Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, October 22, 2018

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This Week In Idaho Politics

Education, health care, transportation & housing are issues of top concern to Idahoans
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
The most important issue facing Idaho state government: Improve the quality of public education.So believe most Idahoans in a new Dan Jones & Associates survey.Jones asked 641 Idahoans what are the three most important issues facing state governm...

Ybarra says Idaho schools are on the right path
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
State School Superintendent Sherri Ybarra has said many times that she is an educator, not a politician. So, it's not surprising that she doesn't pay much attention to political norms, even after almost four years in office.If she were to write a "Ho...

Rep. Loertscher fights back with write-in bid
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Rep. Tom Loertscher has been a fixture of the Idaho House from Eastern Idaho since he was first elected in 1986. He lost a House race in 2002 but won his seat back in 2004, and is now the chair of House State Affairs Committee.He lost his primary rac...

The gaming initiative -- deja vu all over again
By Jim Jones, former Idaho attorney general and Supreme Court chief justice
In the immortal words of that baseball great, Yogi Berra, the historical horse-racing initiative, Proposition One, is "deja vu all over again" for me. In 1986, Idaho voters approved an initiative in the general election to establish a state lottery. ...

Guest opinion: Senate addresses high drug costs
By Sen. Mike Crapo
Concern is growing over the rising cost of prescription drugs.  Drug manufacturers argue that the rising prices of these medications are largely due to the cost of research and development. However, it can be challenging for consumers to disting...

Campaign roundup: Kloc endorses Rob Mason in District 16
By Staff
Longtime State Rep. Hy Kloc has endorsed Rob Mason to take his place in the Idaho State Legislature. Kloc is retiring after three terms in the State House where he was a staunch advocate for early childhood education and protecting the rights of Idah...

Political Calendar Highlights

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Meridian Chamber Economic Excellence Breakfast
When: Tuesday, Oct 23, 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Where: West Ada School District, 1303 E Central Drive, Meridian
Topic: Paving the Way for Growth and Transportation in Meridian. Listen to industry professionals from COMPASS, Idaho Department of Transportation, Ada County Highway District, and local lawmakers on the future of Meridian's growth and issues regarding transportation. More info and register here.

District 15 Dems Dinner Huddle   
When: Tuesday, October 23, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Casa Mexico, 10332 W Fairview Ave # 104, Boise, ID
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Idaho Headlines

Idaho lieutenant governor hopefuls Collum, McGeachin clash in their only debate (Press-Tribune)

Prop 1 backers, opponents take each other on in new ads (Press-Tribune)

Otter, reflecting on career: 'Congress was the part I liked least' (Press-Tribune)

Fiery Exchanges Highlight Idaho Gubernatorial Debate (Boise State Public Radio)

Candidates For Idaho Lt. Governor Meet At Debate And Highlight Contrasts (Boise State Public Radio)

Support from Planned Parenthood, Pelosi makes Prop 2's Medicaid expansion an easy decision (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Trump visits Northern Nevada in effort to keep Republicans in control of Congress (Times-News)

For some Idahoans, Trump's Nevada rally provides optimism, energy (Times-News)

Editorial: Pragmatic and responsible, Brad Little is ready to lead Idaho (Idaho Statesman)

Editorial: Idaho schools deserve better leadership - with Cindy Wilson (Idaho Statesman)

State Board calls for shakeup in higher education funding (Idaho Education News)

Marty Trillhaase: Is Paulette Jordan looking out for Paulette Jordan? (Lewiston Tribune)

Rusche, Kingsley ready for Round 3 (Lewiston Tribune)

A glimpse inside immigration detention centers (Idaho Reports)

National Headlines

Trump's job approval rating reaches an all-time high in new poll (AOL)

Manchin wrestles with progressive backlash in West Virgini (The Hill)

Scott Walker Tries to Snatch Football From Democrats One More Tim (Bloomberg)

Trump would prefer to pick a woman for U.N. envoy (Reuters)

Elizabeth Warren DNA test highlights how tribes decide membership (Washington Times)

2020 vision: Democratic hopefuls warm up for White House race (Guardian)

Dems' midterm advantage narrows among registered voters as Trump's approval rating rises, poll finds (FOX News)

O'Rourke walks back 'Lyin' Ted' line (Politico)

'Transgender' Could Be Defined Out of Existence Under Trump Administration (New York Times)

As Democrats Court Latinos, Indifference Is a Powerful Foe (New York Times)

DeSantis rips CNN for releasing 'misleading poll' ahead of first debate with Gillum (Miami Herald)

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