Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, June 26, 2017

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  Poll: Idaho's top elected officials have positive job approval ratings
By Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Even though he vetoed a tax break on groceries, GOP Gov. Butch Otter’s job approval rating stands at 56 percent, even higher than 18 months ago, finds a new survey for Idaho Politics Weekly....

  Why health care reform is so difficult for Congress
By LaVarr Webb, Publisher
In a divided Congress reflecting a divided country, passing a healthcare plan that wins support from all competing interests is impossible....

Candidates line up for big races while voters yawn
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Next year, Idahoans can look forward to one of the most exciting elections in the state’s history – with a long list of candidates lining up to run for governor, lieutenant governor and First District Congress, to name a few....

Guest column: Russia sanctions need to be expanded and strengthened
By Sen. Mike Crapo
Over the course of the past three months, the Senate Banking Committee, on which I serve as chairman, has held hearings assessing the impacts of the current sanctions against Russia. ...

Guest column: Fixing the broken refugee system
By Congressmen Raul Labrador and Bob Goodlatte
As Americans, we have a long tradition of helping refugees who, through no fault of their own, are fleeing war and persecution and wish to become contributing members of our society....

  Guest opinion: Does Congress have no shame?
By Jim Jones
Congress should be ashamed of itself for clandestinely drafting a healthcare bill involving hundreds of billions of dollars behind closed doors....

  Idaho's INL will help determine nuclear future
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
The Idaho National Laboratory has played a key role in the development of the nuclear industry in the United States and worldwide....

  News release: Idaho auctions 14 Payette Lake lots and makes timber sale
By Press Release
The Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) auctioned 14 Payette Lake lots for deeded ownership at a public auction in Boise last Friday....

  Poll: Most Idahoans approve of President Trump's job performance
By Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
When it comes to GOP President Donald Trump, Idahoans are about the opposite of the nation, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows....

Economic outlook: U.S. labor crunch threatens business growth
By Robert Spendlove, Zions Bank economic and public policy officer
It has been nearly eight years since the end of the Great Recession and many businesses in the United States are still struggling to grow, but this time for a different reason – a lack of qualified workers....

  Shake-up in the race for governor
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Then there were three....

Political Calendar Highlights

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Boise Chamber BOSS Luncheon
When: Thursday, June 29, 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: Inn at 500 Capitol, 500 S Capitol Blvd, Boise, ID
Business Owners Success Series (BOSS) with Charley Jones, Stinker Stores. Join for lunch and a casual Q&A. Charley will share his success story of growing this Idaho company to over 1000 people in 106 retail outlets throughout Idaho, Colorado and Wyoming. $25 member, $35 nonmember. Register and more info here.

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Idaho Headlines

Idaho kids, rural and poor adults could lose coverage, pay more under GOP health plan (Idaho Statesman)

Idaho’s Crapo likes GOP plan. Risch is reviewing it. (Idaho Statesman)

Twin Falls protesters call on Crapo to oppose Obamacare rollback (Times-News)

Marty Trillhaase: Rural Idaho's love for Trump goes unrequited (Lewiston Tribune)

Former Trump Campaign Head Mulling Idaho Congressional Run (Associated Press)

Hailey mayor proposes $12.4 million budget for 2018 (Mountain Express)

Idaho to fall further behind its neighbors on minimum wage (Idaho Business Review)

Ybarra unmoved as Idaho loses ground in school choice (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

SW Idaho farmers struggle with tight labor market (Capital Press)

State Board reaches out to disgruntled education groups (Idaho Education News)

Lawmakers call for rare summer meeting to address school accountability plan (Idaho Education News)

National Headlines

Sketchy firm behind Trump dossier is stalling investigators (New York Post)

Senate Republicans face key week as more lawmakers waver in support for health-care bill (Washington Post)

After string of defeats, Democrats rudderless in Trump era (AFP)

Trump to Call for U.S. ‘Dominance’ in Global Energy Production (Bloomberg)

Gowdy: Oversight panel won't pursue Russia, obstruction probes (Politico)

Kennedy stays quiet on whether he'll retire at end of Supreme Court term (Politico)

Dems push leaders to talk less about Russia (The Hill)

GOP agrees on one thing: ObamaCare taxes must go (The Hill)

Nebraska Dem Party Official Loses Job After Saying He's 'Glad' Scalise Got Shot (Free Beacon)

CIA Director Pompeo: Intel leaks on the rise, cites leaker ‘worship’ (Associated Press)

The story behind Planned Parenthood's big, bad investment in Jon Ossoff (Washington Examiner)

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