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Monday, July 10, 2017

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  Half of Idahoans support president's tax plan
By Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Half of all Idahoans support GOP President Donald Trump's tax reform plan announced by the president but not yet fleshed out an Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows....

  Odds & Ends: Idaho Falls on the 4th, Trade, Labrador & Thompson
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
A few thoughts on a few, somewhat random, topics......

Labrador's anti-refugee bill is contrary to American values
By Jim Jones
Raul Labrador's refugee bill is ill-advised legislation that needlessly targets some of the most vulnerable people on earth....

Denney not impressed with Trump's election panel
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
A strange thing happened a few days ago when Secretary of State Lawerence Denney checked his private email account....

Guest opinion: Collecting the histories of Idaho veterans
By Sen. Mike Crapo
Idahoan William Russell Woodfin Sr. served as a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army during World War II. ...

Guest opinion: Godspeed Art Jackson - a good rifleman
By Congressman Raul Labrador
Art Jackson died last month on Flag Day, at age 92....

  News release: Updated map shows endowment lands 96 percent accessible
By Bryan
BOISE An updated map showing detailed access to state endowment trust lands shows that 96 percent of the lands are accessible for recreation. ...

  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 ...

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

Caldwell Chamber Noonbreak Luncheon
When: Tuesday, July 11, 11 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Where: Memorial Park, Caldwell
BBQ Luncheon at Memorial Park. $15 members, $20 nonmembers and no RSVP. Register and more info here.

North Idaho Federated Republican Women Meeting
When: Thursday, July 13, 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. For more information, contact Mary Jo Ambrosiani, NIFRW President: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. More info.

Kootenai Democrats Democratic Club
When: Friday, July 14, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Iron Horse Restaurant, 407 East Sherman Ave, Coeur d'Alene
Guest speaker is Mayor Steve Widmyer, who will be providing a mid-year review, talking about some of the things that the city is working on in 2017. More info.

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

Idaho Headlines

Moms take health care concerns to Crapo. 'If he doesn't vote no ... he's not listening.' (Idaho Statesman)

Protesters oppose leasing Jerome jail beds to ICE (Times-News)

Marty Trillhaase: Even Trump has a right to public records (Lewiston Tribune)

Idaho Congressman Reintroduces Bill To End Forest Service Policy Of 'Fire Borrowing' (Boise State Public Radio)

Idaho Fish And Game Considers Rule Changes For Wolf Hunting (Boise State Public Radio)

Refugee Center In Idaho's Magic Valley Expects To Weather Travel Ban (Boise State Public Radio)

Northwest reps seek to block court order to protect Idaho salmon (Mountain Express)

Despite enrollment declines, ISU officials remain optimistic for future growth (State Journal)

Ahlquist, Labrador and Little say they would have supported makeup artists (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Idaho's rural families favor trades over four-year degrees (Idaho Education News)

National Headlines

NY Times says blaming Palin for shooting was 'an honest mistake' (New York Post)

Comey's private memos on Trump conversations contained classified material (The Hill)

Trump puts hat on Marine after wind carries it away (The Hill)

Republicans mixed on how to move forward on ObamaCare replacement (The Hill)

Congress returns to ObamaCare and other key issues with fast-approaching deadlines (FOX News)

Baton Rouge officer sues Black Lives Matter over 2016 ambush of cops (CNN)

NYPD union head slams de Blasio for skipping slain cop's vigil (New York Post)

Paul Ryan: No more public town hall meetings (AOL)

Despite upheaval, Fox News fights off MSNBC challenge to stay No. 1 (MarketWatch)

Royal Jordanian becomes latest airline removed from laptop ban (USA Today)

Mnuchin still expects middle-class tax cuts in 2017 (USA Today)

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