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Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

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This Week In Idaho Politics

State treasurer fights GOP eviction notice
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Chuck MalloyHouse Majority Leader Mike Moyle of Star and State Treasurer Julie Ellsworth have a friendship that goes way back.

Stories of Idaho's ancient humans should be told
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Last week a story in Science about an Idaho archeological site drew international attention and excitement. In north Idaho south of Cottonwood on the Salmon River is a spot known as Cooper's Ferry. First excavated in the 1970s, it was occupied repeatedly by Native Americans. But, what was stunning was the dating of first occupancy based upon charcoal, tools and animal remains to 16,560 and 15,280 years ago.

Idaho is very conservative, not quite in the top 10
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
Idaho is a very Republican state that is clear as all statewide and federal offices are held by Republicans and the Legislature is overwhelmingly so.

Guest opinion: Transgender inmate surgery case is a fight for what is right and reasonable
By Governor Brad Little
Governor Brad LittleActivist federal judges overstepped yet again in a case involving an Idaho transgender inmate seeking gender reassignment surgery.

Reflections on the Vietnam War and its aftermath
By Jim Jones
Jim JonesAmericans call it the Vietnam War. Present-day Vietnamese call it the American War. Whatever it is called, the 407 days I served in that war have had a profound effect on my life ever since.

Guest opinion: Idaho needs Pres. Green to succeed at U. of Idaho
By Sen. David Nelson, D-Moscow
Sen. David NelsonIn late August, Moscow begins to vibrate with the energy of new and returning students about to begin the new academic year at the University of Idaho. 

Government pre-school isn't the best alternative
By Stephen Hartgen
Stephen HartgenAnother school year is underway across Idaho and some youngsters are going to school for the first time as kindergartners. It's a milestone for our beloved children and grandchildren, whose first walks we remember and who now take these first steps into formal learning and the classroom.

Playing five-dimensional chess for Greenland golf courses
By Jim Jones
Jim JonesThe president's supporters have often claimed that Trump is playing three-dimensional chess while we mere mortals are only capable of comprehending checkers. I was skeptical of this contention until it was disclosed that Trump is hot to buy Greenland.

Guest opinion: Idaho teachers need our support
By Rep. John McCrostie (D-Boise), Rep. Sally Toone (D-Gooding) & Sen. Janie Ward-Engelking (D-Boise)
Over the summer, numerous "hearings" have been held on the Idaho Core Standards. Educators from across the state showed up to testify in defense of our Idaho Core Standards. 

Guest opinion: Fortifying our supply chains
By Sen. Mike Crapo
Sen. Mike CrapoWe live in an accelerating world requiring reliance on ever-advancing technology for many aspects of our lives. 

Political news notes: Statements issued on rejection of Medicaid expansion application . . . appointments by Gov. Little
By Idaho Politics Weekly staff
Reclaim Idaho: Feds reject application for restriction designed to steer people to exchange plans. The federal government dealt Idaho's State Legislature a big blow by rejecting an application for a restriction to Medicaid expansion designed to steer otherwise eligible participants onto expensive exchange-based plans.

Weird week overshadowed Idaho's property tax challenge
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
Last week's unique headlines - the Greenland/Denmark spat, the ramped-up trade war with China and the Trump's crazy tweet spasm on Friday - obscured an Idaho GOP legislative forum last Tuesday in Meridian that highlighted Republican House leaders' thoughts on tackling Idaho's climbing property valuations.

Political Calendar Highlights

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Kootenai Democrats Progressive Diners
When: Wednesday, Sept 4, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Seasons of Coeur d'Alene, 209 East Lakeside, Coeur d'Alene, ID
Progressive Diners meets the first Wednesday of each month at Seasons in Cd'A for dinner and lively discussion of a topic of interest that is presented by a speaker. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to receive notice of the meetings. More info.

Fremont County Republican Women Meeting
When: Wednesday, Sept 4, 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.

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