Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, November 19, 2018

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This Week In Idaho Politics

Poll: Public education continues as No. 1 issue in Idaho
By Bob Bernick, contributing editor
Idaho is a heavily Republican state, but both Republicans and Democrats, along with independent voters, agree on one thing: public education ranks highest among pressing problems the state should deal with....

With elections over, the power struggle begins
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
House Assistant Majority Leader Brent Crane of Nampa has placed himself at a political crossroad....

Idaho fallout from the 2018 elections
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
Election day is over but the after ripples continue here in Idaho....

Why do we trust big tech with location data, but not government?
By LaVarr Webb, Publisher
The other day I went to a children's community theater about 20 miles from my home to see my granddaughter perform in a play....

Nothing is certain except death and taxes
By Jim Jones
The old saying about the certainty of death and taxes is not entirely true anymore. ...

Guest opinion: An Idaho Thanksgiving
By Sen. Mike Crapo
As we sit down to our Thanksgiving meals this week, there is a good chance the hard work of Idaho farmers went into a majority of our meal. ...

Press release: Gov.-elect Brad Little names chief of staff & transition chair
By Press release
Gov.-elect Brad Little has named Zach Hauge as his chief of staff and attorney Brian Wonderlich as chair of his transition committee....

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. ...

Political Calendar Highlights

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South East Idaho Republican Women
When: Wednesday, November 21, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Omni Building, Conference Room 200, Pocatello Idaho
Republicans educating today, leading tomorrow. For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., SEIdahoRW President.

Ada County Dems Meeting   
When: Wednesday, November 21, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: IBEW Local 291, 225 N 16th St #110, Boise, ID
Meetings monthly on the 3rd Wednesday. For more info contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Idaho Headlines

Local family discusses why they support Donald Trump (State Journal)

Drowning under a rising economic tide (State Journal)

Otter rips state Ed Board, lawmaker over software contract (Idaho Press)

Legislative panel on truck fees never met, so is offering no solutions (Idaho Press)

Why the Ada recount will take a month or more... (Idaho Press)

High-cost housing and low wages highlight 'state of cities' meeting (Mountain Express)

Downtowns driving economic revitalization across Idaho (Idaho Business Review)

Report: Trump Pulled Endorsement of Raul Labrador Because Of Brad Little Campaign (Boise State Public Radio)

Mountain West Cities Go Head-To-Head For Winter Olympics Bid (Boise State Public Radio)

Raise a glass for the Unfair Sales Act repeal-or not, due to restrictive laws (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Meet the 3 new women representing the Magic Valley in the statehouse (Times-News)

Ranch groups focus on ESA reform before lame duck window closes in Congress (Capital Press)

She can't afford mental health care. Medicaid expansion changes that (Idaho Statesman)

Medicaid expansion: What does $8M buy for Idaho's mentally ill? (Idaho Statesman)

Think tank: Idaho avoids firing teachers because of performance (Idaho Education News)

Medicaid questions dominate forum (Lewiston Tribune)

Harassment doesn't end overnight (Idaho Reports)

National Headlines

Rift Widens Between Facebook and Democratic Allies (New York Times)

The Obamas are 'Becoming' a billion-dollar brand (New York Post)

Sonia Sotomayor: Brett Kavanaugh is part of Supreme Court 'family' (FOX News)

Monica Lewinsky has finally turned the tables on the Clintons (New York Post)

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Backs Effort to Unseat Fellow Democrats (Daily Beast)

Go Ahead, Democrats. Fight Over Nancy Pelosi. (New York Times)

Why Democrats Should Not Call the Georgia Governor's Race 'Stolen' (Slate)

Trump considering changing 'three or four or five positions' in staff shake-up (Guardian)

Jim Acosta abused his privileges as a member of the press (New York Post)

Bill Nelson concedes Florida Senate race to Rick Scott after manual recount (FOX News)

Republicans had a secret weapon in the Florida recount fight (NBC News)

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