Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, June 17, 2019

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This Week In Idaho Politics

Here's a job that only punching bags can like
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
If there were a television program titled, "Worst Jobs in American Politics," the chairmanship of Idaho's Republican Party would be sure to make the list if the series lasted long enough to get to that segment.

Aquifer recharge is assuring Idaho's water future
By Stephen Hartgen
Everyone knows Southern Idaho is a high desert place, generally short on water, without which we wouldn't have the growth and prosperity we have. But what's lesser known is the tremendous efforts being put into the state's water capacity, or how those efforts are assuring water "security" in the state for many years ahead.

Odds & Ends: Cyber attacks, young voters & Kim Jong Un
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
A few thoughts on a few, somewhat random, topics...

Guest opinion: Idaho has a long way to go on opioid crisis
By Sen. David Nelson, D-Moscow
Nearly everyone in Idaho has a friend, family member, or neighbor who has been impacted by the ongoing opioid crisis.

Magic wand solutions to complex problems
By Jim Jones
Pointy-headed scientists make life in these United States way too complicated.

Guest opinion: Stabilizing the secure rural schools program
By Sen Mike Crapo
"Ninety-seven percent of land in Custer County is state and federally ownedand exempt from taxation," explained Custer County Commissionerand Idaho Association of Counties Public Lands Committee Chairman Wayne Butts. "Counties and schools like ours can't operate without federal forest payments."

Guest opinion: We want YOU (to submit your public comments)
By Rep. Sally Toone, D-Gooding
You were the real hero of the 2019 legislative session. You came to the statehouse more times than I can count armed with facts, personal stories, and courage to fight the legislation that would hurt your communities.

Little signs executive order to combat opioid & substance misuse
By Press release
Gov. Brad Little has signed an executive order aimed at combatting opioid and substance misuse in Idaho.

Idaho Dept. Commerce announces investment from Taiwanese business
By Press release
Idaho Department of Commerce Director Tom Kealey has announced that Taiwanese dairy product manufacturer and co-packer Jetton Biochemistry Co., Ltd. will locate a new blended powder facility for production of a proprietary dairy formula in southwest Idaho.

Political news notes: Capital for a Day & other items
By Idaho Politics Weekly staff
American Falls to host 'Capital for a Day'.  Gov. Brad Little's next "Capital for a Day" event will be held in American Falls on June 26 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the American Falls District Library.

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.

Political Calendar Highlights

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Leadership Boise Alumni Happy Hour
When: Tuesday, June 18, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: The Reef, 105 S. 6th St. Boise, ID
Come mingle with your fellow Leadership Boise Alumni. This is open to graduates of the Leadership Boise program. More info.

South East Idaho Republican Women
When: Wednesday, June 19, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Omni Building, Conference Room 200, Pocatello Idaho
Republicans educating today, leading tomorrow. For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., SEIdahoRW President.

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