio)

Congressional Committee Takes Up Grazing Regulation (Boise State Public Radio)

Tariffs And Trade Tensions Spur East Idaho County To Take Action (Boise State Public Radio)

Retired general says Congress needs more military veterans to end partisan bickering (Mountain Express)

Despite June shortfall, Idaho closes fiscal year with $100.7M budget surplus (Press-Tribune)

Little disappointed as Labrador misses grazing hearing (Press-Tribune)

Legislative panel to consider campaign finance reforms (Press-Tribune)

Seven things the Legislature can look at in Idaho’s new occupational licensure reports (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

A path to eliminate government subsidies for the media (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Obamacare initiative has problems, and Idaho voters need to hear them (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Japanese businessmen look for opportunity in Idaho (Capital Press)

Most principals earn high marks on annual evaluations (Idaho Education News)

National Headlines