Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, July 17, 2017

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  What's the biggest threat facing our grandchildren?
By LaVarr Webb, Publisher
I'm an old guy with 15 grandchildren. So, naturally, I'm concerned about the world I'm leaving behind for them....

  Poll: Idahoans favor tax cuts for the middle class
By Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott
By huge majorities, Idahoans want federal tax cuts for low- and middle-income folks, but they are split on whether high-income individuals and corporations should share in those tax cuts, an Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows....

Budget writers pan Ahlquist plan to cut spending
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Next year's Republican gubernatorial primary election may come down to what Idahoans think about state government in general....

  Perception of Trump in the U.K. & Idaho's Fiscal Solvency
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
I am currently on an overseas trip to the United Kingdom with my family. Britain has a series of rather aggressive newspapers that cover the political spectrum....

Idaho needs more sunshine in its elections
By Jim Jones
Senate President Pro Tem Brent Hill, House Speaker Scott Bedke and Secretary of State Lawerence Denney are to be commended for proposing to tighten up campaign finance and ethics laws....

Guest opinion: Streamlining community care for veterans
By Sen. Mike Crapo
By continuing to put veterans first, we can drive U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) reforms in a direction that makes a meaningful and lasting impact on the lives of the veterans it serves. ...

Press release: Labrador bill names Payette Post Office for baseball great Harmon Killebrew
By Press Release
A hometown hero who became one of baseball's greatest homerun hitters and left a lasting charitable legacy will have the Post Office in Payette named for him under a bill authored by Rep. Ral Labrador, R-Idaho....

  Press release: Leroy campaign reports donations and endorsements
By Press Release
BOISE - Leroy for Idaho, the committee dedicated to electing Dave Leroy in Idaho's 1st Congressional District, announced a fundraising haul of $114,004 in a 6-week period for the quarter ending June 30....

Press release: Conserved forest land to provide timber and wildlife habitat
By Press Release
(BONNERS FERRY) - About 300 acres of prime forest and wildlife habitat at the foot of Hall Mountain near Bonners Ferry in northern Idaho was conserved recently by The Nature Conservancy and the Idaho Department of Lands (IDL)....

  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......

Political Calendar Highlights

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Treasure Valley's John Maxwell Speakers Club #2
When: Monday, July 17, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: GradePower Learning Center, 3327 North Eagle Road, Suite 100, Meridian, ID
Each week the group will watch and extract lessons from John Maxwell's live presentations and speeches with guided practical exercises to help you master your communication. Experience the same quality instruction used by John and Speaker Trainer, Roddy Galbraith, to train speakers all over the world through the John Maxwell Team. More info.

Meridian Chamber Luncheon
When: Tuesday, July 18, 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: West Ada School District, DSC Auditorium District Service/Training Center, 1303 E Central Drive, Meridian
The Boise Valley Economic Partnership will be sharing what they've learned, what they're seeing, and why they do what they do. Please allow a little more time for this luncheon, it's a hot topic and it's likely it'll go a little long. More info and register here.

Clearwater County Republican Women Meeting
When: Wednesday, July 19, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.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..

Kootenai County Democrats Democratic Club
When: Friday, July 21, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Iron Horse restaurant, 407 East Sherman Ave, Coeur d'Alene, ID
This week's speaker is Luke Mayville from the organization Reclaim Idaho, a grassroots campaign to elect Idaho candidates who believe in public schools, protecting public lands, and extending health care to working families. More info.

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

Idaho Headlines

Huckleberries: We knew way back when that Shawn Keough would be a good state senator (Spokesman-Review)

Idaho is touchy about giving personal data to feds. How will it handle election request? (Idaho Statesman)

Idaho doesn't have enough skilled workers. Here's how the state hopes to close the skills gap (Times-News)

Marty Trillhaase: Since when is medical care up for a vote? (Lewiston Tribune)

Idaho tax collections top forecasts for the fiscal year (Lewiston Tribune)

U.S. Senate Unanimously Confirms David Nye For Idaho Federal Judgeship (Boise State Public Radio)

Idaho Takes A Closer Look At Campaign Finance Laws (Boise State Public Radio)

Idaho's Former GOP Boss To Begin Lt. Governor Campaign (Boise State Public Radio)

Idaho Department of Land seeks ranchers comment on revising grazing lease rate (Press-Tribune)

Report praises state's financial management, but Idahoans still struggle (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

With second 'ag gag' law struck down, eyes turn to appeals courts (Capital Press)

Idaho's AP program grows, but problems continue (Idaho Education News)

Ahlquist criticizes rollout of Common Core standards (Idaho Education News)

A legal primer in the grocery tax veto case (Idaho Reports)

National Headlines

White House Plans Messaging Campaign to Refocus Attention on Trump's Agenda (Wall Street Journal)

Caitlyn Jenner weighs run for Senate (The Hill)

Research Team Slams Global Warming Data In New Report (Zero Hedge)

Focus on Russia or health care, Dems divided on message (Associated Press)

House Republicans weigh massive partisan spending bill (Politico)

Meet Obamacare repeal's top salesman (Politico)

Martin Luther King Jr. niece pushes back on John Lewis criticism of Trump (The Hill)

McCain's Surgery May Be More Serious Than Thought, Experts Say (New York Times)

Trump voter fraud commission gears up for inaugural meeting (Washington Examiner)

Net Neutrality Is A Poor Solution To The Wrong Problem (Forbes)

Nevada pot retailers get supply relief, but not out of woods (Washington Post)

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