Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, November 13, 2017

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This Week In Idaho Politics

Idahoans say state is on the right track, but the nation is headed in the wrong direction
By Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
For the most part, Idahoans are optimistic and believe their state is going in the right direction, an Idaho Politics Weekly poll finds....

Little hopes 'native' card plays in his favor
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
The gubernatorial primary election campaign, no doubt, will get nasty before it's over as Republican candidates scramble for support from fewer than 20 percent of eligible voters who traditionally bother to vote in a primary election....

Will Medicaid expansion shake up Idaho in 2018?
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Last week, Maine voters tromped to the polls and by a 59-41 percent margin voted to expand Medicaid eligibility in that state famous for lobsters....

Thanks for your service, veterans
By Jim Jones
When I was getting ready in August of 1969 to return home from my tour of duty in Vietnam, I bought some civilian clothes in Saigon....

Tax reform will be good for the country
By LaVarr Webb, Publisher
The Republican Congress and Trump administration are to be commended for embarking on a difficult quest to reform the muddled U.S. tax code, simplifying it and giving middle-class Americans a nice tax cut....

Trump tax plan disserves working- and middle-class families
By David Adler
The legislation winding its way through the House and Senate, known as "Tax Reform," is not tax reform.  It represents a gift for the richest one percent, and a massive tax cut for corporations....

Guest opinion: Hindsight tells us mandatory minimum sentences don't work
By Reps. Ilana Rubel (D-Boise), and Christy Perry (R-Nampa)
As the old saying goes, hindsight is 20-20.  Unfortunately, in Idaho, hindsight can get you 10 to 15. . . years in prison. ...

Guest opinion: Veterans Day message 2017
By Congressman Raul Labrador
On Veterans Day, we pay tribute to those brave men and women who have served our nation in uniform....

Campaign roundup: Former VP Dick Cheney endorses Yates for Idaho LG
By LaVarr Webb, Publisher
Former Idaho GOP Chairman and lieutenant governor candidate Steve Yates has announced the endorsement of former Vice President Dick Cheney....

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....

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

D14 Democrats Informal "Coffee Talk"
When: Tuesday, Nov 14, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Where: Wild West Bakery & Espresso, 83 E State St, Eagle, ID
A social, informal, come-and-go-as-you-please meeting.

Clearwater County Republican Women Meeting              
When: Wednesday, Nov 15, 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.

Kootenai County Democrats Community Outreach Bread Drive
When: Thursday, Nov 16, 11 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: Kootenai County Fairgrounds, North Idaho Fair & Rodeo, North Government Way, Coeur d'Alene, ID
Quality, artisan breads and butter will complement the 45 soups that will be available for sale at this popular contest. The meal price is $12 with proceeds supporting St Vincent De Paul's homeless services. More info on bread donation and purchasing admission here.

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Idaho Headlines

Cameron raises concerns about state worker insurance self-funding proposal (Spokesman-Review)

Complaint targets Ahlquist campaign, but Secty of State's office says there's no violation (Spokesman-Review)

Get government off my back and I can deal with climate change, say these conservatives (Idaho Statesman)

In Idaho, program to fight voter fraud may cause more problems than it catches (Idaho Statesman)

Marty Trillhaase: Why is Little's campaign manager smiling? (Lewiston Tribune)

To Expand Foreign Trade, Idaho Looks To The Far East (Boise State Public Radio)

Here's Who Really Has Access To Idaho's Voter Data (Boise State Public Radio)

Gov. Otter Names Hixon's Replacement In Idaho House (Boise State Public Radio)

Bergdahl discharged, avoids prison (Mountain Express)

Locals react to Bergdahl sentence (Mountain Express)

17 percent of registered voters showed up for Tuesday's election (Press-Tribune)

Q&A with Rep. Jarom Wagoner of District 10 (Press-Tribune)

Consultants: Self-funded insurance would save the state money (Idaho Business Review)

Lawmakers ponder changes to commercial vehicle registration (Idaho Business Review)

Candidates for governor differ on prekindergarten (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Groups sue Forest Service over sheep grazing (Capital Press)

Ranchers prevail in Idaho grazing dispute (Capital Press)

Ybarra vs. Dillon. Round one. (Idaho Education News)

Trustees vote to move their elections (Idaho Education News)

National Headlines

Partisan divide grows in US states, with mixed results (Associated Press)

Turns out Trump didn't ruin America's economy (New York Post)

Trump to meet Philippines' controversial Duterte (AFP)

The Individual Mandate Is The Worst Tax Ever (Wall Street Journal)

How the ex-DNC chair ruined Clinton's chance at 2020 (New York Post)

SNL hits the nail on the head: The DNC is old and out of touch (Washington Post)

Biden on 2020: 'Not sure it's the appropriate thing' to do (ABC News)

Tom Steyer's impeachment movement could help Tom Steyer (and that's about it) (Los Angeles Times)

Tom Perez: 'I am not talking about impeachment' (The Hill)

US carries out 3 drone strikes against extremists in Somalia (Associated Press)

Bill Gates firm buys Arizona land for $80 million to create 'smart city' (FOX News)

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