Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, July 9, 2018

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This Week In Idaho Politics

Why Republicans are going bananas over Trump
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
It's well known that Pres. Trump's approval ratings among Idaho Republicans are through the roof, but it appears he has an equally high rating nationwide....

Idaho could be casualty in the trade wars
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
We are in the midst of a rapidly expanding trade war....

The disheartening Supreme Court feeding frenzy
By Jim Jones
It is sad that every vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court sets off a political feeding frenzy in Washington and throughout the country. It is as if a new appointee is intended to be a super-legislator, rather than an impartial arbiter of disputes betwee...

Guest opinion: Freeing the engines of our economy
By Sen. Mike Crapo
I often think about the Americans in communities across this nation who have sat at their desks well into the night trying to make sure they filed necessary paperwork and kept up to date on federal regulations so they can keep their small businesses ...

Guest column: Why we celebrate our independence
By Congressman Raul Labrador
As we gathered with friends and family on this Fourth of July, we came together to celebrate 242 years of Independence. ...

Press release: IDL seeks nominations for Forest Practices Act Advisory Committee
By Press release
The Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) is seeking nominations for two open positions on the Idaho Forest Practices Act Advisory Committee (FPAAC).   ...

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...

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

Marty Trillhaase: Here's what you can expect in post-Roe Idaho (Lewiston Tribune)

Idaho's new online sales tax law now in effect (Lewiston Tribune)

Medicaid supporters submit their signatures - and wait to hear if we'll vote this fall (Idaho Statesman)

The expansion debate (Post Register)

Forest Service Agrees To Stop Sheep Grazing Near Bighorns In Eastern Idaho (Boise State Public Radio)

Idaho is last in pre-K participation (Mountain Express)

Blaine County follows controversial immigration policy (Mountain Express)

Bipartisan group delivers 70K signatures for Medicaid expansion (Press-Tribune)

Little, Jordan both noncommittal on governor's housing stipend (Press-Tribune)

'Caught in the middle' of the trespass law (Press-Tribune)

Questions prompted flurry of amendments to Ybarra's campaign reports (Press-Tribune)

Idaho Department of Water Resources pours money into public relations (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Media's Medicaid story makes for great fiction (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Ybarra amended campaign reports after paying herself $2,400 (Idaho Education News)

National Headlines

Is Hillary Clinton secretly planning to run in 2020? (New York Post)

Supreme Court vacancy: Prepare for a game-changer, experts say (News-Gazette)

Trump lawyers call Comey 'Machiavellian' in note to Mueller (Associated Press)

AP gave FBI code to Manafort storage locker? (Politico)

Dershowitz: 'You cannot question a president's motives when the president acts' (The Hill)

Bookstore owner calls police after customer confronted Steve Bannon (The Hill)

Students lead nationwide counterprotests promoting gun rights (The Hill)

Scott Pruitt, Fallen E.P.A. Chief, May Rise Again in Oklahoma (New York Times)

Trump Administration Freezes Payments Required By The Affordable Care Act (NPR)

Mark Zuckerberg is Now the Third Richest Person on the Planet (Esquire)

Takeaway From the New Billionaires Ranking: Zuckerberg and Bezos Don't Give Away Enough Money (Slate)

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