Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, September 30, 2019

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This Week In Idaho Politics

Risch to Idahoans: Read transcript, then decide
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
Idaho Sen. Jim Risch chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and is the No. 2 figure on the Select Intelligence Committee, which means he has access to President Trump and lots of clout to boot.

Trump should be censured, not impeached
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
House Democrats have, after months of months of dithering, pulled the trigger on impeaching President Trump. After word leaked of the whistleblower complaint (according to the New York Times it was filed by a CIA staffer assigned to the National Security Council), House Speaker Nancy Pelosi authorized an impeachment investigation to move forward.

At 75, many blessings in a bountiful & free land
By Stephen Hartgen
Today, Sept 30, is my 75th birthday. I've been walking this Earth at least 74 of those years, all except for the first one, when I was just a squiggly, squirmy little guy. Mercifully, there aren't many pictures of me then and I don't intend to make them public anyway. But of course, I was the cutest baby ever, says my mother, bless her soul.

Young people want a livable planet; why doesn't Trump?
By Jim Jones
Millions of young people around the globe stepped forward on September 20 to plead with world leaders to leave them an inhabitable planet--a world not plagued by unbearable heat and catastrophic weather. They got a cold and deaf ear from our president, perhaps the most prominent climate denier on the face of the Earth.

Guest opinion: Countering the assault on Supreme Court judicial independence
By Sen. Mike Crapo
The Supreme Court of the United States plays a vital role in safeguarding the United States' Constitution. 

Guest opinion: Idaho needs education leadership academy
By Sen. Dave Lent (R-Idaho Falls) and Rod Gramer, Idaho Business for Education
The governor's Our Kids, Idaho's Future Task Force recently hit on a one-word description of something that could transform Idaho's education system leadership.

Guest opinion: Celebrating National Hunting & Fishing Day
By Rep. Sally Toone (D-Gooding) and Sen. Lee Heider (R-Twin Falls)
Saturday, Sept. 28, marked our nation's 47th Annual National Hunting and Fishing Day (NHFD).

Guest opinion: Property tax boost not needed to fund Medicaid expansion
By Luke Mayville and Rebecca Schroeder, Reclaim Idaho
Idaho's politicians are not just frustrated with the overwhelming passage of Proposition Two - they're downright angry.

Political news notes: Board of Ed appointment . . . wheat deal with Taiwan . . . LINE Commission . . . and more
By Idaho Politics Weekly staff
Governor Little appoints Shawn Keough to Idaho State Board of Education. Gov. Brad Little has appointed Shawn Keough to the Idaho State Board of Education.

Press release: Diplomatic mission to Europe opens doors to new economic ties
By Press release
Governor Brad Little and First Lady Teresa Little concluded a six-day diplomatic mission to strengthen Idaho's ties with the Basque Country, the Netherlands, and Ireland.  

Right & left should seek common ground on our transitioning energy economy
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
Last week I had an interesting experience at a seminar in Colorado discussing energy trends. 

Ybarra a no-show for high-level visitor
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
Strange.The No. 2 guy in Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' office visits the Gem State, and Idaho's top education official State Superintendent Sherri Ybarra was nowhere to be found. Not even in the airport's baggage-claim area.

Political Calendar Highlights

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Idaho Falls Chamber Distinguished Under 40 Awards
When: Tuesday, Sept 24, 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: The DEC - The Downtown Event Center, 480 Park Ave, Idaho Falls, ID
Each year the Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce selects 10 outstanding individuals to receive the Distinguished Under 40 Award. These honorees are recognized and presented with their awards at a luncheon. Join us to celebrate these individuals and their contributions to the greater Idaho Falls community. More info.

District 15 Dems Dinner Huddle
When: Tuesday, Sept 24, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Casa Mexico, 10332 W Fairview Ave # 104, Boise, ID
More info email organizer This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Boise Young Professionals 13th Annual Gala: See How We Bloomed
When: Wednesday, Sept 25, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 Old Penitentiary Rd., Boise, ID
The gala will reflect on Boise Young Professional's twelve years in the community, celebrate successes and recognize outstanding young professionals with the Young Professional Awards. Awards will be presented for Young Professional of the Year, Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year, Young Leader of the Year and Best Next Generation Place to Work. Guests of all ages are encouraged to attend and celebrate Idaho's next generation leaders. More info.

Bonneville County Republican Women Meeting
When: Thursday, Sept 26, 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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