Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, October 29, 2018

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This Week In Idaho Politics

Idahoans support expanding Medicaid, but not historical horse racing
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
Idahoans favor, by a healthy majority, expanding Medicaid to provide health care for upwards of 50,000 low-income residents, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows....

Come to America but do it legally
By LaVarr Webb, Publisher
With a "migrant caravan" headed for the United States, immigration has blossomed once again as a top issue as voters head into the Nov. 6 elections....

History will be made in lieutenant governor's race
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
This election year has been dubbed as the "year of women" in politics. A more appropriate description should be, "It's about time."...

Time to cool political rhetoric
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
Last week's dominant national story was the explosive devices sent to former Pres. Obama, Hillary Clinton, former Vice President Joe Biden, various Democratic members of Congress and prominent donors and CNN....

Why I'm splitting my ticket this election
By Jim Jones
Back in the early 1960s, when I was studying political science at the University of Oregon, I first encountered the term "Yellow Dog Democrat." ...

Guest opinion: Idaho principals deserve praise
By Sen. Mike Crapo
One of the things I treasure most about representing Idaho in the U.S. Senate is that I get to cross paths with extraordinary Idahoans doing great work. ...

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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Paulette Jordan Meet & Mingle
When: Monday, October 29, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Where: Meridian Chamber of Commerce, 215 E Franklin Rd, Meridian, ID
Come and meet Democratic nominee for Governor of Idaho, Paulette Jordan during this meet & greet event. Light refreshments served. More info.

Kootenai Environmental Alliance Speaker Series   
When: Thursday, November 1, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Kootenai Environmental Alliance, 206 E Indiana Ave Suite 112, Coeur d'Alene, ID
Eric Walsh from the University of Idaho will be talking about climate change in the Rockies. More info.

Meridian Chamber of Commerce Annual Gala
When: Thursday, November 1, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: Courtyard by Marriott Boise West/Meridian, 1789 S Eagle Rd, Meridian, ID
Celebrate 60 years of the Meridian Chamber, including a special awards ceremony recognizing an elite list of members who have been with the chamber for 50+ years. Special guest speaker Viliami Tuivai (Coach V) former Boise State football coach, and world renowned motivational speaker. More info and register here.

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Idaho Headlines

Rep. Simpson 'pleasantly surprised' by Trump's record (State Journal)

Finance reports paint picture of two differing campaigns for governor (Idaho Press)

The saga of 'Roughneck Steering' (Idaho Press)

Now they're even in your phone: Idaho campaigns reach out by text (Idaho Press)

Proposition 2 would expand Medicaid in Idaho (Idaho Mountain Express)

Committee recommends Idaho allow autonomous vehicles (Idaho Business Review)

Idaho Unemployment Rate Tumbles To 2.7 Percent In September (Boise State Public Radio)

Federal Judge Rules EPA Must Confront Warm Water In Columbia River Basin (Boise State Public Radio)

Idaho's rugged independence hangs in the balance with Prop 2 (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

A billboard lists District 26 Democrats' bad NRA ratings. Here's how the candidates respond (Times-News)

The candidates on the bus: GOP tour comes to the Magic Valley (Times-News)

Brad Little on Medicaid expansion, taxes, faith healing (Times-News)

Idaho law doesn't cover PTSD for first responders. Some lawmakers want to change that (Idaho Statesman)

Editorial: College of Western Idaho fills a critical need as state's economy grows (Idaho Statesman)

Funding committee wrestles with with budget realities (Idaho Education News)

Idaho loses ground on the SAT (Idaho Education News)

Governor's race offers a study in contrasts (Lewiston Tribune)

National Headlines

Hillary 2020? 'I'd like to be president' - will decide on run after midterm election (American Mirror)

It's Bernie Sanders' world. But what's his place in it? (CNN)

#WalkAway movement urges disgruntled Democrats to leave the party behind (FOX News)

Trump points finger at media for 'division and hatred' plaguing US (The Hill)

Why Are Drugs Cheaper in Europe? (Wall Street Journal)

Businesses pose issue if Newsom becomes California governor (Associated Press)

DHS secretary: 'This caravan is not getting in' (POLITICO)

Beto O'Rourke won't 'concede' being down in the polls against Ted Cruz (Washington Examiner)

State of the Midterms: Beto O'Rourke seeks to capitalize on endorsements, as governor's races shift right (FOX News)

Trump's new tax cut plan probably waits for 2019: lawmaker (Reuters)

Billionaires Buffett, Adelson battle over Nevada ballot measure on electricity supply (FOX News)

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