Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  The Solution: Vote for Trump and Then Impeach & Convict Him
By LaVarr Webb, Idaho Politics Weekly Publisher
Who to vote for in the presidential race? It’s the political dilemma of the decade for many Republicans....

  Presidential Race Is Over
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
I have felt for some time that Hillary Clinton was likely to be the next president of the United States.  As a Democrat, she has always had an advantage in the electoral college (last week Real Clear Politics had her with a 260 to 165 electoral ...

  Poll: Idahoans Show Strong Confidence in Law Enforcement
By Bob Bernick
In big cities across America significant populations – especially African-Americans – have low confidence levels with the police and criminal justice system, believing they are unfair to them....

  Guest Commentary: Vote Yes on HJR5 to Hold Your State Government Accountable
By U.S. Senator Jim Risch
House Joint Resolution 5 (HJR 5) will be on your November ballot. By voting “Yes” on HJR 5, you will be securing the ability to hold politicians accountable, protect Idahoans from excessive regulations, ensure your voice is heard and hold...

Negative Campaigning Takes a Break with Court Race
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Chief Justice Jim Jones, who is retiring at the end of the year, has never been one to bow to conventional thinking....

  Idaho, Public Lands and the Presidential Contest
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
It is not surprising that federal lands and related natural resources issues are important to Idaho....

Economic Outlook: Community Theater Plays Key Role in Idaho
By Randy Shumway, Zions Bank Economic Advisor
Although it was not commonly well recorded until the mid-1800s, community theater has long been a part of American history....

  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...

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

Faith Healing Exemption Public Meeting with the Legislature
When: Monday, Oct 10, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Where: State Capitol, room WW17
The Idaho State Legislature's working group studying the state's faith healing exemption for medical neglect will hold a meeting to hear public testimony on the issue. Several local supporters of children's safety and health care will attend and provide testimony in support of fixing this loophole. More info.

Idaho Chamber Alliance Regional Legislative Summit
When: Tuesday, Oct 11, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Where: Eastern Idaho Technical College, 1600 S 25th E, Idaho Falls, ID
Breakfast and panel discussions on issues important to Eastern Idaho with our elected officials. Free admission. More info.

Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce 133rd Annual Gala
When: Wednesday, Oct 12, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Boise Centre, 850 W Front St, Boise, ID

An evening of politics and laughter featuring NPR correspondent and FOX News contributor Mara Liasson, plus special guest emcee comedian James Cunningham, host of the Cooking Channel's "Eat St." Silent, online and live auctions, reception, dinner, keynote speaker. Early bird pricing available through Oct 7, members and guest of members $100, nonmembers $150 each. More info.

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

Idaho Headlines

Idaho releases gas production data, but oil numbers remain secret until 2017 (Idaho Statesman)

Realtors, Idaho Power spend most on Idaho campaigns (Idaho Statesman)

BSU poll finds Treasure Valley upbeat, clear-eyed — and a touch wistful (Idaho Statesman)

Democrats pull worker out of Bonner County, charge harassment by Idaho Rep. Heather Scott’s supporters (Spokesman-Review)

In Idaho, a tide of voters want ballots by mail (Spokesman-Review)

Dozens offer emotional testimony for and against Idaho’s faith-healing laws (Spokesman-Review)

Higher minimum wage in Washington could siphon off Kootenai County workers (Spokesman-Review)

Crapo introduces VA health care reform bill (Times-News)

Simpson, Crapo dump Trump (Times-News)

Women lawmakers talk gender, politics at CSI panel (Times-News)

H-2A visa delays hinder Idaho ag (Times-News)

Sutter touts insurance experience in legislative campaign (Mountain Express)

Sally Toone seeks to replace longtime friend in Legislature (Mountain Express)

Idaho officials pleased with wolf depredation trend (Capital Press)

Marty Trillhaase: Debunking Ivory's fantasy; third time's a charm (Lewiston Tribune)

Views on compromise distinguish congressional contenders (Lewiston Tribune)

Boise tops country in construction job gains; builders struggle to fill jobs (Idaho Business Review)

Yes, there are alternatives to Medicaid expansion (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Western Ada offers to dig a hole and bury taxpayers’ money (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Crapo Introduces Bill To Reform Health Care For Vets In Rural Idaho (Boise State Public Radio)

Idaho Attorney General Comes Out Strongly Against Proposed Constitutional Amendment (Boise State Public Radio)

Robust tax collections could bode well for K-12 budget (Idaho Education News)

Idaho faces deadline for new education law (Idaho Education News)

National Headlines

Trump, unbound (Politico)

Why Did NBC News Sit on the Trump Tape for So Long? (Politico)

Trump: 'I may be limping across that finish line’ (The Hill)

RNC chairman: We're fully behind Trump (The Hill)

Paul Ryan Turns Focus From Donald Trump to House Races, Roiling GOP (New York Times)

High drama on debate night (CNN)

Cruz sticking with Trump (Politico)

Ruth Bader Ginsburg says national anthem protests are 'really dumb' (ESPN)

Federal judge extends Florida voter registration deadline (CNN)

Fed's Evans sees benefits to overshooting inflation target (Reuters)

Trump Taj Mahal closes for good following bitter dispute with unions (Washington Post)


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