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Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, February 12, 2018

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  Idahoans say they're worried about ballot security in the upcoming midterms
By Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Nearly two-thirds of Idahoans are concerned about the security of their vote in this year's mid-term elections, a recent Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows....

Labrador: FBI, DOJ, & media are out to get Trump
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
President Trump is off the hook as far as Congressman Raul Labrador is concerned....

  Opposition to immunization: Flirting with disease
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
1949 was not a good year to be a child in Idaho. That year, more than 500 Idaho children contracted polio. It often struck in the summer and especially targeted those under five....

Today's Vietnam is not your grandpa's Vietnam
By Jim Jones
It is hard to believe how much Vietnam has changed in the last 50 years....

  Guest opinion: The Gem County platform governor's race observations
By Steve Ackerman
For many outsiders, the Republican "Lincoln Days" appear as a time for political party folks to get together and celebrate their founder President Abraham Lincoln....

Guest opinion: Ending excessive federal regulations
By Sen. Mike Crapo
Onerous federal regulations have far-reaching negative consequences-not only adding paperwork burdens, but also discouraging job creation and economic growth. ...

  Campaign Roundup: Candidates active across Idaho
By Idaho Politics Weekly staff
Labrador hosts traditional family values discussion....

  Guest opinion: Idaho should end taxation of gold & silver
By Jp Cortez
Protecting yourself against foreseeable harm is prudent. Wearing a seatbelt or stretching before strenuous activity are wise decisions. Policies that disincentivize protective measures against obvious risks should be removed....

  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....

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

Nez Perce County Republican Women Meeting
When: Tuesday, Feb 13, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Red Lion Hotel Lewiston, 621 21st St, Lewiston, ID   
A group of dynamic republicans, educating the community. For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., NPCRW President.

Bannock County Dems Political Soup      
When: Wednesday, Feb 14, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: 355 Yellowstone Ave, Pocatello, ID
We serve soup and salad or pizza and have a speaker from the community.

Idaho Falls Chamber Weekly Legislative Video Conference Call
When: Thursday, Feb 15, 7 a.m. to 8 a.m.
Where: College of Eastern Idaho Building 5 (Alexander Creek Building) , Room 523
For those interested in following the Idaho Legislative Session this year, the Chamber Advocacy Committee will be hosting its first Weekly Legislative video conference call. These conference calls are held weekly with local legislators in Boise during the Idaho Legislative Session. More info.

Region VII Lincoln Day Dinner
When: Saturday, Jan 17, 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Shilo Inn, 780 Lindsay Blvd, Idaho Falls, ID
5:30 p.m VIP reception, 6:15 p.m. main reception, 7 p.m. dinner/program.  Tickets $30 now, $35 at the door. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions or for more info.

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Idaho Headlines

Idaho House panel backs health gap coverage plan after emotional hearing (Spokesman-Review)

Idaho House approves big tax-cut bill in party-line vote (Spokesman-Review)

After much debate, Idaho lawmakers reject call to amend U.S. Constitution (Spokesman-Review)

Lawmakers say they want to ease state licensing rules (Spokesman-Review)

Lawmakers take a first key vote on Idaho health care plan (Idaho Statesman)

Trespass 3 times and you'd face a felony under new Idaho proposal (Idaho Statesman)

Idaho should leave program that searches for signs of voter fraud, lawmaker says (Idaho Statesman)

Idaho again skeptical of triggering convention to amend US Constitution (Idaho Statesman)

Effort to expand crime victims' rights returns to House panel that halted it in 2017 (Idaho Statesman)

Marty Trillhaase: At ease in the swamp, Labrador does backstrokes (Lewiston Tribune)

House committee defeats resolution calling for constitutional convention (Lewiston Tribune)

Paulette Jordan not giving up her position (Lewiston Tribune)

Reason Foundation Ranks Idaho Road Network Among Top 10 In U.S. (Boise State Public Radio)

Fundraising Battle Fairly Even Among Idaho Congressional Candidates (Boise State Public Radio)

F-35 Environmental Review Kicks Off This Month In Boise (Boise State Public Radio)

Annual Ag Forum calls for active preservation of farmland (Press-Tribune)

Committee passes minimum wage break for family businesses (Idaho Business Review)

Idaho's January revenues come in above forecast (Idaho Business Review)

Lawmakers not happy with new child tax credit proposal (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Idaho House approves tax cut (Idaho Education News)

Nonini pushes for STEM high school diploma (Idaho Education News)

National Headlines

Three Democrats Attended Private Dinner With Iran's President And Louis Farrakhan (Daily Caller)

Democrats ought to worry about the midterm elections (FOX News)

Free speech on campus: Some students want schools to limit what's said (Orlando Sentinel)

The woke police have ruined entertainment (New York Post)

US wants to privatize International Space Station (AFP)

Rand Paul revels in role of Senate troublemaker (The Hill)

Former Obama campaign manager says 'all public pollsters should be shot' (FOX News)

Peeling back the layers of Hillary Clinton's deceit (New York Post)

Immigration to Get Freewheeling Debate in the Senate (Wall Street Journal)

Israel warns over Iran's presence in Syria after air strikes (AFP)

The Fed is officially in a nail-biting showdown with Wall Street (Business Insider)