Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, March 19, 2018

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  Poll shows tight race for Idaho Governor, but nearly 1/3 of voters are undecided
By Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
The governor's race in Idaho is up for grabs, a new Idaho Politics Weekly survey shows....

Little should take the fight to Labrador
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
For a political old-timer such as myself, it's always interesting to attend a campaign function for Lt. Gov. Brad Little, who is hoping to become our next governor....

  INL plays key role in cyberattacks on U.S. utilities
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
United States power systems and other utilities have been under foreign cyberattack for the past few years. ...

The president must forcefully counter Russian aggression
By Jim Jones
A gentleman recently asked what kind of action I thought the president should take to punish Vladimir Putin for his hostile acts against the United States. The question was in response to my insistence that our top intelligence officials and Congress...

Guest opinion: INL helps U.S. lead in nuclear innovation
By Sen. Mike Crapo
The Idaho National Lab (INL), the world leader in research and development of nuclear energy and a key partner in sustaining our nation's commercial nuclear power sector, has been home to more than 50 cutting-edge nuclear test reactors.  It has ...

Guest opinion: Zinke is working for the people
By Congressman Raul Labrador
With the media ignoring the many good things happening in the Trump Administration, I'd like to relate some great news for Idaho and the West: The U.S. Department of Interior is listening to the American people and working to restore common-sense lan...

  Campaign roundup: Candidates push messages to win votes
By Idaho Politics Weekly staff
Five state legislators endorse Balukoff for governor. ...

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....

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

Magic Valley Republican Women Luncheon
When: Wednesday, March 21, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: Location varies
Republican strong, addressing current issues. For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Magic Valley RW President.

Boise Metro Chamber Business Education Series             
When: Thursday, March 22, 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Where: Boise Metro Chamber, 1101 W. Front St., Ste. 100, Boise, ID
The #MeToo movement and recent media coverage of sexual harassment highlight the fact that employers must proactively address workplace harassment issues.  Please join John Ashby, an employment lawyer, for an informative discussion of recent trends and developments in workplace harassment law.  John will provide practical tips and strategies on how to prevent harassment in the workplace and how to appropriately investigate and address harassment complaints when they arise. More info.

Meridian Chamber's Coffee with Idaho Legislators
When: Friday, March 23, 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m.
Where: West Ada School District conference room (East Entrance) Stillwater Room 1303 E Central Drive Meridian, ID
Join the Government Affairs Committee of the Meridian Chamber to meet with available Idaho Legislators to discuss bills and issues of the current legislative session. Coffee will be provided.

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

Idaho Headlines

Idaho lawmakers kill popular 'pet-friendly' license plate bill, then kill it again (Spokesman-Review)

Idaho's health coverage gap still unaddressed as lawmakers push toward adjournment (Spokesman-Review)

Amid confusion, House panel tries again to delete part of school science standards (Spokesman-Review)

Idaho could offer cobalt that's clean, reliable and not mined by children (Idaho Statesman)

This Boise Democrat and former KBSU exec has cancer, will retire from Legislature (Idaho Statesman)

Sandpoint shop has sold CBD oil since May. Garden City store waits on a permit. (Idaho Statesman)

Idaho trespassing bill could see more changes (Times-News)

Two school safety bills headed to the governor's desk (Times-News)

Sudden dispute over reading pilot project derails budget for education (Lewiston Tribune)

Trespass bill enters rocky terrain (Lewiston Tribune)

Stand Your Ground Heads To Idaho Governor's Desk (Boise State Public Radio)

Idaho Senator Mike Crapo's Bill Would Ease Financial Rules Addressing Great Recession Crisis (Boise State Public Radio)

Millennials Are On The Rise And A Growing Part Of The Workforce In Idaho and Across The U.S. (Boise State Public Radio)

Legislative session heads toward finish line (Mountain Express)

Idaho school threats bill headed to governor's desk (Post Register)

Family minimum wage exemption heads to Senate (Idaho Business Review)

Transparency chalks a victory in Boise, but more work needs to be done (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Legislature passes amended Idaho Seed Indemnity Fund bill (Capital Press)

Reading test unrest flares up on Senate floor (Idaho Education News)

House kills Ybarra's office budget bill (Idaho Education News)

National Headlines

Mueller's Investigation Flouts Justice Department Standards (National Review)

Drudge poll: Three-quarters say Trump should fire Mueller (The Hill)

A second special counsel should be investigating the FBI leaks (New York Post)

Los Alamitos might challenge California over state's sanctuary law (OC Register)

GOP pushes for 'phase two' of tax cuts (The Hill)

School Officials Wanted Florida Gunman Committed Long Before a Massacre (New York Times)

Democrats Are 'Moving On' from Hillary Clinton, Senator Dick Durbin Says (Newsweek)

D.C. lawmaker says recent snowfall caused by 'Rothschilds controlling the climate' (Washington Post)

Trade Associations to Petition Trump Administration to Halt China-Tariff Plans (Wall Street Journal)

Rep. Keith Ellison, under fire for Farrakhan ties, claims he hasn't seen the controversial leader since 2013 (FOX News)

AT&T heads to trial in landmark merger fight (The Hill)

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