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Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, December 17, 2018

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This Week In Idaho Politics

The end is near for Trump...or not
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
Have you heard the latest about President Trump?...

Idahoans feeling pretty good about economy & jobs
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
By and large, most Idahoans are confident about their own economic future and their job prospects, but they worry about what the next generation faces economically, and they don't believe incomes across the board are fair in the United States....

Odds & ends: Medicaid, missing report, Interior secretary, rural economies & Texas decision
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
A few thoughts on a few, somewhat random, topics......

What a contrast in style & substance--Bush and Trump
By Jim Jones
With the passing of former Pres. George H.W. Bush, much of the nation has reflected upon his life and accomplishments....

Guest opinion: Helping veterans with training & jobs
By Sen. Mike Crapo
Veterans serve on the front lines of our national defense, sacrificing for country, community, family, friends and fellow soldiers. ...

Political roundup: Little fills staff positions; Crapo seeks rural schools stability
By Idaho Politics Weekly Staff
Five new appointments: Gov.-elect Brad Little has announced four staff members for the Office of the Governor in communications and government affairs. He also announced a new Division of Financial Management administrator....

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....

Political Calendar Highlights

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Magic Valley Republican Women Luncheon   
When: Wednesday, December 19, 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 Valley RW President.

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Idaho Headlines

Idaho, Oregon settle endangered fish dispute with major financial implications (State Journal)

Judge's opinion could undo cell phone law (Mountain Express)

Per 100,000, Idaho has more people in its correctional system than almost any other state (Idaho Press)

What happens when an Amazon distribution center comes to your city? (Idaho Press)

All told, far more raised, spent on ballot measures than governor's race (Idaho Press)

After Threatened Cancellation, Steelhead Season To Proceed In Idaho Mostly Unencumbered (Boise State Public Radio)

Lead Expert: Boise Schools Need To Do More To Clean Up Drinking Water (Boise State Public Radio)

'On the cusp of an outright emergency' - Citizen committee presents jail recommendations to Twin Falls commissioners (Times-News)

'We have some real stars in the room': Trump compliments new governors, including Little (Idaho Statesman)

IT company Involta warned of Idaho lobbyist's actions in Attorney General's Office letter (Idaho Statesman)

Hemp legislation creates ideal time for Idaho to rethink cannabis (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Marty Trillhaase: Vindication brought Johnson no reward (Lewiston Tribune)

Senators make bipartisan push for secure rural schools funding (Idaho Education News)

Idaho Farm Bureau policy priorities include wolves (Capital Press)

New leaders, same challenges (Idaho Reports)

National Headlines

Checking Robert Mueller (Wall Street Journal)

Where Is the Flynn 302? (National Review)

Top Republican predicts Flynn guilty plea will be thrown out, citing FBI 'misconduct' (FOX News)

Mattis writes letter of recommendation for Reince Priebus to join the Navy (CNN)

Trump praises closure of Weekly Standard: 'Rest in peace!' (The Hill)

Hemp industry expected to blossom under new Farm Bill (NBC News)

Sen. Collins: Kavanaugh demonstrated fairness (CNN)

Former fossil fuels lobbyist to head interior department as Zinke exits (Guardian)

White House prepares for shutdown as both sides dig in over Trump's wall (Washington Post)

Iowa poll: Biden, Bernie lead Democratic caucus field (Politico)

CBS to dock Les Moonves' severance, give millions to women's rights groups (FOX News)