Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, May 14, 2018

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  Primary election predictions
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
After millions of dollars spent by a host of candidates, this year's mega Idaho primary election season is finally coming to an end. ...

  Contrasting approval ratings for Labrador and Simpson
By Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
An Idaho Politics Weekly poll on the approval ratings of the state's two U.S. House members could show some problems for Rep. Raul Labrador who is running for governor this year and faces six other GOP candidates in Tuesday's primary elect...

  Guest Opinion: Crapo bill would benefit Idaho's consumers & small businesses
By A. Scott Anderson, president & CEO of Zions Bank
At this time of intense political polarization and gridlock in Congress, the U.S. Senate has demonstrated, by passing S. 2155, that Republicans and Democrats can come together and approve landmark legislation that will greatly benefit consumers and s...

What voters should think about regarding the LG race
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Hat's off to the five good people who are running for lieutenant governor. ...

Why not just send the kids to Gitmo?
By Jim Jones
Attorney General Jeff Sessions has ordered federal prosecutors to file criminal charges against every person illegally crossing the border. In order to carry out the order, he is sending 35 prosecutors and 18 immigration judges to the border states.&...

Guest opinion: My vision for the future of Idaho
By Tommy Ahlquist, candidate for governor
I grew up on a small farm raised by parents and grandparents who taught me the United States is the greatest county in the history of the world. ...

Guest opinion: A tribute to mothers
By Congressman Raul Labrador
I hope you enjoyed celebrating and honoring our mothers on Mother's Day. I spent the day with my beautiful wife, Becca, the mother of our five wonderful children. I also reflected on my dear angel mother who passed away in 2005. ...

  Guest opinion: Why I support Brad Little for governor
By Gov. Butch Otter
I have worked in one capacity or another with every Idaho governor since Bob Smylie. None of them myself included has been as qualified or prepared to be our state's chief executive as Brad Little. ...

Guest opinion: We must end domestic violence
By Sen. Mike Crapo
When I think about the impacts of domestic violence, I think about a couple of young children I met years ago at a safe house in Twin Falls County. ...

  Candidates make final appeals before Tuesday primary
By Idaho Politics Weekly staff
In a flurry of press releases and statements, candidates for a variety of offices made last-minute pitches to voters. Here is a summary: ...

  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...

Political Calendar Highlights

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Idaho Falls Chamber Young Professionals Network
When: Monday, May 14, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: Idaho falls visitors center, 355 River Parkway, Idaho Falls, ID
Join the YPN for their monthly meetup. This is your opportunity to connect with and learn from fellow young professionals from small, medium, and large local businesses. This diverse group consists of representatives from banking, real estate, finance, technology, retail and non-profit companies, as well as student participants. More info and register here.

North Idaho Federated Republican Women Meeting     
When: Monday, May 14, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: Holiday Inn Express Sandpoint North, 477326 US-95, Ponderay, ID
Listen to republican speakers, current events, and much more. For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., NIFRW President. More info.

Primary Election
When: Tuesday, May 15

Ada County Democrats Organizational Meeting
When: Friday, May 18, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: BSU Student Union, Bergquist Lounge, 1700 W University Dr, Boise, ID
For more information please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Idaho Headlines

Smear flier targets GOP lieutenant governor hopeful (Press-Tribune)

Editorial: Democratic primary: Jordan offers Idaho voters a new face, new approach for governor (Idaho Statesman)

Editorial: GOP primary: Experience, knowledge make Little best prepared to be Idaho's governor (Idaho Statesman)

World's largest gold miner puts $38 million bet on new Idaho project (Idaho Statesman)

These women are now running to be Idaho's governor, lt. governor as a joint ticket (Idaho Statesman)

Hackers take over Idaho Legislature's website with Italian manifesto (Idaho Statesman)

How much are Magic Valley legislative candidates raising and spending? (Times-News)

Idaho Republicans Net More Than $7.7 million In Governors Race (Boise State Public Radio)

Funding Details Of Controversial Election Season Publication 'The Idahoan' Come To Light (Boise State Public Radio)

Several GOP Candidates For Idaho Governor Sign 'The Pledge' (Boise State Public Radio)

Gubernatorial candidates raise $6.44 million (Mountain Express)

Anti-war group protests at Idaho Capitol (Press-Tribune)

Labor unions, environmentalists meddle in GOP primary with con job (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Idaho ag exports rise, but trade issues cast shadow (Capital Press)

Where the candidates stand on education (Idaho Education News)

Primary Concerns (Idaho Reports)

Follow the Money (Idaho Reports)

Idaho Democrats won't criticize Jordan. Why? They need her supporters. (Idaho Reports)

National Headlines

Peace talks ignite land buying frenzy along South Korea's fortified border (Reuters)

With an eye on 2020, Democrats jockey to define their party, and gain an advantage (Washington Post)

Federal Tax Cuts Leave States in a Bind (CNBC)

These 95 Apartments Promised Affordable Rent in San Francisco. Then 6,580 People Applied. (New York Times)

Ivanka Trump arrives in Israel ahead of US Embassy opening (Ynet)

Trump's peace plan is stalled, but he's bringing Israel and Gulf states closer (Axios)

Controversial US pastors to take part in embassy opening in Jerusalem (CNN)

Ryan, GOP scramble to win support for controversial farm bill (The Hill)

Trump pledges to help Chinese phone maker ZTE 'get back into business' (Washington Post)

After Dick's banned all 'assault-style' firearms, the free market responded in a powerful way (TheBlaze)

Michael Cohen's D.C. Consulting Career: Scattershot, With Mixed Success (Wall Street Journal)

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