Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, August 8, 2016

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  Guest Essay: Reasserting Congressional Authority
By Congressman Raul Labrador, First Congressional District
Among the dirty little secrets I’ve learned as your congressman is that Congress willingly surrenders its constitutional authority to the executive branch....

  Poll Finds Overwhelming Support for Banning Gun Purchases to Those on Terrorist Watch List
By Bob Bernick
Three-fourths of Idahoans want to deny gun purchases to people on the U.S. federal government’s terrorist watch list, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll finds....

  Poll: Idahoans Say Their Wages are Not Improving
By Bob Bernick
Most Idahoans’ wages are stagnant, not rising or falling over the last year, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows....

  Opinion Shorts: Trump, State of the World, Economic Development, Etc.
By LaVarr Webb, Idaho Politics Weekly Publisher
How the Republicans can win. I keep waiting for Donald Trump to become a smart, strategic, capable candidate.I keep thinking he might have it in him. But it doesn’t happen, and I doubt it will ever happen. It appears the Republican Party f...

  Winning the Political Game: Communications Audit Checklist
By LaVarr Webb, Idaho Politics Weekly Publisher
As I’ve said many times, most political failures are failures of communications, and most political successes are triumphs of communications....

  Experts Panel: What Makes Idaho Good for Business?
By Todd Cranney, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
This week’s question: What are the key selling points you would use to encourage business to move to or start up in Idaho?   ...

Labrador 'Conversations' Play to His Strengths
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Congressman Raul Labrador has come up with a creative way of campaigning for re-election – without making stump speeches. He had a better idea this time, scheduling 20 “Conversations with the Congressman” events throughout the distr...

  Community College in Idaho Falls Moves Closer to Reality
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Last week, a report was released by study panel set up by Idaho Falls Mayor Rebecca Casper, Ammon Mayor Dana Kirkham and Bonneville County Commissioner David Radford, to explore the need for and viability of converting Idaho Falls-based Eastern Idaho...

Economic Outlook: Idaho's Commitment to International Trade
By Randy Shumway, Zions Bank Economic Advisor
Idaho’s import and export of goods and services with foreign partners provides tremendous economic benefit....

  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?...

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

Rep. Raul Labrador Town Hall Meeting
When: Monday, Aug 8, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Where: The Hideaway Grill, 1630 3rd Ave S, Payette, ID
Rep. Raul Labrador will hold several town hall meetings between August 3rd and 10th. Voice your views on immigration, debt, and other important issue. More info.

6th Annual Dem Night with the Hawks
When: Friday, Aug 12, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Boise Hawks Baseball Club, 5600 N Glenwood St, Boise, ID
For the hour before the game begins (6:15-7:15pm), enjoy all you can eat food, beer and soda. The kids will have bouncy houses and Humphrey the Hawk will swing by to say hello. More info.

D17 Breakfast Meeting
When: Saturday, Aug 13, 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Where: Rooster's Eatery - Viasta Village Shopping Center 930 Vista Avenue, Boise, ID
District 17's Monthly Breakfast Meeting Contact Eldon Wallace at jameseldonwallaThis 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

Medicaid expansion is supported by Big Medicine, but the numbers don’t work (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Light finally shines on foregone taxes, but more work left to do (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Idaho is aging faster than the rest of the country (Idaho Business Review)

Bergdahl defense team asks for charges to be dismissed (Mountain Express)

Support for a faith healing exemption remains conflicted (Press-Tribune)

Marty Trillhaase: If Yantis' killing was not a crime, what was it? (Lewiston Tribune)

Our national debt and 'the inability to govern' (Lewiston Tribune)

ICL admits error, says Hilex Poly follows enviro regs (Times-News)

Council weighing how much to raise city taxes (Times-News)

Jerome police to all start wearing body cameras (Times-News)

Simpson, Crapo, Labrador start with big re-election leads; Supreme Court race close (Times-News)

Editorial: In Yantis shooting, idle body cameras a critical misstep (Idaho Statesman)

Federal judge blocks mining proposal in Idaho wilderness (Idaho Statesman)

Idaho state government eyes 10 percent increase in health care costs next year (Idaho Statesman)

Faith healers: Change to Idaho law won’t change our beliefs (Idaho Statesman)

Idaho’s new wilderness helps drive mountain bike bill (Idaho Statesman)

Lawmakers scrutinize Idaho’s religious exemption that protects rights of religious sect amid high child death rates (Spokesman-Review)

Crapo: Too much regulation big threat (CDA Press)

Sturgill seeks Senate seat (CDA Press)

’Tis the season to raise taxes (CDA Press)

Lawmakers Study Idaho Faith Healing Exemptions (Boise State Public Radio)

Otter names Albertsons executive to State Board (Idaho Education News)

Administrators gear up for new literacy law (Idaho Education News)

National Headlines

Democrats fear 'October surprise' as White House ponders hack response (Politico)

Iran executes nuclear scientist reputed to have spied for U.S. (Politico)

Gingrich: Trump has 'gotten the messages' (The Hill)

Kasich: Trump campaign contacted me about VP job (The Hill)

Cotton: Clinton discussed executed Iranian scientist on email (Washington Examiner)

Hope for a Wave, but Republicans Doubt Clinton's Coattails (New York Times)

Trump on Clinton: 'She took a short-circuit in the brain' (CNN)

How police departments are ensuring the use of body cameras (Christian Science Monitor)

Ravens' Watson: Planned Parenthood created to 'exterminate blacks' (CBS News)

Analysis: Here Are 7 Big Problems With Hillary’s Green Energy Plans (Daily Caller)

Feds open talks on growing human organs in animals (CNN)


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