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Monday, May 15, 2017

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  Poll: Idahoans divided on whether women are treated fairly in the workplace
By Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Whoa, mama!When it comes to Idahoans’ opinion of whether women are treated fairly in the workplace, gender matters a lot, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll finds....

  Lament of a reluctant Trump supporter
By LaVarr Webb, Publisher
I want Donald Trump to be successful. I support his efforts to shake up Washington, to enact tax reform and tax cuts, to reduce the regulatory quagmire, improve healthcare, to achieve energy independent, and produce jobs and economic growth....

Guest opinion: Time for Republicans to stand up for their country
By Jim Jones
I’m having a hard time understanding the Republican Party that I joined back in the early 1960s....

Guest opinion: Trump national monument review is welcome step
By Senator Mike Crapo
Americans deserve to enjoy a variety of benefits from our nation’s abundant, while increasingly pressured, public lands. ...

Crapo sets ambitious agenda for banking panel
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Sen. Mike Crapo finally has arrived....

  The Idaho Supreme Court vacancy
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Last month, Idaho Supreme Court Justice Daniel “Dan” Eismann announced that he would be stepping down, effective Aug. 31 of this year. Eisemann’s term was set to end in 2019. His early announcement has triggered a feeding ...

  Coeur d'Alene tribal members elect Stensgar, Luke
By Press Release
Plummer, Idaho – Coeur d’Alene tribal members cast their votes to fill two positions on the Coeur d’Alene Tribal Council.  Incumbent Ernie Stensgar was re-elected to serve another term on Tribal Council.  Newcomer Chr...

  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...

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

Boise Chamber Donuts & Democracy
When: Tuesday, May 16, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Where: Boise airport
Donuts and Democracy panel discussion on education. All members are invited to hear from experts on relevant issues while enjoying donuts and coffee. More info and register here.

Blaine County Republican Women Meeting
When: Thursday, May 18, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Location varies
For more information, contact Bonnie Hovencamp, BlaineCRW President at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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

Idaho Headlines

Shawn Vestal: Elegance wasn’t really the issue, Congressman Labrador (Spokesman-Review)

Like Kushners, Idaho’s Otter learned the risks of courting immigrant investment in China (Idaho Statesman)

Seeking Labrador’s seat in Congress, Leroy says it’s time to ‘get past the gridlock’ (Idaho Statesman)

Idaho’s congressional delegation reacts to Comey firing; probes will continue (Idaho Statesman)

Simpson believes Russia probe should continue, unsure what the truth is (Times-News)

Simpson defends health bill, calls for entitlement reform at Twin Falls luncheon (Times-News)

Marty Trillhaase: Did luck put governorship in Labrador's reach? (Lewiston Tribune)

Kempthorne urges UI students to make a difference (Lewiston Tribune)

As Labrador Enters Governor’s Race, His House Seat Becomes Hot Ticket Item (Boise State Public Radio)

Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador Files To Run For Governor (Boise State Public Radio)

Gov. Otter discusses flooding in Hailey as river's peak forecast drops (Mountain Express)

It's healthy to listen (CDA Press)

Siphon interchange expected to double Pocatello's population (State Journal)

Contractor? Employee? More than 500 Idaho employers got this wrong last year (Idaho Business Review)

Religious missions don’t fully account for Idaho’s low go-on rate (Idaho Business Review)

Rancher, former House speaker receives award (Capital Press)

Erpelding took the low road in grocery tax repeal column (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Idaho officials continue needless crusade against CBD products (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Sugar-Salem superintendent: Idaho is a long way from level playing field (Idaho Education News)

National Headlines

Abortion politics hound senators from both parties (Politico)

Pope says he'll seek common ground with Trump (Associated Press)

Senate GOP’s agenda is at a moment of reckoning with unpredictable Trump (Washington Post)

Trump, irked at cabinet and staff, mulls sweeping shake-up (Axios)

Violence And Intimidation Against Republicans Are Becoming The New Normal (Daily Caller)

At Liberty, Trump Calls Critics 'Pathetic,' Praises Putting 'Faith Into Action' (NPR)

Melania Trump loves being a mom. As first lady, will she be mom-in-chief? (Washington Post)

Flynn subpoena sets up battle between White House, Congress (The Hill)

Gorsuch's Famous 'Burping Dissent' Is Now Before The Supreme Court (Daily Caller)

Who got hurt by the ransomware attack (CNNMoney)

Trump's Trade Deal 'Win' With China: Fake News? (Forbes)

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