Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, February 5, 2018

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  Most Idahoans say Facebook and Twitter should crack down on 'fake news'
By Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Nearly three-fourths of all Idahoans want social media companies to restrict "fake news" on the internet, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows....

Trump has Idaho pols dancing with the stars
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
It wasn't long ago when Congressman Mike Simpson was declaring Donald Trump "unfit" for the presidency and Sen. Mike Crapo was throwing Trump under the bus for that infamous "Access Hollywood" tape that surfaced a few weeks before the election....

  One way 2018 candidates can differentiate themselves
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
A couple of weeks ago, the Idaho House State Affairs Committee overwhelmingly blocked introduction of a bill by Chairman Tom Loertscher (R-Bone). It would have required Idaho candidates and officeholders for state, county and city offices to file an ...

Vietnam: What a difference 50 years makes
By Jim Jones
The Vietnamese are gearing up to celebrate Tet, the lunar new year, with happy new year signs wherever one looks....

Guest opinion: GOP should open up primary elections
By Kathy Skippen
Moderates Are Taking Hold (MATH) is a political action committee formed to educate voters on Idaho's election process, hoping to encourage and energize them to become involved in choosing who represents us. ...

Guest opinion: Idahoans seeing tax cuts, wage boosts & bonuses
By Sen. Mike Crapo
While lowering tax rates is important, it must not be the sole measure taxpayers use for evaluating what tax reform means for them. ...

Guest opinion: Idahoans enjoying results of tax reform
By Congressman Raul Labrador
By the end of this month, nine out of 10 Idahoans will begin receiving bigger paychecks because Congress and President Trump enacted the most significant tax reform in 31 years....

  Press release: Balukoff calls on lawmakers to 'stand strong' on nuke waste removal
By Press Release
Idaho Gubernatorial Candidate A.J. Balukoff is calling on Idaho's state and federal lawmakers to insist the federal government abide by the terms of the landmark 1995 Nuclear Agreement. ...

  Campaign roundup: Governor hopefuls campaigning hard
By Idaho Politics Weekly staff
Brad Little reports fundraising.  ...

  Press release: Idaho cancer patients urge boost in tobacco sales age to 21
By Press Release
Cancer patients and survivors across Idaho convened at the Statehouse last Monday for the annual "Cancer Day at the Capitol," hosted by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN)....

  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....

Political Calendar Highlights

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I-WIL Hosts A Day at the Capitol
When: Tuesday, Feb 6, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: North Capitol Boulevard, N Capitol Blvd, Boise, ID
I-WIL's A Day At The Capitol is an opportunity for women to learn more about the legislative process and the issues women care about: education, taxes, public safety and business. This year's event will include a legislative learning session, attendance at committee hearings and House and Senate sessions, and a lunch and panel discussion at 8th & Main (Zions Bank building). Tickets are $20 per person to cover lunch costs. More info.

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

Idaho Headlines

Idaho lawmakers hear strong support for new science standards, but delay decision (Spokesman-Review)

Idaho secretary of state seeks budget boost to upgrade software, transparency (Spokesman-Review)

Mike Simpson will compete for a powerful job in the U.S. House (Idaho Statesman)

Effort targeting customers of prostitutes is on hold amid lawmakers' concerns (Idaho Statesman)

Experts call Idaho's new health insurance rules illegal. Here's what they would do. (Idaho Statesman)

County officials worry potential new law could worsen jail overcrowding (Times-News)

Marty Trillhaase: Why is it Idaho's mission to fight Obamacare? (Lewiston Tribune)

Otter asks for funding to launch 3 behavioral health crisis centers (Lewiston Tribune)

What The Trump Administration's Solar Tariffs Mean For Idaho (Boise State Public Radio)

Idaho Governor Race Attracts Big Money (Boise State Public Radio)

Idaho Lawmakers Consider Abortion, Term Limits And 'Stand Your Ground' Bills (Boise State Public Radio)

Human trafficking bill gets State House hearing (Press-Tribune)

Last-in-the-nation broadband puts rural Idaho in a bind (Idaho Business Review)

Zito correct in attempt to keep government ethics bill alive (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Idaho should end taxation of sound money (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Idaho ranchers live with wolves (Capital Press)

Lawmakers delay action on proposed science standards (Idaho Education News)

GOP candidates raise $1.6 million in bid to replace Otter (Idaho Education News)

Talk is cheap, action could be priceless (Idaho Reports)

National Headlines

Polls swing toward GOP, easing fears of midterm disaster (The Hill)

Trump Jr. suggests Russia investigation akin to 'McCarthyism,' says Dems are 'left of commie' (ABC News)

Tech giants are the robber barons of our time (New York Post)

Secret Alliance: Israel Carries Out Airstrikes in Egypt, With Cairo's OK (New York Times)

US Congress gridlocked as budget, immigration deadlines loom (AFP)

The GOP memo proves the 'deep state' is real (New York Post)

Think California politics is on the far-left fringe? Just wait for the next elections. (Washington Post)

Trump: Service members make Super Bowl Sunday possible (Associated Press)

Pat Robertson, prominent televangelist, is recovering from a stroke (Washington Post)

A male backlash against #MeToo is brewing (New York Post)

Powell Takes Over as Fed Chairman With Economy Primed to Heat Up (Bloomberg)

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