Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, August 29, 2016

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  Poll: Majority say Private Industry Should Build Idaho's High-Speed Internet Infrastructure
By Bob Bernick
Nearly half of all Idahoans say the private sector should be responsible for providing broadband internet services to state citizens, not the state, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows....

  Majority of Idahoans Want Federal Money to Fight Wildfires
By Bob Bernick
While many Idahoans don’t much like the federal government, they do want federal money to pay for wildfires in the state, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll finds....

  Should We Pay Elected Officials More?
By LaVarr Webb, Idaho Politics Weekly Publisher
Who should be paid the most – a governor or a member of Congress?...

Trump Campaign Alive and Idaho
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is making history, but not in the way he way he wants....

  Massive Fire in Bonneville County
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
As I write this column a massive fire is burning in the hills east of Idaho Falls....

  Idaho Experts Panel: How to Improve Idaho's Economy
By Todd Cranney, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
This week’s question: What are the most important policy changes needed in Idaho to increase economic development?...

Idaho Economic Outlook: Housing Prices Up, U.S. Outlook Mixed
By Randy Shumway, Zions Bank Economic Advisor
Idaho Housing Market. Home prices continued to rise in June across the nation and in Idaho....

  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....

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

Idaho Republican Party Night at the Hawks
When: Tuesday, Aug 30, 6:15 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.
Where: The Hawks Stadium
Join the Idaho
Republican Party at the annual Night at the Hawks for dinner, drinks, and great company with Chairman Steve Yates, fellow republicans and elected officials. Dinner at 6:15, first pitch at 7:15. Tickets $35 in advance, $40 at the door. For sponsorship info contact Jennie at 208-343-6405 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Buy tickets here.

Boise City Mayor's State of the City Address
When: Thursday, Sept 1, 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Where: Egyptian Theatre
Egyptian Theatre- Mayor's remarks, Basque Block- Community celebration. More info.

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

Idaho Headlines

The 2006 tax shift still divides Idaho leaders (Idaho Education News)

Tax shift of 2006 adds up to tax increase (Idaho Education News)

'Constitutionalists' are preparing for failure (Lewiston Tribune)

Audit clears Perry: Inconsistency found in Guthrie's travel reimbursements (Press-Tribune)

Idaho moved away from private prison in 2014 (Press-Tribune)

4 independents file for Idaho's presidential ballot (Times-News)

Are refugees stealing jobs? (Times-News)

VP nominee Kaine visits for fundraiser (Mountain Express)

Feds to implement rules for drone use (Mountain Express)

Fulcher announces he’ll run for governor again in 2018 (Idaho Statesman)

Do two Texas billionaire brothers now own a big chunk of S. Idaho? (Idaho Statesman)

Two red flags out of 38 payments in audit of lawmakers’ travel (Idaho Statesman)

New nuclear reactor could create thousands of jobs in Idaho Falls (Idaho Business Review)

Idaho hit with two federal lawsuits over failed broadband network (Spokesman-Review)

Business use of drones takes off as new rules kick in (Spokesman-Review)

Raul rising: Labrador embraces role as Idaho’s agitator in Congress (Spokesman-Review)

Idaho presidential ballot to offer eight choices (Spokesman-Review)

Will expanding Medicaid really aid Idaho’s economy? (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Project Access Northwest shows how to meet health, insurance needs (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Idaho’s next big step: Accelerate talent pipelines (CDA Press)

Idaho judge dismisses case against business tax credit (Capital Press)

New Strategy For Idaho Political Parties Part Of National Trend (Boise State Public Radio)

Idaho Governor Talks Up Focus On Literacy, Teacher Pay Increases As School Begins (Boise State Public Radio)

Hacker Prompts Idaho Fish And Game To Stop Selling Licenses Online (Boise State Public Radio)

National Headlines

Health-care exchange sign-ups fall far short of forecasts (Washington Post)

Can Clinton Save Health Overhaul From Its Mounting Problems? (Associated Press)

US economy grew at tepid 1.1 percent pace in spring (Associated Press)

Global Central Bankers Unite in Plea for Help From Governments (Fortune)

Surprise: Gun ownership rises to 44% of all homes (Washington Examiner)

Paul Wolfowitz: 'I might have to vote for Hillary Clinton' (Politico)

GOP plots early wake-up call for Clinton (Politico)

Trump calls on Brzezinski to apologize for 'coordinated gang attack' on black pastor (The Hill)

Wasserman Schultz goes down to wire against primary challenger (The Hill)

Donna Brazile defends Hillary Clinton's meetings with Clinton Foundation donors (CBS News)

U.S. Election So Nuts I Just Might Win, Libertarian Johnson Says (Bloomberg)


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