Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, November 7, 2016

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  Idahoans Give Gov. Butch Otter 54% Approval Rating
By Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Most Idahoans approve of the job GOP Gov. Butch Otter is doing, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows....

  Three Incumbents Enjoy Good Approval Ratings
By Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
It’s easy to see why the three Idaho Republican members of Congress are coasting to their re-elections this year – they all have relatively fine job approval ratings by their constituents, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll finds....

  Horrid Election Lurches to a Close
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
The worst presidential election in my lifetime is about over. Good riddance....

Idaho Takes a Dive in 'Conservative' Scores
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
For whatever ratings are worth from “conservative” organizations – and they’re not worth a lot, except to provide a snapshot of legislative action -- I must give props to the Idaho Freedom Foundation’s Wayne Hoffman....

  How would Sen. Crapo Lead Banking Panel?
By LaVarr Webb, Idaho Politics Weekly Publisher
American Banker magazine last week published a story forecasting how Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo would lead the Senate Banking Committee if Republicans maintain control of the U.S. Senate....

Idaho Economic Outlook: Steady Signs of Good Economy
By Randy Shumway, Zions Bank Economic Advisor
Idaho Labor Market. Idaho’s unemployment rate is holding steady at about 3.8 percent....

  Idaho Federation Republican Women Elects 2017-2018 President
By Press Release
Members of the Idaho Federation of Republican Women met in Coeur D' Alene Sept. 30 – Oct. 1, for their 2016 IFRW Biennial Conference and Fall Board of Directors Meeting....

  Press Release: Idaho's U.S. Capitol Christmas Tours State
By Press Release
Idahoans watched last Wednesday as U.S. Forest Service workers using a traditional crosscut saw fell an 80-foot Engelmann Spruce to begin its journey to Washington, D.C., for thelighting of the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree. The ceremony was at the Lit...

  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....

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

Boise Metro Chamber 2016 Economic Summit
When: Tuesday, Nov 8, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: Boise Centre East, 195 S Capitol Blvd., Boise
Topic: Health Care, Hospitality and Real Estate in the Treasure Valley. Keynote speaker Bill Conerly, Conerly Consulting LLC. $35 members, $45 nonmembers, breakfast included. Sponsored tables $600. More info and register here.

North Idaho Federated Republican Women Meeting
When: Thursday, Nov 10, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: Holiday Inn Express, 477326 Highway 95 North, Ponderay
Social start time 5:45 p.m. All republicans welcome.

2016 Meridian Chamber Gala
When: Thursday, Nov 10, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: The Club at Spurwing, 6800 N Spurwing Way, Meridian
Annual Chamber Gala and Installation Banquet. Cocktail hour starts at 6 p.m. and program at 7 p.m. Chamber members & guests of members are welcome at this event. Semi-formal attire, silent auction and DJ and photo booth. Seating is limited to 150 and will sell out quickly, register and more info here.

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

Idaho Headlines

Asked who they back for president, Southwest Idaho candidates struggle, demur (Idaho Statesman)

In split with governor, Idaho’s No. 2 official backs ballot measure on rules review (Idaho Statesman)

Stop taxing Girl Scout cookies, Lori Otter insists, but key Idaho senator blocks her (Idaho Statesman)

Labrador spreads campaign money to GOP state legislative hopefuls (Spokesman-Review)

Idaho’s Rep. Labrador stumps for Trump in far-flung states (Spokesman-Review)

‘Citizens for HJR 5’ actually elected officials, lobbying groups (Spokesman-Review)

Death threat for Commissioner candidate? (CDA Press)

Silver knocks on door No. 5,000 in Senate bid (Times-News)

Twin Falls County breaks 2012 early vote numbers (Times-News)

District 26 races among Idaho’s most competitive (Mountain Express)

Otter asks for mineral rights county doesn’t want (Mountain Express)

Idaho governor flip-flops on HJR 5 (Capital Press)

Marty Trillhaase: In this corner of Idaho, your vote actually counts (Lewiston Tribune)

Washington outpaces Idaho on election spending (Lewiston Tribune)

Legislative scorecards can inform voters or mislead them (Lewiston Tribune)

Expert: Treasure Valley has the recipe for growth (Idaho Business Review)

Rep. Christy Perry's husband files for divorce (Press-Tribune)

When the presidential election is over, the real work is still ahead (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

The myth of Medicaid flexibility and Obamacare Waivers (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Ada County Tests Voting Equipment Ahead Of Election Day (Boise State Public Radio)

Environmental Groups Reopen Lawsuit Against Idaho Mining Company (Boise State Public Radio)

ESSA draft: Schools to pick their own accountability measure (Idaho Education News)

Education groups say they were shunned by the State Department of Education (Idaho Education News)

National Headlines

From Mexico City to Tehran: world awaits US election result (Financial Times)

California secession group to hold meet-up at State Capitol (San Francisco Chronicle)

David Stockman warns both Trump and Clinton could lead to 25% sell-off (CNBC)

ISIS calls on supporters to 'slaughter' American Presidential election voters on Tuesday (Mirror)

What record early vote turnout means for Trump and Clinton (McClatchy)

For FBI, email investigation yields little but criticism (Washington Post)

Donald Trump makes another bid for Michigan at Macomb rally (Detroit Free Press)

Trump in Minnesota, Clinton in Ohio for campaign's final push (Star Tribune)

Ohio official: 'Extremely questionable, if not illegal behavior' outside polling station (FOX News)

Free Election Day Uber Rides Being Offered In Philadelphia To Help Hillary Clinton (Daily Caller)

Election-inspired Stock Market Volatility Is Overblown (FOX News)

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