Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, July 31, 2017

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  When is it time to fire our members of Congress?
By LaVarr Webb, publisher
It has long been the case that we Americans have a very low opinion of Congress. But, in something of a contradiction, we generally like our own members of Congress.The contrast between generic approval of Congress and approval of our own members is ...

  Young people less likely to value college degree
By Bob Bernick
Getting a good education is important to most Idahoans, an Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows.But how important getting a four-year college degree is in getting a "good" job depends on one's age and education, finds IPW's pollster Dan Jones & Assoc...

Trump's terrible week marks beginning of congressional resurgence
By David Adler
It's hard to believe that this past week could have been any worse for Pres. Donald Trump. He was rebuked by national Boy Scout leaders for his inappropriate political remarks and use of adult language and themes in an address to the Boy Scout Jambor...

Guest opinion: To better understand the realities of war
By Sen. Mike Crapo
In 2001, I talked with fellow Idahoan Captain Lynn B. Richmond about his experiences serving in artillery for the U.S. Army in World War II.  Captain Richmond earned the Bronze Star for his meritorious service in direct support of comb...

Guest opinion: Shauna Hill's legacy to veteran families
By Congressman Raul Labrador
Four years ago I met a family grieving the loss of their 16-year-old daughter, a talented young woman who aspired to be a doctor.I met Capt. Edward Hill and his wife, Heidi, when Sen. Jim Risch and I presented them a Congressional Bronze Medal that t...

  An Idaho path on healthcare
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Republicans in the U.S. Senate are struggling to forge a consensus on health care. It is possible that Congress will pass (and the president will sign) something. Whether they eventually pass something or not, there will be a role for policy prescrip...

For Malek, it may be now or never for Congress bid
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Republican Rep. Luke Malek of Coeur d'Alene is asking most of the right questions as he contemplates a run for Congress in the First District. Is the timing right? Can he raise the money needed to make a competitive race? Can he win?The 35-year-old M...

  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....

Political Calendar Highlights

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Idaho Democratic Party Resistance Summer - Lewiston
When: Monday, July 31, 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Where: Cafe Reuben, 607 7th Ave, Lewiston, ID
Join the Nez Perce County Dems for some Resistance Summer door-knocking. Meet at Cafe Reuben for a brief canvassing training before heading out into the field. The summer program will focus on training local volunteer groups, county Democratic organizations, and activists in how to effectively outreach in the communities where they live. More info.

Kootenai County Republican Women Federated Meeting            
When: Thursday, Aug 3, 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..

19th Annual Boise Metro Golf Classic
When: Friday, Aug 4, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: The Club at Spurwing, 6800 N Spurwing Way, Meridian, ID
Golf cart, gift bag, breakfast and BBQ included. Special features include four person scramble, hole-in-one competitions, closest to the pin contest and longest drive. 7 a.m. registration, 8 a.m. shotgun start, 2 p.m. BBQ and awards. More info and register here.

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Idaho Headlines

Risch 'disappointed' with outcome of Senate health care votes last night; Crapo still wants to repeal, replace (Spokesman-Review)

Ybarra outraised by campaign challenger (Spokesman-Review)

Editorial: Deadly days show that Idaho needs a mandatory motorcycle helmet law (Idaho Statesman)

Would these economic ideas help your family? What the GOP's Little proposes for Idaho (Idaho Statesman)

Idaho's treasurer spent at least $5 million too much borrowing money. Now he's refusing a review (Idaho Statesman)

ICE: Jerome jail 'ideal location' for detainees (Times-News)

Jerome commissioners say it's ICE's move on jail contract (Times-News)

Marty Trillhaase: Tommy veers to the right; Raul takes the bait (Lewiston Tribune)

Idaho's Mike Crapo Instrumental In Russia Sanctions Bill (Boise State Public Radio)

Idaho In Good Spirits, State Sells Record Amount Of Booze (Boise State Public Radio)

Idaho Healthcare Groups Express Relief At Failure Of So-Called 'Skinny Repeal' (Boise State Public Radio)

As more high school students take SAT, average scores drop (Mountain Express)

Bannock County GOP Chair to bring 2018 state convention to Pocatello (State Journal)

Ranchers respond to proposed changes in grazing rate methodology (Press-Tribune)

Research finds north Nampa residents lack fundamental resources (Press-Tribune)

Learn from failure: Idaho lawmakers must not expand Medicaid (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Idaho should ignore Obamacare minimum insurance mandates, allow more affordable plans (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Idaho proposes wolf baiting; mulls bounty on problem wolves (Capital Press)

Educators make early push to continue increasing teacher pay (Idaho Education News)

State Department of Education releases updated ESSA plan (Idaho Education News)

National Headlines

US Air Force unleashes supersonic bombers in 'North Korea nuke drill' (The Sun)

Amazon under federal investigation over Iran-linked sales, including to person on terrorism list (Mercury News)

Wolf Blitzer Humiliates Colleague Over Quality Of Her White House Sources (Daily Caller)

ICE not alerted when sex assault suspect released from jail in 2016, official says (KGW)

Next Up for GOP Congress: Raising the Debt Ceiling (Wall Street Journal)

Xi Calls for Strong Army, Tells China Troops 'World Isn't Safe' (Bloomberg)

Kelly starts new White House gig Monday amid high hopes from Republicans (The Hill)

Trump enlists Kelly to enforce order, but can the 'zoo' be tamed? (Washington Post)

US tests defense system after North Korea missile launch (CNN)

Democrats' economic agenda needs some work (Seattle Times)

Trump right to reverse Obama's transgender experiment on the military (Washington Examiner)

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