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Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, July 1, 2019

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This Week In Idaho Politics

Risch exercises influence where it counts
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
President Trump, with many of his bombastic comments, makes it easy for so many people to dislike Donald Trump, "the man." And for the "Never-Trumpers" of this world, it's easy to forget or outright deny that Trump happens to be president of the United States.


Idaho should keep doing redistricting right
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
In 1812, Elbridge Gerry, the then-governor of Massachusetts, signed a bill creating a state senate district with an elongated shape designed to elect a member of his party. From that originated the term "gerrymander" (the district looked like a salamander to some) to designate the creation of election boundary lines to maximize partisan advantage.


Agricultural exports buoy southern Idaho's economy
By Stephen Hartgen
It wasn't too many years ago, less than two decades or so, that southern Idaho's agricultural economy mostly supplied domestic markets. Sure, there were some wheat sales to Asia and sheep and beans to Mexico, but for the most part, Idaho products went mostly inside America.


Renewing the spirit of our Declaration of Independence
By Jim Jones
On July 4, 1776, the Second Continental Congress adopted a remarkable Declaration, proclaiming the thirteen American colonies to be free from British control.


Guest opinion: A French girl who knows the value of freedom
By Idaho Senate President Pro Tempore Brent Hill, R-Rexburg
Shortly before the Allied Forces stormed the beaches of Normandy on D-day, 75 years ago, General Dwight D. Eisenhower wrote an inspiring message to the troops: "You are about to embark on the Great Crusade, towards which we have striven these many months.... I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty and skill in battle. We will accept nothing less than full Victory! Good Luck! And let us all beseech the blessing of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking."


Guest opinion: Celebrating our extraordinary independence
By Sen. Mike Crapo
Every July 4 we celebrate the establishment of our nation and the values that created it. 


Guest opinion: When you talk, they listen
By Rebecca Schroeder, Executive Director, Reclaim Idaho
Back in the 1980's, there was a brokerage firm called E.F. Hutton that had one of the better advertising slogans of the decade: "When E.F. Hutton talks, people listen." Believe it or not, the same can be said of all of you when it comes to Medicaid Expansion -- Idaho's greatest legislative achievement in a generation.


Political news notes: Little forms 2020 Census Count Committee
By Idaho Politics Weekly staff
Gov. Brad Little has proclaimed "Census Day" in Idaho and announced the creation of a new committee to assist federal partners in completing the 2020 Census Count.


Pelosi says 'no' to Fulcher and border security
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
While most of the nation's talking heads were focused on President Trump, and whether he would accept dirt on his opponents from foreign sources, Idaho Congressman Russ Fulcher was working on other priorities.


You never get all you want from any politician or political party.
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
Even though it's only June, the city elections in November are only a bit more than 4 months away.


Idahoans stand with Trump despite tariffs
By Bob Bernick, Contributing editor
You never get all you want from any politician or political party.


Can America be proud on World Refugee Day?
By Jim Jones
World Refugee Day, June 20, is a time to consider the desperate plight of the more than 25 million people around the world who have fled their home countries because of a well-founded fear of being persecuted. 


Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

Fremont County Republican Women Meeting
When: Wednesday, July 3, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Location varies
For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., FCRW President.

Kootenai County Democratic Club
When: Friday, July 5, 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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