Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, December 4, 2017

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  Poll: Idahoans think Congress will ultimately fail to pass tax form
By Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Idahoans believe GOP President Donald Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress will fail in their attempt in reforming U.S. taxes, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows....

Ahlquist offers 'outsider's view' on health care
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Is health care a right, or is it a privilege?...

  Crapo cuts through the partisan divide
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
The United States Congress is highly polarized along partisan lines today....

The president's Muslim-bashing harms American interests
By Jim Jones
The President's statements, tweets and retweets that demean, vilify or ridicule Muslims are harmful to American interests in a number of ways....

Guest opinion: Idaho's schools need local control
By Congressman Raul Labrador
There are few things more important than our children's education....

Guest opinion: All hands on deck to fight opioid crisis
By Sen. Mike Crapo
The American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors (ASCLD) issued an urgent public alert regarding the toxicity of illegal drugs being circulated on American streets advising, "The street drugs the public may be exposed to can be so dangerous that ev...

  Press Release: Draft legislation addresses campaign finance reform
By Press Release
The 10-member bipartisan Campaign Finance Reform Legislative Work Group has wrapped up its final meeting of 2017, recommending sweeping new changes to Idaho's nationally-maligned campaign finance laws. ...

Gubernatorial campaign roundup
By Idaho Politics Weekly staff
Ahlquist statement on campaign finance reform. The Ahlquist Campaign issued the following statement on the news of the Idaho Legislative Working Group on Campaign Finance's recommendation on requiring candidates and elected officials disclose th...

  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...

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

Idaho Falls Chamber Out of the Box Networking Lunch
When: Tuesday, Dec 5, 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: Idaho Technical Career Academy, 1965 S Eagle road, Ste. 150, Meridian, ID
Build your professional network and learn more about businesses in the community. Door prizes, introductions, and other interactions will make this a casual, fun opportunity to meet others and build your professional network. New location, join us at the College of Eastern Idaho cafeteria. More info and register here.

Boise Chamber Holiday Reception with Elected Officials
When: Wednesday, Dec 6, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: Boise Centre, 850 W Front St, Boise, ID
Meet and greet state officers, area legislators, mayors, county commissioners, and many other elected officials. $35 members, $45 nonmembers. More info here.

Fremont County Republican Women Meeting
When: Wednesday, Dec 6, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Location varies
For more information including event location, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., FCRW President.

D17 Democrats Breakfast Meeting
When: Saturday, Dec 9, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Where: Papa Joe's, 1301 S Capitol Blvd, Boise, ID
District 17 democrats monthly breakfast meeting, contact Eldon Wallace for more info.

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

Idaho Headlines

Unanimous Idaho legislative panel backs financial disclosure for all candidates, elected officials (Spokesman-Review)

Former Rep. Gary Ingram, author of Idaho Open Meeting Law, dies at age 84 (Spokesman-Review)

Crapo parts with Bowles, Simpson over GOP tax bill, deficit (Spokesman-Review)

Idaho GOP governor hopefuls' tax-cut plans have hefty price tags (Spokesman-Review)

Editorial: This is a pivotal moment for Idaho education. How do we get the next Bob Kustra for Boise State? (Idaho Statesman)

In Utah, Trump should consider the lessons Idaho's learned about sharing public land (Idaho Statesman)

Election 2018: 'Don't know' is leading the race for Idaho governor (Idaho Statesman)

Deficit 'hypocrites'? Idaho's senators hold to belief that tax cut won't balloon debt (Idaho Statesman)

3 candidates for governor, many similar answers on Idaho wildlife, public lands (Idaho Statesman)

Lieutenant Governor candidates speak at Twin Falls Kiwanis Club forum (Times-News)

Marty Trillhaase: Tommy Ahlquist has an A.J. Balukoff problem (Lewiston Tribune)

State Committee Backs Financial Disclosure For Idaho Politicians (Boise State Public Radio)

Republican Voters Largely Undecided In Idaho Gubernatorial Race (Boise State Public Radio)

Idaho A Better, Not Best, State For Business (Boise State Public Radio)

Bill would revise campaign-finance regulations (Mountain Express)

Local officials: Use the law to protect taxpayers from massive tax hikes (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Business executives push for 'higher ed CEO' (Idaho Education News)

Kerby reprimanded for violating state law (Idaho Education News)

National Headlines

ABC News apologizes for 'serious error' in Trump report and suspends Brian Ross for four weeks (Washington Post)

Flashback: Ted Kennedy Made Secret Overtures to Russia to Prevent Ronald Reagan's Re-Election (Daily Signal)

The Odds of Impeachment Are Dropping (Atlantic)

Mueller aide fired for anti-Trump texts now facing review for role in Clinton email probe (FOX News)

Trump, Defending Himself After Flynn Guilty Plea, Says FBI Is in 'Tatters' (New York Times)

What's different about a Trump Christmas? (BBC News)

Grassley: Ending estate tax 'recognizes people that are investing,' not 'spending every darn penny' (The Hill)

US quits UN global compact on migration, says it'll set its own policy (CNN)

Sports betting, states' rights on tap at Supreme Court (USA Today)

Flynn who? For the stock market, it's all about tax cuts and the Santa rally (MarketWatch)

Australia to probe Facebook, Google over media disruption (Reuters)

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