Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, May 16, 2016

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  Poll: Idahoans Divided on Funding Boost for Education
By Bob Bernick
On the whole, Idahoans agree with Gov. Butch Otter’s veto of a recently-passed bill that would have allowed the Bible to be taught in public schools, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows....

  The Buck Should Stop With the Governor
By LaVarr Webb, Idaho Politics Weekly Publisher
Should Idaho’s governor be fully in charge of the executive branch of government?...

  Lawsuit Challenging Idaho's Involvement in Common Core is Dismissed
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Unnoticed by the Idaho news media, the high-profile lawsuit challenging Idaho’s involvement in Common Core testing was dismissed by Federal Judge B. Lynn Winmill on April 11....

GOP Establishment is out of Touch, Not Trump
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Given the voter sentiment about politics-as-usual on both sides, Donald Trump probably would do just as well for himself by telling “establishment” Republicans to jump in the lake....

Turning Around the Trend of Struggling U.S. Entrepreneurship
By Randy Shumway, Zions Bank Economic Advisor
Your smartphone’s bright screen offers a glimpse into the colorful startup movement born in Silicon Valley....

Coeur d'Alene Tribal Members Elect Leaders
By Press Release
Plummer, Idaho – Coeur d’Alene tribal members have filled two positions on the Coeur d’Alene Tribal Council. ...

By LaVarr Webb, Idaho Politics Weekly Publisher
Two errors were made in last week’s story reporting about the 2nd Congressional District race and a poll for Idaho Politics Weekly by Dan Jones & Associates....

  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....

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

Idaho Primary Election
When: Tuesday, May 17
Statewide congressional, legislative, and local primary elections.

2020 Vision for Business Luncheon with Irene Gonzalez
When: Tuesday, May 17, 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: Willard Arts Center, 498 A St, Idaho Falls
Join us for a lunch with Irene Gonzalez, a lead economic development specialist with the U.S. Small Business Administration. Gonzalez leads a team of economic development specialists within the Boise District to provide outreach and support to communities and businesses. More info

Magic Valley Republican Women Luncheon
When: Wednesday, May 18, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Clear Lake Country Club, 403 Clear Lakes Grade, Buhl
The third Wednesday of every month, join the Magic Valley Republican Women for their luncheon meeting. 11 a.m. social time, 12 noon lunch. For information call Billee 421-2101.

6th Annual Community Progressive
When: Saturday, May 21, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: Julia Davis Park, 700 S Capitol Blvd, Boise
Free, nonpartisan event focused on raising awareness about issues that affect our communities including: buying locally, sustainable food solutions, investing in local communities and building networks of people who are interested in becoming more involved. Event includes an interactive kids tent, live local music, food trucks, beer and wine garden. More info

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

Idaho Headlines

Incumbents stake healthy lead in campaign fundraising (Mountain Express)

Republican state convention to be held in Nampa (Press-Tribune)

Bannock County sees contested GOP races (State Journal)

Tensions rise in Packer-West legislative race (State Journal)

Wood, Heider Honored for Work to Fund Suicide Prevention (Times-News)

Otter, Ybarra, Little Blast Feds on Transgender School Bathroom Rules (Times-News)

Marty Trillhaase: Is this any way for Idaho to pick a justice? (Lewiston Tribune)

D.C. Diary: Fear and self-loathing in the halls of Congress (Lewiston Tribune)

Risch won't push Lochsa land swap (Lewiston Tribune)

Botanist says Soda Fire rehab may do more harm than good (Idaho Statesman)

Claim: Idaho treasurer Crane fired worker for exposing ‘waste of public funds’ (Idaho Statesman)

Two Democrats vie for West Boise legislative seat (Idaho Statesman)

New Idaho commerce chief targets improving exports, training (Idaho Statesman)

Idaho Reacts To New Federal Guidelines About Transgender Students (Boise State Public Radio)

Land use, property rights top issues for Kootenai County commissioner candidates (Spokesman-Review)

Campaign finance dispute crops up in Idaho Supreme Court race (Spokesman-Review)

Redoubt movement helps push North Idaho politics to extreme right (Spokesman-Review)

North Idaho homeless count rises 5 percent (CDA Press)

Otter endorses West Ada recalls (Idaho Education News)

A $5 million step to filling the counseling gap (Idaho Education News)

Otter, Ybarra rip White House 'guidance' on transgender students (Idaho Education News)

National Headlines

Clinton caught in end-of-the-primary trap (Politico)

State GOP leaders crush 'Never Trump’ rebellions (Politico)

Trump tweaks his brand (The Hill)

Puerto Rico debt becomes constitutional fight on the right (The Hill)

Even supporters agree: Clinton has weaknesses as a candidate. What can she do? (Washington Post)

DHS Secretary: Long Airport Screening Wait Times Not a ‘National Crisis’ (PJ Media)

Inside the GOP effort to draft an independent candidate to derail Trump (Washington Post)

Hillary, Bernie delegates clash at NV Dem convention (American Mirror)

Hillary Clinton Outlines Economic Plans, Which Include Her Husband (New York Times)

Chris Wallace to Bob Woodward: Does Wash Post Also Have 20 Reporters Investigating Hillary Clinton? (Washington Post)

Glenn Beck, other top conservatives to meet with Mark Zuckerberg over bias claims (MarketWatch)


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