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Monday, June 12, 2017

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  Poll: Idahoans support further military action in Syria
By Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Idahoans are feeling their oats when it comes to U.S. military action in the Syrian civil war, a new poll by Idaho Politics Weekly finds....

  Liberal federalism: A new twist on federal-state relationships
By LaVarr Webb, Publisher
Traditionally, it has been Republicans and conservatives who have complained about an overbearing and all-powerful federal government....

  Lessons from the British election for Idaho candidates
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Last Thursday, voters in the United Kingdom went to the polls.  A couple of weeks ago, expectations were that British Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservative Party would romp to a big win and expand its narrow four-vote majority in Parli...

A place where the gun culture does not thrive
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Lethbridge, Alberta, is a nice place to visit … and apparently, a nice place to live if a low crime rate is a priority....

  Guest opinion: Is the U. S. giving up its role as the world's moral leader?
By Jim Jones
Ever since World War II, the United States of America has been the champion of democracy and human rights throughout the globe....

Guest opinion: Putting Idaho main street banks ahead of Wall Street
By Congressman Raul Labrador
The early months of the new Congress have brought a wave of regulatory reforms – none more important than the financial reform bill the House passed last Thursday....

Guest opinion: Moving forward with a positive spirit of renewal
By Sen. Mike Crapo
Kindness, support and respect run deep in Idaho. ...

  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......

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

D15 Democratic Party Coffee and Conversation
When: Tuesday, June 13, 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, June 13, 11 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Where: College of Idaho, Simplot Dining Hall
$15 members, $20 nonmembers and no RSVP. Register and more info here.

Clearwater County Republican Women Meeting
When: Friday, June 16, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Where: Joint School District 171, Orofino
Informing the community on republican issues. For more information, contact Donna Curfman, CCRW 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

Editorial: Idaho no longer needs an elected state treasurer (Idaho Statesman)

Editorial: Thanks for visiting Idaho, Ag and Interior secretaries. We’re off to a good start (Idaho Statesman)

Risch: Comey should have pushed for clarity when Trump said he ‘hoped’ for end of Russian probe (Idaho Statesman)

Tommy Ahlquist covered 7,000 miles getting to know Idaho. Will it help him get elected governor? (Idaho Statesman)

Grouse review draws GOP praise, conservationist worries (Times-News)

Labrador re-introduces bill limiting refugee program (Times-News)

Marty Trillhaase: Crane no longer deserves benefit of the doubt (Lewiston Tribune)

Zinke Orders Interior Department Review Of Obama Era Sage Grouse Plan (Boise State Public Radio)

Idaho Senator Suggests Trump Never Told Former FBI Director To Quash Investigation (Boise State Public Radio)

Armstrong To Lead Idaho's New Health Care Advisory Group (Boise State Public Radio)

Down, But Not Out -- Forbes Boots Boise Down 'Best Of' List (Boise State Public Radio)

Tom Luna announces he won't run for Congress (Press-Tribune)

Taskforce has draft recommendations on workforce development (Idaho Business Review)

Idaho unemployment rate continues to drop (Idaho Business Review)

Idaho cattle producers impressed with Perdue, Zinke (Capital Press)

Lori Otter’s makeup woes pale in comparison to artists hurt by veto (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Otter pledges continued support for education (Idaho Education News)

With federal funding chopped, budget cuts hit timber country (Idaho Education News)

National Headlines

Economy emerges as bright spot for Trump (The Hill)

Ivanka to join Trump in jobs push (The Hill)

Can Democrats save themselves? (New York Times)

Feinstein: Congress should probe whether Lynch provided cover for Clinton (Politico)

Delta, Bank of America drop sponsorship of Shakespeare in the Park over ‘Julius Caesar’ stunt that shows Trump assassination (New York Daily News)

Puerto Rico governor upholds statehood in vote hit by boycott (Associated Press)

Trump attorney signals a firm stance in dealing with special prosecutor (Los Angeles Times)

First lady Melania Trump, son Barron officially move into the White House (USA Today)

Trump headlines fundraiser for New Jersey GOP lawmaker (The Hill)

Iran Confident About $3 Billion Boeing Deal as U.S. Mulls Sanctions (Bloomberg)

Trump's air traffic control plan faces fight in Congress (Washington Examiner)

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