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Monday, May 8, 2017

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  Labrador comment illustrates difficulty of healthcare issue
By LaVarr Webb, Publisher
No question, it was an unfortunate comment -- Congressman Raul Labrador’s saying that nobody dies because they don’t have access to health care....

  Poll: Idahoans want to be able to vote on raising their own taxes for transportation projects
By Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Nearly three-fourths of Idahoans support giving local cities the authority to have their citizens vote on raising their own sales taxes for roads and public transportation, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows....

Property seizure abuses must end
By Sen. Mike Crapo
In past columns, I have written about legislative efforts to stop the abuse of asset seizure laws to take Americans’ property without proof of a crime, or even an arrest or warrant. ...

Conservative clout growing in Idaho House
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Rep. Heather Scott of Blanchard recently sent out an unusual, but not surprising, post-session newsletter. She made no mention of personal accomplishments, or what has been done for education -- things that serve as a springboard for the next campaig...

  Odds & Ends: Otter in Food Fight...Ahlquist Hiring...Craters of the Moon
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
A few thoughts on a few, somewhat random, topics......

Guest opinion: Is it time to close the Medicaid gap?
By Jim Jones
The first sign of trouble was not particularly dramatic, but it got my attention....

Press release: Labrador votes to replace Obamacare
By Press Release
Rep. Raúl Labrador (R-ID) released the following statement after voting for the newest version of the American Health Care Act. ...

  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?...

Political Calendar Highlights

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Boise Chamber Women in Leadership
When: Tuesday, May 9, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Where: Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce, 250 S 5th St #300, Boise, ID
Attendees will get an overview of the current state of women in the workforce and public sector and understand the value and economic power women leaders bring to business and the community. Discussion will include new ways of leading, unseen barriers for women, and the value of mentors and sponsors. More info.

D15 Democratic Party Coffee and Conversation
When: Tuesday, May 9, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Where: Boise Co-op in the Village At Meridian, 2350 N Eagle Rd, Meridian, ID

Caldwell Chamber Noonbreak Luncheon
When: Tuesday, May 9, 11 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Where: College of Idaho, Simplot Dining Hall
Sponsored by the Transportation Committee. $15 members, $20 nonmembers and no RSVP. Register and more info here.

Small Business of the Year & Chamber Excellence Awards Luncheon
When: Wednesday, May 10, 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: Boise Centre, 850 W Front St, Boise, ID
Special guest and emcee James Cunningham, comedian and host. Hall of fame award presentation Dr. Bob Kustra, President, Boise State University. Evening will include the recognition of award finalists. More info.

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Idaho Headlines

Health care dominates at highly charged Coeur d’Alene town hall with Raul Labrador (Spokesman-Review)

Editorial: Kloc and Peavey-Derr deserve new GBAD terms (Idaho Statesman)

Spending bill, power line compromise shows how government give and take can work (Idaho Statesman)

Idaho voters, health care experts astounded, angered by Labrador town hall comment (Idaho Statesman)

With Simpson presiding, House rolls back ACA (Times-News)

Craters one of 27 monuments on list for review (Times-News)

Marty Trillhaase: If Idaho's Simpson won't stand up, who will? (Lewiston Tribune)

Labrador talks new health plan (Lewiston Tribune)

Not Sanctuary, Not Welcoming: Twin Falls Mulls 'Neighborly City' Designation (Boise State Public Radio)

Senate Committee Talks About Idaho Rural Schools Funding (Boise State Public Radio)

How The 20 Percent Tariff On Canadian Softwood Lumber Could Impact Idaho (Boise State Public Radio)

Erpelding stresses diversity, inclusion (CDA Press)

Idaho representatives vote for American Health Care Act, repealing Obamacare (Press-Tribune)

Changes to property tax exemption incentive open it up to more businesses (Press-Tribune)

Economist: Perception on the economy is diverging from the economic data (Idaho Business Review)

Idaho needs a veto override amendment (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Ybarra entered 2017 with $92.78 campaign war chest (Idaho Education News)

Federal budget compromise boosts several K-12 programs (Idaho Education News)

National Headlines

Five senators to watch in healthcare fight (The Hill)

Columnist who defended NRA quits after being suspended (New York Post)

North Korea detains another American citizen, KCNA reports (Reuters)

Obama calls on Congress to have political courage in health care debate (FOX News)

Obama’s HHS chief admits some people will be better off under Republican health bill (MarketWatch)

Texas Governor Signs a Ban on Sanctuary Cities (New York Times)

Democrats, don't get too giddy about 2018 (CNN)

EPA dismisses half of its scientific advisers on key board, citing 'clean break' with Obama administration (Washington Post)

Tensions rise as New Orleans prepares to topple Confederate monuments (Washington Post)

Trump: Bedminster stay saves money (CNN)

US Commerce chief says Canadian trade threats 'inappropriate' (Reuters)

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