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Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, August 21, 2017

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  Idaho Trump supporters tend to be older, male and less educated
By Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
President Donald Trump is getting pummeled for his statements on race and white-supremacy groups' violence at a rally several days ago in Virginia....

GOP chairman's strategy for 2018: Win more
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Jonathan Parker, the newly-elected chairman of the state Republican Party, is in that position partly if not, largely because of his friendly nature and ability to work with all the splintered factions of the GOP. In other words, he's very good at ...

  Nuclear issues heat up in eastern Idaho
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
With the world awash in relatively cheap natural gas, nuclear power is struggling in the U.S....

Our leaders should have a 'style' of condemning white supremacists
By Jim Jones
Whether dealing with an abhorrent event precipitated by neo-Nazis in Charlottesville or just an everyday spouting-off of hatred by white supremacists, responsible public officials should stand up for decency....

Romney's rebuke of Trump is worthy of emulation
By David Adler
Mitt Romney's stern, powerful and effective rebuke of President Donald Trump's false equivalency of white supremacists and counter-protestors in Charlottesville, reminded Americans of the flagging conscience of the Republican Party....

Guest column: Honoring Idahoans who served at Wake Island
By Sen. Mike Crapo
The history of World War II and the bravery of the American service members who fought for our nation and its allies are familiar parts of our collective national history, but an often overlooked part of this legacy is the service of the civilian wor...

Guest opinion: Trump signs bill bringing relief to veterans families
By Congressman Raul Labrador
Last month I wrote about the House's unanimous passage of the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Education Assistance Act, which includes a bill I introduced to bring relief to veteran families. ...

  Press releases: Idaho natural resources news roundup
By Press Release
Idaho Oil and Gas Conservation Commission selects new chairman. ...

  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....

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

Boise Chamber Ambassador Committee Luncheon
When: Wednesday, Aug 23, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce, 250 S 5th St #300, Boise, ID
Ambassadors, please RSVP for the luncheon by noon Tuesday, August 22nd. Register here. If you plan to attend the luncheon and not have lunch, we still ask for you to register by selecting the "Not Having Lunch" option. If you plan to eat and want to pay with a chamber buck please select "Pay At The Door" option.

Bonneville County Republican Women Meeting               
When: Thursday, Aug 24, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Location varies
Become an Active Republican in this community. For more information and location details, contact Stephanie Mickelsen, BonnevilleCRW President, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Bannock County Dems Picnic
When: Thursday, Aug 24, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Lower Ross Park, 2750 S 2nd Ave, Pocatello, ID
In keeping with this year's theme of SOUTHERN SMOKE, we'll hold the 1st annual smoked meat contest between 5 or 6 invited chefs, with the winner taking home what will become a traveling trophy. The smoked meats (including beef, pork, chicken, and salmon) will be the highlight of our southern barbeque-style menu, which will also include homemade baked beans and potato salad, corn on the cob, rolls, watermelon, and sheet cake for dessert. Ticket prices are $25 for adults, $10 for students, and $5 for children 13 and under. More info and tickets here.

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

Idaho Headlines

Marty Trillhaase: What is Idaho's GOP afraid of? Idaho's GOP (Lewiston Tribune)

North Idaho Rep. Heather Scott defends white nationalism; experts say she's wrong (Spokesman-Review)

Malek makes it official: He's running for 1st District congressional seat (Spokesman-Review)

Speaker with controversial race theories leads to cancellation, move of IFF annual banquet (Spokesman-Review)

As Stanley awaits eclipse invasion, dark-sky backers shine a light on their cause (Idaho Statesman)

Another Republican, this time from North Idaho, joins race for U.S. House seat (Idaho Statesman)

Hotel says it moved author's talk for security. Lobbying group blames liberal bullies. (Idaho Statesman)

As Idaho's 'cowboy' governor ages, experts say his surgeries carry more risks (Idaho Statesman)

East Idaho rep. says it's 'plausible' Obama staged Charlottesville riots (Idaho Statesman)

Heather Scott Of North Idaho Posts Defense Of 'White Nationalists' On Social Media (Boise State Public Radio)

Boise State Wrestles With Free Speech After Professor Writes Anti-Transgender Article (Boise State Public Radio)

As Trump strikes down Obama-era rules, builders look for certainty (Idaho Business Review)

How Idaho can repair some of the damage done by the ACA (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Leftist activists display their own intolerance (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Alliance protects rangeland from development (Capital Press)

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

Ybarra, State Board of Education turn over ESSA plan to Otter (Idaho Education News)

Ahlquist's plan for education: 'It's creating that clarity' (Idaho Education News)

National Headlines

Ted Cruz's barnstorming tour across Texas is a sure sign his campaign is ramping up (Dallas Morning News)

Tech Censorship of White Supremacists Draws Criticism From Within Industry (Wall Street Journal)

Elon Musk leads 116 experts calling for outright ban of killer robots (Guardian)

Dozens demonstrate in Detroit against Christopher Columbus (Detroit Free Press)

Ron Paul: 50% stock market plunge 'conceivable,' but it's not President Trump's fault (CNBC)

Pennsylvania coal company to open second mine since Trump took office (FOX News)

Trump's eventful working vacation (The Hill)

Donald and Melania Trump to Skip Kennedy Center Honors (New York Times)

Senator who hoped for Trump assassination in post apologizes (Washington Post)

National parks put a ban on bottled water to ease pollution. Trump just sided with the lobby that fought it. (Washington Post)

Yellen, Draghi Head to Jackson Hole Amid Inflation Unease (Bloomberg)