Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  Lessons from a pig pen the media frenzy around Trump's tweets
By LaVarr Webb, publisher
I'm a fairly traditional person who believes we ought to play nice (although I sometimes fall short of my own aspirations). I also believe politics ought to be civil and respectful.So, like many people, I've been baffled by the president's late night...

  5 Things to Say to Someone Who Hates America on July 4th
By Jared Whitley
July 4th is the best day of the year for food, friends, fireworks, and er fpatriotism. However, for some, there is no room for love of country in their hearts. They may even want to pollute your red, white, and blue-wearing good times with the...

  Most Idahoans are concerned about nuclear conflict with North Korea
By Bob Bernick, senior editor
Three-fourths of all Idahoans are concerned about a U.S. nuclear conflict with North Korea, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows.But they are split over whether GOP Pres. Donald Trump should meet with Communist dictator Kim Jong-Un, leader of one o...

Guest opinion: A significant week for immigration reform
By Congressman Raul Labrador
Last week was a very significant and exciting time in the fight for immigration reform. I was named chairman of the House subcommittee with jurisdiction over immigration and border security issues; the House Judiciary Committee approved my ...

Guest opinion: Modernizing the veterans benefit appeals process
By Sen. Mike Crapo
Idaho veterans have shared detailed, personal accounts of how the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) claims appeals process could better serve veterans.  They have shared these helpful insights through years of statewide veterans surveys,...

Idaho's next U.S. Attorney -- Bart Davis
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Last week Pres. Trump nominated nine candidates to be U.S. attorneys around the country.  One was Idaho Falls State Sen. Bart Davis to be the new U.S. Attorney for the District of Idaho.Wendy Olson formerly held the position. The appointment wil...

These political fireworks are legal in Idaho
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Former Rep. Janice McGeachin of Idaho Falls, a Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, is an avid supporter of Pres. Trump and one of the state delegates who voted for him at the Republican convention. And, as we saw with Trump during his campa...

Free legal help is on the way for Idaho refugees
By Jim Jones
A group of Boise attorneys is forming a program to provide free legal help to low-income refugees. Volunteer lawyers will supplement on-going efforts of local law-related organizations to serve the legal needs of the Treasure Valley refugee community...

  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....

Political Calendar Highlights

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Kootenai County Republican Women Federated Meeting
When: Thursday, July 6, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Shore lounge, The Coeur d'Alene Resort, South 2nd Street, Coeur d'Alene, ID
For more information, contact Teri Duke at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Kootenai Democrats All-County Canvassing Event
When: Saturday, July 8, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: 206 E Indiana Ave, Coeur d'Alene, ID
Summer of Resistance All-County Canvassing Event. It's time to start knocking on doors to find Democratic voters. Join the group to help in your precinct. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. knock on doors, 1:30 p.m. post canvass social. More info.

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

Idaho Headlines

Law allowing concealed firearms with no permit a year old (CDA Press)

Another hack of Idaho state websites, but no data taken (Idaho Statesman)

The feds gambled with the Boise River, and so far, they've won (Idaho Statesman)

Idaho's 65 and over population is booming. That's going to cost us all more, but pay us more, too. (Idaho Statesman)

Garden City legislator who stole opponents' campaign brochures avoids trial (Idaho Statesman)

Labrador outlines immigration plans (Times-News)

Otter, Wasden threaten to sue if Trump doesn't revoke DACA (Times-News)

Marty Trillhaase: Fasten your seatbelts; it's going to be a bumpy ride (Lewiston Tribune)

Hacking Of Government Websites In Idaho Raises Concerns About Cyber Security (Boise State Public Radio)

Idaho Governor And Attorney General Threaten To Sue Trump Administration (Boise State Public Radio)

Idaho's population aging faster than the nation's (Press-Tribune)

Idaho improves manufacturing grade, but trails neighbors in several key measures (Idaho Business Review)

Ag earnings drive Idaho's personal income growth this year (Idaho Business Review)

Blaine Amendment loses its luster as block to education choice (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Farm Bureau president tells farmers to stay engaged in political process (Capital Press)

Lawmakers also say they were kept in dark over ESSA plans (Idaho Education News)

Idaho enters home stretch in race to comply with federal education law (Idaho Education News)

National Headlines

Trump tells troops in Fourth of July speech: I have your back (Washington Examiner)

White House details Trump meeting with Putin (The Hill)

Five changes GOP might make to healthcare bill (The Hill)

Two Silicon Valley billionaires want to reinvent the Democratic Party with a new project called 'WTF' (Business Insider)

Trey Parker on giving voice to 'Despicable Me 3' villain, mulling the end of 'South Park' and ignoring Trump (Los Angeles Times)

Media errors give Trump fresh ammunition (The Hill)

Cannabis could soon be attraction at California county fairs (San Francisco Chronicle)

Foreigners own 1 million+ acres of Georgia ag land (AJC)

Kim Jong-un riles Trump on the Fourth (Daily Mail)

Illinois Senate nixes vetoes of budget plan with tax hike (Washington Post)

Neil Gorsuch's first few months begin to reveal how nine-justice Supreme Court will develop (Washington Examiner)

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