Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, June 5, 2017

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  Poll: Most Idahoans oppose Gov. Otter's veto of food tax repeal
By Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Most Idahoans don’t like that GOP Gov. Butch Otter denied them a food sales tax break, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows....

  Winning the political game: Making the decision to run
2017 is a municipal election year in Idaho and numerous city council and mayoral positions are up for grabs. The municipal filing deadline is September 8, and the election is Nov. 7....

Governor's race may come down to roots, not issues
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador has the best name recognition for next year’s gubernatorial sweepstakes, and plenty of flash to boot....

  Odds & Ends: Ultraconservatives' pick for governor, John Eaton, Labrador & INL, and the race for GOP Chair
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
A few thoughts on a few, somewhat random, topics......

Guest column: Congress must permanently extend SRS funding
By Sen. Mike Crapo
I have joined fellow Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and a large, bipartisan group of Senate colleagues in introducing legislation that would extend payments under the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) program, commonly called county payments, to rural counties wi...

Guest opinion: Helping those who helped secure our freedom
By Congressman Raul Labrador
On Memorial Day the nation focused on honoring those who gave their lives to secure our freedoms. Of course, we shouldn’t just remember their contribution one day a year – we should do so every day....

  2018 Idaho governor race is wide open
By Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Next year’s race to replace Idaho GOP Gov. Butch Otter is wide open, with 45 percent of voters saying they “don’t know” who they support at this time, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows....

Guest opinion: Idaho ingenuity needs intellectual property protections
By Sen. Mike Crapo
U.S. Forest Ranger Edward Pulaski helped save the lives of fellow wildland firefighters in Idaho’s 1910 Big Burn. ...

Guest opinion: Fixing our broken immigration system
By Congressman Raul Labrador
Since I was first elected to Congress in 2010, I have advocated for fixing our broken immigration system.  In addition, I have frequently stated that the most important step in completing that process is getting serious about enforcing existing ...

Leroy hopes early bid will help in First District race
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
We’ve seen this movie before. David Leroy, the onetime golden boy of Idaho’s Republican Party, is running for Congress in Idaho’s First District – 23 years after he was defeated for the same office....

  Reviewing Idaho's occupational licenses
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
On May 19, Idaho Lt. Gov. Brad Little was acting as governor while Gov. Butch Otter was out of Idaho. And, he took an interesting action....

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

Idaho Falls Chamber Out of the Box Networking Lunch
When: Tuesday, June 6, 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: Catered Your Way, LLC, 2161 E 17th St, Idaho Falls, ID
Build your professional network and learn more about businesses in the community. Door prizes, introductions, and other interactions will make this a casual, fun opportunity. Members: $10 Potential Members: $12 . Pre-register here.

Kootenai County Democrats Progressive Diners
When: Wednesday, June 7, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Seasons Fresh Grill, 209 E Lakeside Ave, Coeur d'Alene, ID
Monthly meeting of progressives to discuss topics of the day or issues relevant to progressive political action.

North Idaho Federated Republican Women Meeting
When: Thursday, June 8, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: Holiday Inn Express Sandpoint North, 477326 US-95, Ponderay, ID
Listen to republican speakers, current events, and much more. Contact Mary Jo Ambrosiani, NIFRW President, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. More info.

D17 Breakfast Meeting
When: Saturday, June 10, 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Where: Rooster's Eatery, Viasta Village Shopping Center 930 Vista Avenue, Boise, ID
District 17's Dem's Monthly Breakfast Meeting Contact Eldon Wallace at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

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Idaho Headlines

Risch, Crapo laud Trump’s deregulation efforts (Lewiston Tribune)

Labrador talks education, lowering taxes at Post Falls campaign stop (Spokesman-Review)

Idaho’s Labrador starts campaign for governor, pledges to get government ‘out of the way’ (Idaho Statesman)

Idaho, meet your new stewards of our lands: Zinke, Perdue swing through Boise (Idaho Statesman)

It’s your dough, taxpayers: Is Idaho wasting money to borrow money? (Idaho Statesman)

Poll shows wide-open gov race (Times-News)

Former state Rep named to Pardons, Parole commission (Times-News)

Marty Trillhaase: To spare rural Idaho, senators must cut a deal (Lewiston Tribune)

Idaho's Otter Moves Up Longest-Serving Governor List (Boise State Public Radio)

Governor Picks New Head Of Idaho Health And Welfare (Boise State Public Radio)

Idaho Population Set to Increase By 15 Percent Over 10 years (Boise State Public Radio)

Heads of U.S. Agriculture and U.S. Interior Discuss Joint Stewardship in Boise (Boise State Public Radio)

Study again proves promise of CBD’s medical benefits not available yet in Idaho (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Idaho cattle industry OK with proposed Craters grazing plan (Capital Press)

Ag, Interior secretaries vow to partner with states, communities (Capital Press)

GOP lawmaker praises proposed new science standards (Idaho Education News)

National Headlines

‘Kushnergate’ is a big fat nothing-burger (New York Post)

Maher, Griffin, Colbert: Anti-Trump comedians are having a really bad moment (Washington Post)

Russia tests Zircon hypersonic missile system, which it says makes U.S. defenses obsolete (Washington Times)

Conservatives torch Comey’s credibility ahead of Senate hearing (McClatchy)

High-stakes Georgia race puts pressure on Dems (The Hill)

Rural America Is the New ‘Inner City’ (Wall Street Journal)

Pro and anti-Trump protesters descend on Portland as police brace for violence at competing rallies (Los Angeles Times)

Trump plans week-long focus on infrastructure, starting with privatizing air traffic control (Washington Post)

Meet the GOP senator who wants to bridge the Obamacare divide (Politico)

Slower US job creation is usually a bad thing. This time, it might be a good sign (MarketWatch)

Facebook aims to be ‘hostile environment for terrorists’ (MarketWatch)

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