Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, August 15, 2016

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  Poll: Idahoans Expect School Funding Increase to Make a Positive Impact
By Bob Bernick
Two-thirds of Idahoans believe the 6.6 percent increase in public school funding for the new school year – now just weeks away – will make for a better education for students, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows....

  Idaho Experts Panel: Lots of Places to Love in Idaho
By Travis Hawkes, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
This week’s question: Where is your favorite place to vacation in Idaho?...

  Guest Column: Idaho Adventure Corridor is Already a Winner
By Congressman Raul Labrador, First Congressional District
A generation ago, the timber-rich counties in the First Congressional District were among the most prosperous in Idaho. That’s no longer the case and it breaks my heart knowing that the U.S. government was a major cause of economic decline....

  Polling is Harder Than Ever, But Accurate Results are Still Possible
By LaVarr Webb, Idaho Politics Weekly Publisher
A recent article in a special section of the Wall Street Journal addressed the future of polling, predicting that “big data” analytics will be the next frontier in public opinion research....

  Guest Column: Working for Congressional Authority
By James Piotrowski, 1st District Candidate for Congress
This is not a partisan issue. Preventing executive overreach is crucial regardless of party affiliation....

  Donald Trump - Crazy Like a Fox
By LaVarr Webb, Idaho Politics Weekly Publisher
When Donald Trump said the Second Amendment people might go after Hillary Clinton, I assumed he was mostly joking. I didn’t believe he was advocating violence. I didn’t get outraged over the comment....

Risch on Civil Discourse: Not in This Society
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Picture this. The Boise City Club wanted somebody to talk about the subject of civility in politics. So who did the club ask to be the speaker at its recent luncheon?...

  Who Will Win the Rocky Mountain States?
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
It used to be that the Rocky Mountain States were rock-ribbed Republican in presidential years....

How to Smartly Sustain Social Security
By Randy Shumway, Zions Bank Economic Advisor
President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security act in 1935 to ensure aging generations against disability, economic downturns, and declines in health that affect worker productivity. Today, more than 80 years later, Social Security helps ...

  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....

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

Meridian Chamber Luncheon
When: Tuesday, Aug 16, 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: Chateau des Fleurs, 176 S Rosebud Ln, Eagle, ID
Speaker  Brenda L. Sherwood, Economic Development Administrator, Mayor's Office of Economic Excellence will be speaking on Meridian’s new Urban Renewal District (URD). This will be a great opportunity for Chamber members to learn about the new URD, the plans for it and the economic impact. $15 members, $20 non-members. RSVP in advance is required, more info here.

Kootenai Democrats Annual Garden Party
When: Tuesday, Aug 16, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Where: 105 Miller Ave, Coeur d'Alene, ID
Music by Keith Milligan, wine and appetizers served. More info.

Region 7 Republican Rally & BBQ
When: Saturday, Aug 20, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Idaho Falls Tautphaus Park Hockey Shelter
Keynote speaker U.S. Senator John Barrasso.
Social Hour, 6 p.m., dinner 7 p.m. Student Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door; Individual: $30 in advance, $35 at the door. Corporate sponsor tables: $1,000 for a full table, $500 for half a table.
Tickets can be purchased from party officials and precinct committeemen from any of the Region 7 counties. For information, call Chairwoman Ann Rydalch at 208-221-6002.

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

Idaho Headlines

Ewersen touts limited-government philosophy (Mountain Express)

Kaine to attend Sun Valley fundraiser (Mountain Express)

Judge to review records in nuclear-waste lawsuit (Mountain Express)

Donahue cleared of wrongdoing (Press-Tribune)

Gary Kerness: 'If I have to die out here, so be it.' (State Journal)

Marty Trillhaase: 'Cash register justice' pinches Idaho County (Lewiston Tribune)

Grant will help Idaho coordinate health care (Lewiston Tribune)

Nez Perce County Democrats are still fired up about Bernie Sanders (Lewiston Tribune)

Kaine to raise cash in Ketchum (Times-News)

Crapo wants better refugee vetting, opposes blanket bans (Times-News)

Editorial: Idaho’s health care gap: It’s time to act (Idaho Statesman)

Panel hears Maine’s Medicaid experience, expansion benefits for Idaho’s poor (Idaho Statesman)

Fruitland Sen. Abby Lee talks about Idaho oil and gas (Idaho Statesman)

Lower oil and gas severance taxes, secrecy prompts suspicion in W. Idaho (Idaho Statesman)

Northwest Nazarene professor shares views on God, loses academic freedom (Idaho Statesman)

Vets brace for possible health care changes (CDA Press)

Welcome to the American Redoubt (CDA Press)

Blanket statements about federal lands paint inaccurate picture (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Let’s make the Medicaid 'gap population' bigger (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

How Does Idaho's Jack Yantis Case Fit In National Discussion On Police Shootings? (Boise State Public Radio)

Why A New Presidential Candidate Has Little Chance Of Winning Idaho (Boise State Public Radio)

A new era of sunshine dawns in trustee races (Idaho Education News)

Otter recognizes robotics students (Idaho Education News)

Literacy money will come with a few strings attached (Idaho Education News)

National Headlines

Trump: I've stayed true to myself (Politico)

How We Killed the Tea Party (Politico)

Trump: 'Freedom of the press' doesn't mean writing false stories (The Hill)

Liberals rally to sink Obama trade deal (The Hill)

Bill Clinton accuses FBI of serving up a ‘load of bull’ (New York Post)

Hillary drafts illegal 'Dreamers' to get immigrants to vote (Washington Examiner)

Milwaukee residents, business owners express anger about rioting, destruction (Chicago Tribune)

Hillary Clinton's Edge in a Donald Trump-Centric Race Has Liberals Wary (New York Times)

Black students seek nonwhite roommates, spark race debate (Christian Science Monitor)

Seattle’s Minimum-Wage Education (Wall Street Journal)

Kaine: 'Even Richard Nixon' released his tax returns (CNN)


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