Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

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This Week In Idaho Politics

The kids are going to do just fine
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
This last week I had an opportunity to function as the judge in a mock criminal trial at Compass Academy in Idaho Falls. I don't do criminal law and had to do a bit of preparation. I was a bit nervous on the day of the trial.


Fulcher embraces new version of freedom caucus
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
The conservative-based House Freedom Caucus, which gained political fame by ousting one Republican House speaker (John Boehner) and making life miserable for another (Paul Ryan), has added a new member to its circle. It's Idaho Congressman Russ Fulcher.


Honoring our Native American service personnel on Memorial Day
By Jim Jones
Memorial Day is a time set aside for Americans to remember and honor those brave souls who died serving this wonderful country.


Southern Idaho politics reflect common-sense conservatism
By Stephen Hartgen
Recent articles on Idaho politics have reported on the apparent alignment of several elected officials with fringe and right-wing splinter groups in Idaho's political spectrum. But mostly, the politicians involved aren't from the Southern Idaho region.


Guest opinion: Idahoans can best determine what's best for Idaho
By Sen. Carl Crabtree, District 7
A new law passed this legislative session may allow Idahoans to have a larger voice in federal land management. This law deemed the "Federalism Bill," appoints a group of legislators to help chart a better path for cooperative efforts between the federal government and its citizens. I have been asked to serve as a part of that group.


Guest opinion: Time to fulfill obligations to military widows and families
By Sen. Mike Crapo
One of the ways we can honor fallen heroes beyond Memorial Day is by making certain that the benefits they more than paid for to ensure the wellbeing of their families after their death are fulfilled. 


Press release: Little seeks input on cutting and simplifying regulations
By Press release
Gov. Brad Little is accepting public comment through June 11 on administrative rules identified for elimination or simplification after the Idaho Legislature's decision not to reauthorize Idaho's Administrative Code during the 2019 legislative session.


Political news notes: Politicians staying busy in Idaho
By Idaho Politics Weekly staff
Little launches effort to improve broadband infrastructure. Gov. Brad Little has signed an executive order establishing the Idaho Broadband Task Force to improve connectivity and broadband infrastructure across Idaho.


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.


Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

District 15 Dems Dinner Huddle
When: Tuesday, May 28, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Casa Mexico, 10332 W Fairview Ave # 104, Boise, ID
More info email organizer This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Leadership Meridian 2018/2019 Session Day
When: Thursday, May 30, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Where: J.R. Williams Building, Clearwater Conference Room, 700 West State Street, Boise
Leadership Meridian is a program that consists of monthly, day long sessions where participants receive an insider's view of our local area. New perspectives for creative leadership are taught with the goal to give them a foundation to expand their leadership role within the community and their businesses. More info.

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