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Monday, April 24, 2017

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  Poll: Idahoans oppose accepting more Middle Eastern refugess
By Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Most Idahoans don’t want to accept more refugees from the Middle East, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows....

  Loose ends: Food tax, population bomb, Article V
By LaVarr Webb, Publisher
Expect cuts in federal funding. Here’s another good reason it made sense for Gov. Butch Otter to veto the repeal of the state sales tax on food: Idaho, along with other states, is going to need to get used to less federal money and rely mo...

Guest opinion: Staying in touch with Idaho
By Congressman Raul Labrador
Last week was eventful....

Guest opinion: A non-scientific approach to climate change
By Jim Jones
There has been so much heated public discussion about climate change that it is hard for a person without scientific training to make heads or tails of the issue....

  Race for next Idaho governor heating up
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
With Gov. Butch Otter stepping down, Idaho voters in 2018 will pick a new governor....

Labrador is no 'yes man' to President Trump
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Just wondering … at what point did President Trump regret not hiring Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador as the Interior secretary? The president could have spared himself from heartache by burying him in the cabinet post....

  Repeal Obamacare or repair it? Idahoans are split
By Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Idahoans are mixed over what to do with Obamacare, split over whether to just plain repeal it or if it’s best to repair and improve it, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows....

  The lawsuit over Gov. Otter's veto of food tax repeal
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Last Tuesday, April 11, Gov. Butch Otter vetoed the bill that would have eliminated the sales tax on food, HB 67....

Otter sees no place for grocery tax repeal
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
A lawsuit challenging whether Gov. Butch Otter met the constitutional deadline with his veto of the grocery-tax repeal legislation may not go far. But getting rid of the sales tax on food is not a lost cause....

  Guest opinion: Legislature needs process for veto override
By Senator Steve Vick
Here’s what Gov. Butch Otter’s vetoes mean to everyday Idahoans:...

  Idaho's delegation does better on election day than in approval ratings
By Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
The job approval ratings of Idaho’s four members of Congress are mixed; two are above 50 percent and two are below, a new poll by Idaho Politics Weekly shows....

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

Congressman Raul Labrador Town Hall
When: Monday, Apr 24, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Mission Aviation Fellowship, 112 N Pilatus Ln, Nampa, ID

U.S. Navy Report with Rear Admiral Michael Dumont
When: Wednesday, Apr 26, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce, 250 S. 5th St., Boise, ID
Admiral Dumont will provide overall remarks on what the Navy is doing currently and how the protection of sea lanes and commerce is important to the nation, including Idaho. Free to attend, $10 lunch optional. More info.

Idaho Women in Leadership Public Service Leadership Training
When: Thursday April 27 to Saturday April 29
Where: Boise, ID
Idaho Women in Leadership offers a public service leadership training to teach women about the legislative process, how to become an informed voice and advocate and run for an elected position. Curriculum will cover positioning oneself for elected office, navigating the political party structure, media training, the nuts and bolts of organizing a campaign, fundraising, mobilizing voters, and crafting a message
. More info.

Jerome County Lincoln Day Breakfast
When: Saturday, Apr 29, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Where: Senior Citizen Center, 520 N Lincoln Ave, Jerome, ID
Keynote Speaker: Brad Little. 9 a.m. breakfast served, 10 a.m. program begins. Tickets $20

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

Idaho Headlines

Signatures for Idaho medical marijuana petition encouraged at Hemp Fest (Moscow-Pullman Daily News)

Editorial: Time for leadership, time for new path through INL nuke research stalemate (Idaho Statesman)

Idaho farm groups advance Bangerter for Ag forest post (Idaho Statesman)

‘Calculated’ risk: Otter backs Army Corps decision to keep Boise River flows steady (Idaho Statesman)

Boise lawmaker Rubel recovering from serious burns in kitchen accident (Idaho Statesman)

Labrador’s 3-hour town hall in Meridian: ‘It’s always good when people are energized’ (Idaho Statesman)

Trump signs flood disaster declaration to fix Magic Valley roads (Times-News)

Marty Trillhaase: It's Labrador's race to lose - but lose it he could (Lewiston Tribune)

Mapping Project Focuses On Treasure Valley Farmland Loss (Boise State Public Radio)

Idaho Unemployment Ticks Down In March (Boise State Public Radio)

Concerns over Trump administration dominate Labrador town hall in Meridian (Press-Tribune)

New Idaho law allows use of surplus water without right (Capital Press)

Poll shows significant support for farmland preservation in Idaho (Capital Press)

Coeur d’Alene and Boise are among the country’s fastest-growing metros (Idaho Business Review)

Harvard professor: Stop incentivizing out-of-state companies and build up Idaho ones (Idaho Business Review)

2018 campaign for governor starts now (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Report details problems in teacher 'leadership premium' payments (Idaho Education News)

Congressman Labrador Meridian town hall (Idaho Reports)

National Headlines

Pat Buchanan won after all. But now he thinks it might be too late for the nation he was trying to save. (Politico)

Outsiders Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen sweep to victory as France kicks out old guard (Daily Mail)

FBI director James Comey arrives in Queenstown for 'Government conference' (New Zealand Herald)

Wash Post poll hides: Trump still beats Clinton, 43%-40% (Washington Examiner)

With O'Reilly Out, FOX Rivals See Chance to Move In (New York Times)

Top Trump officials push border wall as government shutdown looms (The Hill)

Nancy Pelosi on Abortion stance: Democrats can be pro-life (Washington Times)

Republicans in position to reshape federal bench (Washington Post)

Survey of economists finds optimism about growth prospects (Washington Post)

IMF members set aside trade split as French vote rattles nerves (Reuters)

How Trump Can Destroy Democrats and Keep Congress (Daily Beast)

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