Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, August 7, 2017

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  Opinion shorts: Tax reform, leftward we go, & U.S. angst
By LaVarr Webb, Publisher
Democrats "compromise" on tax reform. James Freeman in the Wall Street Journal notes that Democrats in the U.S. Senate say they want to compromise on tax reform, but have already rejected any tax cuts that include the upper class. Freeman notes ...

  Poll: Idahoans overwhelmingly trust local law enforcement
By Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Idaho is overwhelmingly white and Republican....

Is early retirement for Otter a possibility?
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Lt. Gov. Brad Little, the political establishment's golden boy in the race for governor, has some big plans for the Gem State if he's elected....

  2018 candidates and the latest financial reports
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
With 2018 around the corner and an open race for both Idaho governor and lieutenant governor, we now know more than we did about candidate finances, at least for the Republican candidates (we are still waiting for Democrats to field theirs)....

What is the role of an attorney general?
By Jim Jones
There has been a great deal of discussion of late about the rift between the president and Attorney General Sessions. President Trump apparently feels that Sessions should have stayed with the Russia investigation and nipped it in the bud....

Guest column: Finding missing service members should be top priority
By Sen. Mike Crapo
I recently co-sponsored legislation introduced by Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) calling on the U.S. Department of Defense and other federal agencies to prioritize efforts to identify and recover unaccounted American military personnel.  ...

Guest opinion: Idaho ag faces big challenges, bigger opportunities
By Congressman Raul Labrador
Thomas Jefferson once said, "Agriculture is our wisest pursuit, because it will in the end contribute most to real wealth, good morals and happiness."...

Guest opinion: Only an unfettered marketplace will reduce healthcare costs
By John Livingston
Conservatives believe that the health care futures of those living on the margin with chronic diseases need to be secured. ...

  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...

Political Calendar Highlights

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District 15 Dems Summer Happy Hour
When: Monday, Aug 7, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Where: Powderhaus Brewing Company, 9719 West Chinden Boulevard, Garden City, ID
Join the District 15 Dems for conversation, summer stories, updates and some of the best beer in Boise. Meriwether cider on tap and wine is also available. Bring your friends and an appetizer to share.

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..

7th Annual Idaho Dem Night with the Boise Hawks
When: Wednesday, Aug 9, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Boise Hawks Baseball Club, 5600 N Glenwood St, Boise, ID
Spend the night watching America's national pastime with Idaho Democrats. For the hour before the game begins (6:15-7:15pm), you get all you can eat food and you can drink beer and soda and Humphrey the Hawk will swing by to say hello to the kids. More info and register here.

Valley County Republican Women Meeting
When: Thursday, Aug 10, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Location varies
Come join this fast-growing republican organization. For more information, contact Cec Tyler, VCRW President at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Idaho Headlines

Idaho health insurers propose average premium increase of 38% for 2018 (Spokesman-Review)

Little: 'Obamacare continues to wreak havoc on Idahoans' (Spokesman-Review)

Editorial: Hey, Idaho! Let's steal Washington's driving-under-the-influence-of-electronics law (Idaho Statesman)

To understand why billionaire brothers closed off land, know that Texas is not Idaho (Idaho Statesman)

Idaho, you're cordially invited to lunch with Speaker Paul Ryan. Send your check to ... (Idaho Statesman)

Recovery from surgery, 'vigorous' infection sidelines Gov. Otter for nearly 1 month (Idaho Statesman)

Melaleuca lawyer nominated as Interior Department lawyer (Times-News)

Big fundraising hauls for GOP gov candidates (Times-News)

Idaho Health Plan Rates Set To Increase In 2018 (Boise State Public Radio)

Idaho Lieutenant Governor Race: Who's Running And How Are Their Finances? (Boise State Public Radio)

New Idaho law regulates vacation rentals (Mountain Express)

Meridian and Nampa both flirt with 100,000 population count (Idaho Business Review)

Governor candidates split on Otter special business tax break (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Potential increase in ICE presence raises concerns in Idaho (Capital Press)

Little and Ahlquist talk education (Idaho Education News)

Higher ed task force starts kicking around ideas (Idaho Education News)

National Headlines

Pence denies eyeing presidential bid (Reuters)

Trump's unprecedented hands-on messaging carries risks (Associated Press)

These are the most - and the least - trusted news sources in the U.S. (MarketWatch)

New Chief of Staff John Kelly moves quickly to bring order and discipline to a West Wing riven by conflict (Wall Street Journal)

Amid immigration battles, College Park considers giving noncitizens voting rights (Baltimore Sun)

The future of the Democratic Party could be written in upcoming gubernatorial races (Washington Post)

Affirmative Action Policies Evolve, Achieving Their Own Diversity (New York Times)

Wasserman Schultz talks about arrested aide Imran Awan (Sun-Sentinel)

As Obamacare twists in political winds, top insurers made $6 billion (CNBC)

Google's Diversity Chief Slams Worker Memo on Gender Inequality (Bloomberg)

Bill de Blasio Will Push for Tax on Wealthy to Fix Subway (New York Times)

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