Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, September 18, 2017

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  Poll: Trump's approval rating remains steady in Idaho
By Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Despite a rough start to his presidency, President Donald Trump's job approval rating in Idaho is about the same percentage as he got in the Nov. 2016 election, a new Idaho Politics Weekly survey shows....

Term limits issue shows signs of life
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
The older I get, the more I like term limits....

Guest opinion: A progressive's view of threats to the Constitution
By David Adler
Threats to our Constitution abound. ...

  Odds & Ends: Russians, Pocatello lawsuit and cutting health insurance premiums
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
A few thoughts on a few, somewhat random, topics......

Voters need better information in judicial elections
By Jim Jones
When a district or appellate judge retires during his or her term of office, the Idaho Judicial Council interviews candidates to fill the vacancy. The council carefully vets the candidates and sends a list of 2-4 of them to the governor for selection...

Guest opinion: Combatting gangs to keep citizens safe
By Congressman Raul Labrador
This week, the House took strong action to deal with the ever-growing threat of transnational criminal gangs such as MS-13....

Guest opinion: strength and patriotism of Japanese Americans
By Sen. Mike Crapo
The 75th anniversary this year of the opening of the historic Minidoka War Relocation Center is not only a reminder of the injustices that can never be repeated, but also of the extraordinary service of Japanese Americans. ...

  Campaign roundup: Ahlquist campaign announces county chairs
By Press Release
Republican gubernatorial candidate Dr. Tommy Ahlquist has announced that 107 Idahoans will serve as campaign county chairs in all 44 counties the beginning of his statewide grassroots organization....

  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". ...

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

Meridian Chamber Luncheon
When: Tuesday, Sept 19, 12 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Where: West Ada School District, DSC Auditorium District Service, Training Center, 1303 E Central Drive, Meridian
Please join us for a fantastic program, brought to you by Clear Voice Telecom. We will be hearing from Crime Stoppers of Idaho for our program. More info and register here.

Clearwater County Republican Women Meeting              
When: Wednesday, Sept 20, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Where: Joint School District 171, Orofino
Informing the community on republican issues. For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., CCRW President.

Blaine County Republican Women Meeting
When: Thursday, Sept 21, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Location varies
A group of steadfast republicans. For more information on agenda and location contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Blaine CRW President.

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

Idaho Headlines

CdA's political waters calm, as mayor, council go uncontested in November (Spokesman-Review)

Labrador fundraising pitch cites 'late-breaking' article in non-existent Idaho newspaper (Spokesman-Review)

Idaho Sen. Crapo wants to make switchblades legal in interstate commerce (Spokesman-Review)

Labrador gets anti-gang bill through House; Simpson secures $$ for Idaho (Spokesman-Review)

Ex-gubernatorial candidate's wife died of dehydration on North Idaho camping trip (Idaho Statesman)

Marijuana in Idaho: Could legalization of marijuana be in Idaho's future? (Times-News)

Marty Trillhaase: Foreman pulls pin on Idaho's political grenade (Lewiston Tribune)

Crapo crafts flood insurance reform (Lewiston Tribune)

New Program To Allow Remote Testimony At Idaho Legislative Hearings (Boise State Public Radio)

Why Idaho Wants To Regulate Pollution And Permits For Lakes And Rivers (Boise State Public Radio)

Low-Lying Idaho Nonprofits Could Get Boost From Low-Interest Disaster Loans (Boise State Public Radio)

Compared With Other Western States, Idaho's Economy Still Driven By Farming (Boise State Public Radio)

Administration's words on immigration leave uncertainty for Idaho employers (Idaho Business Review)

Idaho's reliance on federal money is a concern, say governor candidates (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Ag committee chairs push Idaho farm commission leaders to talk about challenges (Capital Press)

Idaho's ESSA plan goes tot he feds (Idaho Education News)

Task force presses reset on the '60 percent goal' (Idaho Education News)

National Headlines

U.S. stocks haven't had a 5% correction in more than 400 days (Bloomberg)

Trump keeps political world guessing (The Hill)

Climate Change Hype Doesn't Help (Wall Street Journal)

Left warns Pelosi, Schumer: Don't get too close to Trump (Politico)

Emmys Go Political in First Minute (The Wrap)

Trump Overkill Stains Stephen Colbert's Hosting Debut (Deadline)

Senate GOP fast-tracks last-ditch ACA repeal (SFGate)

GOP eying 'blue slip' break to help Trump fill the courts (The Hill)

Shrink at least 4 national monuments and modify a half-dozen others, Zinke tells Trump (Washington Post)

Trump takes on Bannon in Alabama Senate showdown (Politico)

In the nation's capital of rallies, a day full of them featured Trump sentiments and Juggalos (Washington Post)

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