Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, September 17, 2018

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This Week In Idaho Politics

Simpson enjoys solid job approval but Labrador struggles
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
GOP Rep. Raul Labrador, fresh off a defeat in his gubernatorial bid this year, does not show well in approval ratings among his 1stCongressional District voters, finds a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll....

What is going on with Paulette Jordan's campaign?
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Paulette Jordan's contest against Republican Lt. Gov. Brad Little is stumbling badly....

GOP stronghold put to the test in North Idaho
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
Three decades ago, Democrats running for legislative seats in Coeur d'Alene didn't have to make this kind of appeal to the party faithful....

Does Judge Kavanaugh have the right stuff for the Supreme Court?
By Jim Jones
Because of the carnival atmosphere of Supreme Court confirmation proceedings in recent years, it has been increasingly difficult to evaluate a nominee's qualifications for a lifetime job on the court. ...

Guest opinion: Judge Kavanaugh will protect our constitution
By Sen. Mike Crapo
In a 1987 radio address to the nation, Pres. Ronald Reagan stated, "Our judges should be faithful to the written Constitution, the bedrock of our liberties." ...

Guest opinion: Time for Idaho to get a third District Court judge
By Congressman Raul Labrador
Last Thursday, the House Judiciary Committee approved a long-overdue bill to address equal justice in Idaho and in other federal courts. This issue has been a top priority for me since I joined the Judiciary Committee in 2013....

Press release: United Action for Idaho endorses 17 candidates
By Press release
As part of the campaign of United Vision for Idaho and United Action for Idaho, all candidates from both parties were asked to respond to a questionnaire....

Opinion briefs: Thoughts on Obama & the mid-terms, & other topics
By LaVarr Webb, Publisher
Obama & the mid-terms. Will former Pres. Barack Obama boost Democrats so they take control of Congress in 2019?  It's possible....

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. ...

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

Meridian Chamber Luncheon Speaker Series
When: Tuesday, September 18, 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: West Ada School District, 1303 E Central Dr, Meridian, ID
Presenting Sponsor: Primary Health Medical Group, catering by Lakeview Golf Course. $15 chamber members, $25 non-members. More info.

Southwest Idaho Legislative-Business Summit
When: Wednesday, September 19, 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Where: Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine, 1401 E Central Dr, Meridian, ID
Attendance is free, more info and register here.

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

Idaho Headlines

Two top Jordan campaign staffers resign; campaign is mum (Press-Tribune)

Fulcher: 'We only have 2 bullets in the congressional gun' (Press-Tribune)

Idaho senators' bipartisan nuclear research bill heads to president's desk (Press-Tribune)

Blaine County GDP tops $2 billion (Mountain Express)

Idaho needs to grow knowledge economy, report finds (Idaho Business Review)

Hold the presses: an Idaho newspaper is growing (Idaho Business Review)

Idaho's Savings Account Ranks Among The Top States Nationwide (Boise State Public Radio)

As Idaho And Utah Vote On Medicaid This Fall, Patient Health Options Hang In The Balance (Boise State Public Radio)

Mayor Bieter Charts New Course For Boise Growth In State Of The City Address (Boise State Public Radio)

Still No Grizzly Hunt While Judge Decides Fate Of Yellowstone Bears (Boise State Public Radio)

Guns & America: Left-wing fund embeds firearms-focused journalist in Idaho (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Gubernatorial candidate Paulette Jordan's top 3 staffers resign (Idaho Statesman)

Ybarra's school safety plan faces more questions (Idaho Education News)

Marty Trillhaase: The phrase you'll never hear Wayne Hoffman say (Lewiston Tribune)

In Idaho, where you live can affect how long you live (Idaho Reports)

National Headlines

Democrats have already won by leaking this accusation against Brett Kavanaugh, even if they can't keep him off the Supreme Court (Washington Examiner)

The Legal Advisor for Kavanaugh's Accuser Is a Big Time Democratic Donor, Thinks People Who Work for Trump Are 'Miscreants' (Townhall)

Michael Moore believes 'evil genius' Trump will be a two-term president (CNN)

Ocasio-Cortez defends $40 trillion price tag for progressive proposals (CNN)

Al Gore's claim about Hurricane Florence doused by scientists (Washington Times)

'Democratic socialist' Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is slammed for being a 'hypocrite' after wearing a $3,500 outfit to pose for a magazine shoot (Daily Mail)

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos's new $2 billion philanthropic fund faces many unanswered questions (CNBC)

Elon Musk's Chicago Tunnel: A Breakthrough or a Pipe Dream? (New York Times)

Anti-capitalism group targets French banks a decade after Lehman Brothers demise (Reuters)

Woman Denied Service at Florida Taco Bell Because She Can't Speak Spanish (Epoch Times)

JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon: 'I Shouldn't Have' Made Comments About Donald Trump (HuffPost)

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