Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

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This Week In Idaho Politics

Idahoans don't hold Congress in high esteem
By Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Three-fourths of Idahoans disapprove of the job the U.S. Congress is doing, Idaho Politics Weekly found in a public opinion survey....

Memo to GOP: We need runoffs in Idaho primaries
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Lt. Gov. Brad Little's victory in the Republican primary must mean that Idahoans basically are satisfied with the general direction of state government....

Ballot initiatives & the general election
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
With the political party lineups complete, it is time to think ahead to Idaho's November general election....

Guest column: Honoring fallen heroes
By Sen. Mike Crapo
Thank you to all those who gathered to honor our fallen heroes at Memorial Day events throughout Idaho, and especially, thank you to all those who have served our nation and support the service of others....

Foreign policy adventures with Larry, Curly and Moe
By Jim Jones
It was never certain that Kim Jong-un was going to make any meaningful concessions in the ill-fated nuclear negotiations....

Guest opinion: We can't let Idaho remain a 'scroll-down' state
By Rep. Ilana Rubel, Assistant House Democratic Leader
Idaho is once again at the bottom of a national ranking. ...

Guest opinion: Improving civil dialogue in the November election
By David Adler
The end of the primary season in Idaho affords an opportunity for candidates and voters to catch their breath before we plunge into the general election campaigns. ...

Guest opinion: Idaho voters rise up together
By Adrienne Evans, executive director, United Action for Idaho
I was recently in Washington, D.C., when a woman from Arizona came up to me on the street. She noticed the button I was wearing for our campaign, RiseUp Idaho....

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. ...

Political Calendar Highlights

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Boise Valley Economic Summit
When: Wednesday, May 30, 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Boise Centre, 850 West Front Street, Boise, ID
Grow. Here. An economic summit presented by BVEP. Two dynamic panels will share insights on the Boise Metro area, how we compare with the rest of the country, our biggest challenges and opportunities. More info and register here.

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Idaho Headlines

More Idahoans need taxpayers to cover unpaid medical bills. Could Medicaid expansion help? (Idaho Statesman)

Idaho congressional candidate who broke ribs in crash may leave hospital soon (Idaho Statesman)

Editorial: Let the sun shine in: Idahoans deserve to know all the donors to The Idahoan's mailing (Idaho Statesman)

Voters In North Idaho Reject Scotchman Peaks Wilderness Proposal (Boise State Public Radio)

Utah Congressman Proposes Amendment To Prevent Sage Grouse Listing (Boise State Public Radio)

Meridian 10th Fastest-Growing City In U.S. And Fastest In Idaho (Boise State Public Radio)

Medicaid Expansion Push Hits One Of Two Signature Thresholds In Idaho (Boise State Public Radio)

Federal streamlining of temporary visa program could help Idaho farmers (Press-Tribune)

Judge narrows issues, but allows most of state Dept. of Labor whistleblower case to proceed (Press-Tribune)

Coroner's primary reignites faith healing debate (Press-Tribune)

State government hacked twice in three days (Idaho Business Review)

Education must adapt, Google speaker says (Idaho Business Review)

Medicaid vote would be Idaho's second-ever ballot-driven welfare plan (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Bureau of Reclamation leader to speak at water law seminar (Capital Press)

Eligible for financial aid, nearly a million students never get it (Idaho Education News)

Idaho Falls rescinds all-day kindergarten pilot (Idaho Education News)

National Headlines

U.S. warships sail near South China Sea islands claimed by Beijing (Reuters)

Campaign contributor helped Obamas score Netflix deal (New York Post)

How famous men toppled by #MeToo plot their comeback (Guardian)

Right-wing activist Tommy Robinson reportedly jailed after filming outside child grooming trial (FOX News)

Robert Kennedy Jr. joins chorus of second-gunman theorists over his father's assassination (Los Angeles Times)

How the 'Watergate Babies' Broke American Politics (Politico)

Dem money floods Calif. primaries to avert electoral disaster (The Hill)

Rubio, in challenge to Trump, suggests Congress will act against ZTE (Washington Post)

Republican leader: 'For all practical purposes' there's no difference between an FBI informant and a spy (The Hill)

Decision time: Supreme Court will soon rule on gay rights, gerrymandering, unions (Los Angeles Times)

Trump blames Democrats for border policy separating immigrant children from parents (ABC News)

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