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Monday, April 9, 2018

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This Week In Idaho Politics

Freedom Index shows Legislature turning right
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Years ago, while writing for the Post Register in Idaho Falls, I discovered a sure way of getting the attention of Idaho legislators. I conducted a survey to determine the best and worst in the Idaho Legislature and published the results before the s...

Sparks flying in GOP gubernatorial race
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
We are definitely in the final stages of the GOP primary for governor....

Let's not abandon Syria to our Russian and Iranian adversaries
By Jim Jones
Russian Pres. Vladimir Putin must have broken out in a happy dance when President Trump announced over the Easter weekend that the U.S. was going to abandon its Kurdish allies in Syria. After all, Russia has been doing everything it can to dislodge t...

Guest opinion: Poverty is biggest issue facing Idaho education
By Rod Gramer, CEO & President, Idaho Business for Education
People often ask about the biggest issue facing education in Idaho. In a word, it's poverty....

Guest opinion: How veterans can receive mental health treatment
By Sen. Mike Crapo
Mental health is an essential part of everyone's well-being, and mental illness touches the lives of millions of Americans. ...

Qualities that make a great governor
By Ben Ysursa
In 40 years of managing elections in Idaho, I noticed a few characteristics that the best candidates and leaders have in common. ...

Campaign roundup: Gubernatorial candidates win endorsements
By Idaho Politics Weekly staff
Remington endorses Labrador. Pastor Tim Remington, pastor of The Altar, a non-denominational church serving the City of Coeur d'Alene for nearly 25 years, has announced he is endorsing Ral Labrador for governor....

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...

Political Calendar Highlights

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2018 Boise Chamber Rose Awards
When: Monday, April 9, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: The Grove Hotel, 245 S Capitol Blvd, Boise, ID 
The Rose Awards are a recognition of Service Excellence, presented by the Boise Convention & Visitors Bureau. $500 sponsors, $50 single. More info.

Bannock County Dems Political Soup      
When: Wednesday, April 11, 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.

Bonneville County Lincoln Day Dinner
When: Saturday, April 14, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Melaleuca HQ, 4609 West 65th South, Idaho Falls, ID
Keynote Speaker is Dinesh D'Souza, dinner and gun giveaway. Tickets are $35, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 208-681-3931.

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Idaho Headlines

Idaho senators used Scott Pruitt's controversial condo for fundraisers (Idaho Statesman)

7 people in 1 race? GOP nod for Congress may rely on who you recognize (Idaho Statesman)

Labrador denounces 'complete and utter lie' in ad by pro-Ahlquist group (Idaho Statesman)

National Guard units head soon to the border. Will Idahoans be among them? (Idaho Statesman)

Arm teachers? Require gun training? Here's where Idaho governor candidates stand (Idaho Statesman)

Northwest could tear down 4 Snake dams & still have cheap, reliable power, says study (Idaho Statesman)

Burley works to integrate information from departments by upgrading technology (Times-News)

Marty Trillhaase: The Great Nonini knows how to pander (Lewiston Tribune)

Idaho Industries Could Feel Sting Of New Chinese Tariffs (Boise State Public Radio)

Latest Round Of Chinese Tariffs & NAFTA Uncertainty Could Hit Idaho Wheat (Boise State Public Radio)

Democrat Jordan hopes to reverse party fortunes in gubernatorial bid (Idaho Mountain Express)

Idaho business development team heads to Japan (Idaho Business Review)

Adult college dropout scholarship is 2018's worst new law (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Trump adviser credits FFA for his success (Capital Press)

Does Idaho have a bullying problem? (Idaho Education News)

State Board hires two presidents (Idaho Education News)

Wasden v. Immigration (Idaho Reports)

National Headlines

Trump threatens 'Animal Assad,' Putin over alleged chemical attack in Syria (CBS News)

Kevin Williamson firing shows the 'nonpartisan' media's true colors (New York Post)

Americans Face Highest Pump Prices in Years (Wall Street Journal)

Facebook suspends another data analytics firm after CNBC discovers it was using tactics like Cambridge Analytica (CNBC)

'Unsafe to the community': Facebook takes on pro-Trump Diamond and Silk (American Mirror)

New Jersey Governor Signs 'Name And Shame' Order On Gun Data (NPR)

Trump denies John Kelly's influence is diminished (CNN)

Farmers who propelled Trump to presidency fear becoming pawns in trade war (Washington Post)

Bill Maher doesn't like Laura Ingraham. He hates the boycott of her show even more. (Washington Post)

Stock market cooling off from the 'Trump bump' (The Hill)

Mark Zuckerberg's Washington Mission: Stay Cool in a Very Hot Seat (Wall Street Journal)

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