Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, August 6, 2018

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This Week In Idaho Politics

Trump & the news media: a battle to the death
By LaVarr Webb, Publisher
The relationship between Pres. Trump and the traditional news media is noxious and getting worse. I've never seen such literal hatred between a major politician and the press. As a former journalist, I think it's highly unfortunate.However, it's not ...

Guest opinion: Trump's hostility toward the press spreads alarm
By David Adler, Alturas Institute
The historical, sometimes grudging respect that two centuries of American presidents have paid to the essential constitutional role of the press, has been abandoned by Pres. Donald Trump, who has waged an ongoing assault on the Fourth Estate. His rel...

Idahoans don't expect North Korea to abandon nuclear weapons
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
For once, Idahoans are not buying what GOP Pres. Donald Trump is selling most don't believe that North Korea will end its nuclear weapons program, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows....

Guest opinion: Farm bill doesn't need fixing
By Sen. Mike Crapo
A message I have heard clearly from Idahoans in the town meetings I have been holding across our great state and in discussions with Idaho producers and agricultural leaders is the current Farm Bill is not broken and does not require major changes.&n...

A fast-growing state like Idaho needs an honest and accurate census
By Jim Jones
There appears to be some political chicanery afoot with the upcoming 2020 census. On the surface, it might not seem to be unusual for the census questionnaire to ask respondents if family members in their household are citizens. However, the census f...

Re-election may not be a cakewalk for Simpson
By Chuck Malloy
Aaron Swisher of Boise, a Democrat who is challenging longtime Congressman Mike Simpson for the Second District seat, says that "20 years is enough for anybody to be in office."Simpson is not an example of a congressman who has outlived his usefulnes...

How did interest groups fare in the GOP primary?
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Political Weekly Contributor
This year's high-spending 2018 Idaho Republican mega-primary has been repeatedly analyzed, but one aspect that has been somewhat overlooked is the success and failure of the various independent expenditure efforts by different groups.In Idaho, "'[i]n...

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. ...

Political Calendar Highlights

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Boise Chamber CEO Speaker Series
When: Tuesday, August 7, 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Where: Zions Bank, 800 West Sreet, Boise, ID
CEO Speaker Series Featuring Dirk Kempthorne. $40 members, $50 non-members. More info and register here.

Meridian Chamber of Commerce Speaker Luncheon Series
When: Tuesday, August 7, 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: Wahooz Family Fun Zone, 1385 S Blue Marlin Ln, Meridian, ID
Please join your Meridian Chamber of Commerce for our Monthly Speaker Series Luncheon presented by Colliers International. Guest speaker is Caleb Hood, Planning Division Manager of City of Meridian, regarding the city's comprehensive plan. More info.

Valley County Republican Women Meeting
When: Thursday, August 9, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Location Varies
A fast growing republican organization. For more information and location info contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., VCRW President.

D17 Dems Breakfast Meeting
When: Saturday, August 11, 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Where: Papa Joe's, 1301 S Capitol Blvd, Boise, ID
District 17's monthly breakfast meeting, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for more information.

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Idaho Headlines

Ybarra, Wilson stress credentials in first clash of state superintendent race (Press-Tribune)

GOP candidate says his anti-Muslim post was 'cagefighter staged hysteria' (Press-Tribune)

Wolf kills prompt review of protection efforts (Mountain Express)

Sun Valley Forum speaker touts private-sector solutions to societal woes (Mountain Express)

The Workplace Is Still A Legal Gray Area For CBD Oil In Idaho (Boise State Public Radio)

New research: More than half of Medicaid expansion enrollees don't work (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Paulette Jordan touts 'progressive conservative' values in downtown Twin Falls (Times-News)

Idaho's Constitution Party breaks off from national party, looks toward future growth (Times-News)

Idaho House candidate uses Muslim slur, says Facebook posts 'trigger debate' on politics (Idaho Statesman)

Scott Pruitt is gone. But his EPA remains, and Idaho industry groups are thrilled (Idaho Statesman)

Gender pay gap not an issue in Idaho education (Idaho Education News)

Ybarra's new chief policy officer backs out of the job (Idaho Education News)

Marty Trillhaase: Jordan's got the resume her predecessors lacked (Lewiston Tribune)

Giddings appeals ruling in tax dispute (Lewiston Tribune)

Idaho economic forecast: on the sunny side (Lewiston Tribune)

National Headlines

By Its Own Standard, the New York Times Should Fire Sarah Jeong (National Review)

Man Arrested For Threatening Steve Scalise Had Ammo, Materials And Guides To Build Bombs (Daily Caller)

NRA mocks David Hogg for employing 'armed security' during protest at its headquarters (Washington Times)

Trump, Feinstein spar over reports of Chinese spy on her staff (FOX News)

Past Social-Media Posts Upend Hiring (Wall Street Journal)

Harris blasts critics of 'identity politics' (POLITICO)

Polls and history continue to point to a Ted Cruz victory in Texas (CNN)

The battle to confirm Kavanaugh heats up with document fight (NBC News)

Trump: 'Better numbers than Obama at this point' means no 'Blue Wave' in 2018 (Washington Examiner)

Democrats' 2020 presidential fight gets an early dress rehearsal (POLITICO)

Progressives reject 'phony moderation' at Netroots Nation, setting tone for 2020 primary (CNN)

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