Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  Poll: Idahoans divided on Trump's decision to ban transgender soldiers
By Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Half of all Idahoans (49 percent) disagree with GOP President Donald Trump in his decision to ban transgender people from the U.S. military, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows....

Risch: Korean dictator promotes fight he can't win
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
With Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee leaving the Senate after next year, Idaho Sen. Jim Risch appears to be a sure bet for taking over as chairman of prestigious Senate Foreign Relations Committee in 2019 assuming that Republicans retain their slim maj...

  Idaho and electric car charging stations
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Last week in Salt Lake City, Gov. Butch Otter and the governors of Utah, Colorado, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico and Wyoming signed a memorandum of understanding to create a regional electric vehicle plan....

Let's look at public financing of contested judicial elections
By Jim Jones
Although I have not been a big fan of publicly-financed elections, I have come to believe that public financing would work well in contested judicial races....

  Guest opinion: Congress can learn fiscal responsibility from Idaho
By Alejandra Cerna Rios, Policy Analyst, Idaho Center for Fiscal Policy
In Idaho, responsible budgeting and fiscal prudence have served us well....

Press release: Labrador urges passage of forest health improvement bill
By Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Rep. Ral Labrador, R-Idaho, joined nine House colleagues Thursday at a Capitol Hill news conference urging passage of a sweeping bipartisan bill to improve forest health, combat catastrophic fires and restore sen...

Guest opinion: Protecting your identity from fraudulent activity
By Sen. Mike Crapo
Credit bureaus serve a critical function in our financial system and have become a daily part of every American's life. ...

  Press release: Idahoans encouraged to participate in fire rulemaking process
By Press Release
(BOISE) The Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) has initiated negotiated rulemaking for IDAPA 20.01.04, Rules Pertaining to Forest Fire Protection, and public meetings are scheduled across the state in October and November for public participation in pe...

  Idahoans split on Trump's immigration policies
By Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Idahoans are split over whether immigration policies of President Donald Trump will help or hurt Idaho's economy, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows....

Is there anyone around here who can speak?
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Nancy Buffington, a Boise speech coach, should have political candidates who need help in that skill pounding down her door in advance of next spring's primary election....

  New clout for Idaho U.S. senators in 2019?
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Last week a bit of attention was paid to the fact that Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee will not run for re-election to the U.S. Senate....

Political Calendar Highlights

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D14 Informal "Coffee Talk"
When: Tuesday, Oct 10, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Where: Wild West Bakery & Espresso, 83 E State St, Eagle, ID
A social, informal, come-and-go-as-you-please meeting.

Canyon County Republican Women Meeting     
When: Tuesday, Oct 10, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Golden Palace Restaurant, 703 Main St, Caldwell, ID
Active republican organization with great monthly speakers. For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., CCRW President.

North Idaho Federated Republican Women Meeting
When: Thursday, Oct 12, 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., NIFRW President. More info.

Tommy Ahlquist's 44 County Tour Stop Power County
When: Friday, Oct 13, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Where: AF District Library Community Room, 308 Roosevelt St, American Falls, ID
Tommy Ahlquist is touring all 44 counties of Idaho in 44 days to share his conservative blueprint to build an even better Idaho with all Idahoans. Each stop is a public event open to all Idahoans and the press to come meet Tommy, listen to his plans, and ask him questions. More information on county stops and RSVP here.

D17 Breakfast Meeting
When: Saturday, Oct 14, 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Where: Rooster's Eatery - Viasta Village Shopping Center 930 Vista Avenue, Boise, ID
District 17's monthly breakfast meeting, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

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Idaho Headlines

Idaho public schools chief was unaware of harassment allegations against aide (Idaho Statesman)

On mass shootings, Idaho's members of Congress offer few recent specifics (Idaho Statesman)

Idaho congressional candidate pushes Las Vegas shooting conspiracy theories (Idaho Statesman)

County GOP central committee decries one of GOP guv hopefuls (Spokesman-Review)

Agitated Sen. Foreman curses 'liberal nuttard' at fair (Moscow-Pullman Daily News)

Plans for conservative 'Freedom Caucus' in Idaho House on hold amid dissension (Lewiston Tribune)

Marty Trillhaase: On Puerto Rico, Labrador's silence is conspicuous (Lewiston Tribune)

Provocative Flyers In North Idaho Cause Sandpoint Stir (Boise State Public Radio)

Trump Administration Aid Package Includes Wildfire Relief For Idaho, Other Western States (Boise State Public Radio)

Ahlquist running for governor as political outsider (Mountain Express)

Construction job growth is strong in Idaho (Idaho Business Review)

Experts: Recent food industry consolidation is a taste of things to come (Idaho Business Review)

Dumb electric vehicle agreement gets government in the way (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Negotiations expected to resume on Columbia River treaty (Capital Press)

How Idaho SAT scores compare with other states (Idaho Education News)

Schools split over the way they pay teachers (Idaho Education News)

National Headlines

New California law allows jail time for using wrong gender pronoun (FOX News)

Ivanka Trump tunes out noise, takes on tax overhaul fight (Associated Press)

Media Give Trump Most Negative Presidential Coverage in 25 Years (Epoch Times)

Michelle Obama In 2013: Harvey Weinstein Is 'A Wonderful Human Being' (The Federalist)

Weinstein sexual harassment controversy exposes Hollywood's double standard (Los Angeles Times)

This die-hard Democratic city is about to turn Republican (New York Post)

If Trump doesn't deal on DACA, some Democrats threaten a government shutdown (Washington Post)

EPA chief Scott Pruitt tells coal miners he will repeal power plant rule Tuesday: 'The war against coal is over' (Washington Post)

Lizz Winstead: 'Really Disappointed' In Obama, Clinton For Not Denouncing Harvey Weinstein (RealClearPolitics)

US Army chief: 'No risk-free options' on North Korea (CNN)

Dianne Feinstein confronts a race for a sixth US Senate term - and her party's shift to the left (Los Angeles Times)

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