Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, August 22, 2016

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  Poll: Idahoans Trust Public and Private Schools More than Charters
By Bob Bernick
Two-thirds of Idahoans have faith in their public and private school education institutions, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows....

Guest Column: Young People Illustrate American Dream
By Congressman Raul Labrador, First Congressional District
One of the best things about my job is meeting young people committed to improving themselves and their communities. We recently presented Congressional Award medals to six North Idaho students at a ceremony in my Coeur d’Alene office....

  Another Choice for President...But Don't Get Too Excited
By LaVarr Webb, Idaho Politics Weekly Publisher
Choices are increasing for Idaho Republicans who don’t like Donald Trump....

  Boise City Club Responds to Idaho Politics Weekly Column on Civility
By Kevin Richert, Boise City Club Board Member
I want to thank my friend Chuck Malloy for writing about Sen. Jim Risch’s remarks at Boise City Club on Aug. 8....

  Idaho Experts Give Insightful Career Advice
By Todd Cranney, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
This week’s question: What career advice would you give to a high school or college student interested in your type of job?...

Senators Say West Deserves Respect with Fires
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon doesn’t mince words when it comes to wildfire management, and who should pay the bill....

  Political Odds & Ends: McMullin, Lawsuit, SMR Project and Legislative Race Intrigue
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
A few thoughts on a few, somewhat random, topics......

Idaho Economic Outlook: Back-to-School Purchases Fuel Economy
By Randy Shumway, Zions Bank Economic Advisor
With cooler temperatures and changing leaves, autumn signals the beginning of a new school year....

  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....

Political Calendar Highlights

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Rear Adm. Bruce Gillingham Presents: Being There Matters
When: Tuesday, Aug 23, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce, 250 S 5th St #300, Boise, ID
"Being There Matters" will highlight the Navy's around the clock, around the globe attitude as it pertains to maintaining free and open sea lanes throughout the world. Free to members, RSVP requested. $10 lunch optional. More info.

Eastern Idaho Democrats Revolution Kick Off Event
When: Wednesday, Aug 24, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Where: Shoshone-Bannock Hotel and Event Center, 777 Bannock Trail, Fort Hall, ID
Bernie Sanders will speak via live stream to the room at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30). After Bernie Speaks Bert Marley (IDP Chairman and Bernie Super-delegate) will talk about how to continue a revolution of  local and state offices. Jerry Sturgill will be sharing his thoughts via video. Meet local candidates from all over Eastern Idaho, mingle, meet the candidates, organize, sign up to volunteer, and learn more about the Idaho Democratic Party. More info.

Backyard BBQ with Sen. Rice and Rep. Chaney
When: Saturday, Aug 27, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Where: 1011 Teton Ave, Caldwell, ID
Sen. Rice and Rep. Chaney backyard BBQ with special guest Mike Crapo. Enjoy an afternoon of burgers, chips, and chatting with your elected officials at Sen. Rice's home on Canyon Hill.  Cost $10 per person, $25 per family. More info.

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Idaho Headlines

Idaho ag exports down 19 percent in first half of 2016 (Capital Press)

Inspiration from Marx is no way to help Idahoans (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Records show history of Guthrie's legislative trips (Press-Tribune)

Legislators face scrutiny over use of public funds (Press-Tribune)

Marty Trillhaase: Let Bamm-Bamm write science curriculum (Lewiston Tribune)

Former U.S. speaker stops in Lewiston (Lewiston Tribune)

Idaho Republican Party sees ranks swell (Lewiston Tribune)

Twin Falls looks to bigger cities for transportation lessons (Times-News)

Libertarian group says Idaho is seventh-freest state (Times-News)

Lanting apologizes for Facebook comment on Fawnbrook case (Times-News)

Editorial: Medicaid expansion would lower taxes, improve economy, help Idahoans (Idaho Statesman)

From Coles to Craig to Crane: 8 Idaho scandals (Idaho Statesman)

Blogger broke story on affair between Idaho lawmakers (Idaho Statesman)

Continued growth means new schools opening across Treasure Valley (Idaho Statesman)

Boise cited as a success story in Smart Growth America report (Idaho Business Review)

Western senators push for wildfire funding change (Spokesman-Review)

Police group withdraws endorsement in Idaho court race over candidate’s excessive-force lawsuits (Spokesman-Review)

Butch and Lori Otter to be honorary Trump chairs for Idaho (Spokesman-Review)

Rep. Sims’ defiance earns ticket, $90 fine (CDA Press)

Stennett pushes for steady success in Idaho Legislature (Mountain Express)

Group seeks common ground on water (Mountain Express)

Crapo urges action on national debt (Mountain Express)

Senators Say Firefighting Funding Overhaul Approaching 'Sweet Spot' For Passage (Boise State Public Radio)

Idaho Dairy Exports Hit By Stronger Dollar And Shifts In Global Market (Boise State Public Radio)

State investments failed to increase math scores (Idaho Education News)

ENA files lawsuit over Idaho Education Network payments (Idaho Education News)

National Headlines

Trump swings at Obama's golf game amid Louisiana flood damage (Politico)

Trump: GOP 'must do better' on African-American outreach (Politico)

Clinton campaign warns of complacency (The Hill)

Trump campaign manager: A deportation force TBD (CNN)

Obama’s refusal to interrupt vacation amid Louisiana flooding stirs anger (Washington Times)

Clinton campaign manager: Foundation contributions will take 'time to adjust' (CNN)

Officials: 60000 homes damaged by Louisiana flooding (Washington Post)

Federal Judge Dismisses All Lawsuits Against Kim Davis (Daily Caller)

Amid Tribe's Protest, Construction Of Oil Pipeline In N. Dakota Halts — For Now (NPR)

Is the U.S. Staging a Middle Class Comeback? (U.S. News & World Report)

Fischer Signals 2016 Rate Hike With Economy Nearing Fed Goals (Bloomberg)


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