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Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  Poll: Idahoans Oppose Obama Administration Order on Transgender Bathrooms in Public Schools
By Bob Bernick
Not surprisingly, two-thirds of Idahoans believe the state should decide where transgender public school kids can use public bathrooms, not the Obama administration, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll finds....

  Guest Commentary: Celebrating Independence with Thankful Hearts
By Congressman Mike Simpson
Washington, D.C. - Each year we have an opportunity to celebrate the 4th of July and remind ourselves of the sacrifices made on our behalf to secure our freedom and independence. ...

  Amid D.C. Dysfunction, Sen. Crapo Still Seeks Practical Solutions
By LaVarr Webb, Idaho Politics Weekly Publisher
Sen. Mike Crapo has been in Washington for a couple of decades. But he seems not to be a guy who has bought into the entrenched Washington politics of gridlock, dysfunction, kicking the can down the road, and ideological warfare....

  Experts Panel says Education, Healthcare, Citizen Engagement Idaho's Challenges
By Todd Cranney, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
This week’s question: What are some of the biggest challenges Idaho faces over the next 10 years?...

Idaho GOP Restores Order Despite Divisions
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Dave Johnston, the executive director of Idaho’s Republican Party, is only 27 years old, but he’s quickly mastering the art of herding cats. Those skills are handy in his line of work, where peace and harmony do not always prevail....

  Trump's Trade Policies Could Hurt Idaho's Economy
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
As anyone who has read my previous columns knows, I am a Republican, but I am not a Donald Trump fan.  But this week my particular concern is his trade policies, which could do particular damage to Idaho....

Economic Outlook: Good Idaho Labor Market; U.S. Straddles Recovery, Downturn
By Randy Shumway, Zions Bank Economic Advisor
Idaho’s labor market has continued to outperform the rest of the U.S. for the past six straight months, ranking first in the nation for percentage increase of jobs....

  Guest Commentary: K-Career Education & Workforce Development are Keys to Strong Economy
By Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter
If you’re reading this, chances are you’re an Idaho business professional with a lot on your plate. So let me get right to the point: Folks, Idaho’s economy is on a roll!...

  Idaho Experts Weigh in on Presidential Primaries
By Todd Cranney, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
This week’s question: What is one of your biggest takeaways from the Republican and Democratic Presidential primaries?  ...

  Poll: Idahoans Strongly Support Campaign Finance Reforms
By Bob Bernick
Idahoans strongly support reforms to the state’s campaign finance laws that would ban gifts from lobbyists and campaign donations to anyone doing business with the state, among other ethical issues, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows....

  Poll: Idahoans Split on Whether Fantasy Sports Violate Gambling Laws
By Bob Bernick
Idaho citizens are split over whether they agree or disagree with state Attorney General Lawrence Wasden’s decision that daily fantasy sports contests violate gambling laws, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows....

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

Kootenai Democrats Progressive Diners
When: Wednesday, July 6, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Seasons of Coeur d'Alene, 209 Lakeside Ave, Coeur d'Alene, ID
This is a dinner group with focused conversation around topics of interest to Democrats. All are welcome. The group meets on the 1st Wednesday of each month. You must RSVP to participate. More info.

Ada County Republican Women's Club Meet & Greet
When: Thursday, July 7, 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Where: Capitol Cellars, 110 S 5th St, Boise, ID
Each month on 1st Thursday the ACRWC will hold a social hour meet & greet in Downtown Boise from 5:00-6:30. More info.

District 17 Breakfast Meeting
When: Saturday, July 9, 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Where: Rooster's Eatery - Viasta Village Shopping Center 930 Vista Avenue, Boise
District 17's Monthly Breakfast Meeting. Contact Eldon Wallace, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., for more information.

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

Idaho Headlines

What can reverse southern Idaho's Millennial exodus? (Times-News)

Nevada lawmakers visit Twin to see assault victim (Times-News)

Marty Trillhaase: With no time to lose, Little makes his leap (Lewiston Tribune)

Idaho's conceal carry law takes effect (Lewiston Tribune)

Idaho ag welcomes Little’s run for governor (Capital Press)

Another view of Armstrong’s Medicaid moral high ground (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Idaho has become an oil-producing state (Idaho Statesman)

New laws include no-permit carry, powdered alcohol ban (Idaho Statesman)

Brad Little, Idaho’s governor-in-waiting, commits to 2018 run (Idaho Statesman)

Critics: New Idaho rules needed to protect mineral rights owners (Idaho Statesman)

Idaho campaign finance initiative falls short, won’t make ballot (Spokesman-Review)

Boise Democrat will challenge Sen. Mike Crapo in November (Mountain Express)

VW to pay $2.6 million penalty to Idaho (Mountain Express)

New PAC to have progressive focus (CDA Press)

Cd’A police chief headed to the White House (CDA Press)

Idaho Reacts To Supreme Court Abortion Law Decision (Boise State Public Radio)

Supreme Court Decision Dashes Hopes For More Than 20,000 People In Idaho (Boise State Public Radio)

Idaho Campaign Finance Reform Initiative Falls Short On Signatures (Boise State Public Radio)

Teacher salaries increase by 2.1 percent, in first year of career ladder (Idaho Education News)

Lawsuits: Student fees represent a form of 'coercion' (Idaho Education News)

More errors uncovered in state's teacher evaluation report (Idaho Education News)

National Headlines

5 U.S. Independence Movements Inspired by Brexit (Politico)

Ryan does Trump damage control in Silicon Valley (Politico)

Obama leaves Clinton with a Democratic Party moving left (The Hill)

Grassley faces race of his life (The Hill)

'Occupy the DNC' booking up campgrounds around Philly (Washington Examiner)

Tim Kaine's abortion predicament (Politico)

Huma Abedin admits that Clinton burned daily schedules (New York Post)

Trump to meet with Ernst, a possible running mate (New York Times)

Obama to tell foe-to-friend story at Hillary Clinton event (Daily Mail)

Blocked Indiana abortion law comes amid procedure’s decline (Washington Post)

US coal company to lay off 80 percent of its workers, blames Obama (Christian Science Monitor)