Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, September 10, 2018

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This Week In Idaho Politics

Idaho U.S. senators need to work on job approval
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
Idaho GOP Gov. Butch Otter is liked by a majority of Idahoans, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows....

Slot machines won't save racing, opponents say
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
If it looks like a slot machine, pays off like a slot machine and eats money like a slot machine, then it must be......

Odds & Ends: Strange bedfellows, Medicaid expansion, Chamber report & Jordan campaign
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
A few thoughts on a few, somewhat random, topics......

Why not try reducing partisanship in government?
By Jim Jones
In his Farewell Address, George Washington warned the nation of the dangers of partisanship in an elective government like ours. ...

Guest opinion: How to judge a judge
By Congressman Raul Labrador
Last week, the Senate Judiciary Committee held hearings on Judge Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. ...

Guest opinion: Keeping the door open for veterans
By Sen. Mike Crapo
Last summer, I had the opportunity to place my handprint on the civilian side of a door that Melanie Foster, Jr., vice commander for the Department of Idaho Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), takes to veterans events. ...

Idaho AFL-CIO endorses Paulette Jordan for governor
By Idaho Politics Weekly staff
The Idaho chapter of the AFL-CIO has endorsed Paulette Jordan in the Idaho gubernatorial race....

Guest opinion: Successful students are foundation of Idaho's future prosperity
By Lt. Gov. Brad Little
The beginning of the school year reminds Idahoans of the importance of our local schools and our dedicated educators....

Idaho's children are at risk when more are unvaccinated
By Dr. Alicia Lachiondo, St. Luke's pediatrician and Get Immunized, Idaho
As a pediatrician, I encourage all parents to add vaccination to their back-to-school checklist....

Simpson is well ahead, but McNeil is giving Fulcher a race
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson holds a big lead over his Democratic opponent in Idaho's 2nd Congressional District, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows....

Prop 1 aims at bringing back racing to Idaho
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
You've probably seen the television ads about how Idaho politicians, who approved historical racing in 2013 and pulled back two years later, wiped out live racing in Idaho....

Sandpoint man damaging Idaho's reputation
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
Last week Florida Republicans and Democrats picked their candidates for an open governor's seat. ...

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

D14 Dems Informal "Coffee Talk"
When: Tuesday, September 11, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Where: Wild West Bakery and Espresso, 83 E State St, Eagle, ID
A social, informal, come-and-go-as-you-please meeting.

Bannock County Dems Political Soup
When: Wednesday, September 12, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: 355 Yellowstone Ave, Pocatello, ID
We serve soup and salad or pizza and have a speaker from the community.

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

Idaho Headlines

Paulette Jordan brings populist message to Idaho Falls (Post Register)

Idaho Supreme Court rejects election appeal from controversial former state Rep. Phil Hart (Press-Tribune)

One Idaho congressional race may be tighter than the other (Press-Tribune)

Toone: 'We can do better' on education (Mountain Express)

Tariffs threaten Idaho businesses (Idaho Business Review)

Senator Crapo Accuses Democrats Of Delaying Supreme Court Appointment (Boise State Public Radio)

Committee Considers NEPA Reform (Boise State Public Radio)

Idaho's Obamacare proposal riddled with constitutional problems (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

After border separation debate, Latinos look to boost involvement in local government (Times-News)

Editorial: Some agencies treat Idaho Public Records Law like it's the Fool the Idaho Public Law (Idaho Statesman)

You asked, we answer: Here's how Idaho became home to the nation's top nuclear lab (Idaho Statesman)

Former governor candidates split on horse-racing vote. Garden City's mayor opposes it (Idaho Statesman)

Death, understaffing claims prompt another investigation of state treatment center (Idaho Statesman)

Techies urge lawmakers to protect funding source (Idaho Education News)

Marty Trillhaase: The day Right to Life of Idaho ceased to be pro-life (Lewiston Tribune)

Newly formed PAC to fight Prop. 2 (Idaho Reports)

National Headlines

Why Trump's Record Trumps the Media's Spin (National Interest)

Divided America of Trump era challenges ad industry (AFP)

As Leslie Moonves Negotiates His Exit from CBS, Six Women Raise New Assault and Harassment Claims (New Yorker)

Cuomo distances himself from, criticizes NY Dems' mailer targeting Nixon as unsupportive to Jewish community (CNN)

Prosecutors say they were 'mistaken' in sex claim against accused Russian spy Maria Butina (USA Today)

Inside the GOP's rescue mission for Ted Cruz (Politico)

Native Americans Propose Change To Yellowstone Landmark Names (NPR)

Trump officials ramp up calls to probe op-ed author's identity (The Hill)

Pence: 'Very disappointing' to see Obama 'become so political' (The Hill)

O Cannabis! What happens when pot's legal next door? (Star Tribune)

Lehman: Political and Personal (Wall Street Journal)

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