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Monday, May 20, 2019

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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.

Guest opinion: Better education = Better future for Idaho
By Sen. David Nelson, D-Moscow
Congratulations to all students across Idaho who recently graduated from university or any workforce training program! 

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.   

Press release: Reclaim Idaho wins 2019 Advocacy Award from Idaho Academy of Family Physicians
By Press release
The Idaho Academy of Family Physicians (IAFP) has presented Reclaim Idaho with its 2019 Advocacy Award for its work in getting Medicaid Expansion passed in the Gem State.

Press release: Little names members of 'Our Kids, Idaho's Future' task force
By Press release
Governor Brad Little has announced the members of his new "Our Kids, Idaho's Future" Task Force, establishing the group that will formulate a five-year blueprint for improvement of and investment in Idaho's K-12 public education system.  

Political news notes: Aryan Knights statement . . . ed task force . . . & gov's schedule
By Idaho Politics Weekly staff
Aryan Knights statement. Gov. Brad Little issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Justice announced today its indictment of ten members of an Idaho prison gang called the "Aryan Knights."

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.

Rebecca Casper: A leader who knows where she's going
By Bob Bernick, Contributing editor
Idaho Falls Mayor Rebecca Casper certainly seems like a politician who knows where she is going and she wants to lead her eastern Idaho city there.

Political Calendar Highlights

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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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