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Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, July 2, 2018

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This Week In Idaho Politics

Mormons, more than members of other faiths, view themselves as conservative
By Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
Mormons are the most politically conservative religious group in Idaho, an Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows....

Six years of inaction leads to Medicaid expansion drive
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
The Idaho Freedom Foundation's Wayne Hoffman has an interesting solution for providing health care coverage to the working poor and Medicare expansion is not it....

Defeating Medicaid expansion is tough challenge
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
As I write this column, the Idaho Republican convention meeting in Pocatello is considering a resolution opposing expanding Idaho's Medicaid program to cover roughly 62,000 Idahoans not covered and who do not receive subsidies for health insurance.&n...

We are all Americans; let's debate instead of demonizing each other
By Jim Jones
As our nation celebrates its 242nd birthday, all of us living in this great country should remember that we are part of the United States. ...

Guest column: Celebrating our shared independence
By Sen. Mike Crapo
On the Fourth of July, we celebrate independence-the heart of Americanism.  Our shared responsibility to safeguard our independence serves as a unifying force....

New Idaho credit union fight: small vs. large
By LaVarr Webb, Publisher
The leader of a small Idaho credit union has found himself in agreement with U.S. Senate Finance Committee Chair Orrin Hatch, who has raised questions about whether large, bank-like credit unions have grown beyond the proper role of tax-exempt instit...

Campaign roundup: Bistline launches campaign for AG
By Idaho Politics Weekly staff
Bruce Bistline has kicked off his campaign to become Idaho's next attorney general, vowing to...

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...

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

Independence Day
When: Wednesday, July 4

Latah County Dems Monthly Meeting   
When: Thursday, July 5, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: 1912 Center, 412 E 3rd St, Moscow, ID
Social time 5:30 to 6 p.m., meeting 6 p.m.

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

Idaho Headlines

They say the government caused their cancer - and they want compensation (Idaho Statesman)

Our Changing Idaho: How Growth In Boise (And Beyond) Impacts You (Boise State Public Radio)

Our Changing Idaho: Future Growth Of Small Towns Could Hinge On Proximity To Big Cities (Boise State Public Radio)

Horse Racing Gambling Gets Closer To Idaho Ballot (Boise State Public Radio)

A future in question: Immigration enforcement in Blaine County (Mountain Express)

Jordan to Dem delegates: 'We have to be the party of love' (Press-Tribune)

As Idaho's prisons overflow, neighboring Utah has found another way (Press-Tribune)

Idaho Dems to switch to presidential primary, rather than caucuses (Press-Tribune)

Supreme Court ruling on internet sales taxes likely to hit home in Idaho (Press-Tribune)

Legislature ponders easing occupational licensing (Idaho Business Review)

Marty Trillhaase: To Idaho voters, Janice McGeachin says 'no' (Lewiston Tribune)

Facebook post garners ire for Rep. Giddings (Lewiston Tribune)

Blockchain could upend welfare programs (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Supreme Court ruling provides new incentives for states to contain Big Labor's power (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Rendering personal assistance to people reflects who we are as Idahoans (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

A Total Election Miscommunication (Idaho Reports)

Democratic campaign manager advised fringe candidate Harley Brown on media attacks after police report (Idaho Reports)

Traditional values, societal change: Young Idaho Republicans navigate their place in the party (Idaho Reports)

National Headlines

A bad week for Democrats gives rise to a big problem: Outrage could become an obstacle in midterms (Washington Post)

The Left needs to face reality: Trump is winning (New York Post)

Mexico's Lopez Obrador Wins Presidential Vote as Rivals Concede (Bloomberg)

Obama tells Democrats: We lost because 'people were so focused on me' (Washington Examiner)

Ocasio-Cortez discusses 'Democratic Socialist' label (Politico)

House Democratic leadership may be up for grabs after Crowley's loss (NBC News)

Trump: Harley-Davidson will take 'big hit' (Politico)

Trump Cites Car-Tariff Threat as Biggest Trade Leverage (Wall Street Journal)

Barbs for Bezos but Bill Gates largely admired in Seattle (Associated Press)

Seattle becomes first major U.S. city to ban straws (Washington Post)

The $6.3 trillion debt binge: American companies have never owed this much (CNNMoney)