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Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, August 14, 2017

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  No surprise: Boise & Ada County more liberal than the rest of Idaho
By Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
It's generally considered that Boise City and Ada County are the most politically moderate places in otherwise very Republican Idaho....

  What is a mainstream conservative?
By LaVarr Webb, Publisher
In politics, we usually want to know the political ideology of candidates, office holders and people who comment on politics....

Labrador offers the best hope to the GOP 'right'
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
If Congressman Raul Labrador is elected next year as Idaho's next governor, then you can count on this: The Idaho Freedom Foundation will emerge as the most influential lobbying organization in the Statehouse....

  Odds & Ends: Bingham Vote, Beck v. Gagner, and North Korea
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
A few thoughts on a few, somewhat random, topics......

McGeachin's labeling of opponents as "traitors" is deeply troubling
By David Adler
Janice McGeachin's penchant for describing opponents of her views as "traitors" is deeply troubling....

Keeping our word to non-citizen service members
By Jim Jones
The Pentagon is shamefully breaking its word to some non-citizens who joined the military for the purpose of gaining U.S. citizenship....

Guest column: Agriculture is crucial for Idaho's rural economy
By Sen. Mike Crapo
"Today, we need to feed some 7 billion people.  By the year 2050, that population will swell to 9.5 billion . . . To put the demand for food into perspective, we are going to have to double our production between now and 2050. ...

  Press release: Little campaign announces eastern Idaho advisor
By Press Release
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho  The Brad Little for Governor campaign announces the new appointment of its Eastern Idaho Campaign Advisor, Sheila Olsen....

  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....

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

Meridian Chamber Luncheon
When: Tuesday, Aug 15, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: West Ada School District, DSC Auditorium, 1303 East Central Drive, Meridian
With buzzwords like "fake news" becoming more frequent in everyday conversation, you may find yourself asking which resources are trusted and how to avoid being scammed. Let the library help. John Thill from the Meridian Library District will tell us more about their brand new Information A la Carte Initiative. More info and register here.

Kootenai Democrats Women's Association Annual Garden Party              
When: Wednesday, Aug 16, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: 4103 W Arrowhead Rd, Coeur d'Alene, ID
Music will be provided by Keith Millligan. Feel free to bring wine or hor d'oeuvres to share. More info.

Clearwater County Republican Women Meeting
When: Wednesday, Aug 16, 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, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Idaho Headlines

He's spent 40 years with the Idaho Guard. Now, he'll say goodbye. (Idaho Statesman)

Idaho Labor head abruptly resigns: 'My style did not work' (Idaho Statesman)

Gov. Otter's schedule still depends on his health. Today, he was up to an office visit. (Idaho Statesman)

Crapo, Simpson, Labrador and Risch are home for August. Here's where you'll find them. (Idaho Statesman)

Twin Falls man wants to take on Simpson for Congress (Times-News)

Ahlquist hopes voters want an outsider (Times-News)

Marty Trillhaase: Why does vote-by-mail give Denney heartburn? (Lewiston Tribune)

Idaho Voters Could Opt Out Of Releasing Data Under New Bill (Boise State Public Radio)

Idaho Sen. Jim Risch Defends President Trump's North Korea Comments (Boise State Public Radio)

Sage grouse report expected to have few impacts on local grazing (Mountain Express)

Idaho ranks high for proportion of students with debt (Idaho Business Review)

Feds nix sharing of data, create another reason to ditch grocery tax (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Idaho ag exports increase 11 percent in second quarter (Capital Press)

Ybarra stands firm on ESSA plan (Idaho Education News)

Reading scores suggest a widening urba-rural gap (Idaho Education News)

National Headlines

Marijuana politics emerge as 2020 flash point (Politico)

Powerful Venezuelan lawmaker may have issued death order against Rubio (Miami Herald)

Scaramucci: Elements Within Washington and White House Are Trying to 'Eject' Trump (Free Beacon)

Police 'stand down' blamed for Virginia chaos (New York Times)

Fear of 'violent left' preceded events in Charlottesville (Washington Post)

Pence Defends Trump From Critics of Charlottesville Remarks (NBC News)

Trump suspects Bannon of leaking, putting job in jeopardy (Axios)

Amid 2020 buzz, Warren urges Democrats to reject centrist policies and move leftward (CNN)

GOP Senate candidates lukewarm on McConnell (Politico)

Elon Musk: AI more concerning than North Korea (The Hill)

Wrath of right falls on Google (The Hill)