Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, September 9, 2019

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This Week In Idaho Politics

NOW activist makes bid for Risch's Senate seat
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
Nancy Harris.Remember that name, or don't. Unless you're following the U.S. Senate race closely, the next time you see her name in print might be on the 2020 ballot where her name will be listed next to Republican Sen. Jim Risch.

Reclaim Idaho makes an unforced error
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
Reclaim Idaho has been on a roll. In 2018 the group was the key driver in passing Medicaid expansion. They fiercely opposed legislative efforts to impose new hurdles to placing future measures on the ballot. Their stance was bolstered by Gov. Brad Little's veto of the restrictions. And, they have drawn substantial attention for their town hall forums on the appropriateness of Idaho's current ballot access procedures.

Guest opinion: Time for an initiative to invest in education
By Rebecca Schroeder, Reclaim Idaho Executive Director
Ask any politician in the state what issue matters most to them and they will tell you education.

Idaho eliminates burdensome red tape (except for the medically needy)
By Jim Jones
Idaho has undertaken a crusade to rid its businesses of government red tape and burdensome, purposeless administrative rules. The governor and Legislature have celebrated the elimination or simplification of about 40% of the state government's rules and are taking aim at another 15-20 percent of those pesky regulations.

Transgender ruling riles many Idahoans for many reasons
By Stephen Hartgen
It's been a long time since an Idaho criminal court case has riled so many across the state. But the recent federal court rulings requiring Idaho to pay for sex-change surgery of a child sex-abuser felon has brought wide, visceral and almost wholly negative responses.

Guest opinion: Remembering those first warriors in the war on terrorism
By Sen. Mike Crapo
On the anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, as we pause to remember that tragic day and all those lost, we remember where we were when we watched this national tragedy unfold. 

News release: Reclaim Idaho files 'Invest In Idaho' ballot initiative
By Press release
Reclaim Idaho, the grassroots organization responsible for putting Medicaid expansion on the November 2018 ballot, has filed a new initiative to keep Idaho public school teachers in-state, create competitive K-12 classroom and Career Technical Education (CTE) programs, and take pressure off property tax payers who continue to float costly school levies on a regular basis. The "Invest in Idaho" initiative is designed to generate more than $170 million in investments in Idaho's K-12 public schools. 

Political news notes: Town hall series . . . volunteerism commission . . fish & game appointments . . . Otter joins firm
By Idaho Politics Weekly staff
House Republican Leadership Continues Town Hall Series in Rexburg. House Republican Leadership and members of the House GOP Caucus from Districts 34-35 will hold a town hall Sept. 16 to better connect with their constituents in Eastern Idaho.

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.

Political Calendar Highlights

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2019 Leadership Boise Golf Scramble
When: Monday, Sept 9, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Plantation Country Club, 6515 W State St, Boise, ID
Support the Leadership Boise Academy for young leaders throughout the Treasure Valley by participating in our Annual Leadership Boise Golf Scramble.  This scramble offers tons of fun, networking with LB alumni and business leaderships and of course giveaways. More info.

Meridian Chamber Luncheon Speaker Series
When: Tuesday, Sept 12, 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: West Ada School District - Auditorium 1303 E Central Drive, Meridian, ID
Join your Meridian Chamber of Commerce for our monthly speaker series luncheon sponsored by ICON Credit Union. More info.

Valley County Republican Women Meeting
When: Thursday, Sept 12, 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: Location varies
A fast growing republican organization, come join us! For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 208-860-1120.

Boundary County Democrats Fall Fundraiser
When: Saturday, Sept 14, 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: 5764 Highway 1, Mile marker 4.5
Guest speakers include former candidate for Governor Paulette Jordan and Rebecca Schroeder, Executive Director of Reclaim Idaho. Tickets will be $20 for adults, $10 for children. Tickets will be sold at the Boundary County Fair Booth, or please message if you would like to arrange pick up of tickets elsewhere. More info.

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