Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, April 23, 2018

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  Idahoans like tax reform, even though most aren't seeing larger paychecks
By Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Most Idahoans support the GOP tax reform passed by Congress and signed by President Donald Trump, a recent Idaho Politics Weekly poll finds....

Scott-Boeck race is one to watch in North Idaho
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
It will be interesting to see what state government will look like at this time next year, with a new governor taking office along with a new lieutenant governor....

  Idaho policymakers push alternative medicine
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
In Idaho, we have public officials willing to disregard science-based medicine and, instead, promote so-called "alternative" health treatments....

Critical government programs require adequate funding
By Jim Jones
When I was growing up in the Republican party, I learned the lesson of responsible fiscal policy by heart--government must live within its means....

Helping young people aim higher and becoming a grandpa
By Congressman Raul Labrador
As a father of five, I see my job as making sure that we leave our children a better country than we found it....

  Campaign roundup: Candidates tout strengths and endorsements
By Idaho Politics Weekly staff
Ahlquist releases new TV ad on leadership....

  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."...

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

Idaho Women in Leadership: Public Service Leadership Training
When: Thursday, April 26 Saturday, April 28
Where: Powderhaus Brewing Company 9719 West Chinden Boulevard, Garden City, ID 
This is an opportunity for a small group of outstanding women leaders in the state to receive specialized training in politics and public service. Learn how to build a campaign, fundraise, work with the media and much more. More info.

Jerome County Lincoln Day Breakfast    
When: Saturday, April 28, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Where: Mountain VIew Barn, 392 E 300 S, Jerome, ID
Please join Brad Little on his tour of the Lincoln Days in Jerome, Idaho at the Mountain View Barn. For more information on this event, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 208-320-1921. More info.

Kootenai County Dems Caucus
When: Saturday, April 28, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Where: Human Rights Education Institute, 414 Mullan Rd, Coeur d'Alene, ID
Register for the caucus or view other county caucus events here.

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

Idaho Headlines

Idaho governor hopefuls go on the attack as May 15 primary nears (Spokesman-Review)

Idaho Medicaid expansion initiative down to wire, just 5,000 signatures short of goal (Lewiston Tribune)

Retailers aren't alone on public lands politics. Meet today's young hunters & anglers (Idaho Statesman)

State treasurer candidate told to cancel her Ada credit card after improper spending (Idaho Statesman)

Complaint claims Idaho senator didn't report donated time at DC condo (Idaho Statesman)

Albion mayor recall petition lacks signatures to move forward (Times-News)

Magic Valley incumbents face challengers in House primary races (Times-News)

Fulcher Pulls Ahead In Fundraising Race For Idaho Congressional Seat (Boise State Public Radio)

Anti-Nuclear Group Seeks To Educate Idaho Voters Ahead Of Election (Boise State Public Radio)

Medicaid Expansion Effort Seeks Signatures In Canyon County (Boise State Public Radio)

Schools chief rolls out safety initiative (Mountain Express)

As population outpaces police staffing, Nampa PD aims to catch up (Press-Tribune)

State officials will travel to dig up mining investment (Idaho Business Review)

Little's office budget is no indicator of a fiscal conservative (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Lawmakers face a funding and accountability puzzle (Idaho Education News)

State Board approves tuition and fee increases (Idaho Education News)

She's got a ticket to ride, and everyone cares (Idaho Reports)

National Headlines

Democrats are getting desperate as Mueller stalls (New York Post)

Devin Nunes On Russia Probe Origin: 'Major Irregularities' At State Dept, Sidney Blumenthal Involved (RealClearPolitics)

Hillary Clinton, not on ballot, is star of GOP midterm plan (Associated Press)

French, German leaders will bring Trump the same message: Save the Iran nuclear deal (Los Angeles Times)

Four presidents come together to pay tribute to Barbara Bush (CNN)

Fatal stabbing at a Ventura eatery elicits anger at the police response and the city's handling of its homeless problem (Los Angeles Times)

Texas Boy Killed by Truck as His School Held a Walkout on Guns (New York Times)

Analysis: ZTE's Collapse Reveals China's Huge Dependence On U.S. Technologies (Forbes)

Tech firms like Google, Amazon push power companies toward solar and wind, a blow to coal (USA Today)

Amazon's Critics Get New Life With Trump's Attacks on the Company (New York Times)

Mark Zuckerberg survived Congress. Now he has to face Wall Street (CNNMoney)

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