Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, September 24, 2018

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This Week In Idaho Politics

Idahoans dislike Congress but still want Republicans in charge
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
Even though nearly 70 percent of Idahoans don't like the job Congress is doing, more than half still want Republicans in control of the U.S. House after the November elections, a recent Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows....

Jordan campaign hit with turmoil, distractions
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
There has been a lot of political hand-wringing about Paulette Jordan's campaign staffers abruptly walking out as Election Day draws near....

Jordan's odd response to campaign scrutiny
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
Last week, Democratic candidate for governor Paulette Jordan appeared in front of the Idaho Falls City Club....

Another endangered species - Republican deficit hawks
By Jim Jones
Informed Potomac observers report that the population of Republican deficit hawks on Capitol Hill has suffered a catastrophic drop since January of 2017. ...

Guest opinion: Tax reform bolsters retirement savings
By Sen. Mike Crapo
In recent years, we have seen press reports about Americans being unprepared for retirement with too little savings to provide a comfortable lifestyle during retirement....

Press release: NRA Victory Fund endorses McGeachin
By Idaho Politics Weekly staff
The National Rifle Association's Political Victory Fund has endorsed Janice McGeachin for Lieutenant Governor....

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....

Political Calendar Highlights

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Idaho GOP Meet the Candidates Night
When: Monday, September 24, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Where: Moose Creek Ranch, 2733 E 10800 S, Victor, ID
Lt. Gov. Brad Little is headlining a meet the candidates event next week at the Moose Creek Ranch in Victor. Show your support for Lt. Gov. Little and our local candidates. More info.

Idaho Falls Chamber Distinguished Under 40 Awards
When:Tuesday, September 25, 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: Hilton Garden Inn Idaho Falls, 700 Lindsay Blvd, Idaho Falls, ID
Each year the Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce selects 10 outstanding individuals to receive the Distinguished Under 40 Award. These honorees are recognized and presented with their awards at a luncheon. Join the Chamber to celebrate these individuals and their contributions to the greater Idaho Falls community. More info and register here.

District 15 Dems Dinner Huddle
When: Tuesday, September 25, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Casa Mexico, 10332 W Fairview Ave # 104, Boise, ID
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Bonneville County Republican Women Meeting
When: Thursday, September 27,12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Location varies
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Idaho Headlines

Paulette Jordan downplays staff turnover, rips media coverage (Post Register)

Jordan campaign chief's resignation: Was it over PAC, or on-job friction? (Press-Tribune)

Census: Bad as poverty and low income are in Idaho, state holds its own nationally (Idaho Business Review)

Personal Income Growth Is Strong In Idaho, But Isn't Keeping Up With Inflation (Boise State Public Radio)

Proposal To Change How Secure Rural Schools Act Is Funded Would Impact Idaho Counties (Boise State Public Radio)

Planned Parenthood And ACLU Seek Injunction Against New Idaho Abortion Reporting Law (Boise State Public Radio)

Hospitals that can't explain costs shouldn't be trusted to predict Obamacare's price tag (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Lawmakers talk local option sales taxes at Twin Falls policy summit (Times-News)

Japanese businessmen serious about investing in Idaho (Capital Press)

Jordan staffer left over campaign's 'detestable' ties to independent tribal PAC (Idaho Statesman)

Mike Simpson on Kavanaugh, Idaho's migrant workers & key funding for public open space (Idaho Statesman)

Ybarra contracts with school safety consultant (Idaho Education News)

Marty Trillhaase: What is it Jordan doesn't want you to know? (Lewiston Tribune)

Idaho job growth is soaring because of population increase (Lewiston Tribune)

Death & Secrecy (Idaho Reports)

National Headlines

Poll: Voters say economy is good but worry about nation's direction (CBS News)

Bloomberg to mull presidential bid after midterms (The Hill)

Trump may push antitrust probe into Google, Facebook (New York Post)

Giuliani: U.S. 'Sympathizes' With Attempt to Overthrow Iran's Government (TIME)

Woman doesn't recall party, 'does not know' Kavanaugh despite accuser's claim, lawyer says (Washington Times)

Dem Sen. Mazie Hirono says abuse allegations against Keith Ellison should be investigated (CNN)

Top Democrat cites Kavanaugh's 'outcome-driven' legal philosophy as reason to deny him due process (FOX News)

The Rebellion at Justice (Wall Street Journal)

Next crash will be 'worse than the Great Depression': experts (New York Post)

Russia and Iran, Military Allies, Are Fast Becoming Economic Rivals (Wall Street Journal)

As aid checks go out, farmers worry bailout won't be enough (PBS)

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