Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, June 25, 2018

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This Week In Idaho Politics

Younger Idaho voters are the most independent
By Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Idaho is a very Republican state, as election results and Idaho Politics Weekly polling by Dan Jones & Associates finds....

Simpson: Vote for spending bill was the right call
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Imagine what would happen if Idaho legislators tried to sneak through a 2,232-page spending bill. They'd never get away with it, with the swarm of reporters covering the statehouse....

Who wins - and loses - if Idaho collects online sales taxes?
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
If you ever pick up a deal on Amazon,, or other online retail sites, you should pay close attention to last week's decision by the U.S. Supreme Court allowing states to more easily collect sales taxes from online sellers....

Trump's crisis should spur Congressional action on immigration
By LaVarr Webb, Publisher
Even partisan Republicans and Democrats would agree on this: Pres. Trump is very good at creating a crisis....

Guest opinion: Idaho needs strong borders to protect waterways
By Sen. Michelle Stennett
A story broke earlier this month out of Spokane, WA, about a boat being stopped at the Washington-Idaho border. At first blush, it might seem like an odd event to draw news coverage. However, it wasn't the boat the inspectors were interested in it's...

Why punish and traumatize the kids of asylum seekers?
By Jim Jones
One of my earliest memories in life was an event where I was separated from my parents for a short time....

Guest opinion: Untangling veterans' health care
By Sen. Mike Crapo
I was contacted by an Idaho veteran who was denied U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) coverage for an emergency hospital visit because he had not been to a VA doctor in the past 24 months. ...

Political Calendar Highlights

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Leadership Boise June Happy Hour Series
When: Tuesday, June 26, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: White Dog Brewing Co. - Boise, 705 W Fulton St, Boise, ID
Join us for our Annual June Happy Hour Series. Our last one will be at White Dog Brewing. Stop by and mingle with your fellow alumni. Appetizers will be provided. Open to all Leadership Boise Alumni.

Bonneville County Republican Women Meeting
When: Thursday,  June 28, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Location varies
Become an Active Republican in this Community
For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., BonnevilleCRW President.

District 18 Campaign Kickoff BBQ
When: Thursday, June 28, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Kristin Armstrong Municipal Park, 500 S Walnut St, Boise, ID
Come meet your District 18 legislative representatives. All other statewide and county candidates have also been invited. This event is free and family friendly. Live music, hot dogs and burgers (vegetarian included) provided. Drinks, Beer and Wine too. Bounce house and playground for the kiddos. To make sure we have enough food for everyone, please RSVP by June 24, 2018. You can RSVP here or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 208-384-1082.

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

Idaho Headlines

Marty Trillhaase: The price of Idaho's stinginess rises steadily (Lewiston Tribune)

Idaho governor candidates spent $11 million trying to get your votes (Lewiston Tribune)

America appears ready to open the door for the 'grain buffalo' (Lewiston Tribune)

$192,000 for his wife. 81 uses of a lobbyist's home. Crapo election funds draw scrutiny (Idaho Statesman)

Will lawmakers come back to Boise this summer? Here's what Gov. Otter says (Idaho Statesman)

Labrador joins voices disputing Trump's account of remarks about Mark Sanford (Idaho Statesman)

No hands: Blaine County cellphone ordinance aims to fill gaps in state law (Times-News)

Did you know these new Idaho laws go into effect July 1? (Times-News)

Idaho Supreme Court Postpones Hearing Arguments On Water Rights Dispute (Boise State Public Radio)

Analyst: High Demand To Help Idaho Cattle Industry (Boise State Public Radio)

Group files complaint against Crapo; he amends report, defends campaign payments to wife (Press-Tribune)

No fines for late reporting by Ybarra, McGeachin (Press-Tribune)

Tommy Ahlquist leaves Gardner Company for new venture (Idaho Business Review)

Idaho's Sen. Mike Crapo criticizes bank moves to limit guns (Idaho Business Review)

Permit troubles ruined thriving tearoom (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

New laws point to Otter's return from abduction (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Idaho's principal evaluations get mixed reviews (Idaho Education News)

Quiet negotiations season leads to a variety of teacher raises (Idaho Education News)

National Headlines

Michael Cohen throws cold water on Tom Arnold's claims that they're working together to take down Trump (Business Insider)

Sarah Sanders booted so restaurant could uphold 'certain standards,' co-owner says: report (FOX News)

The problem with Three Californias is that the split should be by state of mind (Sacramento Bee)

Trump issues challenge to trading partners: Bring down barriers or face 'reciprocity' (CNBC)

Trump Plans New Curbs on Chinese Investment, Tech Exports to China (Wall Street Journal)

Trump jabs 'Wacky Jacky and Pocahontas' while campaigning for Dean Heller in Nevada (CNN)

Trump-Warren split-screen offers sneak peek at 2020 campaign (Politico)

Manchin used Heimlich manuever on McCaskill during caucus luncheon (The Hill)

Amazon, Microsoft and Google Face Backlash over ICE, Military Deals (TheStreet)

Gun industry sees banks as new threat to 2nd Amendment (Associated Press)

U.S. Shale Companies Motor Ahead Despite OPEC (Wall Street Journal)

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