Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, November 12, 2018

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This Week In Idaho Politics

Idahoans like the direction of their state; split on how the country is doing
By Bob Bernick, Contributing editor
Idahoans are split on whether the U.S. is going in the right or wrong direction these days, but they clearly believe their own state is going the right way, a recent Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows....

Analyzing the outcomes of the midterm elections
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
Last week's elections drove large numbers of Idahoans to the polls.  More than 605,000 voters in Idaho cast a ballot, roughly 150,000 more than turned out in 2014....

Fulcher wants to build influence the old-school way
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
Congressman-elect Russ Fulcher will be a newcomer to Washington politics when he takes office in January, but he knows one key to success in a successful congressional career....

Trump & Republicans have suburban work to do in 2020
By LaVarr Webb, Publisher
While the 2018 election results reflected a sharply divided country, it became clearer just where the divisions are: urban vs. rural. And, for the 2020 presidential election, the emerging voting patterns appear to favor a Democratic candidate....

How to keep faith with America's military veterans
By Jim Jones
On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918, the guns fell silent on the Western Front of World War One. ...

Guest opinion: Spirit of Freedom award honors deserving Idahoans
By Sen. Mike Crapo
When heavy winter snowfall blocked sidewalks, Danny Pugmire, of Nampa, followed a wheelchair-bound person with his car's emergency blinkers on to keep the man safe until the wheelchair could be navigated safely off the road. ...

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. ...

Political Calendar Highlights

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Idaho Falls Chamber Young Professionals Network
When: Tuesday, November 13, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Museum of Idaho, 200 N Eastern Ave, Idaho Falls, ID
This is your opportunity to connect with and learn from fellow young professionals from small, medium, and large local businesses. This diverse group consists of representatives from banking, real estate, finance, technology, retail and non-profit companies, as well as student participants. More info and register here.

Bannock County Dems Political Soup   
When: Wednesday, November 14, 11:30 a.m. to 1  p.m.
Where: 355 Yellowstone Ave, Pocatello, ID
We serve soup and salad or pizza and have a speaker from the community.

Magic Valley Republican Women Luncheon
When: Saturday, November 17, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Location varies
Republican strong, addressing current issues. For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Magic ValleRW President.

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

Idaho Headlines

Democrats pick up 3 seats in Idaho House, 1 in Senate (Idaho Press)

When lawmakers convene, nearly a quarter will be new (Idaho Press)

Democrats sweep District 26 contests (Mountain Express)

Are 'culturally insensitive' incidents hampering Idaho recruitment efforts? (Idaho Business Review)

Idaho Voters Shatter Typical Turnout Trends (Boise State Public Radio)

Paulette Jordan Loses Governor's Race Despite Motivated Democratic Base (Boise State Public Radio)

Idaho Democrats Claw Back Seats At State Capitol (Boise State Public Radio)

Ending the politician pension perk after all these years (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

6 key takeaways from Idaho's 2018 election (Idaho Statesman)

Blue wave in this Boise legislative district leaves losers grumbling at Ada County GOP (Idaho Statesman)

With 2 months left, Butch Otter and Boise's business community pay each other tribute (Idaho Statesman)

Butch Otter on his endorsement: Medicaid expansion 'was the only game left in town' (Idaho Statesman)

What's next for education? Big changes loom in Legislature. (Idaho Education News)

Marty Trillhaase: Legislature no match for big money or big ideas (Lewiston Tribune)

Citizens compensation panel moves to end legislative retirement benefit (Lewiston Tribune)

Buckle up. The fight over Medicaid expansion is far from over. (Idaho Reports)

On percentages and raw votes (Idaho Reports)

National Headlines

Florida attorney general directs law enforcement to take steps to 'guarantee integrity' in elections (The Hill)

The nation is watching Broward's election chief. Here's some troubling history (Miami Herald)

Fire Brenda Snipes (National Review)

Central American migrants resume their march toward U.S. border (Reuters)

Cruz raises constitutional concerns over legislation to protect Mueller (The Hill)

Professor sues over rebuke for calling transgender student male (Washington Times)

Illegal immigrant killed 3 after 'sanctuary' release from custody, ICE says (FOX News)

Babe Ruth, Roger Staubach, Alan Page will be honored with Presidential Medal of Freedom (USA Today)

Dem-leaning Palm Beach County says it likely won't make recount deadline in Florida governor, Senate races (FOX News)

Dems to probe Trump's treatment of CNN, Amazon, Washington Post in triple-threaded abuse-of-power inquiries (FOX News)

Former Starbucks CEO, Howard Schultz, is putting together an all-star PR team as he eyes a 2020 presidential run (Daily Mail)

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