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Monday, July 24, 2017

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  Poll: Idahoans want action from Congress on repealing and replacing Obamacare
By Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Back on May 4, the U.S. House voted along partisan lines to approve a repeal/replacement of Obamacare....

Guest opinion: Clarifying my response to voter information request
By Lawerence Denney, Idaho Secretary of State
There are times when it is not worth fighting to correct being misquoted or straighten out a misperception....

  Idaho policies should take center stage
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
We are six months into the Trump administration and Republican control of both houses of Congress. Somewhat surprisingly, they have few legislative achievements....

Guest opinion: Trump's assertion of 'complete' pardon power making waves
By Bryan
Can President Donald Trump pardon himself?  That question, according to Anthony Scaramucci, newly appointed Director of White House Communications, arose in a conversation that he had with the president last week....

Guest opinion: 3% wasteful spending can be found in any budget
By Tommy Ahlquist, candidate for Idaho governor
In my first 100 days as governor, I plan to cut $100 million in wasteful and inefficient spending just 3 percent of Idaho's roughly $3.5 billion annual budget. ...

Denney: Vote by mail not the answer for voter apathy
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Breaking news: Idaho has vote by mail the same as Oregon and Washington. ...

Guest opinion: Forced arbitration is unjust
By Jim Jones
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFRB) issued a rule earlier this month that prohibits financial companies from using mandatory arbitration clauses to bar group actions for redress against those companies....

Guest column: A new federal judge for Idaho
By Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch
In spite of the hyper-partisan climate in our nation's capital, in a unanimous, bipartisan vote of 100-0, the U.S. Senate recently confirmed Judge David Nye to serve as the next United States District Judge for the District of Idaho. ...

  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....

Political Calendar Highlights

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Kootenai County Republican Party Meeting
When: Tuesday, July 25, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Kootenai County Administration Building Room 1A/B

Welcome to Boise - Sanjay Mehrotra, CEO & President, Micron Technology, Inc
When: Thursday, July 25, 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: Boise Centre, 850 W Front St, Boise, ID
Micron's board of directors has appointed Sanjay Mehrotra as Micron president and CEO and as a member of the board. Join us in welcoming him to Boise. $40 chamber members, $60 nonmembers. More info and register here.

Idaho Dems Pints and Politics
When: Thursday, July 25, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: The Olympic Venue, 1009 W Main St, Boise, ID
Join Idaho Dems for a night of politics, trivia, and fun. State 1st Vice Chair Van Beechler will serve up the trivia, plus enjoy drinks, and fun prizes. Teams up to 6 people, register team name by 6:15 p.m. and trivia will begin at 6:30pm. More info.

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

Idaho Headlines

Rep. Barbieri 'livid' over Idaho SupCourt's grocery tax ruling (Spokesman-Review)

Idaho Rep. Labrador stops paying wife salary from his campaign (Spokesman-Review)

McKenzie withdraws, as interviews near for opening on Idaho Supreme Court (Spokesman-Review)

Denney blasts Dems over voter info suit, says he was already protecting Idahoans' privacy (Spokesman-Review)

Editorial: Gov. Otter: Lead us now to an Idaho health plan (Idaho Statesman)

You still have to pay taxes on your groceries, says Idaho Supreme Court (Idaho Statesman)

There are other ways to change Obamacare. What would cuts mean to Idaho? (Idaho Statesman)

Idaho's Rep. Mike Simpson has sharp words for Trump administration (Idaho Statesman)

Following Yates' resignation, Idaho GOP names new state party chairman (Idaho Statesman)

Marty Trillhaase: Vermont leaves Idaho in the ethical doldrums (Lewiston Tribune)

What The Idaho Supreme Court Grocery Tax Means For Shoppers And Lawmakers (Boise State Public Radio)

Idaho Democrats Win Settlement With Idaho Secretary Of State (Boise State Public Radio)

Strong Words From Idaho Secretary Of State Over Voter Fraud Commission Suit (Boise State Public Radio)

Senator wants lobbyist limits (Mountain Express)

Canyon County seeks firm to help polling places meet federal compliance (Press-Tribune)

Idaho is aging faster than the rest of the U.S. (Idaho Business Review)

Hoffman: Conservatives remain committed to grocery tax repeal (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Gubernatorial candidates support civil asset forfeiture reform (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

State officials debate education goals as ESSA deadline nears (Idaho Education News)

National Headlines

5 reasons why health care bill would fail, 3 why it may not (Associated Press)

In Chicago, women worried about violence join gun club (AFP)

Scaramucci promises 'dramatic action' to stop the leaks (Axios)

Gas Prices Fall to 12-Year Low Under Trump (Grabien News)

OPEC Grapples With Growing Threats to Oil Deal (Wall Street Journal)

'Ruthless human smugglers' blamed for deaths of 9 people left in a truck in 100-degree Texas heat (Los Angeles Times)

Republicans brewing Russian scandal to target greens (Politico)

Senator Kid Rock. Don't Laugh. (Politico)

John McCain Went Hiking With His Daughter Following Cancer Diagnosis (TIME)

Gingrich, small biz to launch major tax cut campaign (The Hill)

Sanders keeping door open on 2020 (The Hill)

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