Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, April 2, 2018

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  Hits and misses in the Idaho Legislature
By Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
The Idaho Legislature adjourned last week, after 60 days of bill-passing and budget-setting....

Fringe gubernatorial candidate packs a big wallet
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Go into any newspaper advertising department and salespeople will talk in great lengths about the virtues of running ads and the results can be produced....

  Multiple players to weigh in on May primary
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
The May 15 primary election is rapidly approaching....

John Bolton as National Security Adviser?? Heaven help us!!
By Jim Jones
John Bolton has been appointed as national security adviser to the president. My advice to investors is to put all of your money in companies that produce weapons of war. Bolton never saw a foreign policy problem that could not be solved with a good ...

Getting to work on the next Farm Bill
By Sen. Mike Crapo
A quote from our nation's first president, George Washington, about the central role of agricultural production is inscribed on the exterior of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's main building in Washington, D.C.:  "With reference either to in...

  Guest opinion: Why I support Brad Little for governor
By Bruce Newcomb
We all get to know our candidates from their campaign commercials, their work in the public or private sector and often their voting record....

  Campaign roundup: Balukoff, Little, make pitches to voters
By Idaho Politics Weekly staff
Balukoff Releases First Campaign Ad, "Stand Up". ...

  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.  ...

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

Idaho Chamber Out of the Box Networking Lunch
When: Tuesday, April 3, 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: Pinecrest Events Center, North Ballroom 560 E Anderson St, Idaho Falls
This is your opportunity to build your professional network and learn more about businesses in the community. Door prizes, introductions, and other interactions will make this a casual, fun opportunity to meet others and build your professional network. More info and register here.

Bonner County Lincoln Day Dinner
When: Friday, April 6, 6 p.m. 8 p.m.
Where: Priest River Event Center, 5399 US-2, Priest River, ID
The doors will open promptly at 5:30 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m.. Tickets are $40, contact Dana Englehardt at 208-290-3590.

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

Idaho Headlines

Idaho lawmakers focus on tax cuts, gun rights; leave health care unaddressed for another year (Spokesman-Review)

Idaho Democrats say the 2018 session 'was entirely about politics' (Spokesman-Review)

Editorial: Stop the reefer madness. Idaho's anti-pot hysteria confounds small businesses. (Idaho Statesman)

Gov. Otter won't sign Idaho's big new trespassing law (Idaho Statesman)

Governor vetoes 1 bill, frets about others and lawmakers can now leave Boise (Idaho Statesman)

These days, Butch Otter would be happy as a 'sharecropper' on federal land (Lewiston Tribune)

Lawmakers anguish over failed bills, wonder what went wrong (Lewiston Tribune)

Marty Trillhaase: Will Idaho fail the moral test of our times? (Lewiston Tribune)

Idaho's Hecla Mining Company Gets Apology From Interior Secretary Zinke (Boise State Public Radio)

Governor Otter: Death Penalty Weighed Heavily On His Mind During Tenure (Boise State Public Radio)

Idaho Lawmakers Head For Home, And The Campaign Trail (Boise State Public Radio)

District 26 lawmakers react to end of session (Mountain Express)

2018 Idaho Legislature Key Takeaways (Press-Tribune)

Idaho farmers ready to capitalize on McConnell hemp bill (Idaho Business Review)

2018 Legislature good for business (Idaho Business Review)

Mysterious 'hate book' that killed Ottercare shouldn't surprise Butch (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

After his final session as governor, Otter touts education record (Idaho Education News)

Devos approves Idaho's ESSA plan (Idaho Education News)

Democracy in the streets (Idaho Reports)

National Headlines

Marjory Stoneman Douglas Teacher Says Many Students Feel They Are Misrepresented By Famous Classmates (Daily Caller)

Students Stage Walkout in Support of Second Amendment (PJ Media)

Comey's book tour is a colossal mistake (The Hill)

Mexico aids Easter invasion of over 1,000 illegals into US (Washington Examiner)

Trump links US border wall to NAFTA renegotiation, warns Mexico 'must stop drug, people flows' (CNBC)

China is imposing new tariffs on US meat, fruit and other products (Los Angeles Times)

Signs of progress emerge as Sacramento protests over Stephon Clark's killing remain tense (Washington Post)

Pressure mounts for Democratic Rep. Esty to resign over violent abuse accusations against top staffer (FOX News)

Teachers across Oklahoma to strike Monday despite $6K raise (USA Today)

Trump Faces Test on Coal With FirstEnergy Appeal (Wall Street Journal)

Musk and Zuckerberg are fighting over whether we rule technology-or it rules us (Quartz)

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