Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, December 10, 2018

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This Week In Idaho Politics

Idahoans feel good about jobs and the economy
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
By and large, Idahoans are pretty optimistic about the business and jobs climate in their state, a recent poll finds....

Breaking news: Bipartisanship lives in Washington
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
If you think there's political gridlock in Washington, wait until next year when Democrats take control of the House. Better yet, wait another week or two if President Trump makes good on his threat to shut down the government if Congress doesn't app...

Learning from North Carolina absentee ballot fraud
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
True voting fraud is rare in the United States.  But, the recent shenanigans in the race for North Carolina's Ninth Congressional District should give pause to anyone concerned with the integrity of elections....

Will the President issue crystal balls to immigration screeners?
By Jim Jones
In 1907, Congress enacted legislation to deny entry into the U.S. of "persons likely to become a public charge." The idea was to prevent immigration of people who would be drawing upon public assistance.  ...

Guest opinion: Protecting America's children
By Sen. Mike Crapo
America's children represent our nation's prospect for a bright and strong future. ...

Political roundup: Steelhead, legislative committee appointments
By Idaho Politics Weekly Staff
Just hours before steelhead fishing was closed for good in Idaho, the threat of lawsuits was eliminated and Idaho's river towns were saved. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game made the announcement late last week....

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. ...

Political Calendar Highlights

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Boise Chamber Ambassador Committee Luncheon
When: Tuesday, December 11, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Boise Metro Chamber, 1101 W Front St #100, Boise, ID
More info and register here.

Nez Perce County Republican Women Meeting
When: Tuesday, December 11, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Red Lion Hotel Lewiston, 621 21st St, Lewiston, ID
A group of dynamic republicans educating the community. For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., NPCRW President.

Bannock County Dems Political Soup
When: Wednesday, December 12,  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.

Ada County Republican Women Christmas Party
When: Wednesday, December 12, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Where: Hilton Garden Inn Idaho Falls, 700 Lindsay Blvd, Idaho Falls, ID
New ACRW Board will be sworn in at 5:30 p.m. Christmas Party starts at 6 p.m. Bring a sweet or savory treat to share. More info.

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

Idaho Headlines

Otter reflects on tenure, calls for civility (Post Register)

Closure of DOE facility in East Idaho leaves hundreds of employees with uncertain fate (Post Register)

Boise Superintendent Announces Retirement, Board To Meet Thursday (Boise State Public Radio)

Holmes: 'Nobody loses' in school spending overhaul (Mountain Express)

Idaho Senate shakeup puts Lodge on the hot seat (Idaho Press)

The Idaho Legislature's freshman class is well-educated, mostly male, mostly GOP (Idaho Press)

'Drinking from a fire hose': Legislature's new members get to work (Times-News)

What are south-central Idaho legislators hoping to work on this year? (Times-News)

Taxes to be major focus of 2019 Legislative session (Idaho Business Review)

Idaho Supreme Court will hear challenge to Medicaid expansion (Idaho Statesman)

Idaho House speaker survives leadership challenge. Here's who else will aid him. (Idaho Statesman)

Gov.-elect Brad Little outraised - and outspent - challenger Paulette Jordan 3 to 1 (Idaho Statesman)

These are some of the most powerful lawmakers in Idaho. Here are the committees they'll lead (Idaho Statesman)

Sniffed out: Boise's downtown housing incentive program adds to generous subsidies for developers (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Marty Trillhaase: Why are school property taxes still going up? (Lewiston Tribune)

North central Idaho reps like House assignments (Lewiston Tribune)

Wilson outraised Ybarra in superintendent race (Idaho Education News)

Much ado about nothing? (Idaho Reports)

National Headlines

Dershowitz: Mueller Has Come Up With Far Less Than He Hoped For (RealClearPolitics)

Comey: Anti-Trump FBI agent 'helped draft' letter 'that Hillary Clinton blames for her defeat' (Washington Examiner)

'Amazon will go bankrupt': Jeff Bezos keeps talking about Amazon's inevitable death (Business Insider)

Far right breakthrough in Andaluca send shockwave through Spanish politics (Guardian)

More than a thousand arrested in Paris 'Yellow Vest' protests (France24)

Macron's Defeat in Paris Sounds Alarm for Europe (Bloomberg)

Rahm Emanuel to Democrats: 'Don't focus immediately on Trump' (CNN)

Cory Booker will decide whether to run for president 'over the holidays' (ABC News)

Meet Mark Milley, Trump's Pick For Joint Chiefs Chairman (NPR)

Ayers not taking job as White House chief of staff (CNN)

Amazon touted as big win for NY, but math is more complex (Associated Press)

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