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Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, March 26, 2018

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  Most Idahoans believe schools would be safer if teachers were armed
By Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Most Idahoans believe their public schools are safe, that semi-automatic rifles should not be banned, and that arming teachers who hold concealed-weapons permits will make schools safer, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows....

Snyder is making noise in First District
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
At the time of the year when NCAA basketball brackets are shredded, and hearts are broken, consider this potential upset special in the First District congressional race: Michael Snyder of Bonners Ferry....

  Sheila Olsen was an Idaho gem
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Last week the Idaho State Senate passed a House-originated concurrent resolution honoring Idaho Falls resident Sheila Olsen who died last month....

What the collapse of Toys R Us can tell us about immigration
By Jim Jones
Toys R Us, which once was America's largest toy store, has gone out of business for a number of reasons....

Guest column: Providing relief for smaller financial institutions
By Sen. Mike Crapo
As chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, I regularly hear from community banks and credit unions, especially those in Idaho, about how they have struggled to keep up with the ever-increasing regulation coming out of Washington.  ...

Guest opinion: Feds playing games with Idaho agriculture
By Rep. Mat Erpelding and Sen. Jim Patrick
Washington politicians are taking aim at Idahoans once again.  From our farmers, ranchers and dairymen to our technology workers.  ...

Guest opinion: Young Idahoans are making a difference
By Congressman Raul Labrador
I'm so impressed when I meet young Idahoans who are taking part in the political process....

Guest opinion: Ahlquist's Experience will benefit Idaho agriculture
By Carl Taylor, Past Chair, United Potato Growers of Idaho & United Potato Growers of America
I've been fortunate to be involved in potato production in Idaho with a family operation spanning five generations....

  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...

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

Meridian Chamber Ambassador Committee Meeting    
When: Tuesday, March 27, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: New Ventures Lab, Inc, 33 E Idaho Ave, Meridian, ID
Agenda includes Standard Ambassador Meeting, packets, etc. All committee meetings are now brown bag, please bring a lunch if you'd like to eat. More info and register here.

Boise Young Professionals 101: After Work         
When: Wednesday, March 28, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Where: Boise Metro Chamber, 1101 W Front St ste 100, Boise, ID
BYP 101 welcomes new members to come and learn what BYP is all about. This brief workshop will review all programs and events as well as give you the inside scoop on how to get build your network and get the most out of your membership. Members, nonmembers and guest are invited. The first 20 minutes will be time to network with participants. More info here.

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

Idaho Headlines

Idaho's House rejects another health care bill, a day after dramatic showdown (Spokesman-Review)

Labrador equates Otter's failed Idaho Health Care Plan with 'Medicaid expansion' (Spokesman-Review)

What's behind bitter Risch/Andrus rivalry? Vicious battles over political power, taxes (Idaho Statesman)

House says public dollars should pay for ranchers' legal fees in water fight (Idaho Statesman)

Idaho lawmaker says he met with GOP resistance when he tried to honor Andrus (Idaho Statesman)

Twin Falls mayor talks economic development with gubernatorial candidates at Blackfoot forum (Times-News)

Legislature wraps up for the year: What have Magic Valley lawmakers accomplished? (Times-News)

Marty Trillhaase: Legislature guaranteed its next 'uh oh' moment (Lewiston Tribune)

Assessing the session (Lewiston Tribune)

Lawmakers Wrap Up Major Issues Of Idaho Legislature (Boise State Public Radio)

Lieutenant governor candidate Yates campaigns in Blaine County (Mountain Express)

Gun sales up though chances for more gun control seem slim (State Journal)

Temporary workers visa program grows in western Idaho (Press-Tribune)

Idaho has Top 10 fastest-growing U.S. cities from north to south (Idaho Business Review)

Good news for Micron is good news for Idaho (Idaho Business Review)

Can you believe it? A great legislative session for liberty (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Food Producers of Idaho gives agriculture a combined voice (Capital Press)

Governor candidates like economic success to education (Idaho Education News)

Otter signs scholarship expansion bill into law (Idaho Education News)

National Headlines

Switzerland has a stunningly high rate of gun ownership - here's why it doesn't have mass shootings (Business Insider)

Report: March For Our Lives Crowd Count Well Below Expected And Initial Reports (Daily Caller)

The Other Opioid Crisis: Hospital Shortages Lead To Patient Pain, Medical Errors (KHN)

Obama envisions creating 'a million young Barack Obamas' during speech in Japan (Washington Examiner)

Rural hospital shutdowns force communities to take care of their own (CNBC)

Trump indicates to associates he is preparing to oust VA Secretary Shulkin (CNN)

Mnuchin 'Hopeful' Truce Can Be Reached With China on Trade (Bloomberg)

Bolton responds after Tim Kaine questions security clearance over Russia gun video (FOX News)

Pro-Second Amendment student Kashuv calls for debate with March for Our Lives organizer Kasky (FOX News)

Regulation could protect Facebook, not punish it (TechCrunch)

Apple CEO Tim Cook Calls for 'Well-Crafted' Regulations on Data Privacy After Facebook Controversy (Fortune)