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Monday, December 11, 2017

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  'Don't know' is big winner in LG race
By Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Want to win next year's Idaho lieutenant governor's race?...

  Online voter registration may shape future Idaho races
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Earlier this month Idaho Secretary of State Lawerence Denney announced that Idahoans can, for the first time, now register online to vote rather than doing so at the polls or by submitting a paper registration. Idaho is the 38th state to allow f...

Welcome to the Silver Valley, Idaho's 'Siberia'
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Thomas Jefferson said a long time ago that government works best when it is closest to the people....

Isn't it time for comprehensive immigration reform?
By Jim Jones
A Sept. 16 article on the Politico website caught my eye because of its Jerome, Idaho, dateline....

Guest opinion: Beyond sexual harassment training
By Rep. Melissa Wintrow (D-Boise)
America is in the midst of a full-blown crisis brought on by a groundswell of sexual harassment claims and a social media fervor surrounding #MeToo....

Guest opinion: Making the dream of a family a reality
By Sen. Mike Crapo
I had the honor of helping to pay tribute to Idahoan Dixie Weber who was recognized as a 2017 Angel in Adoption for her work as an adoption advocate. ...

Press release: Labrador bill spurs geothermal energy
By Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Rep. Ral Labrador, R-Idaho, has introduced the Enhancing Geothermal Production on Federal Lands Act, a bill to accelerate development of an abundant Idaho resource....

  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....

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

D14 Informal "Coffee Talk"
When: Tuesday, Dec 12, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Where: Wild West Bakery & Espresso, 83 E State St, Eagle, ID
A social, informal, come-and-go-as-you-please meeting.

Canyon County Republican Women Meeting     
When: Tuesday, Dec 12, 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Where: Golden Palace Restaurant, 703 Main St, Caldwell, ID
Active republican organization with great monthly speakers. For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., CCRW President.

Idaho Falls Chamber Legislative Priorities Preview
When: Thursday, Dec 14, 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Where: College of Eastern Idaho, 1600 S 25th E, Idaho Falls, ID
More info and event registration here.

Kootenai Dems Women's Association Holiday Party
When: Thursday, Dec 14, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The Kootenai Democatic Women's Association invites you to attend their Annual Holiday Party. The party includes a cookie share and an ornament exchange. More info.

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

Idaho Headlines

Labrador to ATI: 'Government needs to be slashed' (Spokesman-Review)

Little on taxes: 'I've got a concrete plan because I've been here, I've listened' (Spokesman-Review)

Ahlquist on taxes: Policy should be based on data, with 'unintended consequences vetted out' (Spokesman-Review)

Otter sends warning: He still opposes repeal of Idaho's grocery tax (Spokesman-Review)

Editorial: First do no harm: Stop sharing Idaho voter data with careless caretakers (Idaho Statesman)

Idaho Controller's Office settles claim of sexual, racial harassment (Idaho Statesman)

Idaho lawmaker's bill cuts regulations in effort to boost renewable energy (Idaho Statesman)

Marty Trillhaase: Pardon us, but can you spare $871 million? (Lewiston Tribune)

Sen. Crapo is all in on tax reform (Lewiston Tribune)

Interior Department Nomination Hearing Begins Tuesday For Hill Staffer With Idaho Ties (Boise State Public Radio)

Poll Finds Possible F-35 Mission In Boise Popular; Opposition Group Questions Results (Boise State Public Radio)

North Idaho Democrat Launches Bid For Governor (Boise State Public Radio)

Rep. Miller plans work on teachers' insurance, health care (Mountain Express)

Local gun shops see bump from national Black Friday sales record (Press-Tribune)

Nampa, Caldwell candidates turn in final campaign finance reports (Press-Tribune)

Eastern Idaho unifies its economic development efforts (Idaho Business Review)

Campaign finance proposals would give advantage to incumbents (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Idaho's graduation rate loses ground nationally (Idaho Education News)

Otter calls for higher education shakeup (Idaho Education News)

National Headlines

The media's Russia probe meltdown: 3 screw-ups in one week (Axios)

'Stain on America!' Trump denounces 'Fake News Media' after string of major reporting errors exposed (FOX News)

Trump Wants Washington Post Reporter Fired Over Misleading Tweet (New York Times)

Media mistakes intensify debate over 'fake news' (The Hill)

Robert Mueller's 'pit bull' is coming under intense scrutiny over perceived anti-Trump bias (Business Insider)

Trump Teaches Palestinians About the New Middle East (Bloomberg)

Americans Give Trump Higher Grades on Economy Than Overall (Wall Street Journal)

FBI email: Sessions wasn't required to disclose foreign contacts for security clearance (CNN)

Gillibrand is subject of debate over Franken, Clinton (The Hill)

Hospital Giants in Talks to Merge to Create Nation's Largest Operator (Wall Street Journal)

A Fed Rate Increase Is Expected. But What Comes Next? (New York Times)

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