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Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, May 9, 2016

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  Poll: Crapo, Labrador and Simpson all Lead their Re-Election Bids
By Bob Bernick
Idaho’s three Republican federal incumbents up for election this year – Sen. Mike Crapo, Rep. Raul Labrador, and Rep. Mike Simpson – are ahead in their respective races, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows....

  How to Make Government Work Again
By LaVarr Webb, Idaho Politics Weekly Publisher
For some time now, I’ve been promoting how I think we need to restore trust in government and deal with the big problems facing America....

  How to Handle the Trump Nomination
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
I will not be voting for Donald Trump this November. ...

Editors Offer Different Views on Editorial Endorsements
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Thirty years ago.That was the last time Idaho had an election with drama throughout the ticket....

Idaho Economic Outlook: Jobs Increase, Housing Market Good
By Randy Shumway, Zions Bank Economic Advisor
Labor Market. Idaho’s unemployment rate is remaining low at 3.9 percent....

  Poll: 1/3 of Idaho Republicans Would Not Vote for Trump in November
By Bob Bernick
Only two-thirds of Idaho Republicans say they will vote for Donald Trump in November if he becomes the Republican Party’s presidential nominee, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll finds....

  Guest Column: Protecting Electronic Privacy in a Swiftly Changing World
By Congressman Ra�l Labrador
It’s been 30 years since Congress overhauled our laws governing electronic information. On April 27, the House took an important step to approve long overdue reforms protecting the privacy of electronic information, including stored emails, tex...

  Winning the Political Game: A Million Little Things Add Up to Election Win
By LaVarr Webb, Idaho Politics Weekly Publisher
One has to be a little insane to run a political campaign. It’s an organizational and logistical nightmare....

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce Meet the Candidates
When: Tuesday, May 10, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: Residence Inn Idaho Falls, 635 W Broadway St, Idaho Falls
Open house buffet and luncheon event for the Bonneville County Primary Election. Attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy lunch and speak with County Commissioner and Representative candidates running in contested primary races. Moderated Q&A session from 12:30-1:30 for each of the contested primary races. More info

Boise Chamber 2016 Small Business of the Year and Chamber Excellence Awards Luncheon
When: Tuesday, May 10, 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: Boise Centre, 850 W Front St, Boise
Featuring special guest emcee James Cunningham. Presentation of the Chamber Hall of Fame Award to Dennis Johnson, President & CEO of United Heritage Insurance and former Chairman, Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce. Register through May 6th, members $35, nonmembers $45. After May 7 registration is $10 more. More info

2016 Leadership Boise Academy Graduation Banquet Dinner
When: Wednesday, May 11, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Boise State University, J.R. Simplot Ballroom, 1700 University Drive, Boise
Celebrate the graduates of the 2016 Leadership Boise Academy Class with the Boise Chamber of Commerce. Hear from keynote speaker, Ron Price of Price Associates, the current LBA Vice President, Jamie Milan and the Class of 2015 Scholarship Recipients. Parents and guests are invited to attend with their student graduating from the LBA program. More info

Boise Metro Chamber's Donuts & Democracy
When: Friday, May 13, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Where: Yanke Family Research Park, 220 Parkcenter Blvd, Boise
Donuts & Democracy provides a quarterly advocacy update on current issues. Attendants can take advantage of the opportunity to hear experts on a relevant topic and enjoy donuts and coffee while they do. More info including guest speakers here.

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

Idaho Headlines

Court rejects Columbia Basin hydro plan (Mountain Express)

Canyon County legislative candidates meet for forum (Press-Tribune)

Local addict, officials speak out about heroin crisis in Southeast Idaho (State Journal)

Idaho GOP Chairman Announces Support for Trump (Times-News)

Official: Idaho is seeing rapid growth in tourism (Lewiston Tribune)

D.C. Diary: The Senate gets back to work ... if torpor is your idea of work (Lewiston Tribune)

Group: Idaho officials can't be counted on to not sell off state lands (Lewiston Tribune)

Public lands, garbage key issues in Idaho County Commission race (Lewiston Tribune)

Idaho Supreme Court candidates tout ag experience (Capital Press)

Idaho’s ‘Groundhog Day’: Judge again orders feds to take new approach on Northwest salmon (Idaho Statesman)

Idaho sportsmen angry that Otter is making F&G commissioners reapply for their jobs (Idaho Statesman)

West Ada sees contested GOP primaries for two House seats (Idaho Statesman)

It’s hard to quantify economic benefits of light-rail projects (Idaho Statesman)

Five-way GOP contest for open House seat tops rural Canyon County races (Idaho Statesman)

4 Idaho Supreme Court hopefuls look to replace Jim Jones (Idaho Statesman)

Two Idaho Universities Have Exemptions From Federal Law Against Discrimination (Boise State Public Radio)

Idaho investigating possible campaign finance violations (Spokesman-Review)

Kootenai County candidates differ on proper role of sheriff (Spokesman-Review)

Nine Idaho schools pass Washington Post's 'challenge' (Idaho Education News)

West Ada, Clark reach settlement (Idaho Education News)

Doyle Beck-related companies main donors to Heileson (Idaho Reports)

National Headlines

Why Middle Eastern Leaders Are Talking to Putin, Not Obama (Politico)

McCain: GOP would be 'foolish' to ignore voters (The Hill)

For Clinton, beating Trump isn't a slam dunk (CNN)

The year of the hated: Clinton and Trump, two intensely disliked candidates, begin their face-off (Washington Post)

Trump invokes Clinton impeachment in latest attack (CNN)

President Obama Says 'Beyoncé Runs the World' in Howard University Commencement Speech (People)

Donald Trump: I might raise taxes on the rich (Washington Times)

Alabama’s top judge is suspended, and may lose job, after blocking gay marriage (Washington Post)

Reversal unlikely as deadline approaches on N Carolina law (Associated Press)

Trump v Clinton on foreign policy (BBC News)

As Trump and Clinton face off, Main Street is looking for details (CNBC)