Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, October 30, 2017

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  Republican uprising against Trump would be suicide
By LaVarr Webb, Publisher
I'm one of those traditional, mainstream conservative Republicans who has had a hard time understanding and accepting the Trump phenomenon. I'm frequently surprised and sometimes appalled at his behavior....

Former congressman ponders new course in life
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
People who leave Congress, either by election defeat or retirement, seldom go away entirely. They may return to the careers they had before going to Congress, stay involved with certain issues or causes, or go into lobbying and rake in the big bucks....

  Odds & Ends: Romney & Alhquist, LG's race & campaign finance
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
A few thoughts on a few, somewhat random, topics......

  Majority of Idahoans support 'Good Samaritan' legislation
By Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
There's overwhelming support for Idaho to give legal protections to those who break into a hot vehicle to help a child or animal, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll finds....

Guest opinion: Big banks score a win against their customers
By Jim Jones
With the help of Idaho's two Senators, the U.S. Senate voted on Oct. 24 to kill a rule allowing mistreated bank customers to band together to seek redress in court....

Guest opinion: Considering all the effects of tax reform
By Sen. Mike Crapo
This column is the fourth in a series designed to carry on a discussion with Idahoans about the comprehensive tax reform efforts underway. ...

Guest opinion: Bringing people together, not driving them apart
By Congressman Raul Labrador
President Reagan used to say, "America is great because America is good; and if she ever ceases to be good, she will cease to be great."...

  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....

Political Calendar Highlights

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Treasure Valley's John Maxwell Speakers Club #2
When: Monday Oct 30, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: GradePower Learning Meridian, 3327 N Eagle Rd #100, Meridian, ID
Participating in the Treasure Valley Maxwell Speaker Club is the next best thing to being trained by John Maxwell himself. Each week, we will watch and extract lessons from John's live presentations and speeches. More info and register here.

Kootenai Democrats Progressive Diners               
When: Wednesday, Nov 1, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Where: Seasons Fresh Grill, 209 E Lakeside Ave, Coeur d'Alene, ID
Join the Progressive Diners for another presentation by Brian Henning PhD on Living in An Age of Climate Change. Doctor Henning is a professor at Gonzaga University who teaches Philosophy and Environmental Studies. More info and register here.

Tommy Ahlquist's 44 County Tour Stop Valley County
When: Saturday, Nov 3, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: The Ashley Inn, N Main St, Cascade, 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 info on county stops and RSVP here.

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

Idaho Headlines

Nonini: 'I'm more conservative than Janice' (Spokesman-Review)

Idaho Sen. Risch decries 'bickering,' says Flake-Trump dispute should have stayed private (Spokesman-Review)

Lawmakers ponder options for end of session, after state Supreme Court decision this year (Spokesman-Review)

Idaho's new US Attorney says he'll maintain hands-off stance in Bundy case (Spokesman-Review)

Crapo introduced measure ending class-action lawsuits against banks; it passed Tuesday (Idaho Statesman)

'Save us for later in your cart!' Idaho governor tells Amazon (Idaho Statesman)

The wilderness that launched Cecil Andrus' career may now bear his name (Idaho Statesman)

'We really screwed up,' says Idaho Senate candidate after emails to YMCA members (Idaho Statesman)

1 of these 3 men will be Caldwell's newest state representative (Idaho Statesman)

Marty Trillhaase: Time to take health care to Idaho's voters (Lewiston Tribune)

Romney endorses Tommy Alquist for governor (Boise State Public Radio)

Idaho House Speaker Calls For State-Managed Sage Grouse Plan (Boise State Public Radio)

Why One Congressman Wants To Change The Name Of An Idaho Wilderness Area (Boise State Public Radio)

Judge still considering Bergdahl case dismissal (Mountain Express)

Canyon County Republicans select Wagoner as top choice to replace Hixon (Press-Tribune)

Legislature can curb anti-free speech bullies at Boise State (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Idaho's corporate welfare outreach is harmful (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Idaho ag production value down 6 percent in 2016; rebound likely (Capital Press)

New research explores student opportunity gaps (Idaho Education News)

Idaho's teacher shortage is widespread (Idaho Education News)

National Headlines

Trump calls for investigation into Clinton ties to dossier (The Hill)

Fusion GPS, House intelligence panel settle bank records fight amid Trump dossier controversy (Politico)

Mattis says threat of nuclear attack by N.Korea accelerating (Associated Press)

Roger Stone Says He Will Sue Twitter Over Account Suspension (The Wrap)

Robert Mueller should resign (New York Post)

They're Trump-strong in rural Iowa - and not changing their minds (Kansas City Star)

Church to relocate plaques of Lee and Washington (CNN)

Robots to help stock shelves at 50 Walmart stores (Cox Media)

Game of Health-Care Thrones (Wall Street Journal)

In Choice of Fed Chairman, Trump Downgrades Deregulation (New York Times)

Third quarter's strong economic growth could boost GOP tax effort (Washington Post)

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