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Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, May 1, 2017

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  Poll: Most Idahoans support term limits for Congress
By Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
It’s rare that you find this: 78 percent of Idahoans favor a congressional action....

  Is Trump putting Idaho's environment in danger?
By LaVarr Webb, Publisher
The environment is important in Idaho. The state has some of the greatest outdoor resources in the world, a booming tourism industry, and a population that appreciates clean air, pure water and outdoor recreation, and using the land to grow food.&nbs...

Guest Opinion: Trump's first 100 days
By Congressman Raul Labrador
As you may know, last Saturday was President Trump’s 100th day in office, and while the media has a habit of overhyping the 100-day mark in a new President’s term, it does provide a good opportunity to reflect on the pace of the Pres...

GOP candidates not fearing probable run by Yates
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
A month ago, I wrote a column – just one little column – and what happens?...

  Idaho to be ground zero for fight over fake news
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
The phrase “fake news” has entered the national lexicon over the past year. A Twin Falls jury will have the opportunity to decide whether spreading fake news should have real consequences....

Guest opinion: Loose rules of engagement can harm U.S. interests
By Jim Jones
It appears that the rules of engagement in Syria and Iraq have been loosened in the last couple of months....

Press release: Ricker Joins Zions Bank as community development manager
By Press Release
BOISE, Idaho — Bryan Ricker has joined Zions Bank as a Community Development Manager....

  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....

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

Kootenai County Republican Women Federated Meeting 
When: Thursday, May 4, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Shore lounge, The Coeur d'Alene Resort, South 2nd Street, Coeur d'Alene, ID
For more information, contact Teri Duke at
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Ada County Republican Women's Club Meet & Greet
When: Thursday, May 4, 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Where: Zero Six Coffee Fix, 404 E Parkcenter Blvd, Boise, ID
Each month on 1st Thursday the ACRWC will hold a social hour meet & greet in downtown Boise.

2017 North Idaho Democracy Dinner
When: Friday, May 5, 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Best Western Plus Coeur D'Alene Inn, 506 W Appleway Ave, Coeur d'Alene, ID
An evening of fun and fellowship, keynote address by House Minority Leader Mat Erpelding. The Art Manley Lifetime Achievement Award winner will be presented at the dinner. A silent auction is also offered. Tickets are $50 per person or $500 for a reserved table of 8 near the stage. More info.

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

Idaho Headlines

Shawn Vestal: Idaho lawmakers stand up again for the religious right of parents to let their children die (Spokesman-Review)

New Idaho law on vacation rentals seeks middle ground (Spokesman-Review)

Crapo-led panel explores more Russia sanctions (Lewiston Tribune)

National monuments: Trump chooses to make a statement instead of making a difference (Idaho Statesman)

Idaho’s Labrador finds friendlier crowd in Canyon County for second town hall, but topic is still health care (Idaho Statesman)

What’s at stake in the court fight over the grocery tax? More than just your food bill (Idaho Statesman)

How much? Idaho lawmakers got $1 million toward their expenses this year (Associated Press)

Marty Trillhaase: If Transportation Board is not in charge, who is? (Lewiston Tribune)

Second Town Hall In A Week For Idaho's Raul Labrador (Boise State Public Radio)

In The Face Of Chobani Lawsuit, Alex Jones Vows He'll Visit Idaho (Boise State Public Radio)

County opinion sharply divided on Trump presidency (Mountain Express)

Health care dominates Labrador town hall in Nampa Monday (Press-Tribune)

Petition submitted to recall Notus mayor (Press-Tribune)

Department of Labor: Overcoming digital divide will take more than equipment (Idaho Business Review)

Grocery tax lawsuit should prevail (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Union head sees promise in ESSA, problems in Trump budget (Idaho Education News)

Schools ride and attendance and funding roller coaster (Idaho Education News)

On Idaho’s public defense, and what’s next (Idaho Reports)

Supreme Court to allow public defense challenge to go forward (Idaho Reports)

National Headlines

GOP faces make-or-break moment on Obamacare repeal (Politico)

Nancy Pelosi Feels the Bern, Faces Pro-Sanders Primary Challenger (Observer)

Will Steve Bannon take over Heritage after Jim DeMint leaves? (Washington Examiner)

Priebus: Trump still wants to get rid of loophole benefiting hedge fund managers (Washington Post)

Trump skips Correspondents Dinner, but media's bias can't be ignored (FOX News)

Trump and the NRA Are Now Out of Sync (Bloomberg)

Sanders: Obama's paid Wall Street speech 'distasteful' (CNN)

Report: Trump tweeted 470 times in first 99 days (The Hill)

Jerry Brown's California Gets Infrastructure Right - Raise The Gas Tax To Pay For Roads (Forbes)

Here's the FCC's plan to undo its own net-neutrality rules (Colorado Springs Gazette)

Shaky start for Donald Trump's new economy (Australian)