Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, January 29, 2018

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  Most Idahoans say they don't think Trump's presidential campaign colluded with Russia during the 2016 campaign
By Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Nearly two-thirds of Idahoans say GOP President Donald Trump and his campaign did not collude with Russia during his election 18 months ago, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll finds....

Conservative senator moves into leadership
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
You've probably seen this on television the "flip and move" programs, where people buy broken-down houses for a few hundred dollars, fix them up and sell them for a healthy profit....

  Making Idaho better: Expanding ultra-high speed Internet
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
The Idaho Legislature is in session and bills are flying.  And, right around the corner are the May primaries, which will determine the two parties' candidates for governor, other statewide races, the Legislature and county offices....

Vietnam revisited
By Jim Jones
As our plane was descending to land at Hanoi International Airport on Jan. 17, I remembered back to my first landing in Vietnam 50 years ago. That time, the World Airlines plane made a steep descent into Tan Son Nhat Airport in Saigon so as...

Guest opinion: Improving veterans' access to local care
By Sen. Mike Crapo
Last May, I introduced S. 1279, the Veterans Health Administration Reform Act of 2017, to improve access to local care for veterans to better meet their individual needs. ...

  Guest opinion: Idaho education can be first class with new leadership
By Lorna Finman
After working in education throughout world one thing is clear innovation in education is happening outside the United States at accelerated rates....

Guest opinion: Prosecutorial abuse can't be tolerated
By Congressman Raul Labrador
It took too long, but our legal system delivered a blow for justice this month when a federal judge in Nevada dismissed charges against rancher Cliven Bundy, his two sons and a fourth man....

  Campaign Roundup: Little releases first campaign ad
By Idaho Politics Weekly staff
BOISE, Idaho  Idaho Republican gubernatorial candidate Brad Little has released his first campaign ad....

  Poll shows big support for background checks on gun sales in Idaho
By Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
By a huge majority, Idahoans want to have background checks on all gun sales in the state, a recent Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows....

Introducing the 'liberal' Butch Otter
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
It's not surprising to see the Idaho Freedom Foundation's Wayne Hoffman lashing out at Gov. Butch Otter for promoting a "liberal agenda." But not everyone is so quick to mention "Butch Otter" and "liberal" in the same sentence....

  Legislators represent the people, not themselves
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Last week, the Idaho House State Affairs Committee held a disturbing hearing that illustrated that some Idaho legislators don't understand that they represent the people of Idaho, not themselves....

Why allow people from "sh__hole countries" into the United States?
By Jim Jones
The president recently posed the question of why people from, shall we politely say, crapper countries should be allowed into the U.S. Before answering, I should disclose that my ancestors were all from crapper countries--Germany, Scotland, Wales and...

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

Gem County Lincoln Day Dinner
When: Saturday, Feb 3, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: Kenneth Carberry Elementary School, 1950 E 12th St, Emmett, ID  
Meet & greet with candidates 5 to 6 p.m., dinner 6 p.m. Tickets cost $20, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 208-860-9951 with questions or for further information.

Medicaid for Idaho House Party & Neighborhood Crawl
When: Saturday, Feb 3, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: 620 N 16th St, Coeur d'Alene, ID
Join this Kootenai County Medicaid for Idaho event which will offer participants an opportunity to sign up for specialized volunteer roles and leadership opportunities. Feel free to bring a drink or snack to share. More info and register here.

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

Idaho Headlines

Moscow senator endorses end-times author for Congress (Spokesman-Review)

Otter's higher ed CEO proposal gets rocky reception in Legislature (Spokesman-Review)

Lawmakers see Bundy supporter as a victim. Lands workers still see someone to fear. (Idaho Statesman)

A year after they fought for recognition, far-right lawmakers' bills will be heard (Idaho Statesman)

Rep. Stephen Hartgen announces retirement, endorses wife (Times-News)

Marty Trillhaase: Otter's higher ed consolidation half-baked (Lewiston Tribune)

Otter uses 'his right to invite who he wants' to meetings (Lewiston Tribune)

GOP Lawmaker Seeks Submissions For Idaho Fake News Awards (Boise State Public Radio)

The 2018 Idaho Legislature Gets Down To Making Laws (Boise State Public Radio)

Proposed Idaho Insurance Plans Disregard Obamacare Mandates (Boise State Public Radio)

Paralympian Muffy Davis announces bid for Legislature (Mountain Express)

Documents from Hixon investigation reveal child sexual abuse claims, hints of self harm (Press-Tribune)

Study: more than half of Idaho residents are credit union members (Idaho Business Review)

Idaho's bailout of big insurance: Five things to know (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Idaho lawmakers recommend passage of ag inmate labor bill (Capital Press)

Legislature approves Idaho Wheat Commission rule change (Capital Press)

Idaho ag groups support shortline investment tax credit (Capital Press)

As Idaho's ELL population grows, the budget is likely to follow (Idaho Education News)

Ybarra asks lawmakers to increase public school funding by 6.8 percent (Idaho Education News)

Federal sign-off on Idaho solution? Wait and see. (Idaho Reports)

National Headlines

Senators Press Podesta And Other Democrats About Dossier-Related Contacts (Daily Caller)

Mexico to send troops to stem violence after record 25,000 murders (Reuters)

Hillary Clinton Let Him Stay. Women Say His Harassment Continued. (BuzzFeed)

Clinton thanks 'activist bitches' in bizarre video (New York Post)

Sorry skeptics, Trump's tax plan is actually working wonders (New York Post)

It's Trump's economy now (New York Times)

Trump wants Jay-Z to know black jobless rate at record low (Associated Press)

In State of Union, Trump to make case that America is back (Washington Post)

The Politics of Race and the Photo That Might Have Derailed Obama (New Yorker)

Cannabis Stocks Begin To Reflect The Real Industry (Forbes)

Trump administration is thinking about nationalizing 5G mobile network (CNBC)

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