Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, July 30, 2018

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This Week In Idaho Politics

There's more nuance to Trump than liberals are willing to admit
By LaVarr Webb, Publisher
I've never been a big fan of Donald Trump, but I voted for him. I was even less of a fan of Hillary Clinton....

Idahoans stick with Trump on politics and policies - but not personally
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
A new Idaho Politics Weekly poll finds that most Idahoans don't like President Donald Trump personally. However, most still stand with him because of his politics and policies, the Dan Jones & Associates survey shows....

Jordan brings national attention to Idaho campaign
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
Kyung Lah, a senior national correspondent with CNN who recently talked to me about the Idaho governor's race, has worked on countless political campaign stories during her career....

Guest opinion: The booming economy they said was impossible
By Congressman Raul Labrador
We received some exciting news about the economy last week: Gross domestic product (GDP) surged by 4.1 percent in the second quarter, putting us on track to hit the highest annual growth rate in 13 years....

Guest opinion: Road safety and ag production
By Sen. Mike Crapo
Holding town meetings in all of Idaho's communities enables me to hear clearly some of the most pressing issues on the minds of Idahoans. ...

How should Idaho's GOP act if Trump is impeached?
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
The odds are rapidly rising that Pres. Trump will face a serious effort to impeach him next year....

Idahoans vacationing close to home this summer
By Bob Bernick, Contributing editor
Most Idahoans are sticky fairly close to home this summer, with only 4 percent saying they are planning a vacation outside of the U.S., a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll finds....

Guest opinion: Ranching provides public lands stewardship needed in Idaho & the West
By Lt. Gov. Brad Little
I cannot help but wonder what the ranching landscape will look like when my grandchildren, fifth generation Idaho ranchers, take the reins....

Yemen: another example of America's contribution to the refugee crisis
By Jim Jones
The New York Times reported on July 26 that U.S. allies have killed thousands of civilians in the Yemen civil war. Saudi Arabian and United Arab Emirati pilots, flying U.S.-supplied planes and dropping U.S.-supplied bombs, have been the major contrib...

Trump enjoys positive rating overall, but is highly divisive
By Bob Bernick, Contributing editor
Overall, Idahoans like Pres. Donald Trump, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows....

Can Paulette Jordan use Trump as a wedge?
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Paulette Jordan is staking out a wide array of positions, but downplaying the one that might attract the most attention - her opposition to Pres. Trump....

Can politics play into newspaper battles?
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
In newspaper wars, such as the one that is brewing in the Treasure Valley with the Idaho Press of Nampa and the Idaho Statesman of Boise, the big guys don't always win....

Political Calendar Highlights

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Boise Metro Chamber Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting
When: Tuesday, July 31, 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Boise Metro Chamber, 1101 W Front St ste 100, Boise, ID
Open house and grand opening celebration for Boise Metro Chamber members only, refreshments, and remarks at 5:15 p.m. Parking available in the parking garage attached to the building. Questions contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 208-472-5205. More info.

Fremont County Republican Women Meeting   
When: Wednesday, August 1, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Location varies
For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., FCRW President.

20th Annual Boise Metro Golf Classic 2018
When: Friday, August 3, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: The Club at Spurwing, 6800 N Spurwing Way, Meridian, ID
Four-person golf scramble with 8 a.m. shotgun start. After the tournament, all players will have the opportunity to mingle and enjoy the awards ceremony and raffle drawings. Special features include hole-in-one competitions, men's & women's longest drive competitions, putting contests, and closest-to-the-pin contests. Registration includes free driving range, 18 holes of golf, golf cart, breakfast box, course beverages, lunch, gift bag, and the chance to win great prizes! More info.

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Idaho Headlines

Bipartisan Wildlife Bill Introduced By Senator Risch Has Hunting Group On Board (Boise State Public Radio)

Trump's Pick To Lead Forest Service Pledges To Take On Sexual Harassment (Boise State Public Radio)

Idaho's Senator Risch Keeps Talk Of Russia Minimal At Hearing About Trump-Putin Meeting (Boise State Public Radio)

County mulls return to 5-day workweek (Mountain Express)

Legislative, commissioner candidates speak at Lincoln County Fair (Times-News)

In first for state, more women than men apply for Idaho Supreme Court opening (Press-Tribune)

Labor report shows hardships for rural Idaho areas (Press-Tribune)

Proposal would shift half of school districts' bond payments to state (Press-Tribune)

Editorial: 'It's God's will.' Should that belief ever excuse any form of child abuse or neglect? (Idaho Statesman)

These are the 20 most conservative places in Idaho (Idaho Statesman)

These are the 20 most liberal places in Idaho (Idaho Statesman)

Marty Trillhaase: In Idaho, saving human lives comes cheap (Lewiston Tribune)

Growing Medicaid program is already hurting schools, other programs (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Parts of growing southwest Idaho mull farmland preservation (Capital Press)

Educators ask Ybarra to think big as she readies new school budget proposal (Idaho Education News)

Ybarra replaces two top staffers (Idaho Education News)

National Headlines

GDP report proves Trump is turning the economy around (New York Post)

CBS board mulls booting Les Moonves amid sexual harassment probe (New York Post)

Ginsburg suggests she has at least five more years on the Supreme Court (CNN)

Kudlow defends tariffs on China, wants to avoid EU duties (Politico)

Spicer threatens legal action over AP report (The Hill)

Americans wary of Trump tariffs' impact, but support plan to aid farmers - CBS poll (CBS News)

Supreme Court fight becomes battle for Kavanaugh's papers (The Hill)

Trump Again Threatens to Shut Down Government (Wall Street Journal)

Trump And 'New York Times' Publisher Clash Over Their Private Meeting (NPR)

Powell to Duck Trump Jabs and Let Economy Justify Fed Rate Pause (Bloomberg)

The U.S. Is Still The Global Natural Gas King (Forbes)

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