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This Week In Idaho Politics
Re-election & saving salmon are Simpson priorities By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor Forget any talk about Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson stepping down after 11 terms, or speculation about the political drama that would occur from a hotly contested GOP primary.
Should Idaho dive deeper into the abortion fray? By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor This year's Idaho Legislature passed a couple of abortion-related bills. One required reporting of complications during an abortion and the other dealt with partial birth abortions.
America's credibility chickens are coming home to roost By Jim Jones The Trump Administration is having trouble convincing our allies of the necessity of a confrontation with Iran. Administration claims that Iran is posing an increasing threat to U.S. interests in the region have been met with skepticism by a number of governments.
Dams, salmon runs are all about virtue signaling By Stephen Hartgen There was plenty of irony and multi-layered virtue signaling these past weeks in the renewed calls to somehow "find a way" to get more salmon past the lower Snake River dams.
Guest opinion: Idaho's future success begins with healthy families By Ted Epperly, president, Idaho Academy of Family Physicians and Luke Mayville, co-founder, Reclaim Idaho The plight of Idaho's working poor is a day-to-day struggle. This is especially true for rural families who live with underfunded schools, low wages, and limited access to childcare and early-childhood education.
Guest opinion: Supporting foster care so all children have a safe, loving home By Sen. Mike Crapo On May 10, 1988, Pres. Ronald Reagan issued a proclamation to observe the first National Foster Care Month. The proclamation followed the Senate's passage of a resolution establishing this designation. This May is once again National Foster Care Month, an opportunity to acknowledge the importance of foster care in providing opportunities to succeed for thousands of American children.
Guest opinion: Hauling hemp should not be a criminal act By Rep. Ilana Rubel and Rep. Dorothy Moon When Denis Palamarchuk, a truck driver from Portland, Oregon, presented his bill of lading for 6,700 pounds of industrial hemp to officials at the Idaho port of entry on January 24, 2019, he surely never dreamed of the nightmare that lay ahead.
Meridian Chamber 2019 Legislative Recap Breakfast When: Tuesday, May 21, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Where: West Ada School District, 1303 E Central Dr, Meridian, ID Come join us for breakfast as we hear from our Idaho State Legislators as they recap the 2019 legislative session and give some insight into the 2020 legislative session. More info.
Idaho Global Entrepreneurial Mission (IGEM) Investment Subcommittee Meeting When: Tuesday, May 21, 2 pm. to 3 p.m. Where: J.R. Williams Building, Clearwater Conference Room, 700 West State Street, Boise The IGEM Investment Subcommittee, comprised of both IGEM Council and non-council members, provides strategic direction and recommendations to the IGEM Council. During this meeting, the IGEM Investment Subcommittee will review four applications and provide recommendations to the IGEM Council. More info.
Boise Chamber Small Business of the Year & Chamber Excellence Awards Luncheon When: Wednesday, May 22, 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Where: Boise Centre, 850 W Front St, Boise, ID Each year, more than 600 members and business leaders come together to celebrate our members' excellence at the awards luncheon. This year will continue the long-standing tradition as three finalists in each category will receive recognition. Categories include: travel, healthcare, financial services, food and agriculture, and nonprofit, as well as Small Business of the Year. Join us as we celebrate member excellence. More info.
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