Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  Trump's 'Art of the Deal'
By LaVarr Webb, Idaho Politics Weekly Publisher
Donald Trump continues to flirt with deception and half-truths, like questioning whether Pres. Obama was born in the United States and then blaming the 2008 Clinton campaign for starting the rumors....

  Poll: Idahoans Pick the State's Most-Trusted Institutions
By Bob Bernick
What are the most trusted institutions in Idaho?...

  Guest Commentary: Federal Regulations Hamper Economic Recovery
By Congressman Raul Labrador, First Congressional District
Americans spent $1.89 trillion to comply with federal regulations last year....

  Guest Commentary: Idaho Legislature Gets Things Done
By Mary Souza
The nonstop news constantly reports on every aspect of our national presidential election....

  Odds & Ends: Republican vs. Republican
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
A few thoughts on a few, somewhat random, topics... ...

Sturgill Betting Big That He Will Win
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Given Idaho’s political history, it would be tough to bet against Sen. Mike Crapo’s bid to win a third term against Democratic challenger Jerry Sturgill....

  Experts Panel: What to Watch For in 2016 Election
By Todd Cranney, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
This week’s question: What are you watching in the Idaho elections this fall and why? ...

Idaho Economic Outlook: Our Aging Roads
By Randy Shumway, Zions Bank Economic Advisor
“Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road.” ? Jack Kerouac, On the Road...

  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...

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

Meridian Chamber Luncheon
When: Tuesday, Sept 20, 12 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Where: West Ada School District, DSC Auditorium District Service/Training Center, 1303 E Central Drive, Meridian
Guest speaker newly appointed Director of the Idaho Department of Commerce, Megan Ronk. $15 - Members / $20 non-members. RSVP in advance is required so that seating can be planned for.  More info.

Southwest Idaho Legislative Summit
When: Friday, Sept 23, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Where: Hampton Inn and Suites, 5750 E. Franklin Rd., Nampa, ID
Join Chamber of Commerce members from throughout the Treasure Valley at this annual event to review upcoming issues important to business in the upcoming 2017 Legislative Session. There will be a panel of legislators reviewing tax issues, as well as speakers on economic development legislation, transportation funding, health care and education. Admission is $10, more info.

Idaho County Democrats Greencreek Dinner
When: Saturday, Sept 24, 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Greencreek Community Hall, Greencreek, ID
2016 Greencreek Dinner "Celebrating Women Breaking Barriers." Meet the candidates, musical entertainment, silent auction fundraiser, raffle. Master of Ceremonies Mundek Clement-Stein. Tickets $20 each, more info.

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

Idaho Headlines

Agriculture fuels southern Idaho economy (Capital Press)

Idaho’s Division of Financial Management enhances government transparency (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Hailey raises minimum city employee wages to $15 an hour (Idaho Business Review)

1 county seat has challenger on ballot (Mountain Express)

Teamsters crash school board meeting (Mountain Express)

Three districts approve emergency levies (Press-Tribune)

Marty Trillhaase: Idaho schools are not even close to recovering (Lewiston Tribune)

House Judiciary chairman calls for vote on refugee bill he, Labrador wrote (Times-News)

New group aims to fight 'globalism' with 'populism' (Times-News)

Editorial: CWI’s $180 million bond issue is an investment in our students (Idaho Statesman)

Vendor of hacked Fish & Game license system to offer ID protection (Idaho Statesman)

Idaho unemployment steady at 3.8 percent (Idaho Statesman)

Legislative reckoning all but assured for Idaho’s Guthrie, Perry (Idaho Statesman)

Logging error saddles elderly Idaho man with legal bills; ‘It is a tragedy,’ justice says (Spokesman-Review)

Ad Watch: Crapo’s federal-debt ad is first of campaign season in Idaho (Spokesman-Review)

Crapo’s opponent says D.C. has changed him for the worse (Spokesman-Review)

Voter registration campaign hits wall (CDA Press)

Kahn, Barbieri clash over taxes (CDA Press)

National Republican Party Leader Visits Idaho To Drum Up Support For Trump (Boise State Public Radio)

Education groups react to Ybarra's budget proposal (Idaho Education News)

SBAC scores: How one district defied demographics (Idaho Education News)

Behind-the-scenes on the Yantis story (Idaho Reports)

National Headlines

Mysterious incidents across U.S. raise fears of terrorism; people taken into custody in New York (Washington Post)

U.S. wire payments to Iran undercut Obama (Politico)

Johnson: Two-party system is a dinosaur, and Libertarians are the comet (The Hill)

'An Act of Terrorism': Investigators Hunting for Clues in NYC Bomb That Injured 29 (NBC News)

Obama Sees 'Personal Insult' if Blacks Don't Rally for Hillary Clinton (New York Times)

ISIS wing claims responsibility for Minnesota mall attack (CNN)

Chris Christie will be center of attention when Bridgegate trial begins Monday (New York Daily News)

The Wrong Lessons From Matt Lauer (Wall Street Journal)

Warren: Trump has incited his voters to kill people (Washington Post)

For Yellen, a September Fed surprise could close confidence gap (Reuters)

Easy resolution unlikely for contentious Dakota pipeline (Reuters)


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