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Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, September 11, 2017

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  Idahoans split on Trump's response to Charlottesville
By Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
GOP President Donald Trump was criticized across the nation, and even by some in his own party in Congress, for his response to the racial violence in Charlottesville, VA, several weeks ago....

Why supporters like Little, and are nervous about alternatives
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Al Henderson's family backyard barbecue, one of the Republican Party's top social events of the summer, is hardly a gauge for handicapping next year's gubernatorial primary election. But the event hosted by Henderson, who ran the Senate Resource Cent...

  Ahlquist's term limits & ethics proposals
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Last week Tommy Ahlquist, one of the three leading GOP candidates for governor in 2018, rolled out a 10-point "Term Limits & Ethics Reform Plan for Idaho State Government". ...

Are Dreamers being held hostage for border wall funding?
By Jim Jones
Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on Sept. 5 that the Trump Administration was terminating the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. DACA was designed to protect from deportation young people who were unlawfully brought into the coun...

Guest opinion: Ivanka Trump's retreat from equal pay betrays women's rights
By David Adler
At the Republican National Convention last summer, Ivanka Trump took the stage and promised to champion equal pay for women. ...

Guest opinion: Healthy forests are a top priority
By Sen. Mike Crapo
Fourteen years ago, congressional colleagues and I crafted the Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003 (HFRA) to help provide the U.S. Forest Service with the tools needed to do the necessary work on the ground to restore our forests to health and re...

Guest opinion: It's time for term limits & ethics reforms in state government
By Dr. Tommy Ahlquist, Candidate for Governor
States across the nation have enacted term limits and ethics reform laws to help protect their taxpayers....

  Press release: Labrador applauds decision to end DACA
By Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Rep. Ral Labrador (R-ID), Chairman of the House Immigration and Border Security Subcommittee, applauded President Trump's decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which Labrador said is un...

  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....

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

Gooding County Dems Potluck Picnic
When: Monday, Sept 11, 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: East Park, Gooding, Idaho
Gooding County Democrats are inviting area citizens interested in networking with fellow northside democrats. Chicken dinner and table service will be provided, please bring potluck sides to share and your own drinks. Networking chance for all south Idaho democrats. More info.

Nez Perce County Republican Women Meeting
When: Tuesday, Sept 12, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Red Lion Hotel Lewiston, 621 21st St, Lewiston, ID
A group of dynamic republicans educating the community. For more information, contact Darlene Simpson, NPCRW President at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

North Idaho Federated Republican Women Meeting
When: Thursday, Sept 14, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: Holiday Inn Express Sandpoint North, 477326 US-95, Ponderay, ID
Listen to republican speakers, current events, and much more. For more information, contact Mary Jo Ambrosiani, NIFRW President at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. More info.

Kootenai County Democrats 6th Annual Theatre Night
When: Thursday, Sept 14, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: Lake City Playhouse, 1320 E Garden Ave, Coeur d'Alene, ID
Join the Kootenai County Dems for a fun evening to help raise funds for candidates in the upcoming elections. Appetizers catered by 315 Tapas and Wine at 6 p.m. on the patio of the theater, 7:15 p.m. enjoy the rollicking musical Sister Act. Theater entry will be based on the date you buy your ticket so don't wait. Tickets $35, more info and purchase here.

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Idaho Headlines

New SupCourt ruling in Pocatello case could have big implications for local governments in Idaho (Spokesman-Review)

Wasden to seek another term as Attorney General, not join crowds running for governor, Congress (Spokesman-Review)

With DACA's end announced, what's next for Idaho's 3,100 Dreamers? (Idaho Statesman)

Idaho considers a new approach to health insurance for sick and working poor (Idaho Statesman)

Idaho governor's race: Ahlquist talks term limits, Little focuses on jobs (Idaho Statesman)

Wasden, Otter part of lawsuit that drove DACA announcement (Times-News)

Simpson calls for immigration reforms; Rickards backs DACA (Times-News)

DACA recipients: We're here to stay (Times-News)

In Wake Of DACA Decision, Idaho Leaders Say Federal Government Must Address Immigration (Boise State Public Radio)

Labor shortage deemed factor in slow business growth (Mountain Express)

Pocatello Mayor Blad facing six challengers in November election; three City Council seats also contested (State Journal)

Governor's Cup could benefit from government transparency, ethics reforms (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

EPA staffers tour Eastern Idaho potato production (Capital Press)

Elected officials, media get up-close look at ag (Capital Press)

Ybarra is selling a 'stay-the-course' budget plan (Idaho Education News)

Little: 'We have an obligations to explain how important education is today' (Idaho Education News)

Ruthie's wrath (Idaho Reports)

National Headlines

Notes from meeting with Russians said not to be damaging to Trump family (Politico)

New Data: Illegal Voters May Have Decided New Hampshire in 2016 (PJ Media)

With 220 languages spoken in California, courts face an interpreter shortage (Los Angeles Times)

Vast new intelligence haul fuels next phase of fight against Islamic State (Los Angeles Times)

Trump calls for a tax reform 'speed-up' in light of Hurricane Irma (Reuters)

North Korea 'secretly helped by Iran to gain nuclear weapons', British officials fear (Telegraph)

AccuWeather predicts economic cost of Harvey, Irma to be $290 billion (AccuWeather)

Bannon declares war with Republican leadership in Congress (Washington Post)

Demonstrators clash in Portland, Vancouver rallies; multiple arrests made (Oregonian)

Here's Why DeVos Has A Point About Due Process (Daily Caller)

European Finance Ministers Want to Force Tech Companies to Start Paying More Taxes (Gizmodo)