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Monday, March 12, 2018

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This Week In Idaho Politics

Democratic gubernatorial primary is one to watch
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
In case you haven't heard, there is a Democratic primary race for governor and A.J. Balukoff the presumptive frontrunner is happy to see it....

  Odds & Ends: Philo T. Farnsworth, primary contests, Risch & North Korea, delayed primary spending
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
A few thoughts on a few, somewhat random, topics......

Russian aggression demands an American response
By Jim Jones
The president's national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, said it is "incontrovertible" that the Russians intervened in America's 2016 elections....

Guest opinion: Tax scam warnings
By Sen. Mike Crapo
Enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is resulting in higher take home pay for American workers through tax rate reductions, bonuses and wage increases. ...

Guest opinion: Young Idahoans serving our country
By Congressman Raul Labrador
One of my great privileges is nominating Idaho students to our nation's service academies....

Guest opinion: My promise to Idaho small businesses
By Tommy Ahlquist, Republican Candidate for Governor
I've started and built several businesses and personally signed my name on bank loans and the front of thousands of paychecks....

  Political roundup: Candidates make pitches to voters
By Idaho Politics Weekly staff
Brad Little uses big event to file candidacy. More than 100 Idahoans joined Brad Little and his family at his campaign headquarters on the corner of 8th and State Street last Wednesday afternoon in Boise to support Little's run to be Idaho's nex...

Thinking about Idaho Day
By Jim Jones
On March 4, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln signed a bill establishing the Idaho Territory. At that time, the Territory included large portions of Montana and Wyoming. By 1868, the Territory had been whittled down to its present somewhat awkward shap...

  Older Idahoans are more Republican
By Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
The Idaho Republican Party had better hope that young adults in the state grow more conservative and pick the GOP to belong to as they age, otherwise, there could be a political reckoning coming, a recent Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows....

Labrador promises new culture in state politics
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Congressman Raul Labrador's opponents are saying that people should be nervous about what state government will look like if he becomes governor. In figurative terms, it involves drowning the Idaho Capitol in gasoline and lighting a match....

  Trump trade gyrations endanger Idaho economy
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Last week, Pres. Trump in a meeting with U.S. steel representatives announced that he would impose this week a 25% tariff on foreign steel and a 10% tariff on foreign aluminum. The impact of this decision could hit Idaho hard....

Guest opinion: Give Idaho law enforcement tools to protect domestic abuse victims
By Canyon County Sheriff Kieran Donahue & Rep. Melissa Wintrow (D-Boise)
In 2015, Laura and Judy Diaz's father shot and killed their mother at their home in Wilder.  It's a horrific story made even worse by a simple fact: he shouldn't have had the gun in the first place.  ...

Political Calendar Highlights

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Annual Idaho GOP Red Jacket Luncheon
When: Monday, March 12, 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: Crystal Ballroom, 802 W Bannock St Ste. 202, Boise, ID
Doors open at 11:45 a.m., lunch begins at noon. Tickets: $30 until March 1, 2018. $40 after. More info and tickets here.

Bannock County Dems Political Soup
When: Wednesday, March 14, 11:30 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.

Valley County Lincoln Day Dinner
When: Saturday, March 17, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Cascade American Legion, 105 East Mill St., Cascade, ID
5 to 6 p.m. social, 6 p.m. dinner. Ticket prices $35; Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 208-340-0139 with questions or for further information. 

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Idaho Headlines

Candidates flock to file for Idaho's May primary election (Spokesman-Review)

Denney gets a do-over on his budget (Spokesman-Review)

Editorial: Income tax bill misses final element: Fairness for low-income families (Idaho Statesman)

Idaho's health insurance dispute comes down to the meaning of just 1 word (Idaho Statesman)

Bill to fix health care battery law won't be heard; mentally ill can still be charged (Idaho Statesman)

Trespass bill could raise risk of shootings, adding to critics' complaints (Idaho Statesman)

JFAC: No funding for ITD headquarters move (Times-News)

Marty Trillhaase: Is a good guy with a gun the right guy with a gun? (Lewiston Tribune)

Political offices draw wealth of candidates (Lewiston Tribune)

Idaho Senate Votes To Live Life In The Fast Lane (Boise State Public Radio)

Just Two Weeks Left In The Idaho Legislature (Boise State Public Radio)

Lawmakers Propose Boosting New Child Tax Credit (Boise State Public Radio)

Republican Lynn will challenge Stennett (Mountain Express)

Idaho bill to criminalize trespassing advances (Post Register)

How Canyon County collaborates with ICE (Press-Tribune)

Tax deduction was entertaining while it lasted (Idaho Business Review)

'Crony deal': Legislature was correct to reject the dual-waiver Medicaid expansion (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Idaho House ag committee again OKs tougher trespass bill (Capital Press)

Review of new reading test leaves lawmakers skeptical (Idaho Education News)

Idaho House passes school safety bill (Idaho Education News)

Idaho officials not ready to pull the plug on insurance plan (Idaho Reports)

National Headlines

Trump flies solo more, is said to want to rely less on staff (Associated Press)

'Where is Ivanka?' First daughter seeks control in dual role as White House aide (Washington Post)

Tim Berners-Lee: we must regulate tech firms to prevent 'weaponised' web (Guardian)

'I Can Die Happy Now' with Trump Job Performance, Declares Mary Matalin (PJ Media)

White House backs off call to raise minimum age to buy long guns (FOX News)

Elizabeth Warren refuses DNA test to prove Native American heritage (New York Post)

Sen. Warren says she isn't running for president in 2020 (CNN)

ICE seeks illegal immigrant in Colorado fatal hit-and-run who bonded out of jail (FOX News)

China minister says trade war with US would be 'disaster' (Associated Press)

Illinois Steelworkers React To Tariffs (NPR)

Manufacturers Are Hiring, and Hiring (Bloomberg)

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