Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  Poll: Most Idahoans say they viewed last month's total eclipse
By Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
A once-in-a-lifetime event happened in Idaho two weeks ago a total eclipse of the Sun....

Fiscal train wreck looms as diabetes epidemic grows
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
November officially is American Diabetes Awareness Month....

  What is Idaho's disaster risk?
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
The nation has been riveted by the massive flooding in Texas triggered by the onslaught of Hurricane Harvey....

We should vote for judges in the general election
By Jim Jones
Idaho's magistrate judges stand for a retention vote in November general elections....

Guest opinion: Farewell to an Idaho original
By Rep. Raul Labrador
Last week Idaho said goodbye to Idaho's only four-term governor, Cecil Andrus....

Guest opinion: Idahoans demonstrate boundless examples of humanity
By Sen. Mike Crapo
Events in Charlottesville and hateful vandalism at our own Anne Frank Memorial are glaring reminders of the work that must continue. ...

  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....

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

Idaho Falls Chamber Out of the Box Networking Lunch
When: Tuesday, Sept 5, 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: Cafeteria at College of Eastern Idaho
Build your professional network and learn more about businesses in the community. Door prizes, introductions, and other interactions will make this a casual, fun opportunity to meet others and build your professional network. Register and more info here.

Fremont County Republican Women Meeting   
When: Wednesday, Sept 8, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Location varies
For more information, email Bonnie Burlage, FCRW President, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

D17 Dems Breakfast Meeting
When: Saturday, Sept 9, 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Where: Rooster's Eatery, 930 Vista Avenue, Boise, ID
District 17's Monthly Breakfast Meeting Contact Eldon Wallace at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

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

Idaho Headlines

Panel looking to stiffen Idaho's campaign, lobbying disclosure requirements (Spokesman-Review)

Malek, wife escape serious injury in Highway 95 crash (Spokesman-Review)

1/3 of Idaho lawmakers ask AG Sessions to back off Bundy case (Idaho Statesman)

Idaho lawmaker: Don't replace Jackson on $20 bill with 'obscure' Harriet Tubman (Idaho Statesman)

A fire burned toward the governor's house. 'I hope they took my guns out,' he mused. (Idaho Statesman)

Little wants to cut $350 million in income taxes (Times-News)

Labrador promises new approach in Boise (Times-News)

Crapo wants NAFTA rewritten but says trade deal is important (Times-News)

Marty Trillhaase: Idaho's GOP sticks with one color of paint (Lewiston Tribune)

Colleagues, Family, Friends Celebrate Gov. Cecil Andrus (Boise State Public Radio)

Trump signs disaster declaration for county (Mountain Express)

State department of education faces teaching certification backlogs (Press-Tribune)

Following Trump's speech, time for federal and state tax relief (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Ybarra reprimands her community relations director for seeking campaign support (Idaho Education News)

Ybarra proposes $113.6 million budget increase for K-12 (Idaho Education News)

'Butch, we don't have room.' (Idaho Reports)

National Headlines

Al Gore Outsold On Kindle By An E-Book Debunking 'An Inconvenient Sequel' (Daily Caller)

Wary of robots taking jobs, Hawaii toys with guaranteed pay (Associated Press)

Abbott suggests Harvey recovery could cost $180 billion (Politico)

GOP leaders banking on Trump to save them from fiscal disaster (Politico)

Sanders single-payer bill poses dilemma for 2020 Dem hopefuls (The Hill)

Haley: Kim Jong Un 'begging for war' (The Hill)

Trump Prepares to End DACA (Atlantic)

School district apologizes after students told 'Make America Great Again' shirts not allowed in class (Washington Post)

Hillary Clinton endorsed a startup - and then it fell victim to a cyber attack (Recode)

Bitter de Blasio thinks there should be a parade in his honor (New York Post)

Elon Musk predicts World War III (CNNMoney)

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