Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, September 12, 2016

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  Poll: Crapo, Simpson and Labrador Enjoying Healthy Leads
By Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Idaho’s all-Republican congressional delegation up for re-election this year appear safe – they are leading their challengers by healthy double-digit percentages, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows....

Guest Column: Work Needed to Prevent Catastrophic Fires
By Congressman Raul Labrador, First Congressional District
Every year, Idahoans and others in the West suffer through wildfires that damage public health, destroy valuable timber, wreck watersheds and kill wildlife....

  Guest Column: The Leadership Idaho Deserves
By James Piotrowski Congressional Candidate, 1st District
One of the greatest parts of running for Congress is the opportunity to speak with the people of Idaho. Over these past months, I can’t count how many great conversations I’ve had with the hard working Idahoans who make this state what it...

  The 15th Anniversary of 9/11 & National Security
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
I have vivid memories of September 11, 2001.  I had been living in the Washington, D.C. area for a few years previously but had moved back to Idaho Falls in 1999....

Democrats Look to Complete Sweep of Boise
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
I heard it countless times when I was growing up in North Idaho, and the sentiment for some people is as strong today. The key for better statehood is for North Idaho to separate from those hardheads in the south and form its own state. ...

Idaho Economic Outlook: Starting STEM Education Early
By Randy Shumway, Zions Bank Economic Advisor
While purchasing school supplies is a necessary part of getting a child ready for the school year, academics are obviously much more important....

  Press Release: New Idaho Institute Seeks Wisdom of Lincoln
By Press Release
The wisdom and political positions of Abraham Lincoln, though expressed 150 years ago, stand as 21st Century guideposts to redirect both the Republican Party and modern day American politics, according to the newly formed Idaho Lincoln Institute...

  Idaho Presidential Race: Trump 44%, Clinton 23%, Johnson 13%
By Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Donald Trump has plateaued in Idaho, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows....

Guest Commentary: Idahoans Love State, Country & Liberty
By Congressman Raul Labrador, First Congressional District
Last week I completed my summer tour of all 19 counties in Idaho’s First District – the most beautiful in America....

Guest Column: We Need to Accelerate Talent Pipelines
By Jeff Sayer
Idaho has a problem. Simply spending money in education, if it works, will not show an economic return for at least 10 years, maybe longer, and we can’t wait that long....

2018 Governor's Race Could Get Interesting
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Well...we have a race for governor in 2018. Russ Fulcher, who two years ago ran a surprisingly close race against Gov. Butch Otter, joins Lt. Gov. Brad Little in the 2018 Republican sweepstakes....

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

Ada County Round Up
When: Tuesday, Sept 13, 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Otter Ranch, 1009 S Star Rd, Star, ID
Please join Governor C.L. “Butch” and Lori Otter at the 2016 Ada County Round Up for BBQ, music and games. Adults $25, students $12, 12 and under free. Reserve your tickets by September 12th, tickets are $35.00 at the door. Please RSVP to Megan Reichle at Interested in purchasing a table or being a sponsor? Contact Emily Baker at or 202-744-7567.

Boise State 2016 State of the University Address
When: Thursday, Sept 15, 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: Boise Centre East, 850 W. Front Street, Boise, ID
Members $35, nonmembers $45. More info.

Kootenai Democrats Music by the Lake Benefit Concert
When: Thursday, Sept 15, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: 2530 S Highway 95, Coeur D Alene, ID
Live music, catered appetizers, and a no host cash bar. Music by Pamela Benton and Kathy Colton and the Reluctants. More info.

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

Idaho Headlines

Idaho DEQ proposes unusual plan to address field burning changes (Capital Press)

Victory for quality, low-cost healthcare in Idaho (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Do property rights matter? Rexburg is about to find out (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Proposal would save state $11M on employee health insurance (Idaho Business Review)

Study: Killing predators doesn’t cut livestock losses (Mountain Express)

Rule recall petition was not received by elections office (Press-Tribune)

Election officials caution voters on unofficial voter cards (Press-Tribune)

Senator breaks silence about alleged affair (Press-Tribune)

Guthrie says he will run for re-election (State Journal)

Marty Trillhaase: County's tax bump has Idaho's fingerprints on it (Lewiston Tribune)

Walk puts focus on suicide prevention (Lewiston Tribune)

Conservative group release rankings of Idaho Legislature (Times-News)

Tourism boom: Increased lodging sales highlight south-central Idaho's successes (Times-News)

Idaho leads nation in political pessimism (Idaho Statesman)

Idaho Fish and Game hacker could face harsh cybercrime penalties (Idaho Statesman)

Tribes and supporters gather at Statehouse to oppose pipeline (Idaho Statesman)

Right-to-work law faces court challenge (Spokesman-Review)

Idaho launches new state suicide prevention program (Spokesman-Review)

If trends hold, Idaho could have sizable budget surplus (Spokesman-Review)

STEM academy students press Little on issues (CDA Press)

Legislator seeks seat on state high court (CDA Press)

Idaho districts, charters stash $215 million in savings accounts (Idaho Education News)

Educators offer suggestions on school accountability (Idaho Education News)

Idaho SBAC scores improve across the board (Idaho Education News)

National Headlines

Hillary Clinton's health just became a real issue in the presidential campaign (Washington Post)

Clinton scare shakes up the race (Politico)

Press rips Clinton campaign's handling of health incident (Politico)

Trump aware of Clinton's medical episode: report (The Hill)

Journalists engage over coverage of Clinton health concerns (The Hill)

Clinton health incident at Sept. 11 commemoration caps a rough week and gives fuel to critics (Los Angeles Times)

What we know about Hillary Clinton's health (CNN)

Iran Denies It Harassed U.S. Warships in and around Persian Gulf (Wall Street Journal)

Meet the U.S.'s First Ever Cyber Chief (Fortune)

U.S. to track religious discrimination in schools as anti-Muslim sentiment grows (Wall Street Journal)

Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump Contest Expands to New Battlegrounds (Wall Street Journal)


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