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This Week In Idaho Politics
Trump is favorite presidential candidate in Idaho By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor Idaho is still Trump country.A recent poll by Idaho Politics Weekly matching GOP Pres. Donald Trump with other contenders in 2020 shows the president is still popular in Idaho.
Apologies owed on Trump collusion assertions By LaVarr Webb, Publisher Bombshell! Bombshell! Bombshell!That word has been used thousands of time in the last two years to describe leaks or revelations in the lengthy Mueller probe into purported collusion with Russia by Pres. Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign.
What voters want may not be what they get By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor After receiving 58 percent support in the last election, there was no question that Gov. Brad Little earned the right to be the state's chief executive through 2022.
Legislature may not have final word on some issues By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor As the Idaho Legislature grinds towards a close, a host of issues are ending up on the wayside. A new school funding formula? Unlikely. More guns in schools? No. Requiring parents to opt-in their kids for sex ed? Nope. Raising the property tax exemption for homeowners? Not on the agenda. Raising the marriage age? Nada.
White supremacy: a serious, dangerous and growing threat By Jim Jones In the aftermath of the massacre of 50 Muslims by an avowed white supremacist at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, Pres. Donald Trump was asked whether he saw white nationalism as a growing threat around the world. He replied, "I don't really. I think it's a small group of people that have very, very serious problems." While the president may not regard these extremists as a threat, they most decidedly are and we, as a nation, should be working to eliminate that danger to our safety.
Guest opinion: Romance scams No. 1 in fraud losses By Sen. Mike Crapo In the past, I have written about tax season scams to try to help raise awareness so that Americans do not fall victim to fraud that robs people of their hard-earned money. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently alerted the public to romance scams that the commission reports has resulted in more financial losses than any other form of consumer fraud.
Political news notes: More action on legislative bills By Idaho Politics Weekly staff Governor signs bill increasing starting teacher pay, highlights progress on education priorities. Gov. Brad Little has signed into law House Bill 153, increasing starting teacher pay to $40,000 per year.
Changes would make citizen initiatives harder By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor State Sen. C. Scott Grow's (R-Eagle) bill week to increase the requirements to get an initiative on Idaho's ballot drew substantial attention last week.
Idaho has a vital stake in an accurate 2020 census count By Jim Jones A federal district court judge ruled on March 6 that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross broke the law by adding a citizenship question to the 2020 Census. A January 15 ruling by a different federal judge reached the same conclusion. The issue is scheduled to be taken up by the U.S. Supreme Court on April 23.
Can't anybody do this job right? By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor Here's a tip for anyone thinking about seeking public office. Don't run for state superintendent of public instruction, because it is by far the worst job in Idaho politics.
Boise Young Professionals 101: After Work When: Wednesday, March 27, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Where: Boise Metro Chamber, 1101 W Front St #100, Boise, ID BYP 101 welcomes new members to come and learn what BYP is all about. This brief workshop will review all programs and events as well as give you the inside scoop on how to get build your network and get the most out of your membership. Members, nonmembers and guest are invited! The first 20 minutes will be time to network with participants. More info.
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