Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, April 30, 2018

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  Big divisions in attitudes toward Trump
By Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Overall, Idahoans are split over whether they approve or disapprove of the job GOP President Donald Trump is doing, a recent Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows....

Fulcher says he could work with Simpson
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Former Republican State Sen. Russ Fulcher, the self-proclaimed frontrunner in the First District congressional primary race, often is asked how he would get along with Second District Congressman Mike Simpson....

  Republican candidates for governor eyeing finish line
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
The multi-million dollar, bare-knuckle primary for the Republican nomination for governor is almost at an end....

America's message to the world - we don't want your huddled masses
By Jim Jones
Ever since the Statue of Liberty raised her torch in New York Harbor, she has welcomed the "homeless, tempest-tossed" masses from foreign shores....

Guest opinion: New law improves federal budgeting for wildfires
By Sen. Mike Crapo
The political divisiveness in Washington, D.C., may make advancing sensible legislation seem nearly impossible. ...

Guest opinion: 'Conservatism is a form of gratitude'
By Congressman Raul Labrador
In a recent essay, the political writer Jonah Goldberg stated, "Conservatism is a form of gratitude."...

  Guest opinion: Why I support Brad Little
By Phil Batt, former governor of Idaho
Public service might run in Brad Little's family, but politics was never a vocation for him much less a career....

  Campaign roundup: Candidates active in advance of May 15 primary
By Idaho Politics Weekly staff
Ahlquist holds press conference and plans tour across Idaho....

  U of I study: Up to one-third of family-owned forests likely to change hands in five years
By Press Release
MOSCOW, Idaho - About 1.7 million acres of forest land in Idaho is family-owned, representing about 36,000 landowners and 56 percent of all privately-owned forest land in the state....

  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....

Political Calendar Highlights

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Idaho Chamber Out of the Box Networking Lunch
When: Tuesday, May 1, 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: Pinecrest Events Center, North Ballroom 560 E Anderson St, Idaho Falls
This is an 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.

Canyon County Republican's Round-Up
When: Thursday, May 3, 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Nampa Civic Center, 311 3rd St S, Nampa, ID 
Social hour begins at 5:30 p.m., dinner begins at 6 p.m. There will be a live band and auction. Tickets are $35 with reservation and $50 at the door. Reservations can be made by contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 459-6116 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 722-6658.

Blaine County Dems: Clint Stennett Social
When: Friday, May 4, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Valley Club, 100 Club View Drive North, Hailey, ID 
Join fellow Blaine County Dems for conversation and cocktails. Hors d' oeuvres, no host bar, silent auction. Tickets here.

Bonneville County Dems Truman Banquet
When: Saturday, May 5, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: The Waterfront at Snake River Landing, 1220 Event Center Drive, Idaho Falls, ID
Join for an evening with your fellow Democrats! Cocktail hour begins at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m. Hear from gubernatorial candidates Paulette Jordan and A.J. Balukoff. Live music will be provided by the Wild Potatoes. Silent auction and dessert auction. Buy tickets here.

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Idaho Headlines

Voter figures so far show just a small crossover in primary (Spokesman-Review)

Idahoans face big decisions in governor's race on May 15 (Spokesman-Review)

Labrador opens door to overturning Medicaid expansion initiative if voters pass it (Spokesman-Review)

Idaho candidates 'appalled' by Trump in the past, woo his supporters now (Idaho Statesman)

In red Idaho, 3 Democrats believe they can still ride a 'blue wave' to Congress (Idaho Statesman)

Candidates discuss the challenges of population growth at Jerome County Farm Bureau forum (Times-News)

Magic Valley candidates seek governor, lieutenant governor seats (Times-News)

Top GOP Gubernatorial Candidates Focus On Vision In Second Debate (Boise State Public Radio)

Delegation From Eastern Idaho Goes On Trade Trip To Japan (Boise State Public Radio)

Idaho AG stands by DACA challenge (Mountain Express)

Idaho to lead nation in application economy (Idaho Business Review)

Little and Malek: Candidates distort their own records to attract conservatives (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Nate-Ricks debate turns testy (Idaho Education News)

Six takeaways from Friday's state superintendent's debate (Idaho Education News)

National Headlines

Trump assails White House Correspondents' Association amid Michelle Wolf controversy (CNN)

Reporters Slam White House Correspondents' Dinner As 'Embarrassment' And 'Gift' To Trump Admin (Daily Caller)

Democrats Ignore Dossier In Russia Report, In Stark Contrast To Their Early Rhetoric (Daily Caller)

Immigration, gay rights, politics, abortion, taxes, technology: Crunch time at the Supreme Court (USA Today)

Documentary chronicles New York Times' year covering Trump (Associated Press)

Washington's heavy-drinking ways in spotlight (The Hill)

Brooks Suggests Republicans Are Retiring Because of Assassination Fears (Roll Call)

Left Fights Itself in Ohio Primary for Governor (New York Times)

Kim's Charm Offensive Pressures Trump Before Summit (Bloomberg)

John McCain Tells Son-In-Law To 'Take Care Of Meghan' (HuffPost)

Joy Reid's Defenders Praise Her Apology - But Ignore Her Apparent Cover-Up (HuffPost)

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