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Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, October 3, 2016

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  Idahoans Don't Have Much Trust in the News Media
By Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
In broad terms, Idahoans have less trust in the various forms of media news than do Americans as a whole, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows....

  Federalism Amendment Could Help Balance State-Federal Relationship
By LaVarr Webb, Idaho Politics Weekly Publisher
Survey research conducted by Idaho Policy Weekly shows Idahoans have little trust in the federal government....

  Guest Commentary: Short-Term Spending Measure is Irresponsible
By Congressman Raul Labrador, First Congressional District
Last week was very bad for those of us who consider the federal deficit the greatest threat to our national security....

Congress and the Budget Merry-Go-Round
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Congressman Raul Labrador, never one to cozy-up to leaders of his own party, is at it again. This time, he’s calling out House Speaker Paul Ryan and top Republicans for sending out Congress on a seven-week summer furlough instead of taking care...

  Idahoans Need to Watch Out for Scams
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Some scams prey on the vulnerable.  Idaho seniors are often told they need to send money to bail out grandchildren arrested overseas (the names of the grandchildren come from a review of social media).  My own autistic son fell prey to a ca...

Economic Outlook: Strong Job Growth in Idaho
By Randy Shumway, Zions Bank Economic Advisor
Idaho’s job growth is strong and home prices continue to rise slowly. The U.S. economy stumbles along....

  Survey Research: Idahoans Don't Trust Federal Government Institutions
By Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributing Editor
Idaho Republicans don’t have much trust in any institution that has to do with the federal government, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows.Hey, barely half of Idaho Republicans even have confidence in their own GOP U.S. senators and represen...

  If I Were Moderating the Presidential Debate
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Tonight will be the first presidential debate this year between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.It is the first of three.  In my fantasy world, the presidential candidates would be required to do a debate in each of the 50 states, focused on th...

  Idaho Experts Panel: Most Influential Idahoans
By Todd Cranney, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
This week’s question: Who would you put on the "Mount Rushmore" of Idaho for the four most influential people in the history of the state?  Travis Hawkes - Managing Director, Riverwood Strategies. This is a great question, and a good remin...

Crapo on Budget Fight: 'We Cannot Quit'
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Sen. Mike Crapo, seeking his third term in office, has found common ground in at least one area with his Democratic opponent, Jerry Sturgill. Although Crapo has been in the Senate for 18 years, he also is frustrated with the gridlock and dysfunction ...

  Idaho Economic Outlook: Performing Arts are Important to Idaho's Economy
By Randy Shumway, Zions Bank Economic Advisor
Idaho’s performing arts—symphonies, operas, dance, and theater—enable patrons to suspend reality for just a moment, connecting more deeply with themselves and the surrounding community. Among the many industries that support local e...

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

Meridian Chamber Luncheon
When: Tuesday, Oct 4, 12 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Where: West Ada School District, 1303 E Central Dr, Meridian, ID

Guest speaker is Dr. Bert Glandon, President of the College of Western Idaho. $15 members, $20 non-members. RSVP in advance is required whether you choose to eat or are just coming to listen to the program so that planning can be made for seating. Registration and more info here.

Distinguished Under 40 Awards Dinner
When: Thursday, Oct 6, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Bennion Student Union Building, 1784 Science Center Drive Idaho, Falls, ID

The Young Professional’s Network of the Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce has selected 10 outstanding individuals to receive the 2016 Distinguished Under 40 Award. This event will celebrate these individuals and their contributions to the greater Idaho Falls community. Cost $25-200, more info.

Annual Meridian Chamber vs City Softball Game
When: Thursday, Oct 6, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Storey Park Softball Field
Free and open to the public. If you are interested in joining the Chamber team, please contact Clint Shiflet at 846-7133 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. More info.

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Idaho Headlines

Will Idaho delegation vote for rural school, road funds they support? (Idaho Statesman)

Idaho hunters learn Texas billionaires are locking them out at the last minute (Idaho Statesman)

Former Idaho Lt. Gov. Ricks, ‘a man of great character,’ dies (Idaho Statesman)

Legislators in Congress split on budget vote (Spokesman-Review)

Business leaders hope to set legislative agenda (CDA Press)

TV ads ramping up in Crapo, Sturgill race (Times-News)

Labrador, Simpson split on funding resolution (Times-News)

Senators seek reinstated federal funding for rural counties (Mountain Express)

Idaho mulling options following listing of tiny desert plant (Capital Press)

Idaho farmers concerned about clout of ‘Great State of Ada’ (Capital Press)

Marty Trillhaase: Otter does not get last word on Fish and Game (Lewiston Tribune)

Lawmakers might tackle gas tax next year (Idaho Business Review)

Magic Valley finds the national spotlight for its ag sector (Idaho Business Review)

Locals react to Trump-Clinton debate (Press-Tribune)

Economic symposium discusses area's strengths, weaknesses (State Journal)

HJR 5 allows Legislature to keep killing bad regulations (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Why We Don’t Know How Many People In Idaho Get Deported (Boise State Public Radio)

How The 'Great State Of Ada' Tension Between Rural And Urban Idaho Plays Out (Boise State Public Radio)

Overhauling the way Idaho funds schools could cost $131 million (Idaho Education News)

Trustees take a stand on their funding priorities (Idaho Education News)

National Headlines

White House wants to add new racial category for Middle Eastern people (USA Today)

Trump moves to poach Sanders supporters with Clinton remarks (The Hill)

Sanders brushes off leaked Clinton criticism (CNN)

Trump's DC hotel vandalized with 'Black Lives Matter' graffiti (CNN)

Jeh Johnson weighs in on hacks into states, local election systems (CBS News)

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott officially pulls state out of federal refugee programs (Mic)

The Clean Power Plan's Courtroom Battle -- How Much Does It Matter? (Forbes)

As pipeline projects grow, so do protests (PBS)

Minnesota Hiking Obamacare Premiums At Least 50% To Avoid ‘Collapse’ (Daily Caller)

The need to replace EpiPens regularly adds to concerns about cost (PBS)

Trump supporters defend the GOP nominee as a ‘genius’ with taxes (Washington Post)