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Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, June 18, 2018

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This Week In Idaho Politics

Idaho Republicans like the state of the state
By Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Republicans living in Idaho are feeling pretty good about things these days....

Don't tell Betsy Russell that newspapers are dead
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Betsy Russell has seen just about everything in her long career covering Idaho politics, so there isn't much that surprises her....

How does Idaho stack up against other states?
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
For those of us who live here, Idaho is a great place but how does it compare to other states?...

Who needs friends when you've got Vlad?
By Jim Jones
Those effete "G-6" people got what was coming to them for questioning our president's demands and then dissing Vladimir Putin....

Guest opinion: U.S. & Idaho economies headed in the right direction
By Sen. Mike Crapo
The economic news is good for Idaho and the nation....

Guest opinion: Forests need better management
By Congressman Raul Labrador
June is the start of fire season in Idaho and most of the West....

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. ...

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

Idaho Dems Trustee Garden Party
When: Monday, June 18, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Beside Bardenay Events, 612 W Grove St, Boise, ID
Join Ken Martin, President of the Association of State Democratic Chairs, DNC Vice Chair, and Chairman of the Minnesota Democratic Party to discuss the state of Democratic politics here in Idaho and around the nation. Food and hors d'oeuvres are provided. More info and register here.

Leadership Boise Alumni June Happy Hour Series
When: Tuesday, June 19, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Where: Bonefish Grill, 855 W Broad St, Boise, ID
Join us for our Annual June Happy Hour Series. Stop by and mingle with your fellow alumni. Appetizers will be provided, open to all Leadership Boise Alumni.

South East Idaho Republican Women
When: Wednesday, June 20, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Omni Building, Conference Room 200, Pocatello Idaho
Republicans educating today, leading tomorrow. For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., SEIdahoRW President.

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

Idaho Headlines

Marty Trillhaase: Trump's cheerleader (Lewiston Tribune)

Oliver North headlines Idaho GOP convention; Jason Kander chosen as Democratic keynote (Idaho Statesman)

In his last year in Congress, Labrador says DC 'just sucks your soul' (Times-News)

Jury acquits former Idaho Democratic Party staffer of domestic battery (Times-News)

Pro-pot, anti-nuclear activist mounts write-in campaign against Twin Falls state senator (Times-News)

Idaho Sen. Jim Risch Hails North Korea Summit As 'Historic Occasion' (Boise State Public Radio)

Idaho's state budget surplus: $100M (Press-Tribune)

Former legislator mixed up in food security promotion (Press-Tribune)

Idaho's had some bad experiences sending inmates out of state - but it's happening again (Press-Tribune)

Idaho's biggest incentive program creates jobs (Idaho Business Review)

Medicaid expansion proponents haven't helped the poor (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Tough new trespass law brings implications for agriculture (Capital Press)

Competition for water demands foresight, Idaho House speaker says (Capital Press)

Kustra suggests change to higher education structure (Idaho Education News)

Experienced teachers push for better pay amid K-12 funding overhaul (Idaho Education News)

National Headlines

Trump lawyer calls for inquiry on Mueller's Russia probe (AFP)

Arizona Republicans say it's inappropriate to talk about John McCain's Senate seat as questions linger over his future (Associated Press)

DOJ, House GOP lurch toward confrontation in document fight (Politico)

Justice Department to Comey: You sinned (Chicago Tribune)

Comey protected his ego at the expense of the FBI and the nation (New York Post)

Cartoonist claims he was fired after 25 years for making fun of Trump (FOX News)

'He's just become too angry': Pittsburgh Post-Gazette publisher defends firing cartoonist (Politico)

Giuliani suggests Trump may pardon Manafort after Mueller's probe (Washington Post)

FBI agent removed from Russia probe for anti-Trump texts says he's willing to testify before Congress (Washington Post)

Bitcoin Could Break the Internet, Central Bank Overseer Says (Bloomberg)

Minnesota regulators near decision on disputed oil pipeline (Associated Press)