Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, May 6, 2019

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This Week In Idaho Politics

Utah's GOP in-fighting has lessons for Idaho
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
Idaho's State Republican Party is about to select a new chair to lead Idaho's dominant political party. Former chair Jonathan Parker stepped down a while back and the vacancy will be filled at the GOP summer meeting in late June.

Sen. Richard Lugar was a model for political civility
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
People in my line of work typically don't have many friends in the political world, but during my years in Indiana in the 1990s, I had a cordial working relationship with Dick Lugar, the state's longest-serving senator who recently passed at age 87.

Idahoans are sticking with the Republican Party
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
Across the nation, Idaho is tied for sixth place as the most Republican state in the U.S.

Forget the election, Mr. President, and focus on Russian aggression
By Jim Jones
Christopher Wray, the FBI director, warned on April 26 that Russian interference in the 2020 election presents a "significant counterintelligence threat." His warning followed the Worldwide Threat Assessment (WTA) issued by U.S. intelligence agencies in January.

Local option taxation is taxation, nonetheless
By Stephen Hartgen
For the umpteenth time, various proposals by local governments to raise your local sales taxes died without so much as a hearing in the Idaho House. Good thing, too.

Guest opinion: IRS should prove criminal intent before seizing assets
By Sen. Mike Crapo
The federal government should meet a high threshold of proving illegal activity when seizing personal property in a criminal investigation. 

Press release: Get immunized to protect against measles
By Press release
With the growing number of outbreaks plaguing our nation, Get Immunized, Idaho wants to help make parents aware of what they need to do to ensure they and their children are protected.

Political news notes: Gov. Little issues pardons, makes appointment
By Idaho Politics Weekly staff
First pardons of Little administration. Gov. Brad Little has issued two pardons in accordance with the unanimous recommendation of the Idaho Commission of Pardons and Parole.

East Idaho political dust-ups attracting attention
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
Boise is often seen as Idaho's center. That is understandable in that it is Idaho's largest city, the state's capital and an economic powerhouse.

McGeachin stays loyal to base while Little fumes
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin, who is a proverbial heartbeat away from being Idaho's next governor, might be making Gov. Brad Little's heart flutter a bit.

Three questions about Donald Trump . . .
By LaVarr Webb, Publisher
How damaging is the Mueller report to Trump? The Mueller report is not the nail in Trump's coffin that liberals were hoping for because it revealed nothing we didn't already know about Trump.

Let's celebrate America's exceptional legal system on Law Day
By Jim Jones
The first day of May is Law Day, which was first designated by Pres. Dwight Eisenhower in 1958 to celebrate our remarkable legal system. The rule of law is the bedrock of our society. The law protects us, our freedoms and our property against arbitrary government action.

Political Calendar Highlights

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Meridian Chamber 2019 Small Business Awards Luncheon
When: Tuesday, May 7, 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: Galaxy Event Center at Wahooz, 1385 S Blue Marlin Ln, Meridian, ID
Keynote Speaker: Robert Spendlove, Zions Bank Chief Economist. Special guest emcee, Autumn Kersey of Treasure Valley Children's Theatre. Awards for several categories will be presented including Business Person of the Year. More info and register here.

Valley County Republican Women Meeting
When: Thursday, May 9, 12 pm. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: Location varies
A fast growing republican organization, come join us! For more information, email Pam Thier or 208-860-1120.

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