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Monday, December 3, 2018

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This Week In Idaho Politics

Idaho Republicans support ag price protections; oppose more immigrants
By Bob Bernick, Contributing editor
In general, Idaho Republicans want to keep the federal government out of their personal lives, and especially out of their business operations....

UAMPS nuclear project at INL is attracting international attention
By LaVarr Webb, Publisher
Idaho National Laboratory (INL), located in Idaho Falls and in the desert to the west, is arguably the nation's pre-eminent center for nuclear energy research and development....

The 2019 Idaho legislative session is around the corner
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
The Christmas season is moving into full swing. That means the Idaho Legislature's 2019 session is rapidly approaching....

Political solutions won't work; NRA plan might
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
In this polarized society, there isn't much gray area when it comes to the National Rifle Association....

When dancing with the devil, the powerful partner should lead
By Jim Jones
Saudi Arabia may have lots of oil and idle cash, but that country is in the peanut league compared to the economic and military power of the United States. You have to wonder why our president lets the charming Saudi Prince lead him around like a 4H ...

Guest opinion: Judiciary Committee confirmed record number of federal judges
By Sen. Mike Crapo
With the end of the 115th Congress, I will wrap up my first term serving on the Senate Judiciary Committee. ...

Roads, bridges are Little's problem to solve
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
Gov. Butch Otter did about all he could do politically to get the wheels moving on transportation funding for Idaho. Now it's up to Gov.-elect Brad Little to finish the job....

A political perspective on Thanksgiving
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
The Thanksgiving season is a time to be grateful....

Survey shows Idahoans aren't big fans of the federal government
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
Even though the U.S. economy is rambling along at record-setting levels, fewer than a third of Idahoans say federal officials are doing a "good job" with economic policy, according to a recent Dan Jones & Associates poll measuring public opinion ...

Let's give thanks for the Americans who fought in the Great War
By Jim Jones
The furor has died down over the president's failure to attend a ceremony at Belleau Wood on Nov. 10 to honor Americans who fought for us in World War One. But we should know about and never forget those brave souls. ...

Guest opinion: An Idaho veteran reflects on his service
By Sen. Mike Crapo
Fellow Idahoan Ted M. Boyce read this poem, titled "Veterans Day," that he authored at a recent breakfast in Idaho Falls to honor veterans.  With Mr. Boyce's permission, I am sharing this touching tribute to the service of veterans....

Press release: Gov.-elect Little announces transition committee
By Press release
BOISE, Idaho  Gov.-elect Brad Little has announced his transition committee....

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

Fremont County Republican Women Meeting   
When: Wednesday, December 5, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Location varies
For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., FCRW President.

Kootenai Environmental Alliance Speaker Series
When: Thursday, December 6, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Where: Kootenai Environmental Alliance, 206 E Indiana Ave Suite 112, Coeur d'Alene, ID
Kristy Johnson will discuss the Rathdrum Prairie Aquifer with special edible aquifer treat. More info.

D17 Dems Monthly Meeting
When: Saturday, December 8,  9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Where: Papa Joe's, 1301 S Capitol Blvd, Boise, ID
Free event, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more info.

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

Idaho Headlines

Legal theory behind Medicaid expansion lawsuit 'a real long shot' (Idaho Press)

Risch: 'Our support is necessary' in Yemen conflict (Idaho Press)

Crapo, Risch vote 'no' on Yemen resolution (Post Register)

Raul Labrador Backs Utah Republicans In Court Battle (Boise State Public Radio)

Idaho Resident And Anti-Government Activist Ammon Bundy Critiques President Trump (Boise State Public Radio)

Court dismisses Yantis wrongful death lawsuit (Capital Press)

Idaho wolf control board may get more aggressive (Capital Press)

State schools chief addresses teacher shortage, school funding during Twin Falls visit (Times-News)

What the Boise School District doesn't want you to know about its charter (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Governor replaces Fish and Game commissioner who hunted family of baboons in Africa (Idaho Statesman)

How to be a lawmaker 101: Idaho's newly elected officials head to boot camp (Idaho Statesman)

Ivanka Trump and Apple CEO visit Wilder schools (Idaho Education News)

Marty Trillhaase: Idaho Freedom Foundation extends its losing streak (Lewiston Tribune)

Madison County precinct that posted signs sees lowest turnout in county (Idaho Reports)

Alarms in the House Speaker race (Idaho Reports)

National Headlines

Curtains for the Clintons (New York Times)

Democratic socialist wunderkind Ocasio-Cortez compares her election to landing on the moon (Daily Mail)

US will hold off on raising China tariffs to 25% as Trump and Xi agree to a 90-day trade truce (CNBC)

Sherrod Brown: 'I don't know' if I'm best person to run vs. Trump (Politico)

'He's going through a pretty rough time': Avenatti crashes and burns (Politico)

Ocasio-Cortez: 'Frustrating' that lawmakers oppose 'Medicare for all' while enjoying cheap government insurance (The Hill)

George H.W. Bush left both a liberal and conservative legacy at the Supreme Court (USA Today)

Kamala Harris to decide on 2020 White House run 'over the holiday' (HuffPost)

Florida election official Brenda Snipes rescinds resignation after governor moves to immediately suspend her (The Hill)

James Comey To Testify Privately To The House Judiciary Committee (NPR)

Dow futures surge more than 400 points after Trump and Xi agree to pause the US-China trade war (CNBC)

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