Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, April 8, 2019

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This Week In Idaho Politics

Idahoans approve of their Legislature's work, but dislike Congress
By Bob Bernick, Contributing editor
Idahoans really don't like the job Congress is doing, an Idaho Politics Weekly poll finds.

Campaign tip: How to leverage the ground game to win votes
By LaVarr Webb, Publisher
Municipal election campaigns are underway, and candidates are determining the best way to win votes. With all the high-tech means of connecting with voters, walking neighborhoods might seem old-fashioned and ineffective.

Idaho redistricting can be improved
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
Former Chief Justice Jim Jones, who gets his kicks these days writing independent political columns, can put together mind-numbing legal opinions with the best of them. He has written plenty of those during his 13-year career with the Idaho Supreme Court.

Where next on Idaho ballot issues?
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
The big news last week was Gov. Brad Little's veto of SB 1159, the hotly debated measure to dramatically increase the requirements to qualify an Idaho initiative or referendum for placement on the Idaho ballot.

Trump's helter-skelter foreign policy endangers our national security
By Jim Jones
On March 28, a headline on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security website proudly declared, "Secretary Nielsen Signs Historic Regional Compact with Central America to Stem Irregular Migration at the Source, Confront U.S. Border Crisis." The story under the headline told of how El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras would continue to work cooperatively with the U.S. to address the "ongoing humanitarian and security emergency at our Southern Border."

Guest opinion: What 'Reclaim Idaho' is all about
By Luke Mayville, Co-Founder, Reclaim Idaho
It's time to set the record straight about "Reclaim Idaho."

Guest opinion: 70 years on, NATO is a strategic partnership worth celebrating
By U.S. Sens. Jim Risch (R-ID) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)
April 4 marked the 70th anniversary of the world's most successful political-military alliance the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). On the heels of the Soviet blockade of Berlin and the West's airlift, NATO's initial 12 members founded the alliance to confront the Soviet Union's emerging challenges to peace and prosperity.

Guest opinion: New legislation will protect Idaho's fish habitat
By Sen. Mike Crapo
Sport fishing is culturally and economically important to families and communities all across Idaho. 

Political news notes: Variety of events in Idaho politics
By Idaho Politics Weekly staff
Ellis and The Peregrine Fund honor Dr. Tom Cade. Rep. Jake Ellis (D-Boise) partnered with The Peregrine Fund to honor Dr. Tom Cade last week. Cade was the founding chair and director of the Peregrine Fund. The celebration came on the heels of the passage of the Dr. Tom Cade memorial that Ellis helped to draft and sponsored on the House floor. 

Republicans like their elected officials
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
Idaho's top politicians all Republicans do just fine among their own party members in job approval ratings, a recent Idaho Politics Weekly poll finds.

Thank the Dems if Trump wins again
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
You won't get this through the network television news or by listening to the talking heads, but this is a nice time to be a Republican on Capitol Hill.

Initiative restriction measure triggering backlash
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
Newton's Third Law of Motion: For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

Valley County Republican Women Meeting
When: Thursday, April 11, 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: Location varies
A fast growing republican organization, come join us! For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 208-860-1120

Dem Club: Mike PatrickState of Press Affairs
When: Friday, April 12, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Iron Horse Restaurant, 407 E sherman Ave, Coeur d'Alene
Our guest speaker is Mike Patrick the editor of the Coeur d'Alene Press.  What can be done and what is being done to keep us informed?  An informed electorate is essential for any Democracy.  Don't miss this most interesting talk and bring your questions. More info.

Bonneville County Lincoln Day Dinner
When: Saturday, April 13, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Melalueca Headquarters, 4609 W 65th S Idaho Falls, ID
$35/adult, $25/student, $1000 table sponsorship.

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