Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, June 6, 2016

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  Idaho Experts Panel: Important Policies that Idaho Should Pursue
By LaVarr Webb, Idaho Politics Weekly Publisher
(Editor’s Note: We’re starting a new feature at Idaho Politics Weekly. Each week we’ll ask a group of experts a question and publish their responses.)...

  Poll: Nearly Half of Idahoans Say They Will Vote for Trump in November
By Bob Bernick
Idahoans have come around to the idea of Donald Trump being the GOP presidential nominee this year, although many don’t like it....

  Our Energy Future is Bright - and Clean
By LaVarr Webb, Idaho Politics Weekly Publisher
When I attended a recent energy conference, I expected a lot of gloom and doom, given low oil prices that have hurt some economic sectors....

  How Will Third Party Candidates Fare in Idaho?
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
This year’s chaotic presidential features the two most disliked major party candidates in modern history, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump....

Take a Hike and Be Like Mike
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Congressman Mike Simpson has a long list of accomplishments during his nine terms in Congress – including holding a seat on the powerful Appropriations Committee and engineering passage of the Boulder-White Clouds wilderness bill....

Idaho Economic Outlook: Teton Valley: A Year-Round Economic Boom
By Randy Shumway, Zions Bank Economic Advisor
Providing access to Yellowstone Bear World, Rexburg isn’t the only gateway community in Idaho that benefits from travelers on their way to nearby Yellowstone Park....

  Press Release: Congressman Raul Labrador Introduces Campaign Team
By Press Release
As Republicans from across Idaho prepare for the party's state convention in Nampa, Idaho, 1st District U.S. Representative Raúl Labrador has introduced his 2016 re-election team, including campaign staff, campaign finance co-chairs, and grass...

  Most Idaho Residents Want Federal Lands turned Over to State Control
By Bob Bernick
Three-fourths of all Idahoans want the federal land in the state turned over to state government management, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll finds....

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

Idaho Falls Chamber Out of the Box Networking Lunch
When: Tuesday, June 7, 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: Catered Your Way, LLC, 2161 E 17th St, Idaho Falls
Build your professional network and learn more about businesses in the community. Door prizes, introductions, and other interactions will make this a casual, fun opportunity to meet others and build your professional network. If you would like to be a featured business, please call 523-1010 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Eastern Idaho Keynote Luncheon
When: Wednesday, June 8, 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: Shoshone-Bannock Hotel & Event Center, 777 Bannock Trail, Pocatello
Join Peter Kageyama for an in-depth exploration of the importance of building great places that we care about. Learn how small things can be key to attracting and retaining a dynamic workforce and how smaller communities need to find their most authentic elements and promote those strengths. More info and register here.

Idaho Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee
When: Thursday, June 9, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: 4118 Burns Ct, Sandpoint, ID
Idaho's Democratic Legislators are coming to Sandpoint, and they want to meet you. Please take advantage of this unique opportunity and join us at a special house party to support and expand Idaho's Democratic Caucus. This is also a chance to meet House Minority Leader Mat Erpelding and your candidates Kate McAlister, Stephen Howlett, Ken Meyers & Jessica Chilcott. Donations welcome! Appetizers, refreshments, and lively discussion will be provided. RSVP here or to Shelby Scott at 398.0148.

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

Idaho Headlines

Kathleen Eder wades into political life as legislative candidate (Mountain Express)

Idaho ranks No. 2 in tech sector growth (Idaho Business Review)

Unemployment continues its decline in Idaho (Idaho Business Review)

Idaho GOP Convention without major fireworks (Press-Tribune)

Critics Push for Reform of Controversial Forfeiture Laws (Times-News)

Marty Trillhaase: Otter's Fish and Game saga unfolds for all to see (Lewiston Tribune)

GOP to roll out policy agenda next week (Lewiston Tribune)

Environmental groups challenge federal wolf killing in Idaho (Associated Press)

Jewell’s all hands, all lands vision draws strength from Interior employees (Idaho Statesman)

State analysis says Idaho has sold 33% of its land since statehood (Idaho Statesman)

Idaho GOP concludes businesslike state convention with show of unity (Idaho Statesman)

Idaho icon Cecil Andrus reflects on career that helped shape the state (Spokesman-Review)

Idaho primary turnout: Just 23% of registered voters (Spokesman-Review)

Panel urges review of Idaho legislators’ pension perk (Spokesman-Review)

Idaho GOP convention smoother this time around (Spokesman-Review)

Sen. Steven Thayn calls on conservatives to ‘do something,’ not just complain (Spokesman-Review)

A not-so-hot seat (CDA Press)

State GOP panel addresses platform (CDA Press)

Failed Idaho charter schools receive $2.3 million in federal grants (Idaho Education News)

Republicans attempts to resurrect school Bible bill (Idaho Education News)

National Headlines

Conflict of interest: Sanders assails Clinton over Foundation (Politico)

2020 contenders struggle to maneuver around Trump (Politico)

Clinton dodges question on Second Amendment (The Hill)

Clinton's IT aide keeps email server shrouded in mystery (The Hill)

Sanders predicts Democratic convention will be contested (Associated Press)

Dems on FEC vote to regulate political jokes (Washington Examiner)

Donald Trump says he has no regrets, on a day Paul Ryan might (Washington Post)

Gingrich: Trump remarks about judge 'mistake,' 'inexcusable' (FOX News)

Trump plans Clinton foreign policy rebuttal (CNN)

Secret Service officer's book details Clintons' 'crisis of character' (FOX News)

Blue Cross premium hikes in Texas, Oklahoma could mean Illinois sticker shock (Chicago Tribune)


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