Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, August 28, 2017

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  Idaho Democrats have some tough numbers to overcome
By Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
How tough is it for a moderate Democrat to win a major office in Idaho?...

  Opinion shorts: Thoughts on Hurricane Harvey and the Arpaio pardon
By LaVarr Webb, Publisher
Be glad you live in the mountains. Watching the incredible devastation in the Houston area brings to mind a couple of things....

Dinner with Cece: the best 'bet' I ever lost
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Early in my political-reporting career some 30 years ago with the Post Register in Idaho Falls, I learned an important lesson from then-Gov. Cecil Andrus. That was, never make a wager on the outcome of a political race with a master politician....

  Idaho's image outside of Idaho
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Last week's total eclipse was a stunning event for those in the path of totality (including my front yard) and still a spectacular one for those who were able to observe the partial version....

Guest opinion: A contempt of court pardon shows contempt for the courts
By Jim Jones
While the country's attention was focused on the approaching danger of Hurricane Harvey, a former county sheriff in Arizona was pardoned by President Trump for having deliberately defied the order of a United States Court....

Guest opinion: Combatting human trafficking
By Sen. Mike Crapo
In the 2017 Trafficking in Persons report, U.S. Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson wrote, "Human trafficking is one of the most tragic human rights issues of our time.  It splinters families, distorts global markets, undermines the rule of law,...

Guest opinion: Under Trump & GOP Congress, economy is surging
By Congressman Raul Labrador
As I travel across Idaho this month meeting with folks in Coeur d'Alene, Lewiston, Meridian and so many places in between I hear a lot about what some people call "kitchen table issues": jobs, the economy, education, healthcare, retirement security...

Guest opinion: Trump pardon of Arpaio betrays the Constitution
By David Adler
President Donald Trump's pardon of former Arizona Sheriff, Joe Arpaio, violates the Framers' rationale for vesting the pardoning authority in the executive and exposes his disinterest in the principle of law and order. Worse, it encourages law enforc...

  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....

Political Calendar Highlights

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District 14 Dems Summer Picnic
When: Wednesday, Aug 30, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Steve Guerber Park 2200 Hill Road, Eagle, ID
Drinks will be provided. Bring a dish to share with others and a folding chair if you'd like. Guerber Park has a playground and an interactive water feature, so children may want to bring/wear a swimsuit! Questions or RSVPs? Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

2017 Boise Mayor's State of the City Address     
When: Thursday, Aug 31, 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Where: Egyptian Theatre and Basque Block
Egyptian Theatre 4 to 5 p.m., Basque Block 5 to 6:30 p.m. Address and celebration $35 member/$45 nonmember, celebration only $25/person, includes food and drink. More info and register here.

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Idaho Headlines

Scott issues statement saying white nationalism post was intended to 'promote conversation' (Spokesman-Review)

BSU President Kustra not stepping down, despite Labrador's call for resignation (Spokesman-Review)

Andrus' legacy: Idaho's wild spaces, schools, nuclear cleanup (Idaho Statesman)

'The entire American West bears the imprint of Cecil Andrus.' (Idaho Statesman)

2 tales illustrate Andrus' unflappable nature, instinctive knack for people (Idaho Statesman)

Risch endorses Little, Crapo endorses no one (Times-News)

Crapo checks out co-teaching for English-language learners at Lincoln elementary (Times-News)

Magic Valley GOP lawmakers recall Democrats and Republicans worked in union under Andrus (Times-News)

Marty Trillhaase: President Kustra: Gov. Labrador is on line 1 (Lewiston Tribune)

The accidental politician: former Gov. Cecil Andrus dies (Lewiston Tribune)

Progressive Group Plans 'Counter Action' Against Author Charles Murray's Idaho Visit (Boise State Public Radio)

Director Of Andrus Center For Public Policy Remembers Late Idaho Governor (Boise State Public Radio)

Hailey men acquitted for Bundy ranch standoff (Mountain Express)

Did eclipse crowding potential scare visitors away from East Idaho? (State Journal)

Gubernatorial candidates share stances on healthcare, education, public lands during Idaho Falls event (State Journal)

Labrador: Address lobbyists on state pensions; other candidates dodge question (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Researchers study economic impacts of sage grouse conservation (Capital Press)

Agriculture's importance to Idaho continues to grow (Capital Press)

Next week, Idaho schools will seek $42 million in ballot measures (Idaho Education News)

State Board: No limit on master teacher premiums (Idaho Education News)

National Headlines

One hundred black-clad anarchists storm 'No To Marxism' rally, pepper spray leader of conservative group (Daily Mail)

Christian Group Sues SPLC and Amazon Over 'Hate Group' Designation (PJ Media)

J.P. Morgan's Hate List (Wall Street Journal)

Podesta Group retroactively files more DOJ disclosures for pro-Putin work (Washington Examiner)

Hunger eats away at Venezuela's soul as its people struggle to survive (Guardian)

Out on the road with Sanders and Warren: Will the Democrats follow them to the left? (Guardian)

First-ever water tax proposed to tackle unsafe drinking water in California (Press Telegram)

Can the feds, Wall Street prevent another market plunge? (New York Post)

Trump expected to lift ban on military gear to local police forces (USA Today)

Trump on China: 'I want tariffs. And I want someone to bring me some tariffs' (MarketWatch)

Should California spend $3 billion to help people buy electric cars? (Los Angeles Times)

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