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Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, July 15, 2019

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This Week In Idaho Politics

Simpson: Trump has delivered on promises
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
Chuck MalloyThree weeks before the 2016 presidential election, Congressman Mike Simpson declared that his party's nominee for president, Donald Trump, was "unfit" to hold the office.

Legislature will be challenged by high real estate values
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
Idahoans have seen real estate values climb the past few years.  The increase poses a series of challenges for the Idaho Legislature.

Hello, President Tromp; welcome to hard-right, Republican Idaho
By Stephen Hartgen
Stephen HartgenBarely on the job two weeks as the new Boise State president, Marlene Tromp must have been at least a bit surprised when a letter landed on her desk from half the Republicans in the Idaho House telling her, in effect, to "go easy" on pushing campus diversity and inclusion.

Atty. Gen. William Barr is undermining the rule of law
By Jim Jones
Jim JonesEver since William Barr was sworn in as U.S. Attorney General, he has failed to honor the sacred oath he recited to "faithfully discharge the duties" of that high office.

Guest opinion: Idaho's balanced budget represents good government, and it's what citizens expect
By Gov. Brad Little
Gov. Brad LittleFour simple budgeting concepts guide governing in Idaho:  

Guest opinion: Americans deserve real data privacy rights
By Sen. Mike Crapo
Sen. Mike CrapoOver the last decade, we have experienced a digital revolution that sees people using the Internet to manage more of their daily lives. 

Zions Bank July Idaho economic snapshot
By Robert Spendlove and Drew Maggelet, Zions Bank
Idaho's labor market keeps growing. In May, the state's year-over-year employment growth remained strong at 2.5 percent - the 5th highest rate in the nation.

Political news notes: GOP & Dems duel over BSU diversity . . . Roden remembrance . . . GOP town hall
By Idaho Politics Weekly staff
Twenty-eight Republican legislators sent a letter written by Rep. Barbara Ehardt to Boise State Pres. Marlene Tromp critical of efforts to create diversity and inclusion at Idaho's largest university. Democrats in the Legislature followed up with their own letter praising the university's diversity efforts.

Time to truly revamp Idaho education
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
No issue is more important to Idaho's future than quality education and the development of a skilled workforce through our education system.

Idaho Dems say socialist agenda won't work
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
Former Idaho Democratic congressmen Walt Minnick, Larry LaRocco and Richard Stallings are not on the front lines of this presidential campaign. But they have better thoughts about what it will take for a Democrat to win the White House than most of the candidates running.

Idaho ranks high nationally in support for Trump, GOP
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
Idaho, along with its sister states Wyoming and Utah, is among the top five most Republican states in the nation.

Trump's fly-by-the-seat-of-his-pants foreign policy endangers America
By Jim Jones
The President's trip to the G-20 meeting in Japan produced some foreign policy blunders that will prove harmful to America's national security. The problem is that he just wings it without bothering to develop an understanding of complex international issues.

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

Meridian Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee Meeting
When: Monday, July 15, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Foley Freeman PLLC, 953 S Industry Way, Meridian, ID
Discuss legislative issues relevant to the Meridian business community. The Meridian Chamber will be providing a pizza lunch.

Kootenai County Democratic Women's Garden Party
When: Monday, July 15, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Bring an appetizer or wine to share.  Donations to support Democratic women candidates are welcome. More info.

Magic Valley Republican Women Luncheon
When: Wednesday, July 17, 11:30 a.m.. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: Location varies
Republican strong, addressing current issues. For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Magic Valley RW President.

Kootenai County Reagan Republicans Meeting
When: Friday, July 19, 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: Red Lion Hotel Templin's on the River, 414 E. 1st St, Post Falls, ID

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