Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, July 18, 2016

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  Poll: Idaho Voters Favor Trump over Clinton
By Bob Bernick
Idaho has become Donald Trump land, a new poll by Idaho Politics Weekly shows....

  Experts Panel: What Clinton and Trump Need in a VP
By Todd Cranney, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
This week’s question: What do Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton each need to accomplish with their respective VP picks and their upcoming party conventions? ...

More Gun Laws Are Not the Answer
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
There are two things that you cannot win in Idaho: An argument with someone who is drunk in a bar, and a debate over guns – especially if you’re on the side of imposing more gun control laws....

  Idaho Revamps State Boards
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
On July 1, a whole host of legislation passed by this year’s Idaho Legislature took effect.  One of the more overlooked measures was House Bill 482 which made significant changes in the statutes governing 30 Idaho occupational boards....

Guest Column: A Preview of the 2016 Republican National Convention
By Norm Semanko
Are Delegates Bound or Unbound?...

  Guest Column: 'Extremely Careless' with the Rule of Law
By David H. LeRoy
In Idaho, “extremely careless” driving can cause you to lose your driver’s license for a year. Extremely careless conduct with a firearm can and frequently does cause a loss of life. Extreme carelessness in the handling of...

Economic Report: Important to be Prepared for Earthquakes
By Randy Shumway, Zions Bank Economic Advisor
Each week, Idaho experiences multiple small-magnitude earthquakes....

  Press Release: Crapo, Risch Support FAA Extension with Reforms
By Press Release
With reforms to improve passenger safety and airport security, streamline passenger security screening, and provide stability for airline passengers, Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch have voted to support an extension of the Federal ...

  Poll: Idahoans Not Sure State Can Reach Education Achievement Goals
By Bob Bernick
Most Idahoans like the idea of having 60 percent of adults holding a post-high-school education degree or certificate, but most also don’t believe the state can reach that goal by the 2020 deadline, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows....

  Brad Little is Ready to Take His Turn
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
As Lt. Gov. Brad Little approaches an age when people start thinking about slowing it down with their professional careers, he’s looking to accelerate his – as a candidate for governor in 2018....

  Odds & Ends: Impact of Brexit...Happenings at INL...The Libertarian Campaign
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
A few thoughts on a few, somewhat random, topics......

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

Meridian Chamber Luncheon
When: Tuesday, July 19, 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: West Ada School District, 1303 E Central Dr, Meridian, ID
Mayor Tammy de Weerd will give an update on the city. $15 members, $20 non-members. RSVP in advance is required whether you choose to eat or are just coming to listen to the program. More info

Magic Valley Republican Women Luncheon
When: Wednesday, July 20, 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.

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

Idaho Headlines

Former defense secretary: Don’t forget about the vets (Mountain Express)

Fish and Game mulls grizzly hunt (Mountain Express)

New report says 5 infants died in 2013 who didn't get health care on religious grounds (Times-News)

City deluged with angry, some threatening, emails (Times-News)

Marty Trillhaase: Idaho lawmakers not rushing to preserve these lives (Lewiston Tribune)

Idaho farm groups join national effort to end trade ban on Cuba (Capital Press)

Proposed Idaho field burning changes still rankle environmentalists (Capital Press)

Politician Pension Payoffs make former lawmakers rich (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Editorial: Going to Boise, Ada County budget hearings Tuesday? It’s your money (Idaho Statesman)

Idaho Power asks regulators to approve community solar plant (Idaho Statesman)

Next up for new Idaho federal judge: A Senate vote (Idaho Statesman)

Rexburg cop accused of posting racist content online (Post Register)

Numbers show Idaho is a big spender? Experts say no (Spokesman-Review)

City, county, NIC to see tax windfall (CDA Press)

Proposed Cd’A budget includes raises, tax increase (CDA Press)

Ybarra previews new education laws (Idaho Education News)

Ybarra wants to change the way teachers are evaluated (Idaho Education News)

Judge Stops Mining Company Drilling In Boise County ... Again (Boise State Public Radio)

How 9,000 Acre Land Purchase In Central Idaho Could Help Sage Grouse (Boise State Public Radio)

How An East Idaho Dressing Room Incident Might Impact LGBT Rights Cause (Boise State Public Radio)

National Headlines

Cleveland cop: Obama ‘has blood on his hands’ after Baton Rouge (The Hill)

Clinton: Baton Rouge an ‘assault on all of us’ (The Hill)

Trump on Baton Rouge shooting: 'We demand law and order' (Politico)

Trump and Pence agree to disagree, more or less (Politico)

Three police officers killed, three others wounded in Baton Rouge shooting; attacker identified (Washington Post)

Cleveland Braces for a Controversial Republican National Convention (NBC News)

Cleveland police chief says ‘We’re prepared for it all’ at RNC (McClatchy)

Louisiana police shootings add new convention concerns (Washington Post)

Clinton holds narrow lead over Trump on eve of conventions (Washington Post)

Why We Don’t Know Who’s Funding the Republican Convention (TIME)

Wallace Confronts Manafort Over Reports Trump Had ‘Difficulty’ Making VP Decision (Mediaite)


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