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Monday, July 29, 2019

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This Week In Idaho Politics

Labrador will build bridges, not walls, with GOP
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
Chuck MalloyJudging by some of the statewide political commentaries that rail against Republicans, one might get the impression that Idaho is a legitimate two-party state and a toss-up in any presidential election.

Danger ahead on Idaho Medicaid expansion?
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
I am a fan of Netflix's reimagining of the old television show 'Lost in Space'.  The robot is famous for the phrase: "Danger, Will Robinson!" That means some threat is imminent.

Should government interfere in family care decisions?
By Jim Jones
Jim JonesDee Childers and her two sisters love their Dad and want to make sure he has the best care possible. As he descended into dementia, needing more intensive care, they became his legal guardians and found a good quality residential facility where he could live out his final years in safety and dignity.

Leave minimum wage level to the marketplace
By Stephen Hartgen
Stephen HartgenThe Medicaid expansion issue roiled the 2019 Idaho legislative session and prompted wild claims from the left on how yet another government-subsidized program must be passed or the poor will be hurt.  

Guest opinion: Reclaim Idaho proves grassroots efforts can win
By Luke Mayville
Luke MayvilleOnce again, it's time to clear up some confusion about "Reclaim Idaho" and what we're all about.

Guest opinion: Why I'm excited to lead the Idaho GOP
By Raul Labrador, Idaho GOP state chair
It is a great honor and privilege to lead the Idaho Republican Party. Republican leadership in the White House and across Idaho have ushered in an unprecedented era of growth, opportunity, and prosperity.

Guest opinion: Working to end veterinarian shortages
By Sen. Mike Crapo
Sen. Mike CrapoThe benefits of living in rural Idaho communities are abundant-easy access to outdoor activities, strong sense of community, great places to raise children, neighbors banding together in times of need or to celebrate accomplishments, and much more.  But, some professionals dealing with trying to pay high student loans may face challenges with locating in rural areas.

Guest opinion: A conversation about the impacts of child marriage
By Rep. Melissa Wintrow and Gracie Messier
Rep. Melissa Wintrow and Gracie MessierThe following is a phone conversation between Rep Melissa Wintrow/(D-Boise) and high school student Gracie Messier about a child marriage bill presented by Gracie at the Girls State simulated legislature. Girls State is a nonpartisan program through American Legion Auxiliary; they do not have a stance on child marriage.

Press release: Governor takes more steps to improve rulemaking processes
By Press release
Gov. Brad Little has unveiled new steps to improve transparency and accountability in Idaho's administrative rulemaking processes.

Political news notes: Town hall . . . Democratic legislators statement . . . Little's schedule
By Idaho Politics Weekly staff
Reclaim Idaho Holding "Idaho Speaks" Town Hall on Initiative Rights in Twin Falls.

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.

Political Calendar Highlights

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Governor's Address to the Business Community
When: Wednesday, July 31, 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: JUMP-Jack's Urban Meeting Place, 1000 W. Myrtle St. Boise, ID
More info.

21st Annual Boise Metro Golf Classic 2019
When: Friday, August 2, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Where: The Club at Spurwing, 6800 N Spurwing Way, Meridian, ID
Registration and Breakfast will be held from 8-9 a.m. After the tournament, all players will have the opportunity to mingle and enjoy the awards ceremony and raffle drawings. Hole-in-one competitions, men's & women's longest drive competitions, putting contests, and closest-to-the-pin contests. Registration includes free driving range, 18 holes of golf, golf cart, breakfast box, course beverages, lunch, gift bag, and the chance to win great prizes.

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