Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, June 20, 2016

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  Poll: Idahoans Give Simpson, Crapo High Approval Ratings
By Bob Bernick
Idaho is a very Republican state, but its GOP major officeholders do not please many citizens beyond their Republican partisan bases, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll finds....

  Idaho Expert Panelists List Favorite Politicians
By Todd Cranney, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
This Week’s Question: Who is your favorite living politician and why?  ...

Erpelding Gives Democrats Hope for the Future
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Remember this name: Rep. Mat Erpelding of Boise....

  Campaign Disclosures Shed Light on Supreme Court Candidates
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
The two winners of the May primary for the open seat on the Idaho Supreme Court, Rupert attorney Robyn Brody and State Senator Curt McKenzie, are starting the general election in different financial positions....

Key Economic Indicators Show Low Inflation, Decline of Consumer Confidence
By Randy Shumway, Zions Bank Economic Advisor
U.S. Consumer Price Index. The national Consumer Price Index (CPI) increased 0.4 percent in early spring on a non-seasonally adjusted basis....

  Idaho Federal Judicial Nominee Set for Hearing Tuesday
By Press Release
Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch have secured a hearing for their selection of a new U.S. District Judge for Idaho....

  Press Release: Key Idaho Provisions Advanced in House Interior Bill
By Press Release
Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson supported the House Interior and Environment Appropriations bill for FY17 approved by the House Appropriations Committee....

  Press Release: Crapo says Fight Terror According to Constitution
By Press Release
Responding to several legislative proposals being offered in the wake of the Orlando terrorist attack that would limit the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding American citizens, Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo issued the following statem...

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

Idaho Falls Chamber 2020 Vision for Business Luncheon
When: Tuesday, June 21, 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: Willard Arts Center, 498 A St, Idaho Falls, ID
Join the Chamber for a lunch with Brent Stacey, Associate Laboratory Director in National & Homeland Security, Idaho National Laboratory. Topic: Cyber Security for Small Businesses. Brent has over 30 years of experience in information technology and cyber security in electric utility and related government markets. He has served as CEO, president, vice-president, and CIO for small- to mid-sized domestic and international companies. More info and registration here.

Boise Chamber Ambassador Summer Social
When: Tuesday, June 21, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Where: Zoo Boise/Julia Davis Park Boise Pavilion
Private guided tour of Zoo Boise, picnic BBQ, and outdoor games. Questions call Andrea Vlassis-Zahn at 208-472-5259 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more info.

Ada County Republican Women's Club and ACCC Annual Picnic
When: Wednesday, June 22, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Julius M. Kleiner Memorial Park, 1900 N Records Ave, Meridian, ID
Our Caring for America Project is helping "208 Cares" provide household items for the winning veteran. We will have a combat boot available for donations. Hot dogs and hamburgers will be served, please bring a side dish to share. Our Republican candidates will be providing dessert. RSVP to Sandy This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.t.

Canyon County Peck Picnic
When: Saturday, June 25, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Les and Mary Peck's house 3624 Vista Drive, Nampa, ID
Come for fellowship with other Democrats from throughout the region. Meet your candidates. Dinner features pork barbecued by Les himself. Shop for bargains at our silent and live auctions. E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.m for more information.

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Idaho Headlines

Rep. Miller turns to Idaho roots in pursuit of another term (Mountain Express)

Idaho Health Insurers Want Big Rate Increases For Individual Plans (Boise State Public Radio)

Why You Shouldn’t Compare This Year’s Idaho SAT Scores To Previous Years' (Boise State Public Radio)

Study puts economic value on agriculture in Northwest, Idaho (Press-Tribune)

Businesses, residents prepare for changes to food stamp distribution (Press-Tribune)

Risch Calls for 'Third Way,' Leery on More Gun Restrictions in Wake of Orlando Shooting (Times-News)

Labrador Bill For More Local Control of Federal Lands Clears Committee (Times-News)

Refugee Opponents Turn Focus to City Council (Times-News)

Committee OKs Labrador's land bill (Lewiston Tribune)

Republican lawmakers move to take back their authority (Lewiston Tribune)

Senate Dems serious about passing gun control (Lewiston Tribune)

Tax relief: Meet the New Otter, same as the Old Otter? (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Environmental concerns dominate water policy hearing (Capital Press)

Idaho’s senators await details on gun legislation (Idaho Statesman)

Idaho Democrats endorse move to presidential primary (Idaho Statesman)

In Trump-Clinton contest, who wins Idaho? Probably who you expect (Idaho Statesman)

North Idaho schools score above state average on SATs (Spokesman-Review)

Idaho health coverage gap can be closed, lawmakers believe (Spokesman-Review)

Democrat challenges Rep. Barbieri in heavily GOP North Idaho district (Spokesman-Review)

Economist: Local economy ‘quite healthy’ (CDA Press)

Many hands reach for state salary funds (CDA Press)

Allure of out-of-state jobs hampering 60 percent graduation goal (Idaho Education News)

Idaho's latest SAT scores a mixed bag (Idaho Education News)

Legislative leaders approve school funding group's roster (Idaho Education News)

Feeling Berned (Idaho Reports)

National Headlines

Hillary Clinton’s path to victory (Politico)

Donald Trump’s path to victory (Politico)

5 things Trump needs to do to turn his campaign around (The Hill)

Attorney general: I've never discussed Clinton emails with Obama (The Hill)

Some Gay Voters Say It's 'Dangerous' to Come Out for Trump (NBC News)

Agents see increase in border crossings despite extreme heat (CBS News)

How Donald Trump May Have Wasted A Monthlong Advantage Over Hillary Clinton (NPR)

Donald Trump Calls for Racial Profiling to Stop Terrorists (New York Times)

Obama Visits Yosemite Park, Spends Trip Worrying About Global Warming (Daily Caller)

Alleged American ISIS fighter praises Orlando gunman in new video (FOX News)

President Obama Believes This Is the Best Social Security Fix -- Is He Right? (Motley Fool)


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