Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, June 4, 2018

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This Week In Idaho Politics

Majority of Idahoans aren't buying Trump/Russia collusion
By Bob Bernick, contributing editor
Most Idahoans do not believe the 2016 Donald Trump campaign colluded with Russia in an attempt to get him elected president, a recent Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows.However, pollster Dan Jones & Associates also finds that opinions in Idaho on t...

Ellsworth had endorsements where they count
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Former Rep. Julie Ellsworth of Boise, who is almost certain to be the next state treasurer, has quick answers for those who are skeptical about her qualifications for the job."I'll tell you what's in my background," she said during a televised debate...

  Trump trade actions will boomerang
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Last week's release of the U.S. employment number for May showed a surge of 223,000 in new American jobs.  That dropped the unemployment rate to 3.8%, the lowest in 18 years. Also, U.S. automobile sales in May demonstrated considerable stre...

Is it fair to expect the president to be a role model?
By Jim Jones
Washington teacher Mandy Manning was recognized by Pres. Donald Trump as 2018 National Teacher of the Year at a White House ceremony on May 2. Manning teaches refugee and immigrant children at the Newcomer Center of Joel E. Ferris High School in...

  Guest opinion: Potential state-federal-private land deal could benefit Idaho
By David Groeschl, Idaho Department of Lands Acting Director and State Forester
A land exchange idea in Idaho and Clearwater counties has the potential to protect lands with special historical and ecological value, transfer more forestland to the State of Idaho to help fund Idaho's public schools, and open up more lands for recr...

Another student of Terri Leonard wins Congressional Art Competition
By Congressman Raul Labrador
Last year, after Coeur d'Alene High School junior Connor McMurray won the First District Congressional Art Competition, he made a prediction: Another student of art teacher Terri Leonard would win in 2018."I'm sure someone else in this class will win...

Health Net is performing poorly for veterans
By By Sen. Mike Crapo
"We are fed up.  In our view, the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) management of the Health Net contract has been a failure.  While Health Net is the administrator of the Veterans Choice Program in our states, VA is ultimately accountab...

  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....

Political Calendar Highlights

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Idaho Falls Chamber Out of the Box Networking Lunch
When: Tuesday, June 5, 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: Pinecrest Events Center, 560 East Anderson Street, Idaho Falls, ID
Join for the Idaho Falls chamber monthly Out of the Box Networking Lunch. This is your 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 and register here.

Meridian Chamber Luncheon Speaker Series     
When: Tuesday, June 5, 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: Wahooz Family Fun Zone, 1385 S Blue Marlin Ln, Meridian, ID
Hear from Mayor Tammy de Weerd about all things Meridian. Presented by: Blue Cross of Idaho Food & Beverage by: Wahooz Family Fun Zone. More info.

Fremont County Republican Women Meeting
When: Wednesday, June 6, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Location varies
For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., FCRW President.

D17 Dems Breakfast Meeting
When: Saturday, June 9, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Where: Papa Joe's, Boise, ID
District 17's monthly breakfast meeting. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at for more information.

To submit events to the Idaho Politics Weekly calendar please use our contact form here.


Idaho Headlines

Marty Trillhaase: Idaho voters: Wayne Hoffman has your number (Lewiston Tribune)

Central Idaho Land Exchange plan still faces hurdles (Lewiston Tribune)

4 women sue Idaho over law that voids your living will if you're pregnant (Idaho Statesman)

Overcrowded and outdated: Twin Falls County is seeking citizens to discuss a new jail (Times-News)

Rachel Dolezal Faces Fraud Charges In Washington State (Boise State Public Radio)

Idaho Brewers Weigh In On Trump Administration's Latest Trade Tariffs (Boise State Public Radio)

Environmental groups want better monitoring of Triumph Mine pollution (Mountain Express)

Starting in July, IDOC will pay county jails more to house prison inmates; sheriffs' offices have mixed reactions (Press-Tribune)

Idaho primary election turnout was highest seen since 2002 (Press-Tribune)

There's no 'dirty laundry' exception in Idaho's open meeting law (Press-Tribune)

Rising Canyon County land prices threaten agriculture (Idaho Business Review)

Local governments a growing target for cyberattacks (Idaho Business Review)

Theft is wrong, even if approved by popular vote (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Ybarra's new chief deputy says he's up for the challenge (Idaho Education News)

As dual credit grows, will rural students get left behind? (Idaho Education News)

National Headlines

Dowd: Obama is just too good for us (New York Times)

Google apologizes for labeling NC state senator as a 'bigot' in search results (News & Observer)

Roseanne Barr is off TV but Samantha Bee is still on -- just another example of the media's double standard (FOX News)

How many minutes of her 2-hour-long show did Joy Reid spend apologizing for old blog posts? Exactly zero (Washington Examiner)

Trump to host Ramadan dinner (Politico)

Democrats Are Blaming A Big-Spending Candidate For A Potential Disaster In California (HuffPost)

Kudlow insists trade talks have not 'broken down' (Politico)

From Travel Ban To Political Pins: Pending Decisions From The Supreme Court (NPR)

Trump: Why didn't FBI, DOJ tell me agents were 'secretly investigating' Manafort? (The Hill)

Trump goes it alone: running the White House not like a president, but a CEO (Guardian)

Can the 3.8% unemployment rate tumble toward zero? (USA Today)


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