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Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, March 25, 2019

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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.

Survey: Idahoans, overall, like Trump's performance on key issues
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
Most Idahoans approve of the way GOP President Donald Trump is handling the economy, immigration and foreign policy, an Idaho Politics Weekly poll finds.

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. 

Life is great . . . Why is everyone so miserable?
By LaVarr Webb, Publisher
By any objective measure, there's never been a better time to be alive than now in the entire history of the world.

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.

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

District 15 Dems Dinner Huddle
When: Tuesday, March 26, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Casa Mexico, 10332 W Fairview Ave # 104, Boise, ID
Monthly on the fourth Tuesday. More info This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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.

Bonneville County Republican Women Meeting
When: Thursday, March 28, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Location varies
Become an active republican in this community. For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., BonnevilleCRW President.

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