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Monday, April 16, 2018

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  Poll: Idahoans like Otter's healthcare plan
By Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Most Idahoans support out-going Gov. Butch Otter's changes to Obamacare in the state, a recent Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows....

Labrador blows chance to play offense
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Political pundits, backed by conventional wisdom as to who wins primary elections in Idaho, have been saying for some time that the governor's race was Congressman Raul Labrador's to lose....

  Odds & Ends: Idaho Freedom Action...gubernatorial pairings...loss of U.S. House & the promise of the Trans-Pacific Partnership
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
A few thoughts on a few, somewhat random, topics......

Will young Americans rescue us from the mess we are leaving?
By Jim Jones
Until I stepped into a few classrooms last October, I had the impression that today's high school kids were just interested in weird music and various types of social media.  ...

Guest opinion: Why it's a pleasure to represent the people of Idaho
By Sen. Mike Crapo
Embarking on town meetings in Idaho's unincorporated communities, I have been reminded of how much I admire and respect the people of Idaho. ...

Guest opinion: Defending the Second Amendment
By Congressman Raul Labrador
On March 27, former U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens wrote a controversial op-ed in the New York Times titled, "Repeal the Second Amendment."...

Guest opinion: Where is Raul Labrador?
By Stephanie Mickelsen
On Monday, April 9, I had the opportunity to attend a forum for the Republican gubernatorial candidates at the Compass Academy in Idaho Falls. ...

  All three gubernatorial candidates declare debate victory
By Idaho Politics Weekly staff
Following Saturday's gubernatorial debate, all three Republican candidates released statements:...

  Political roundup: Politicians tout endorsements and votes
By Idaho Politics Weekly staff
Idaho Chooses Life endorses Yates for lieutenant governor. Steve Yates said he is honored that Idaho Chooses Life has endorsed him....

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...

Political Calendar Highlights

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District 15 Dems Pizza & Politics
When: Monday, April 16, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Powderhaus Brewing Company, 9719 West Chinden Boulevard, Garden City, ID 
District 15 Democrats & IDLCC invite you to spend an evening with Rep. Melissa Wintrow (D19) and Sen. Michelle Stennett (D26). Enjoy a variety of pizza, salad, and cookies for $15 per person or $25 per couple. Cash or checks accepted at door. RSVP here.

South East Idaho Republican Women Meeting  
When: Wednesday, April 18, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Omni Building, Conference Room 200, Pocatello, ID
Republicans educating today, leading tomorrow. For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., SEIdahoRW President.

Bannock County Democrats Richard Stallings Banquet
When: Saturday, April 21, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Idaho State University Student Union Building, Wood River Room, 1065 Cesar Chavez, Pocatello, ID
The Richard Stallings Banquet, named in honor of Idaho's former United States Congressman, is an important fundraising event held on behalf of the 2018 Bannock County Democratic candidates in District 28, District 29 and Bannock County. Featured speakers will be Paulette Jordan, former Idaho State Representative from District 5 and A.J. Balukoff, Boise businessman and education leader. More info.

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Idaho Headlines

Miners agree this Idaho river is in danger. Their solution? More mining. (Idaho Statesman)

This month will decide if Idahoans vote on Medicaid, gambling machines, abortions (Idaho Statesman)

Idaho governor's 3rd-ever pardon is a drug convict devoting his life to mental health (Idaho Statesman)

Magic Valley counties join lawsuit against opioid manufacturers (Times-News)

Idahoans organizing for Medicaid expansion (Post Register)

Marty Trillhaase: Ahlquist prevaricates every four seconds (Lewiston Tribune)

Idaho Governor Butch Otter Talks Trade, Health Care And Guns On C-SPAN (Boise State Public Radio)

Superintendent Candidates Debate Future Of Education In Idaho (Boise State Public Radio)

Trespass law leads to political salvos (Mountain Express)

Medicaid expansion petition 6,000 away from target, still need to wrap up 11 districts (Press-Tribune)

Meridian likely to be fastest-growing city in U.S. (Idaho Business Review)

Idaho's efforts to attract firearms, ammunition makers have paid off (Idaho Business Review)

Gov candidates: Marijuana bad; two candidates support CBD oil legalization (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Ybarra defends legislative record (Idaho Education News)

Whatever became of the higher ed task force? (Idaho Education News)

National Headlines

James Comey book: President Obama and Loretta Lynch 'jeopardized' the Hillary Clinton email investigation (Washington Examiner)

Trump, allies praise Syria strikes as Moscow seethes (AFP)

Russian reinforcements head for Syria (Daily Mail)

Barbara Bush, Seriously Ill, Says She Won't Seek Further Treatment (New York Times)

Lawyer who killed himself in fossil fuels protest made the statement he wanted, partner says (New York Daily News)

Partisan tensions rise as Mueller bill delayed (The Hill)

Economy helps Trump approval (ABC News)

Ryan: Trillion-dollar deficits were inevitable (The Hill)

#2020Vision: Biden: 2020 decision by January; Harris raises $3 million for Senate Dems; Castro heads to Georgia (CNN)

Joe Biden again says he hasn't ruled out 2020 run, will decide by year's end (Washington Post)

Supreme Court Weighs Widening States' Reach on Online Sales Taxes (Wall Street Journal)

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