Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, August 20, 2018

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This Week In Idaho Politics

Idahoans split on building border wall; support trump overall on immigration
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
Idahoans are split over whether the U.S. should build a wall on our southern border with Mexico, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows....

Memo to Idaho transportation leaders: You have a difficult and uncertain job ahead
By LaVarr Webb, Publisher
I earn my living mostly by writing, and it often gets boring sitting in my office staring at my monitor....

The days of Andrus, Evans & Democratic rule
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
This might be hard to believe, given the state of Idaho politics. But there was a time at least a few years after the discovery of dirt when Democrats in Idaho occupied the governor's office for more than 20 years....

Could Cindy Wilson beat Sherri Ybarra for school superintendent?
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
The race for Idaho's Superintendent of Public Instruction has been fairly low key, attracting minimal attention....

Guest opinion: Thank you, firefighters
By Sen. Mike Crapo
Many have seen pictures of the flames that threatened Dubois. ...

Guest opinion: Is America flirting with ethnic cleansing?
By Jim Jones
It certainly appears that our great country is embarking on a program to deny entry to immigrants of color and to expel many who are already here, even if they entered legally. ...

Editorial collusion escalates war with Trump
By LaVarr Webb, Publisher
For a washed out former journalist like me, it is utterly fascinating to watch the mortal combat between the mainstream news media and Pres. Donald Trump....

Political newsnote: Idaho reporter joins Bilbao & Co.
By Idaho Politics Weekly staff
Boise-based strategic communications and government affairs firm Bilbao & Co. is expanding with the hire of Marissa Morrison.  ...

Idahoans support Trump's trade policies, despite harm to economy
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
A new Idaho Politics Weekly poll finds that 47 percent of Idahoans believe Pres. Donald Trump's tariffs will harm the state's economy, yet 58 percent still agree with his trade policies....

Politicians love to express indignation over trivial issues
By LaVarr Webb, Publisher
Political issues frequently pop up that allow members of Congress and other politicians to express outrage (to let constituents know they're alive and actually doing something)....

Stallings: Dems not smart enough to win nationally
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Say what you want about President Trump and there are plenty of strong opinions on both sides but this much is clear. He's the president that the Democratic Party so richly deserves....

Bad few weeks for Medicaid expansion opponents
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Proponents of expanding Medicaid have been on a roll. ...

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

Boise School District Candidate Forum
When: Tuesday, August 21, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Where: Boise Metro Chamber, 1101 W Front St #100, Boise, ID
Join us at the Boise Metro Chamber as we host the candidates for the Boise School District Board of Trustees. Six candidates have filed and three will be elected to a six year term on the September 4th ballot. More info.

Valley County Democrats Meet the Candidates Picnic
When: Wednesday, August 22, 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Woodlands Picnic Area, 634 Brady Drive, Mccall, ID
The event will be a potluck and BYOB affair. Please bring a pie/dessert or craft piece to be auctioned. Proceeds from the auction will go to support state and county activities. Please bring lawn chairs. More info.

Bonneville County Republican Women Meeting
When: Thursday, August 23, 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.

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

Idaho Headlines

Otter pardons man convicted of selling marijuana 30+ years ago (Press-Tribune)

Idaho is 7th-highest state for percent of minimum wage earners (Press-Tribune)

Idaho schools up security in the wake of last year's shootings nationwide (Press-Tribune)

Heart-warming ad misleads in initiative campaign (Press-Tribune)

Judge: Idaho Violated U.S. Constitution With Oil Leases Order (Boise State Public Radio)

Idaho State Board Of Education Fires Rob Spear (Boise State Public Radio)

Parents aren't getting straight answers about school performance (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Blaine Republicans: There are more of us than you think (Times-News)

He's Idaho's newest senator. This fall, he'll ask voters to let him keep the seat (Idaho Statesman)

Why Paulette Jordan says she can bust Idaho's Republican stronghold (Idaho Statesman)

State identifies lowest-performing public schools (Idaho Education News)

Across Idaho, schools struggle with low immunization rates (Idaho Education News)

Marty Trillhaase: With numbers like these, Idaho should be worried (Lewiston Tribune)

National Headlines

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey: I 'fully admit' our bias is 'more left-leaning' (The Hill)

If you think the political divide is worse than ever, you may be right (New York Times)

Congressman warms up rally with Trump death joke (Daily Caller)

Asia Argento, Who Accused Weinstein, Made Deal With Her Own Accuser (New York Times)

Minnesota Democrats endorse Ellison amid abuse allegation (NBC News)

Stormy Daniels' lawyer dips toe in political candidate waters (Boston Globe)

Trump seeks to overhaul signature Obama climate policy (The Hill)

Clapper: Brennan's rhetoric is becoming an issue (The Hill)

Leak of White House counsel's cooperation shows Mueller's team 'panicking,' Giuliani says (Washington Times)

Big Questions on Global Economy Hang Over Jackson Hole Gathering (Bloomberg)

US says conserving oil is no longer an economic imperative (Associated Press)

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