Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, May 21, 2018

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  Otter, Crapo enjoy job ratings above 50 percent
By Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Idaho GOP Gov. Butch Otter and U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, are above 50 percent in their job approval ratings, an Idaho Politics Weekly poll finds. ...

Don't call him 'Congressman' yet; 'Russ' will do
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
One of the strangest ironies that came out of the recent primary election is that Russ Fulcher is likely to have a job next year as Idaho's First District congressman, and Congressman Raul Labrador will be out of politics....

  Post-primary election observations & questions
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Some observations on the Idaho primary... ...

The primary election is behind us; Oh, what a relief it is!
By Jim Jones
It is sooo good to close the door on this year's primary election. ...

Guest opinion: Gina Haspel will be a fine CIA director
By Sen. Jim Risch
For years when I visited the CIA's Counterterrorism Center, I would see a sign hanging at the entrance that read, "Today is September 12, 2001." ...

Guest column: Honoring Idaho's teachers
By Sen. Mike Crapo
Rebecca (Becky) Mitchell, who is the head of the language arts program at Vision Charter School in Caldwell, was selected to be the 2018 Idaho Teacher of the Year. ...

  Political roundup: politicians issue post-election statements
By Idaho Politics Weekly staff
Labrador thanks supporters. Dear friends: I was truly honored and humbled to have been supported by so many people in this race for Idaho governor. ...

  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.&...

Political Calendar Highlights

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Idaho Hispanic Chamber of Commerce's Business Development Series
When: Tuesday, May 22, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: CapEd Credit Union, 1023 12th Ave Rd, Nampa, ID
Taco Tuesday's Lunch and Learn: The Three "C's" of the Financial World. More info.

Paula Neils Steals the Show: In Honor of 9 Years of Service          
When: Wednesday, May 23, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: The Art Spirit Gallery 415 E Sherman Ave, Coeur d'Alene, ID
Join the Kootenai County Dems as they honor the amazing Paula Neils and the nine years she's served as Party Chair. Enjoy wine, appetizers, friends and a few speeches to pay tribute to her exemplary work as a volunteer in organizing all aspects of the party over the years.

Bonneville County Republican Women Meeting
When: Tuesday, May 24, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Location varies
Become an active republican in the Bonneville community. For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., BonnevilleCRW President.

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Idaho Headlines

'Now that we got the change, we got to put people in there to support him.' (Idaho Statesman)

Idaho's next lieutenant governor will be a woman, making state history (Idaho Statesman)

Paulette Jordan is Idaho's new political force; Brad Little is its steady, guiding one (Idaho Statesman)

These Idaho primaries were quite different, but each victor spoke Tuesday of hope (Idaho Statesman)

Idaho GOP: 'It is time to unite. Too much is at stake to sit on the sidelines' (Idaho Statesman)

Magic Valley senators hold seats against wave of challengers (Times-News)

Lickley, Hartgen, incumbents win House seats (Times-News)

Brad Little Secures GOP Governor Nomination, Russ Fulcher Advances To General Election (Boise State Public Radio)

Paulette Jordan Rides Blue Wave To Democratic Nomination For Governor (Boise State Public Radio)

Here's What The Idaho Primary Election Results Mean (Boise State Public Radio)

Seismic Shift In Eastern Idaho Politics Following Primary (Boise State Public Radio)

Idaho Conservation League Challenges Trump Mining Rule (Boise State Public Radio)

Idaho Unemployment Rate Holds At 2.9 Percent (Boise State Public Radio)

Idaho voters choose Jordan, Little (Mountain Express)

Election night gives slight advantage to conservatives (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

GOP candidates try to come together after rancorous primary campaign (Press-Tribune)

Higher than expected turnout helps drive ballot wins for Little, Jordan (Press-Tribune)

Sports betting in Idaho faces tough odds (Idaho Business Review)

Six storylines from primary election day (Idaho Education News)

Ybarra, Wilson win superintendent primaries (Idaho Education News)

National Headlines

Conway pushes CNN's Stelter to say who he voted for in tense exchange (The Hill)

US, China agree to abandon trade war: Beijing (AFP)

Cambridge professor outed as FBI informant inside Trump campaign (New York Post)

Stopping Robert Mueller to protect us all (The Hill)

Anti-Gun Backlash From School Shooting? Probably Not in Texas (New York Times)

NYU Abu Dhabi blocks journalists from filming John Kerry (Associated Press)

Trump demands Justice Department examine whether it or FBI spied on campaign (CNN)

Texas shooting suspect's choice of guns complicates debate over assault rifles (Chicago Tribune)

Mueller's office reportedly tells Trump lawyer Giuliani that the Russia obstruction probe will wrap up by September (CNBC)

US economic growth may be the Fed's Achilles' heel on its path to higher rates, market watcher says (CNBC)

Trump 'may feel that there's some unfairness going on' with Amazon, says top White House economic adviser (ABC News)


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