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Monday, November 27, 2017

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This Week In Idaho Politics

Idaho gubernatorial race winner? 'Don't know'
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
About a year away from the conclusion of Idaho's governor's race, among the now-likely candidates "don't know" is way ahead, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows.GOP Gov. Butch Otter is not seeking another term, and the seat will be open in 2018.IP...

Guest opinion: How to lower healthcare costs in Idaho
By Dr. Tommy Ahlquist, Candidate for Governor
As Idaho families and small businesses continue to face skyrocketing healthcare premiums, career politicians continue to talk and talk about the problem. I don't know about you, but I'm tired of the talk. I'm tired of rhetoric. I'm ready for politici...

Guest opinion: GOP is trying to sucker-punch hard-working Idahoans . . . again
By Rep. Mat Erpelding
Let's start with a baseline fact.  According to 2016 U.S. Census Bureau records, Idaho's median household income is about $51,800.  That's $6,000 below the national average and 37th in the country.  Idaho has been in a rut for nea...

Guest opinion: Improving veterans' educational benefits
By Sen. Mike Crapo
Specialist Robert Cannon, of Boise, served 5.5 years in the U.S. Army in military intelligence.  This included a 13-month deployment in Southern Iraq.  Robert attended approximately eight different colleges until he found a class structure ...

Children of faith healers have a right to life & medical care
By Jim Jones
In counting my blessings at Thanksgiving, good health was at the top of my list. In January I learned I had pancreatic cancer, but it is now in remission thanks to the talented doctors at the Mountain States Tumor Institute. Dr. Akshay Gupta diagnose...

Labrador hopes early poll numbers don't lie
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Congressman Raul Labrador has neither raised nor spent a ton of money for next year's governor's race. But there's a quiet confidence within the Labrador camp that suggests things are going quite well.The polling numbers are on their side. In fact, i...

Brad Little serves up a bit of a surprise
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Idaho's open gubernatorial race is right around the corner in 2018.The Idaho Republican Party will have a competitive primary in May next year with three strong contenders: 1) Lt. Gov. Brad Little, 2) Rep. Raul Labrador, and 3) Boise businessman Tomm...

Ahlquist announces plan to address Idaho opioid crisis
By Press release
Republican Gubernatorial candidate Dr. Tommy Ahlquist has announced an action plan to address Idaho's ongoing opioid crisis. Itincludes joining six other states in declaring a state of emergency on opioid overdoses and deaths...

Idaho Land Board to auction 10 commercial properties & set grazing rates
By Press Release
(BOISE) The State Board of Land Commissioners (Land Board) has directed the Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) to offer 10 commercial properties for auction on Dec. 6. The properties include commercial buildings, parking lots and vacant commercial...

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....

Political Calendar Highlights

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Meridian Chamber First Friday Networking
When: Friday, Dec 1, 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
Where: Idaho Technical Career Academy, 1965 S Eagle Road, Ste. 150, Meridian, ID
Please join us for our last First Friday Networking of the Year. Come enjoy light breakfast food, coffee, prizes and of course awesome networking to get your Friday started right. Free to Meridian Chamber Members and first-time guests of the Chamber. More info.

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Idaho Headlines

Leroy says he's moving to the congressional district where he's running (Spokesman-Review)

Study shows Idaho's overall taxes are lowest in the region, 48th in nation (Spokesman-Review)

If Congress really wants to fix the Endangered Species Act, it should try these 5 ideas (Idaho Statesman)

Governor candidate says he'd cut Idaho's opioid deaths in half with these steps (Idaho Statesman)

Ex-Idaho Dems executive resigns Florida post amid sexual harassment scandal (Idaho Statesman)

In alleged murder plot, father targeted Idaho Falls attorney, GOP activist (Post Register)

Hear candidates for governor speak in Boise next week - minus 1 leading Republican (Lewiston Tribune)

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

On Bergdahl sentence, opinions in the valley vary widely (Mountain Express)

That empty feeling: Big box vacancies provide big challenges, opportunities across the Treasure Valley (Press-Tribune)

Annual reminder that discount Christmas sales remain illegal in Idaho (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Trump trade policies spawn uncertainty for U.S. beef exports (Capital Press)

High school senior proposes bill mandating ag education (Capital Press)

National Headlines

Saudi vows new Islamic alliance 'will wipe terrorists from the earth' (AFP)

After 30 Years, Alarmists Are Still Predicting A Global Warming 'Apocalypse' (Daily Caller)

GOP pushing ahead on tax-cut plan (Washington Post)

As he investigates Trump's aides, Robert Mueller's record shows surprising flaws (Los Angeles Times)

Congress confronts jam-packed December with shutdown deadline looming (Washington Post)

Rep. John Conyers steps down from committee leadership position amid harassment accusations (NBC News)

'Ashamed' Franken says he'll return to work on Monday (Star Tribune)

How Trump is really changing things (Washington Post)

George H.W. Bush Is the Longest Living President in U.S. History (TIME)

Trump Vows to End CFPB `Disaster' With Temporary Head Mulvaney (Bloomberg)

Rising Oil Prices Reignite the OPEC-U.S. Shale Rivalry (Bloomberg)

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