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Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, June 13, 2016

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  Poll: Top Incumbents Leading Ahead of November Election
By Bob Bernick
All three Idaho GOP congressional officeholders, Sen. Mike Crapo, and Reps. Raul Labrador and Mike Simpson, are well ahead of their Democratic challengers this election year, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows....

  Idaho Experts Panel: What is the Best Advice That One of Your Mentors Gave You?
By Todd Cranney, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Brandon Woolf - Idaho State Controller. Idaho’s long tenured but now retired Secretary of State, Ben Ysursa, advised early in my service as State Controller to always err on the side of the citizens and our constitution.  ...

Conservatives May Not Get a Better Deal With Trump
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Congressman Raul Labrador says he could get behind efforts to knock out Donald Trump at the Republican convention, but only if different kingmakers were leading the charge....

  Will Idaho Follow Utah's Campaign on Federal Lands?
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
This week, Utah’s Commission for Stewardship of Public Lands will be presented a draft complaint seeking turnover of various federal lands to the State of Utah.  Some Idaho legislators think Idaho should jump on the Utah bandwagon....

  Press Release: Rep. Labrador Protects Taxpayers from Puerto Rico Creditor Bailout
By Press Release
Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning issued the following statement praising U.S. Reps. Sean Duffy (R-Wis.), Raul Labrador (R-Idaho), and Rob Bishop (R-Utah) for their work on legislation restructuring Puerto Rico’s $72 ...

  Press Release: Simpson Votes Against Energy Regs and Tax Hikes
By Press Release
Washington, D.C. - Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson voted in favor of two resolutions which voice the House of Representatives disapproval for two of President Obama’s proposed energy initiatives....

Optimizing Measurement & Accountability to Improve Student Learning
By Randy Shumway, Zions Bank Economic Advisor
At the end of last year, the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) of 2002 was replaced with the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which fundamentally redefines success and reallocates accountability....

  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.)...

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

D14 Informal "Coffee Talk"
When: Tuesday, June 14, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Where: Wild West Bakery and Espresso, 83 E State St, Eagle, ID
A social, informal, come-and-go-as-you-please meeting.

Magic Valley Republican Women Luncheon
When: Wednesday, June 15, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Clear Lake Country Club, 403 Clear Lakes Grade, Buhl, ID
The third Wednesday of every month, join the Magic Valley Republican Women for their luncheon meeting at Clear Lake Country Club in Buhl. 11 a.m. social time, 12 noon lunch. For information call Billee 421-2101.

2016 Idaho Democratic State Convention
When: June 16 - June 19
Where: The Riverside Hotel, 2900 W Chinden Blvd, Boise, ID
Agenda and registration here.

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

Idaho Headlines

Northern Rockies wilderness bill introduced in Senate (Mountain Express)

State to adopt water sustainability policy (Mountain Express)

Agencies look for more funding from Ketchum (Mountain Express)

Hailey seeks $1 million in grants to leverage Pathways funds (Mountain Express)

College of Western Idaho still has work to do to convince voters to support bond (Press-Tribune)

Idaho Banks on Therapy-based Treatment Reducing Recidivism (Times-News)

Behind the Razor Wire: Idaho Revamps its Retained Jurisdiction Program (Times-News)

Trump Beats Clinton in Idaho Despite Huge Gender Gap, Poll Says (Times-News)

Boise Democrat looks to oust GOP's Crapo from U.S. Senate seat (Lewiston Tribune)

Idaho agency says land sales overstated (Lewiston Tribune)

Idaho AG settles with 2 charged in PAC investigation (Associated Press)

King’s wilderness advocacy put down base for roadless protection (Idaho Statesman)

Economics shows why it’s hard to elect a good president (Idaho Statesman)

Idaho forced to ration costly hepatitis C cure (Idaho Statesman)

New Article Looks At Securities Lending In Idaho (Boise State Public Radio)

One Prognosticator Says Idaho Will Be State With Biggest Job Growth This Year (Boise State Public Radio)

Raul Labrador says momentum building for bipartisan sentencing reform (Spokesman-Review)

Idaho’s growing Hispanic population a factor in education, economy (Spokesman-Review)

Cd’A schools superintendent again seeking new job (CDA Press)

Ignite cda nears de-annexation (CDA Press)

Why are Idaho's immunization numbers trending upward? (Idaho Education News)

West Ada fills final open school board seat (Idaho Education News)

National Headlines

Orlando massacre: Shock and horror (Politico)

Tension over LGBT angle to Orlando massacre (Politico)

Obama: Orlando shooting 'an act of terror' (The Hill)

Dem rep: Orlando shooter 'made pledge of allegiance' to ISIS (The Hill)

Clinton targets Trump in first general election ad (CNN)

Man with weapons and explosives arrested, was going to L.A. gay pride parade, police say (Los Angeles Times)

Army veteran legally not male or female, judge rules (CNN)

Former President George H.W. Bush celebrates 92nd birthday (Associated Press)

Hillary Clinton huddles with top fundraisers (CNN)

In Sanders’ hometown, people proud of his mark on campaign (Associated Press)

76 Million Americans Are Struggling Financially: And It Doesn't Matter A Darn (Forbes)