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Monday, July 22, 2019

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This Week In Idaho Politics

Diversity on Idaho Campuses
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
Image: ShutterstockIdaho's leading story over the last week has been a debate over diversity programs at Idaho colleges and universities.

John McGee makes life fixes where they count
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
Chuck MalloyNo one needs to tell former Sen. John McGee of Caldwell what it's like to hit rock bottom in life or how quickly someone can go from being a rising star to just another politician who resigned in disgrace.

Is Trump a racist, or an equal opportunity insulter-in-chief?
By LaVarr Webb, Publisher
Is President Trump a racist? I don't know. I don't know if he believes the white race is superior, or other races are inferior in some way. I don't know if he disparages people, or thinks less of them, or discriminates against them, because of the color of their skin.

State GOP dodges some divisive bullets
By Stephen Hartgen
Stephen HartgenAlthough he won by only a two-vote margin, 111 to 109, former Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador has a good opportunity to lead the Idaho Republican Party away from the internal backbiting and the RINO-purging tendencies of some of its extremists. But it won't be an easy task.

Guest opinion: Empowering women business owners
By Sen. Jim Risch
Women entrepreneurs are key to Idaho's economic success, driving much of the extraordinary economic growth Idaho has experienced over the last decade.

Guest opinion: Legislature to blame for high tuition
By House Democratic leader Mat Erpelding, D-Boise
House Democratic leader Mat ErpeldingHave you ever heard an argument so riddled with bias and error that you don't even know where to start with your rebuttal?

The president has delivered on some of his promises
By Jim Jones
Jim JonesAlthough President Trump has been criticized for his job performance, he's done some of what he promised to do. However, that is not necessarily a good thing.

Guest opinion: National Day of the American Cowboy
By Sen. Mike Crapo
Sen. Mike CrapoIdaho's cowboys and cowgirls have a lasting legacy in our great state, where personal responsibility, strength, hard work, integrity and determination are deeply rooted. 

News notes: State regs . . . Census committee . . . Grangeville capital for a day . . . Salmon working group
By Idaho Politics Weekly staff
Idaho pursues further cuts to state regulations. Gov. Brad Little joined House and Senate majority Leadership in a joint press conference to announce the state will pursue further cuts to the Idaho Administrative Code this year.

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.

Political Calendar Highlights

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District 15 Dems Dinner Huddle
When: Tuesday, July 23, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Casa Mexico, 10332 W Fairview Ave # 104, Boise, ID
More info This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. organizer.

Kootenai Democrats Dem Club Happy Hour
When: Tuesday, July 23, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Where: Thai Bamboo Restaurant, 2010 N 4th St, Coeur d'Alene, ID
Join fellow Democrats for a Dem Club Happy Hour. This informal bi-weekly gathering offers a free-wheeling discussion of local and state current events. It is a mid-week evening alternative for Democrats to meet, mingle, and discuss issues with a crowd of congenial people. More info.

Bonneville County Republican Women Meeting
When: Thursday, July 25, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Location varies
Become an active republican in this community. For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., BonnevilleCRW President.

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