Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, October 31, 2016

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  Poll: Idahoans Say Opioid Abuse is a Crisis
By Bob Bernick
A majority of Idahoans say the state has a “very big problem” with heroin and opioid abuse, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll finds....

Crapo Reverses Course, Returns to Trump Camp
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Sen. Mike Crapo has been around politics and Congress long enough to know that you can’t satisfy all the people all the time, and his wavering support of Donald Trump provides clear evidence....

  Idaho Agriculture Loses a Champion
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
One of my favorite people passed away at his home in Hailey on Oct. 17.  His name was Forrest Hymas and he was an integral part of Idaho’s agricultural community. He will be sorely missed....

  Experts Panel: Not-So-Bold Election Prediction
By Todd Cranney, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
This week’s question: Any bold (or not so bold) predictions for the upcoming general election?  ...

Farmers Markets Connect Consumers with Fresh Food
By Randy Shumway, Zions Bank Economic Advisor
November marks the end of harvest season, which culminates in the traditional celebration of Thanksgiving....

  Poll: Idaho Congressional Incumbents Appear Headed for Safe Victories in November
By Bob Bernick
As Donald Trump shakes up (and falls) in national GOP politics, the three Republican members of Congress seeking re-election in Idaho this year are safely moving towards victories, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows....

Democrats Take Aim at Rep. Heather Scott
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
The “American Redoubt” movement, where Christian conservatives from elsewhere have found a safe haven in Idaho’s Panhandle, has gained some traction in Bonner and Boundary counties in the far northern part of the state....

  Idaho's Role in the Presidential Race
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
This year’s unique presidential race has gripped the attention of most Idahoans, generating lots of talk, plenty of Facebook posts and considerable chatter....

  Is Proposed Idaho Plant the Future of Nuclear Energy?
By LaVarr Webb, Idaho Politics Weekly Publisher
A British newspaper, the Guardian, highlighted a unique power project in a recent edition that is proposed to be built at the Idaho National Laboratory near Idaho Falls. “This new technology could save the troubled nuclear power industry,&rdquo...

  Poll: Clinton Gaining on Trump in Idaho
By Bob Bernick
Donald Trump holds a 10-percentage point lead over Hillary Clinton in Idaho, a just-completed Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows....

  Idaho Voters Want Government Close to Home
By LaVarr Webb, Idaho Politics Weekly Publisher
The mood of the electorate is always a big factor in any election....

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

Meridian Chamber Luncheon
When: Tuesday, Nov 1, 12 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Where: West Ada School District | DSC Auditorium, District Service/Training Center, 1303 E Central Drive, Meridian
Friends of Meridian Pool will discuss their upcoming bond measure. Sponsor is Meridian Library District. Special guest Kristin Armstrong, Olympic Gold Medalist. Catering by Pinnacle Catering. $15 members/$20 nonmembers. More info and register here.

Business of Distinction Awards Gala

When: Friday, Nov 4, 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Where: Willard Arts Center, 498 A St, Idaho Falls, ID
Join for a celebration as businesses throughout the community are presented with awards for excellence and positive impact on our community. This night of celebration begins with a cocktail and reception hour, followed by the awards ceremony in the beautiful Colonial Theater. The night ends with dessert and gifts. This is truly an event you won’t want to miss. More info.

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

Idaho Headlines

Editorial Board chooses Simpson, Piotrowski for House, Crapo for Senate (Idaho Statesman)

Will Trump’s divisiveness affect Idaho races? New polls offer insight (Idaho Statesman)

Year after Idaho rancher’s killing, backers seek justice, community seeks healing (Idaho Statesman)

Idaho Sen. Crapo now says he’ll vote for Trump (Spokesman-Review)

Gov. Butch Otter points to legal concern about HJR 5 on November ballot (Spokesman-Review)

Health bill hopes to raze vets’ ‘bureaucratic maze’ (CDA Press)

Crapo, Risch blast Obamacare over premium hikes (Times-News)

GOP poll has Trump, Republican legislators ahead in Twin Falls (Times-News)

Candidates weigh in on cost of healthcare, Medicaid expansion (Mountain Express)

AG reiterates stance on fuel shipments (Mountain Express)

Idaho farm commodity reps join governor on trade mission to China (Capital Press)

Ag voices must be heard on Columbia River System, group says (Capital Press)

Marty Trillhaase: When half the class flunks, grade on the curve (Lewiston Tribune)

Idaho Dems take action against GOP (Lewiston Tribune)

Western governors, feds attempt uneasy collaboration (Associated Press)

Lawmakers will not change state employee benefits this year (Idaho Business Review)

CWI bond endorsed by Otter, mayors (Press-Tribune)

Registering online still a dream for Idaho voters (Press-Tribune)

Medicaid expansion: a lifeline to the sinking Obamacare ship (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Stop using taxpayer resources to approve tax hikes (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Candidates For Idaho's First Congressional District Release TV Ads (Boise State Public Radio)

Idaho's go-on woes. What happened? What happens now? (Idaho Education News)

Lawmakers attempting to clear up purchasing law uncertainty (Idaho Education News)

National Headlines

FBI gets warrant to review emails on Weiner’s laptop in Clinton probe (The Hill)

Dems push Comey to release Clinton email details (The Hill)

Polls show battleground map tightening (Politico)

Trump on Weiner email bombshell: 'Boy, did I call that' (Politico)

Ryan pressured by conservatives, Trump backers (Associated Press)

FBI discovered Clinton-related emails weeks ago (CNN)

In Greeley, Donald Trump re-emphasizes skepticism over Colorado’s mail ballots (Denver Post)

Stock market braces for political jitters as Fed likely to stand pat (MarketWatch)

Canada and EU Sign Trade Deal, Bucking Resistance to Globalization (New York Times)

Money pours in for anti-pipeline protest, but will it last? (Associated Press)

The Non-Affordable Care Act’s Restaurant Recession (Wall Street Journal)

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