Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, October 8, 2018

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This Week In Idaho Politics

What does the Kavanaugh fight mean for moderate Republicans?
By LaVarr Webb, Publisher
My wife, Jan, could be described politically as a weak Republican moderate. Like many women, she has no use for Donald Trump....

Idahoans like the jobs associated with nuclear waste
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
Idahoans want to keep their nuclear waste storage facility going, even to the point of taking waste from Washington state, a recent Idaho Politics Weekly poll finds....

No place for drama in Little's campaign
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
Boring is good....

Anti-Medicaid group faces challenges
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
Campaign finance reports are starting to trickle into the Idaho Secretary of State's Office....

Congress should require the president to release his tax returns
By Jim Jones
The public is entitled to see the federal income tax returns of U.S. presidents, as well as all party nominees for that high office. ...

Guest opinion: Let's bring home all the POWs and MIAs
By Sen. Mike Crapo
Through a recent Congressional Record Statement, I had the opportunity to honor America's prisoners of war (POW)s and missing in action (MIA)....

Guest opinion: Resting or apathy?
By Linda E Brugger
The harvest season has taken on a new importance for me since moving to Idaho....

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. ...

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

Bannock County Dems Political Soup
When: Wednesday, October 10, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: 355 Yellowstone Ave, Pocatello, ID
Enjoy soup and salad or pizza and hear from a speaker from the community.

Valley County Republican Women Meeting
When: Thursday, October 11, 11:30 a.m. to 1  p.m.
Where: Location varies
A fast growing republican organization, for more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., VCRW President.

North Idaho Pride Alliance Unity in the Community Dinner
When: Saturday, October 13, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: St. Luke's Parish, 501 Wallace Ave, Coeur d'alene, ID
3rd Annual Unity in the Community Dinner. Just $5.00 buys you a spaghetti dinner (meat or meatless), beverage, and an amazing dessert bar. The meal will be served and prepared by members of the CDA community. 50/50 raffle, music, community, fun, and delicious food! Bring your friends and allies.Tickets available in advance at the Art Spirit Gallery and at the door.

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

Idaho Headlines

Idaho 1st District congressional candidates clash on Medicaid, immigration (Idaho Press)

New ads for, against Prop 1 have valid claims, but disputes continue (Idaho Press)

Lt. Governor race sets up historic first for Idaho (Idaho Press)

Jordan calls for Utah-style prescriptive road law, Little opposes it (Idaho Press)

Stennett seeks new term as change prepares to sweep Legislature (Mountain Express)

Idaho Dairy Producers React To New Trade Agreement With Canada (Boise State Public Radio)

Idaho Democrat Vies To Be First Native Governor. Does Paulette Jordan Stand A Chance? (Boise State Public Radio)

Brad Little Hopes To Chart A Pragmatic Course For Idaho As Governor (Boise State Public Radio)

Passing Proposition 2 won't return Idaho's money to Idaho (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Collum laments political polarization in Twin Falls visit (Times-News)

Could Proposition 1 bring historical horse racing to the Magic Valley? (Times-News)

Hay exporters worried about China (Capital Press)

In first meeting, Idaho governor candidates talk taxes, schools, roads & groceries (Idaho Statesman)

Betsy Devos sends top official to Idaho charter (Idaho Education News)

Candidates for Sec. of State disagree about promoting voter turnout (Lewiston Tribune)

In Idaho, education not yet the key to wage equality (Idaho Reports)

National Headlines

Brett Kavanaugh's first cases will include immigration, asbestos exposure and firearms (USA Today)

China Makes A Big Play In Silicon Valley (NPR)

GOP senator says wife received video of beheading after Kavanaugh vote (The Hill)

Kellyanne Conway says women in America see their husbands, sons and brothers in Brett Kavanaugh (New York Daily News)

Graham to take Kavanaugh fight 'to the streets,' campaign against fellow senators for first time (Washington Times)

Julie Swetnick unloads on media, GOP: 'I am disgusted and appalled by the way that I have been re-victimized' (FOX News)

Democrats say Avenatti undercut their case against Kavanaugh (CNN)

Cory Booker puts Kavanaugh impeachment on the table if Democrats take back Congress (Yahoo News)

Manchin faces firestorm at home following Kavanaugh vote (Associated Press)

Kavanaugh Is Sworn In After Close Confirmation Vote in Senate (New York Times)

Kavanaugh makes good on his pledge at hearing to hire women as law clerks (Washington Post)

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