Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, November 5, 2018

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This Week In Idaho Politics

Growth is good but is Idaho growing too fast?
By Bob Bernick, Contributing editor
Idaho is the fastest growing state in the nation, and a majority of its citizens say it is growing too fast, an Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows....

Who's going to win on Tuesday? My predictions
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
The 2018 midterm elections are here....

Overturning U.S. abortion law won't be easy
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
Republican candidates over the years, including those running in Idaho, have done a good job steering away voters from basing votes on a single issue specifically abortion rights....

Inflammatory political speech can be a call to action for some
By Jim Jones
When I was taking over as Idaho's attorney general in January of 1983, the Aryan Nations group was on the rise in northern Idaho. ...

Guest opinion: Expanding Medicaid will empower local communities
By Rep. Mat Erpelding (D) and Rep. Luke Malek (R)
Idaho's voters have spoken, not just with their voices but with their names....

Veterans offer the ultimate sacrifice
By Sen. Mike Crapo
Veterans, by putting their lives on the line for their country, communities, fellow servicemembers and fellow Americans, represent the ultimate sacrifice, which is at the core of their service. ...

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. ...

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

Election Day
When: Tuesday, Nov 6

Boise Chamber CEO Speaker Series Featuring Tom Werner of Lamb Weston
When: Tuesday, November 6, 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: Zions Bank Building, 17th Floor
Come hear CEO Tom Werner of Lamb Weston, the fifth largest company in Idaho, speak at our November CEO Speaker Series. Register online at Contact Alex Finney (208) 472-5212 for more information. More info and register here.

Meridian Chamber Luncheon Speaker Series
When: Tuesday, November 6, 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: West Ada School District, 1303 E Central Dr, Meridian, ID
November speaker series features the West Ada Foundation. More info and register here.

Valley County Republican Women Meeting
When: Thursday, November 8,  11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Location varies
Join this 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.

Idaho Falls Chamber Business of Distinction Awards Gala
When: Friday, November 9, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Hilton Garden Inn Idaho Falls, 700 Lindsay Blvd, Idaho Falls, ID
The Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce will host the Fifth Annual Business of Distinction Awards Gala. Join us in celebrating local businesses as we present them with awards for excellence and contributions to our community. This night of celebration begins with a reception hour followed by the awards ceremony. This is truly an event you won't want to miss. More info.

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

Idaho Headlines

Lt. governor candidates spar over social media posts, identity of poster (Idaho Press)

All told, it's the propositions that drew the most $$ (Idaho Press)

Idaho candidates debate action on climate change (Mountain Express)

Governor Butch Otter Gives Thumbs Up To Idaho Medicaid Expansion (Boise State Public Radio)

Candidates For Idaho's First Congressional District Meet For Feisty Debate (Boise State Public Radio)

Colorado Oil And Gas Measure Could Have Regional Impact (Boise State Public Radio)

Breaking up (with Butch) is not hard to do (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Legislative candidates get tough questions - from high school students (Times-News)

Republican Party claims Idaho candidate's staffer is secretly an internet troll (Idaho Statesman)

Ammon Bundy says he never meant to create a movement. But one exists in Idaho. (Idaho Statesman)

To those who call him anti-government, Ammon Bundy replies: 'I'm not' (Idaho Statesman)

Ybarra, Wilson square off in final debate (Idaho Education News)

Staben over-promised enrollment and under-delivered (Lewiston Tribune)

Sorensen takes heat for Nazi comment (Lewiston Tribune)

On harassment and racism (Idaho Reports)

National Headlines

A Kavanaugh Accuser Recants (Wall Street Journal)

FBI seeks info on woman identified as Democratic volunteer after Georgia voter system attacked (Washington Examiner)

In small town Kentucky, Trump supporters dig their heels in (Al Jazeera)

US troops lay down barbed wire along border ahead of caravan (New York Post)

Leading into Election Day, severe weather outbreak could bring possible tornadoes (ABC News)

Trump on false Kavanaugh accusation: 'How about the other ones?' (The Hill)

More than 4.5 million people vote early in Texas (The Hill)

A Test of Trump: Midterms Could Result in a Mixed Verdict (Wall Street Journal)

Big Brother Isn't Watching You (Wall Street Journal)

Why this Idaho chipmaker is suddenly at the center of the US-China trade war (CNN)

Tech Billionaires' Obligation to the Cities Around Them (Atlantic)

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