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This Week In Idaho Politics
'Common sense' gun reform not happening By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor Chuck MalloyHere we go again. Two more mass shootings, one in El Paso and one in Dayton, and we're hearing some predictable rhetoric this time with a Democratic presidential nomination on the line.
Trump, 'red flag' laws, & Idaho's gun lobby By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor Politics is known for making strange bedfellows. It can also create unusual foes. A rather unique conflict may be brewing in Idaho in relation to so-called "red flag" laws geared to reduce gun violence.
Tax issues, initiatives & redistricting lead legislative agenda By Stephen Hartgen Stephen HartgenIt's the heat of summer, but none too early for some look-ahead topics likely to be on legislators' radar when they convene in Boise in a much-cooler January. Among the likely topics are tax proposals, the census-driven redistricting effort, and another attempt at tightening the initiative process.
Guest Opinion: Idaho needs to bolster rural broadband now By Sen. Carl Crabtree Sen. Carl CrabtreeInsufficient broadband in rural Idaho is putting our students, businesses, and communities at a significant disadvantage. I am working hard to get more of this essential infrastructure to the people living outside the major metro areas.
Guest opinion: Navigating Early Childhood Education By Sen. Cherie Buckner-Webb (D-Boise), and Sen. Janie Ward-Engelking (D-Boise) There are so many competing priorities for new parents which result in the necessity to navigate a steep learning curve immediately. From the minute that bundle of joy arrives at home, one of the chief concerns is how to ensure their child has the best possible start in every area possible: emotionally, spiritually, and educationally.
Political news notes: Politicians busy all across Idaho By Idaho Politics Weekly staff House GOP leadership continues town hall series. House Republican Leadership and House Republican Caucus members from Districts 20-22 will hold a town hall in Meridian. This comes after people packed a town hall in Twin Falls last month.
Idaho delegation splits on budget votes By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor When President Trump asks Republicans for a vote on something, Sen. Jim Risch normally offers his support. But when it comes to the budget well, that's another story.Risch was one of 28 Senators opposing the bipartisan budget bill backed by Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Call it the "Miracle on Pennsylvania Avenue," since Trump and Pelosi can't agree on the color of grass. But they managed to join forces on a two-year budget package that will end the drama, or threats, of government shutdowns.
Idaho Falls Young Professionals Network BBQ When: Tuesday, Aug 13, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Where: Civitan Park, 900 West Elva, Idaho Falls YPN is an inclusive group designed to provide career-minded young professionals with opportunities to develop socially, professionally and civically. The group consists of members from various industries and businesses and all career levels. YPN offers many opportunities for our members to cultivate meaningful relationships while serving as a resource for our community. More info.
Kootenai Democrats Dem Club Happy Hour When: Tuesday, Aug 13, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Where: Thai Bamboo Restaurant, 2010 N 4th St, Coeur d'Alene, ID 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.
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