Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, August 1, 2016

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  Poll: Crapo, Labrador and Simpson All Have Big Leads Ahead of November
By Bob Bernick
The GOP congressional incumbents are doing just fine in their re-election campaigns this year, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows....

  Idaho Experts Panel: Great Books With Lasting Influence
By Todd Cranney, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
This week’s question: What was the last great book you read and why would you recommend it?...

  Winning the Political Game: Tricks of Good Speechmaking and Good Communications
By LaVarr Webb, Idaho Politics Weekly Publisher
For political communicators, political conventions are always an opportunity to watch speechmaking and learn lessons from some of the best communicators in the world....

Gap Debate: Is Health Care a Right or Privilege?
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
I can only imagine how it would feel to be among the 78,000 Idahoans who make too much income to be eligible for Medicaid, but not enough to qualify for coverage under the state’s health insurance exchange....

  Clinton and the Democratic Convention
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Last week I shared my thoughts on the Republican national convention.  This week, I’ll focus on the Democratic national convention....

  Poll: Idahoans Say Trump is More Qualified to be President than Clinton
By Bob Bernick
Most Idahoans say GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump does not have the temperament to be, in fact, president, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows....

  Idaho Experts Panel: How to Improve Education
By Todd Cranney, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
This week’s question: What should be the top priority for Idaho policy makers as it relates to education? ...

Negative Interest Rates: How A Little Known Tool Can Have Big Impacts on the Economy
By Robert Spendlove, Economic and Public Policy Officer, Zions Bank
The negative interest rate is becoming a major part of a national and international monetary policy debate.  ...

  Trump and the Republican Convention
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
This week I thought I would share my thoughts on the GOP national convention.  Next week I’ll provide the same regarding the Democratic national convention....

Unlike Idaho, Presidential Politics Plays Big in Nevada
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
As a native Idahoan, who has lived most of my 66 years here, I can offer plenty of testimony on what there is to love about the Gem State. But it’s a pretty depressing place during presidential election years....

  Press Release: Labrador Releases 'Kitchen Table' Conversations Schedule
By Congressman Raul Labrador
Since becoming your congressman in 2011, I have worked hard to stay in touch with the people I serve....

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

Idaho Falls Chamber Out of the Box Networking Lunch
When: Tuesday, Aug 2, 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: Catered Your Way, LLC, 2161 E 17th St, Idaho Falls, ID
More info and register here.

Ada County Republican Women's Club Meet & Greet
When: Thursday, Aug 4, 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Where: Capitol Cellars, 110 S 5th St, Boise, ID
More info

18th Annual Boise Metro Golf Classic
When: Friday, Aug 5, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: The Club at Spurwing, 6800 N Spurwing Way, Meridian, ID
Registration includes breakfast box and drink tickets, BBQ and awards ceremony, 18 holes golf, driving range, golf cart, gift bag and raffle tickets. More info and register here.

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

Idaho Headlines

Idaho exports are down 30 percent since 2012 (Idaho Business Review)

Idaho unemployment rate is steady in June (Mountain Express)

Study puts Nampa's per capita budget at top in nation (Press-Tribune)

Issues ongoing around transgender inmates (Press-Tribune)

Idaho delegate says candidate succeeded in showing her human side (Lewiston Tribune)

Little says we need better security but is skeptical of border wall (Times-News)

Gooding lawmaker leads off WaPo story on DNC, race in Idaho (Times-News)

Lawsuit accused environmental group of discrimination (Capital Press)

Freedom Foundation honors Sims for her legacy of freedom (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Now is a perfect time to talk pension reform (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Linda Martin on faith-healing exemptions (Idaho Statesman)

Religious freedom or medical neglect? Idaho lawmakers take up faith-healing exemption (Idaho Statesman)

Idaho Rep. Labrador is sixth-poorest in Congress, site says (Spokesman-Review)

Hillary’s reception? One big walkout (CDA Press)

GOP club founders leaving the party (CDA Press)

County wants max tax increase (CDA Press)

Help wanted. University of Idaho finding solutions to teacher shortage (CDA Press)

Donkalope Takes Identity Of Teton County Democrats To National Convention (Boise State Public Radio)

Schools cash in on record lottery sales (Idaho Education News)

Otter stands by his claims in transgender student dispute (Idaho Education News)

STEM center set to ignite Idaho's workforce (Idaho Education News)

National Headlines

Commission defends debate schedule (The Hill)

Wasserman Schultz’s problems aren’t over yet (The Hill)

Trump vs. Clinton is the 1980s vs. the 1990s (Politico)

How Ohio will be won (Politico)

The Clinton Foundation, State and Kremlin Connections (Wall Street Journal)

Sanders surrogate weighing Green Party run for vice president (Washington Post)

Third-party support surging (The Hill)

Media hypocrisy about grieving parents on full display (American Mirror)

Turning back on Trump, Koch network focuses on Senate (Associated Press)

Reid calls on GOP leaders to abandon Trump (Associated Press)

What to Expect From Longer-Than-Usual General Election (NBC News)


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