Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, October 23, 2017

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  Most Idahoans say the news media treats President Trump unfairly
By Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Most Idahoans believe President Donald Trump has been treated unfairly by the news media, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows....

  Loons set loose in Rexburg
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Sometimes you just have to roll your eyes and wonder if some folks have given leave of their senses or are off their medications....

Brace for tax battles at the O.K. Corral
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
The national debt is $20.3 trillion, and growing at dizzying levels by the second....

Drug company greed kills
By Jim Jones
CBS' 60 Minutes and the Washington Post are to be commended for derailing the president's appointment of a shill for the drug industry as the nation's drug czar....

  Guest commentary: Survey reveals support for more public transit options
By Justin S. Vaughn, Ph.D., Boise State University School of Public Service
Residents of Idaho's Treasure Valley view life there very favorably, with factors such as the regional economy and neighborhood safety faring quite well in a survey recently conducted by the School of Public Service at Boise State University....

Tragedy and loss should turn us toward each other
By Congressman Raul Labrador
As most of you know, I was born in Puerto Rico and lived there until I was 13....

Guest opinion: Tax reform - making sense of the numbers
By Sen. Mike Crapo
This column is the third in a series to discuss the need for comprehensive tax reform, focusing on how the cost of tax reform legislation is estimated....

  Idaho Women in Leadership hosts Barbara Annis on Tuesday
By Press Release
BOISE  Idaho Women in Leadership, in partnership with Zions Bank, will host Barbara Annis, Founding Partner of the Gender Intelligence Group (GIG) and a world-renowned expert on inclusive leadership, for a fall learning event lunch on Tuesd...

  No clear leader in the race to replace Labrador; Simpson in good shape
By Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
The GOP race to replace U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador in Idaho's 1stCongressional District is wide open, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll finds....

Is Malek a hardline conservative, or a flaming liberal?
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
In Idaho's First Congressional District, where the most conservative candidates generally win, ratings from the American Conservative Union tend to carry more punch than other places....

  Appointments shake up Idaho politics
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Last week, Gov. Butch Otter selected Idaho's newest state senator, Tony Potts....

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

Idaho Women in Leadership Luncheon with Barbara Annis
When: Tuesday, Oct 24, 11 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Zions Bank Building, 17th Fl. 800 W. Main St, Boise, ID
Idaho Women in Leadership and Zions Bank invite you to a fascinating luncheon with Barbara Annis, Founding Partner of Gender Intelligence Group (GIG) and a world-renowned expert on Inclusive Leadership through Gender & Cultural Intelligence. Her insights and achievements have pioneered a transformational shift in cultural attitudes across the globe on the importance of gender unity to organizational success. Tickets $75. More info and purchase tickets here.

Boise Chamber October Ambassador Committee Luncheon       
When: Wednesday, Oct 25, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce, 250 S 5th St #300, Boise, ID
Ambassadors, please RSVP for the luncheon by Oct 24. If you plan to attend the luncheon and not have lunch, we still ask for you to register by selecting the "Not Having Lunch" option. If you plan to eat and want to pay with a chamber buck please select "Pay At The Door" option. More info and register here.

Tommy Ahlquist's 44 County Tour Stop Washington County
When: Friday, Oct 27, 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: Weiser Classic Candy, 449 State St, Weiser, 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. RSVP and more info here.

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

Idaho Headlines

With Post Falls population poised to nearly triple in 20 years, City Council opening draws six hopefuls (Spokesman-Review)

Idaho lawmakers reject removal of campaign donation limits; call for more reporting, disclosure (Spokesman-Review)

Race to replace Raul Labrador is wide open so far, poll indicates (Idaho Statesman)

New law would expand victims' rights. Can Idaho deliver what it promises? (Idaho Statesman)

With Idaho lawmaker's resignation, GOP must now find his successor (Idaho Statesman)

Growth, housing, buses & jails: This is what Treasure Valley candidates have to say (Idaho Statesman)

Marty Trillhaase: It's hardly a smear if the allegation is true (Lewiston Tribune)

Sage Grouse Study Works Closely With Idaho Ranchers In 10-Year Experiment (Boise State Public Radio)

Idaho Dairymen Nervously Monitor NAFTA Negotiations (Boise State Public Radio)

Treasure Valley Survey Shows Growing Anxiety Over Growth, Demand For Public Transit (Boise State Public Radio)

Bill would void court order on salmon recovery (Mountain Express)

Ketchum mayoral debate features clash of styles (Mountain Express)

Nampa mayor, City Council candidates share views at forum (Press-Tribune)

Treasure Valley residents want more transportation options, have favorable view of economy (Press-Tribune)

Boise's stadium proposal built on iffy financial foundation (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Little and Ahlquist: Resume horse racing, Labrador withholds support (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

EPA's new Northwest boss butted heads with agency (Capital Press)

Schools and teachers to be graded on what kids say (Idaho Education News)

State supports more flexibility in hiring nontraditional teachers (Idaho Education News)

National Headlines

Newly Assertive CIA Expands Taliban Hunt (New York Times)

Jimmy Carter Unleashed: Russians Didn't Alter Election, Obama Didn't Deliver, We Didn't Vote For Hillary (Daily Wire)

Byron York: Is tone of Trump-Russia probe changing? (Washington Examiner)

FBI watched, then acted as Russian spy moved closer to Hillary Clinton (The Hill)

Why the Army Can't Forgive Bowe Bergdahl and May Lock Him Up for Life (Daily Beast)

Trump Likely to Block Release of Some JFK Files (Politico)

Trump plans to bring 'biggest tax cuts ever' in US history, praises Kelly (FOX News)

Sanders keeps 'em guessing: Bernie to seek Senate reelection as independent, amid 2020 talk (FOX News)

Mitch McConnell says he'll bring bipartisan health care bill to a vote - if Trump will sign it (Mic)

Trump considers Fed's Powell, economist Taylor to lead central bank (Yahoo News)

Trump Plan for Coal, Nuclear Power Draws Fire From Environmental, Oil Groups (Wall Street Journal)

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