Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, June 10, 2019

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This Week In Idaho Politics

Who will be Idaho's favorite Democrat in 2020?
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
The 2020 presidential election is off to a fast start.  Pres. Trump and Democratic front runner Joe Biden are already hurling spears at each other.  The massive Democratic field of 20+ is marked by a multitude of candidates scrambling to stand out.


Rep. Scott: Legislators are 'bought-n-paid-for'
By Chuck Mallo, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
As State Rep. Heather Scott of Blanchard sees it, the legislative process is corrupt, committee chairs are abusing their power and legislators have been "bought-n-paid-for" by lobbyists and special interests.


Campaign tip: A million little things add up to a win
By LaVarr Webb, Publisher
Municipal elections are well underway, and a lot of hopefuls are gearing up for 2020 campaigns. It's time to refresh some old campaign wisdom.


Most recycling can't overcome rising costs, lower values
By Stephen Hartgen
It was a sobering lesson indeed this spring for the Twin Falls City Council to hear the real numbers on the city's upside-down recycling efforts, which have run up against the dropping values of the materials and the rising costs of the program. And there's a basic economics course here too for those willing to see it.


Mulling over Volume One of the Mueller Report
By Jim Jones
Debate over what the Mueller Report concluded with regard to Russian interference in the 2016 election has only intensified since Robert Mueller spoke to the nation on May 29. In his sphinx-like manner, the special counsel summarized what he had found, declining to go beyond the confines of his written report.


Guest opinion: We all continue to be flag makers
By Sen. Mike Crapo
Our flag is a powerful image of our national strength and American principles. 


Guest opinion: Marching together
By Congressman Mike Simpson
Some 75 years ago, on the beaches of Normandy, more than 160,000 Allied soldiers landed across a 50 mile stretch of French coastline.


Guest opinion: Explore Idaho Public Television
By Teresa Little, First Lady of Idaho
Our family has long been viewers, fans and supporters of Idaho Public Television.


Press release: Woolf releases updated Transparent Idaho portal
By Press release
Idaho State Controller Brandon Woolf has announced the release of an updated Transparent Idaho portal featuring quicker, easier access to even more state spending data.


News notes: Ed task force and judicial appointments
By Idaho Politics Weekly staff
Education task force holds first meeting. The first meeting of the "Our Kids, Idaho's Future" Task Force focused on identifying goals for the next several months, assigning the various members to subcommittees within the task force, and reviewing the work of former Gov. Butch Otter's education task force.


Education quality goes beyond national rankings
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
If you pay attention to what you read and hear about the national rankings, you might think that our public schools are in the water hazard.


At least Trump takes action unlike Congress
By LaVarr Webb, Publisher
I really don't like Trump's threat to impose escalating tariffs on Mexico unless it stops illegal immigrants from entering the United States.


Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

Canyon County Republican Women Meeting
When: Tuesday, June 11, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Golden Palace Restaurant, 703 Main St, Caldwell, ID
11:30 a.m. social (half) hour, 12 p.m. program begins

Boise Chamber Ambassador Committee Luncheon
When: Thursday, June 13, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Boise Metro Chamber, 1101 W Front St #100, Boise, ID
Schedule and register here.

Kootenai County Democratic Club Meeting
When: Friday, June 13, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Iron Horse, 407 Sherman Ave, Coeur d'Alene, ID

To submit events to the Idaho Politics Weekly calendar please use our contact form here.


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