Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, October 1, 2018

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This Week In Idaho Politics

Idahoans favor Medicaid expansion & medical marijuana
By Bob Bernick, Contributing editor
Idahoans greatly favor Prop 2 on November's ballot, a citizen initiative that would fully expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, a recent Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows....

Politics ain't beanbag; it's a bloody fight to the death
By LaVarr Webb, Publisher
I've been around politics pretty much full-time for more than 40 years. I've been a political reporter and editor, campaign manager, deputy to a top elected official, and a political consultant....

Idaho Dems going soft on Trump, GOP majority
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
Republican congressional candidates over the years have made a living bashing California Rep. Nancy Pelosi and the liberal agenda she would bring to the House of Representatives if Democrats get control....

What if Kavanaugh were up for an Idaho Supreme Court seat?
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
Last week's national news was dominated by the drama around Brett Kavanaugh's nomination for the United States Supreme Court....

Short takes - the good, the perplexing, and the ugly
By Jim Jones
Ever since serving as state attorney general in the 1980s, I have been pleased with the way Idaho's sheriffs run their offices. ...

Guest opinion: Nuclear innovation legislation becoming law
By Sen. Mike Crapo
Congress' recent passage of S. 97, the Nuclear Energy Innovation Capabilities Act (NEICA) underscores the strong bipartisan agreement in Congress that nuclear energy is a reliable, safe, clean and efficient part of our national energy portf...

Press release: Nuclear firm with ties to INL selects manufacturer
By Press release
NuScale Power, a partner with Idaho National Laboratory (INL) and the Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS in the development of a small modular nuclear reactor project, has selected Virginia-based BWX Technologies, Inc. to start the engine...

Campaign roundup: Jordan, McGeachin win endorsements
By Idaho Politics Weekly staff
IBEW endorses Paulette Jordan. The Jordan for Governor campaign has announced the Electrical Workers Local 77 (IBEW) Political Action Committee has endorsed Paulette Jordan for governor of Idaho....

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. ...

Political Calendar Highlights

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Kootenai Environmental Alliance County Commission Candidate Forum
When: Tuesday, Oct 2, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Moose Creek Ranch, 2733 E 10800 S, Victor, ID
The Kootenai Environmental Alliance is sponsoring a forum of the candidates for the Kootenai County Board of Commissioners. The public is invited. More info.

Fremont County Republican Women Meeting
When: Wednesday, Oct 3, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Location varies
For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., FCRW President.

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Idaho Headlines

Brad Little brings personal touch to gubernatorial campaign (State Journal)

Idaho governor's race contrasts visions, family traditions (Press-Tribune)

Jordan unveils first ad, but it's online-only for now (Press-Tribune)

Restaurant liquor licenses to get another shot (Idaho Business Review)

Revenue shortfall could affect 2020 budget setting (Idaho Business Review)

Idaho Shelters Hope To Fix Homeless Health Gap (Boise State Public Radio)

Medicaid Expansion Benefits Rural Residents, Says New Report (Boise State Public Radio)

Jim Jones criticizes the national debt-but supports billions more in Obamacare spending (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Gov. candidate Jordan expects 'women will be attacked' if Kavanaugh is confirmed (Times-News)

Save Idaho Horse Racing pulls ad that featured edited KTVB clip (Idaho Statesman)

Paulette Jordan has questioned our integrity and reporting. These are the facts. (Idaho Statesman)

Group behind Prop 1 will give horse racing profits to charity - if Les Bois reopens (Idaho Statesman)

Student engagement varies widely across Idaho (Idaho Education News)

Marty Trillhaase: If breeding suspicion is your goal, here's how (Lewiston Tribune)

National Headlines

Many women line up in support of Kavanaugh (Associated Press)

Kavanaugh's hearings are a national disaster - and the worst is yet to come (New York Post)

Canada, U.S. making 'lots of progress' as NAFTA talks near deadline (Reuters)

Sen. Hirono doesn't answer when asked whether Dems leaked Christine Ford's letter on Kavanaugh (FOX News)

Trump meeting with Rosenstein could be delayed further, Sanders says (The Hill)

A Quiet Docket May Be Just the Right Medicine for the Supreme Court (New York Times)

Cotton: Feinstein to be investigated over leaked letter from Ford (Politico)

Flake event moved due to security concerns (The Hill)

3rd Kavanaugh accuser has history of legal disputes (Associated Press)

Sen. Grassley Asks FBI To Investigate Retracted Kavanaugh Allegations (HuffPost)

Graham rips Dems on Kavanaugh, says he'll 'get to the bottom of' FBI probe (FOX News)

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