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Monday, December 18, 2017

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  Leroy leads in 1st CD race but most Idahoans still undecided
By Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Former Idaho Lt. Gov. David Leroy has a double-digit lead among Republicans in the state's 1st Congressional District, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows....

Nonini plans to keep tire shops, shoe stores busy
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
For political candidates, few things are more daunting than launching a statewide campaign especially if they are running for an office that hardly touches the hearts and souls of everyday Idahoans....

  Alabama Senate race and write-in votes in Idaho
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
The fierce election fight in Alabama over Attorney General Jeff Session's former U.S. Senate seat came to a close last week.  And, controversial Republican nominee Ray Moore lost narrowly....

The Grand Old Party may be reawakening
By Jim Jones
There are a few encouraging signs that my dear old Republican Party may be returning to its roots....

Guest opinion: People who make great things happen in our communities
By Sen. Mike Crapo
We do not have to look hard in Idaho to find great people helping others....

Guest opinion: Trump presidency provides need for civics lesson
By David Adler
Desperate times require desperate measures.  The growing suspicions that Pres. Donald Trump has engaged in obstruction of justice led his attorney, John Dowd, to advance the outrageous claim that the president, by definition, cannot commit obstr...

Guest opinion: Fighting for Idaho's original entrepreneurs - farmers & ranchers
By Dr. Tommy Ahlquist, Republican Candidate for Governor
Agriculture is the fabric of which Idaho was made. Woven by the sweat and sacrifice of our farmers, ranchers, and dairymen and reinforced by innovation and technology this industry has cultivated Idaho's history as our state has grown to feed the wo...

Press Release: Committee approves Labrador bill on geothermal exploration
By Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The House Natural Resources Committee on Wednesday approved a bill by Rep. Ral Labrador, R-Idaho, to expand exploration and development of geothermal energy in Idaho and other states....

  '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....

Political Calendar Highlights

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Meridian Chamber Presents 2018 Legislative Positions to the Idaho State Legislators
When: Tuesday, Dec 19, 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Where: Meridian City Hall, 33 E Broadway Ave, Meridian, ID 
The Government Affairs Committee of the Meridian Chamber of Commerce will be presenting their 2018 Legislative Positions to the Idaho State Legislators representing Districts 14, 20, 21 and 22 for their thoughts and discussion regarding the upcoming session. Chamber members and community members are welcome to attend coffee with the Idaho State Legislators. Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call the Chamber office at 208.888.2817 to RSVP for this event. There is no fee to attend. 

Clearwater County Republican Women Meeting              
When: Wednesday, Dec 20, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Where: Joint School District 171, Orofino
Informing the community on republican issues. For more info email Donna Curfman, CCRW President.

Kootenai Dems Idaho Medicaid Expansion Drive
When: Friday, Dec 22, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: College of Eastern Idaho, 1600 S 25th E, Idaho Falls, ID
Campaign kickoff for the Medicaid Expansion Drive in Post Falls. Learn more about the campaign, sign the petition and join for signature gathering. More info.

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.

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Idaho Headlines

Bill would allow cracking open US wilderness to let mountain bikers inside (Idaho Statesman)

'Epic' miscommunication led to Statehouse harassment claim, Idaho lawmaker says (Idaho Statesman)

Roy Moore's defeat removes 'that albatross around our neck,' Idaho lawmaker says (Idaho Statesman)

Discussing Russia probe Labrador suggests Dems, press have undermined American democracy (Spokesman-Review)

Federal tax bill could have big implications for Idaho's state budget (Lewiston Tribune)

Marty Trillhaase: What a pleasant surprise? A Democratic primary (Lewiston Tribune)

Businesses Back Repeal Of Idaho's Non-Compete Law (Boise State Public Radio)

Feds Say Idaho Homeless Estimate Decreased In 2017 But Advocacy Group Is Skeptical (Boise State Public Radio)

Workforce training a top priority for Sen. Stennett (Mountain Express)

Rep. Toone wants loan forgiveness for rural teachers (Mountain Express)

New Idaho health care plan could result in 35,000 adults gaining affordable access (State Journal)

Idaho gubernatorial candidates talk health care (State Journal)

Proposal would repeal Idaho's 2016 noncompete law (Idaho Business Review)

Fix broken college education system before trying to add students (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Idaho ranchers encouraged to claim stock watering rights on federal land (Capital Press)

Outside group offers mixed reviews of Idaho's ESSA plan (Idaho Education News)

Idaho Falls seeks feedback after failed bond issue (Idaho Education News)

National Headlines

Trump transition lawyer: Mueller improperly obtained documents in Russia probe (FOX News)

Trump: I'm not considering firing special counsel Mueller (Associated Press)

GOP faces 5-day scramble to pass tax bill, avoid government shutdown (Washington Post)

Pope: Media sins by dredging up, sensationalizing old news (Associated Press)

S. Korean, U.S. forces hold drill for removing North Korea's WMDs (Yonhap)

NBC Made Payment To Staffer After Sexual Harassment Claim Against Chris Matthews (Daily Caller)

McCain, battling brain cancer, leaves Washington for Christmas break before contentious vote on tax bill (Washington Post)

CNN political commentator comes under fire for calling a Georgetown student an 'anti-Semitic bigot' because he was wearing a 'bacon suit' (Daily Mail)

Glowing Auras and 'Black Money': The Pentagon's Mysterious UFO Program (New York Times)

Convicted of a marijuana crime in California? It might go away, thanks to legal pot. (Washington Post)

Kansas Democrat Andrea Ramsey quits congressional race amid sexual harassment allegations (CNN)

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