Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, May 7, 2018

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  Idahoans have a higher opinion of the state legislature than Congress
By Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Idahoans are really not liking what the U.S. Congress is doing these days, but they do approve of their own Idaho State Legislature, a recent poll by Idaho Politics Weekly shows....

Candidates scramble to attract undecided voters
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
State Rep. Christy Perry of Nampa, one of seven candidates running for Congress in Idaho's First District, has never been one to suggest that people should vote for her because she's a woman. But she has no objections to people supporting her because...

  Who is behind The Idahoan? Should anyone care?
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Last week, in mailboxes all over Idaho, a two-section, 48-page newsprint publication arrived under the name The Idahoan. It caused quite a stir. But, most Idahoans probably ignored it, or tossed it in the round file....

Don't mess with a voter-approved initiative, Mr. Labrador
By Jim Jones
In an Idaho Public TV gubernatorial debate on April 27, Congressman Labrador suggested that, if elected, he might try to overturn the Medicaid expansion initiative if the voters approve it....

Guest opinion: Time to invest in Idaho's workforce - or be left behind
By Sen. Michelle Stennett, Senate Democratic Leader
Reports that come out of committees or work groups are not always the most scintillating reads....

Guest opinion: Banks shouldn't undermine the 2nd Amendment
By Sen. Mike Crapo
In recent weeks, several financial services firms have issued new guidelines that could effectively cut off financial services to law-abiding firearm manufacturers, retailers and firearms purchasers if they do not comply with the bank's firearms pref...

  Guest opinion: Why I'm running for lieutenant governor
By Steve Yates
2018 is a time of choosing in Idaho. With an open seat for governor, lieutenant governor and the 1st Congressional District, we have real choices that will guide the direction we want our state to go....

  Ahlquist campaign releases new TV ad, announces endorsements
By Idaho Politics Weekly staff
Republican Gubernatorial candidate Tommy Ahlquist has released his latest campaign ad entitled "We Must Do Better," which is running statewide....

  Labrador wins variety of endorsements
By Idaho Politics Weekly staff
David Bossie, former deputy campaign manager for Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and current president of Citizens United announced today he his endorsing Ral Labrador for governor....

  Little gubernatorial campaign announces endorsements
By Idaho Politics Weekly staff
Republican gubernatorial candidate Brad Little has won more endorsements, including from former Idaho governor and U.S. Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne and Idaho State Controller Brandon D. Woolf....

  Canyon County leaders endorse Leroy for Congress
By Idaho Politics Weekly staff
The Leroy for Congress campaign has the endorsement of four current and two retired Canyon County leaders: Sheriff Kieran Donahue; Canyon County Prosecuting Attorney Bryan Taylor; Nampa City Councilman Bruce Skaug; Nampa City Councilma...

  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....

Political Calendar Highlights

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Canyon County Republican Women Meeting
When: Tuesday, May 8, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Golden Palace Restaurant, 703 Main St, Caldwell, ID 
11:30 a.m. social time, 12 p.m. program begins.

Bannock County Dems Political Soup      
When: Wednesday, May 9, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: 410 S Main St, Pocatello, ID
We serve soup and salad or pizza and have a speaker from the community.

Boise Chamber Small Business of the Year & Chamber Excellence Awards Luncheon
When: Wednesday, May 9, 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: 850 W Front St, Boise, ID 
Each year, more than 600 members and business leaders come together to celebrate our members' excellence at the Small Business of the Year & Chamber Excellence Awards luncheon. This year will continue the long-standing tradition as three finalists in each category will receive recognition at this year's luncheon. Categories include: travel, healthcare, financial services, food and agriculture, and nonprofit, as well as Small Business of the Year. Join us as we celebrate member excellence. More info.

North Idaho Democracy Dinner
When: Thursday, May 10, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Where: Red Lion Templin's Hotel on the River - Post Falls, 414 E 1st Ave, Post Falls, ID
Lovely dinner and conversation, plus a moving keynote address by former Washington State legislator and current Democratic candidate for the WA State 5th Congressional District, Lisa Brown.  More info and register here.

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Idaho Headlines

When political debates also include comic relief (Spokesman-Review)

Candidates flock to race for open Idaho congressional seat (Spokesman-Review)

Governor candidate endorsed by national progressives - but not her fellow lawmakers (Idaho Statesman)

The Forest Service will soon have critical funds to get ahead of huge fires where you live (Idaho Statesman)

Crapo campaign used D.C. condo 81 times at no cost (Idaho Statesman)

Twin Falls anti-nuclear activist seeks congressional seat in Democratic primary, says his pot crop was 'civil disobedience' (Times-News)

Magic Valley senators face 'liberty-minded' challengers in Republican primaries (Times-News)

Trump Surrogates Endorse Ahlquist For Governor As Primary Moves Into Final Phase (Boise State Public Radio)

In Run-Up To Idaho Primary, Two Candidates Bumped From Ballot (Boise State Public Radio)

Western Politicians Celebrate Passage Of 'Fire Borrowing' Bill (Boise State Public Radio)

Medicaid expansion campaign clears hurdle (Mountain Express)

2 candidates hope to take on Simpson (Mountain Express)

East Idaho man 'proud' of granddaughter and her controversial Chinese prom dress (State Journal)

County candidates converge at 2C forum (Press-Tribune)

Race to replace Perry draws flock of candidates (Press-Tribune)

Idaho economic forecast through 2021 mostly remains strong (Idaho Business Review)

Little floats tax increase in gubernatorial debate (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Idaho Falls edges close to revised high school bond issue (Idaho Education News)

Across the Aisle (Idaho Reports)

Half a million dollars of grass seed (Idaho Reports)

National Headlines

Judge rejects Mueller's request for delay in Russian troll farm case (Politico)

How Buzzfeed's 'Data-Monster' Leveraged User Data To Fuel Super PACs, Target Voters (Daily Caller)

Why All the Secrecy? It's time to level with the public about the basis for Mueller's investigation. (National Review)

Israel fears 'explosion of violence' as US prepares to open embassy in Jerusalem (Guardian)

The pathetic push to torpedo Gina Haspel (New York Post)

Nunes, in spat with Justice Department, threatens Sessions with contempt over Russia materials (CNN)

Michelle Obama says she's not running for office (The Hill)

Giuliani pleased with his media tour: 'Everybody's reacting to us now' (Washington Post)

McCain says he regrets picking Palin as running mate (The Hill)

Trump Team Takes a More Aggressive Stance on Mueller Probe (Wall Street Journal)

Solar panels on farmland stir debate in central Washington (Associated Press)

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