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Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, June 11, 2018

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This Week In Idaho Politics

If U.S. taxpayers have to pay for Trump wall, Idahoans say no
By Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
A majority of Idahoans are against building a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border if American taxpayers have to pay for it, a recent Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows....


We may be calling her 'Gov. McGeachin' someday
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Introducing Idaho's first woman governor (drum roll optional) ...


Odds & Ends: Mexico, GOP chair, electoral changes, CBD oil & Beck suit
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Thoughts on a few, somewhat random, topics......


Guest opinion: An investment today will bring the doctors to stay
By Sen. Michelle Stennett, Democratic Senate Minority Leader
An article in the Twin Falls Times-News late last month brings into sharp relief a major hurdle rural Idaho communities must overcome. ...


Some like it hot
By Jim Jones
While the news outlets were fixated on important topics like Stormy Daniels, Roseanne Barr and Samantha Bee, a boring government agency observed an Earth milepost last month....


Honoring Idaho's fallen peace officers
By Sen. Mike Crapo
"Blessed are the Peacemakers . . ." is etched in a stone waterfall at the center of the Idaho Peace Officers' Memorial in Meridian. ...


The historic jobs report reflects good public policy
By Congressman Raul Labrador
When the U.S. Labor Department released its latest jobs report on June 1, the New York Times ran an interesting headline: "We Ran Out of Words to Describe How Good the Job Numbers Are: The economy is in a sweet spot, with steady growth...


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...


Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

D14 Dems Informal "Coffee Talk"
When: Tuesday, June 12, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Where: Wild West Bakery and Espresso, 83 E State St, Eagle, ID
A social, informal, come-and-go-as-you-please meeting.

Nez Perce County Republican Women Meeting
When: Tuesday, June 12, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Red Lion Hotel Lewiston, 621 21st St, Lewiston, ID
A group of dynamic republicans, educating the community. For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., NPCRW President.

Bannock County Dems Political Soup
When: Wednesday, June 13, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: 355 Yellowstone Ave, Pocatello, ID
We serve soup and salad or pizza and have a speaker from the community.

North Idaho Federated Republican Women Meeting
When: Thursday, June 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.

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Idaho Headlines

Editorial: Armed guards at Idaho schools: Is this the best choice for rural classrooms? (Idaho Statesman)

Panel will ask Gov. Otter to order special session on Boise water case (Idaho Statesman)

Lawsuit claims Idaho Democratic Party part of money-laundering scheme to help Clinton (Idaho Statesman)

After beating incumbents, incoming commissioners prepare for new roles (Times-News)

Scott Pruitt's Quiet Idaho Visit Draws Protesters (Boise State Public Radio)

Idaho Legislature Briefed On Treasure Valley Water Rights Issue (Boise State Public Radio)

Public input sought on sage grouse plans (Mountain Express)

Idaho Dems call fundraising lawsuit a partisan ploy (Press-Tribune)

New laws hit July 1 on service dogs, roadkill, freeway slowpokes and more (Press-Tribune)

Risch skips fire hearing, speaks out on international affairs (Press-Tribune)

Committee ponders autonomous vehicles (Idaho Business Review)

Local Idaho governments are vulnerable to cybersecurity attacks (Idaho Business Review)

Voluntary giving is the way to help solve the Medicaid gap (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Idaho draft legislation would help water rights holders after flood-control releases (Capital Press)

Study: Idaho most tolerant for guns in schools (Idaho Reports)

Educators push for funding flexibility (Idaho Education News)

National Headlines

Brace for the World Economy's Most Important Week of the Year (Bloomberg)

California DNC Member Suggests Superdelegate Reform Is Part Of Russian Plot (HuffPost)

A real life 'House of Cards': a fast-tracked reporter, her source and their illicit romance (Washington Times)

How Roseanne Barr and Samantha Bee underscore the costs and dangers of social media's 'wow' factor (CNBC)

Jailed Grandmother Thanks Trump for Clemency: We Must 'Get Behind Families Again' (FOX News)

Meet John Cox and Gavin Newsom, the candidates for California governor (Los Angeles Times)

Giuliani says Comey could be prosecuted for Clinton email probe (New York Post)

GOP embraces single-payer healthcare attack in California (The Hill)

Melania Trump attends Ford's Theatre gala (CNN)

What Latest Health-Law Case Means for Insurance Markets (Wall Street Journal)

The end of net neutrality is here (CNN)