Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, November 6, 2017

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  Most Idahoans think women are treated fairly in the workplace
By Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Most Idahoans believe women are treated fairly in the workplace, a recent Idaho Politics Weekly poll finds....

Trump bashing works only for Dems and lame ducks
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Idaho Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch recently sent a letter urging the White House to give its support for a bipartisan effort to extend "critical" lifeline funding in future disaster aid....

  Will independent expenditure campaigns shape 2018?
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Last week, Idaho Falls was buzzing over a group called "Businesses for Growth."  ...

The president should be proud of the U.S. criminal justice system
By Jim Jones
On Nov. 1, the president claimed that the criminal justice system in the United States is "a joke" and "a laughingstock" for the way suspects are prosecuted....

Guest opinion: Empowering states better protects sage grouse
By Congressman Raul Labrador
I watched with growing frustration during the Obama administration as environmentalists used sage grouse as a tool to shut down livestock grazing, energy development and other multiple uses of our federal lands....

  Press release: Cruz endorses Labrador for governor
By Press Release
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has endorsed Ral Labrador's bid to become Idaho's next governor....

Guest opinion: Veterans step up to help others
By Sen. Mike Crapo
Idaho veterans and veterans service providers have been among those assisting with hurricane recovery and other emergency response. ...

Guest opinion: Protecting small businesses from cyber crime
By Sen. Jim Risch
Our country relies on small businesses to fuel our economy, and small businesses need a strong offense against the increasing threats to eCommerce, online finance and personal information....

Guest opinion: My promise for the future of Idaho
By Tommy Ahlquist, Candidate for Governor
On March 1, we announced our run for Governor and the career politicians laughed, making it clear they didn't think we had a chance....

  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....

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

Idaho Falls Chamber Out of the Box Networking Lunch
When: Tuesday, Nov 7, 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: Cafeteria at College of Eastern Idaho, Bldg. 3, 1600 S 25th St, Idaho Falls, ID
Build your professional network and learn more about businesses in the community. Door prizes, introductions, and other interactions make this a casual, fun opportunity to meet others and build your professional network. More info.

Meridian Chamber Luncheon    
When: Tuesday, Nov 7, 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: West Ada School District, 1303 E Central Dr, Meridian, ID
Please join your Meridian Chamber of Commerce for lunch and hear about how you can be a hero. Featuring guest speaker Jaime Hansen, Executive Director, Family Advocates. More info.

Kootenai Democratic Women Annual Luncheon
When: Thursday, Nov 9, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Bistro On Spruce, 1710 N 4th St, Coeur d'Alene, ID
If you are a woman with an interest in networking with other Democrats, you are invited to attend. Don't delay, contact co-chair Sheila Gary at 208-772-5873 to RSVP. More info.

Idaho Falls Chamber Business of Distinction Awards Gala
When: Saturday, Nov 11, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Willard Arts Center, 498 A St, Idaho Falls, ID
Join the Idaho Falls Chamber in celebrating businesses throughout the community as we present them with awards for excellence. This night of celebration begins with a cocktail and reception hour, followed by the awards ceremony in the beautiful Colonial Theater. This is truly an event you won't want to miss. More info and register here.

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

Idaho Headlines

A.J. Balukoff files initial paperwork to run for governor as Democrat in 2018 (Spokesman-Review)

As Bundy trial neared, Labrador caught AG Sessions' ear about Idaho defendants (Idaho Statesman)

Veyo drops its $70M Idaho contract to drive Medicaid clients to their appointments (Idaho Statesman)

Former Caldwell lawmaker is under investigation for sexual abuse (Idaho Statesman)

Orval Hansen, congressman who helped give Idaho a nuclear lab, dies at 91 (Idaho Statesman)

Marty Trillhaase: On Obamacare fix, where are Crapo and Risch? (Lewiston Tribune)

Governor's race: Thy kingdom for a horse (Lewiston Tribune)

Ted Cruz Endorses Raul Labrador For Governor (Boise State Public Radio)

New GOP Tax Proposal Could Impact High Earners In Idaho (Boise State Public Radio)

Bergdahl dishonorably discharged, avoids prison (Mountain Express)

Not so simple: Nampa, Meridian tax levy contrast more than a matter of rate (Press-Tribune)

Congressional tax relief plan may hinder Boise stadium project (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

2 GOP governor candidates to speak at Idaho potato meeting (Capital Press)

110,000-plus acres of farmland will vanish, researchers say (Capital Press)

Trustees plan to protect their nonpartisan elections (Idaho Education News)

At $194.7 million, Idaho's supplemental levy bill keeps rising (Idaho Education News)

They Have Rules for That (Idaho Reports)

National Headlines

Spinning in circles on the Trump dossier (Washington Examiner)

US leaders react to Texas church shooting (CNN)

Texas Rangers: Armed citizen 'engaged' killer, ending rampage (Grabien News)

Sen. Rand Paul's injuries far more severe than initially thought (Washington Post)

Conway spars with CNN host over Trump coverage (Politico)

Brazile stirs Dem party strife as bellwether gov race nears (Washington Post)

Donna Brazile: People Telling Me to 'Shut Up' Can 'Go to Hell' (Mediaite)

White House questions Bush legacies after George HW Bush reportedly calls Trump a 'blowhard' (CNBC)

Ready (or not) to choose Virginia's next governor? A guide to the race and issues (Washington Post)

California slapping high taxes on marijuana, causing sticker shock for some (Los Angeles Times)

Papa John's Says It's Evaluating NFL Sponsorship (Wall Street Journal)

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