Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, November 20, 2017

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  Younger Idahoans are less conservative, religious than their elders
By Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Winston Churchill once argued that if you were not a liberal when you were young, you had no heart. And if you were not a conservative when you were old, you had no head....

  Survey shows Gowen Field has a lot of fans in Treasure Valley
By Idaho Politics Weekly
Gowen Field is very popular in Treasure Valley....

  Poll: Idahoans evenly split on Trump cancelling ban on plastic bottles in national parks
By Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Idahoans are split over whether GOP President Donald Trump's administration should have discontinued the ban on plastic water bottles in national parks....

Congressional race gets more crowded, and interesting
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Idaho's First District's GOP congressional race has gotten more crowded with the entry of Nampa Rep. Christy Perry into the battle to replace Congressman Raul Labrador and a bit more depressing, considering the historically scant voter turnouts in p...

  Eastern Idaho girds to battle for economic opportunities
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Last week, the city of Pocatello officially joined Regional Economic Development for Eastern Idaho (REDI). ...

Guest opinion: Enough of sucking up to Vladimir Putin
By Jim Jones
During the president's recent encounter with Vladimir Putin in Vietnam, he says he asked Putin whether Russia had meddled in the U.S. elections in 2016....

  Community support is exceptionally strong for F-35 mission at Gowen Field
By A. Scott Anderson, President & CEO, Zions Bank
A little less than a year ago, the U.S. Air Force announced that Gowen Field in Idaho's Treasure Valley was among five finalists as a base for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter mission....

  Guest opinion: Answers to the Crosscheck questions
By Idaho Secretary of State Lawerence Denney
Several articles have been published recently regarding the State of Idaho's participation in the Crosscheck program.  I would like to take a moment to publicly address some of the questions and concerns raised by those articles. ...

Guest opinion: Idaho is brimming with spirit of freedom
By Sen. Mike Crapo
Idahoan and Vietnam Veteran Jim Chally overcomes symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis to assist fellow veterans and their families by giving long-term caregivers of veterans needed breaks from providing round-the-clock care of their loved ones. ...

  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....

Political Calendar Highlights

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Meridian Chamber Luncheon
When: Tuesday, Nov 21, 12 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Where: West Ada School District, 1303 E Central Dr, Meridian, ID
Please join the Meridian Chamber for lunch, brought to you by Summers Funeral Homes. Hear from Nora Carpenter for a presentation on the State of the Valley. More info.

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Idaho Headlines

Amid national debate over churches' role in politics, Labrador touts pastor's endorsement (Spokesman-Review)

Former Sen. Schmidt says he's decided against run for governor at least for now (Spokesman-Review)

It's easier for the Forest Service to use immigrant labor than to hire rural Idahoans (Idaho Statesman)

Idaho will revisit being part of 'sloppy' voter fraud program, says secretary of state (Idaho Statesman)

National tax-reform group targets Idaho Rep. Ral Labrador in ad campaign (Idaho Statesman)

Voter Crosscheck concerns merit scrutiny, but reports misconstrued program, Denney says (Idaho Statesman)

Gangs, drugs & supporting police are top priorities for Idaho's newest top prosecutor (Idaho Statesman)

Marty Trillhaase: If Staben's a short-timer, he better say so (Lewiston Tribune)

Trump Administration Picks Housing And Urban Development Leader For Idaho (Boise State Public Radio)

Idaho Senator Jim Risch Joins Call For Roy Moore To Drop Out, Crapo Stands By Statement (Boise State Public Radio)

Idaho agriculture expected to show slight profits this year (Idaho Business Review)

Government regs add costs, impede property rights for homebuilder (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Candidates for Idaho governor address potato growers (Capital Press)

Idaho's universities head into a year of turnover (Idaho Education News)

State Board of Education spokesman resigns (Idaho Education News)

National Headlines

Strong economy boosts Trump among otherwise skeptical voters (Los Angeles Times)

Why no one is talking about Trump's game-changing deal (New York Post)

Europe's Merkel, Macron, May less popular than Trump (Washington Examiner)

The Hillary Effect (New York Times)

Border Patrol Agent Killed, Another Injured in 'Attack' (NBC News)

As clock ticks on tax bill, White House signals a compromise (Washington Post)

Iraq, a family dynasty and George H.W. Bush's secret pain over his son's complicated legacy (Politico)

A dying vet needed CPR. Hidden video shows his nurse laughing instead. (Washington Post)

Keystone XL Day of Reckoning Comes to Nebraska After a 9-Year Pipeline Fight (Bloomberg)

Would Rupert Murdoch break up his empire? (BBC News)

Fed Chairman Powell will keep rates low - he has no choice (The Hill)

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