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Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, February 26, 2018

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  Idahoans like the direction of Idaho; not so sure about the nation
By Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributing Editor
By a large majority, most Idahoans believe the state is going in the right direction, a recent Idaho Politics Weekly poll finds....

  Guns? I have a few
By LaVarr Webb, Idaho Politics Weekly Publisher
I grew up fishing and hunting in various places in the west....

Leroy touts age as plus in congressional run
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
At the age of 70, David Leroy is not your typical candidate running for Congress, nor would he be your typical wide-eyed freshman if he happens to win the election for Idaho's First District congressional seat....

  The money factor: Where do the candidates stand?
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
With the May 15 primary election less than three months away, Idaho is getting close to narrowing down who will be the next governor and lieutenant governor, along with a host of other offices....

Investment in early childhood education reduces crime
By Jim Jones
Having served eight years as Idaho Attorney General (1983-1990) and 12 years as a member of the Idaho Supreme Court (2005-2016), I have gained a good perspective on crime prevention....

Guest opinion: Stalking awareness and prevention
By Sen. Mike Crapo
On Jan. 30, 2017, the Senate passed legislation to promote awareness and encourage the prevention of stalking. ...

Guest opinion: Fixing our broken immigration system
By Congressman Raul Labrador
Hanging in my office in Washington, D.C., is a famous Charles Schulz cartoon. Once again, Charlie Brown falls for Lucy's trick, as she pulls away the football and leaves Charlie on his backside. That image captures exactly what happens over and over ...

  Press release: The Idaho Way on healthcare reform has the nation talking
By Press Release
The Trump Administration has proposed extending the amount of time allowed for short-term insurance plans, from three to 12 months....

  Poll: Idahoans are concerned about loss of farmland
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
Forty percent of the farmland in Treasure Valley has been lost to development over the last 40 years.And a new study by Boise State University shows that 110,000 to 240,000 more acres in the valley will be lost to development in t...

Ahlquist says opponents are running scared
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Although the Republican primary election is several months away, it's starting to feel like April as far as the governor's race is concerned.It's getting testy now, and will be getting downright nasty before it's over. On the bright side, we'll have ...

  Legislature doing its job, but some bills need to die
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
This year's Idaho Legislature is tackling issues of importance to Idahoans. I am confident we'll see a balanced budget (as required) with a strong boost in education spending.  Idaho individuals and businesses will receive substantial tax relief...

Idaho Legal Aid needs & deserves help from the state
By Jim Jones
Idaho Legal Aid Services provides a legal lifeline to low income Idahoans with serious legal problems, including domestic violence, abuse and neglect of children, and elder abuse. It is Idaho's largest non-profit law firm, with offices located around...

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

Ada County Dems Legislative Luncheon
When: Wednesday, Feb 28, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Beside Bardenay Events, 612 W Grove St, Boise, ID  
The Legislative Lunch is an opportunity to catch up on the 2018 legislative session, ask questions, and interact with the Democratic Caucus in a low key setting with a catered meal. More info and register here.

Custer County Lincoln Day Lunch              
When: Saturday, March 3, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Where: Living Waters Ranch/Celebhall, 3880 Garden Creek Rd, Challis, ID
Doors open at 11 a.m., lunch & event 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Russ Fulcher to keynote, auction midway and drawing at end. Tickets cost $15 advance, $20 at the door. Contact Mike Barrett at 208-879-4257 with questions or for further information.

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

Idaho Headlines

Idaho Sen. Risch warns of war of 'biblical proportions' with North Korea (Spokesman-Review)

Rep. Scott's bill to limit repeat bond, levy elections gets derailed (Spokesman-Review)

Rep. Barbieri is only 'no' vote on funding of rape kits (Spokesman-Review)

Butch Otter gets his chance to convince feds to back non-ACA health insurance (Idaho Statesman)

As state inmates fill county jails, Idaho considers paying counties more (Times-News)

Marty Trillhaase: Johnson looks out for Rexburg; where's Hill? (Lewiston Tribune)

House passes tax bill, working to address e-commerce boom (Lewiston Tribune)

Voters to decide levies in north central Idaho (Lewiston Tribune)

Idaho Senator Continues To Support Gun Silencer Bill After Florida Mass Shooting (Boise State Public Radio)

Bill In Idaho Legislature Would Criminalize Threats Against Schools (Boise State Public Radio)

Democrats And Republicans Work Together In The Idaho Legislature (Boise State Public Radio)

After Florida shooting, BCSD addresses safety concerns (Mountain Express)

Lawmakers to consider funding for Canyon County crisis center (Press-Tribune)

Local students address the national guns in schools conversation (Press-Tribune)

Credit union bill progresses (Idaho Business Review)

Idaho House passes online sales tax collection bill (Idaho Business Review)

Candidates address healthcare, Little silent on Otter's Medicaid expansion push (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Idaho bill clarifies who owns stock watering rights on federal land (Capital Press)

Senate OKs science standards (Idaho Education News)

Private school scholarship bill draws large crowd (Idaho Education News)

The curious case of @SenDantheMan (Idaho Reports)

National Headlines

Fire And Fury author Michael Wolff flees Today interview after questions over Trump's affairs (

Free news gets scarcer as paywalls tighten (AFP)

California Democrats agree they have too many candidates for Congress. What to do about them is the problem. (Los Angeles Times)

Florida lawmakers call for suspension of Broward sheriff after Parkland massacre as he defends 'amazing leadership' (Chicago Tribune)

Supreme Court to Decide Fate of Public-Sector Unions (Wall Street Journal)

California Democrats deny Sen. Feinstein an endorsement (CNN)

Ivanka Trump: Arming teachers an option that 'needs to be discussed' (NBC News)

Lines Out the Door and Strong Sales at Tampa Gun Show (New York Times)

White House Legal Team Considers Ways Trump Could Testify Before Mueller (Wall Street Journal)

Glenn Beck: Divisions in US reminiscent of Germany in 1920s (The Hill)

Ranchers set to fight back against vegetarian 'fake meat' (USA Today)