Impeachment talk rages; other work stalls By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor In Washington politics, the shrill voices are the ones who tend to get heard, but it's those who are trying to stay above the fray such as Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo who are trying to deal with some of the real-life problems.
CSI's teaching program offers a new path forward By Stephen Hartgen You don't have to spend much time around educators in Idaho before you'll hear about a looming teacher shortage across the state. We're not turning out as many new teachers as we need, particularly for rural communities.
The whistleblower scandal hurts Ukraine and helps Russia By Jim Jones The president's efforts to prod Ukraine into conducting investigations to help his re-election are hurting that nation's defense against Russian aggression. While the emphasis in the U.S. is whether the president was guilty of impeachable conduct, Ukraine has a dangerous war on its hands.
Guest opinion: Changes needed to the Endangered Species Act By Sen. Mike Crapo Wildlife species should be protected and recovered when possible. But, the Endangered Species Act (ESA) as written and enforced has had very limited success. We can do better as envisioned in legislative reforms, including the 21st Century Endangered Species Transparency Act and the Endangered Species Settlement Reform Act, and regulatory reforms advanced by the administration.
Guest opinion: We'll keep fighting for the Idaho way on Medicaid expansion By Rep. John Vander Woude Your Idaho Legislature has worked very hard developing the most sensible Medicaid expansion possible. We will not let the federal government take that away. We support the will of the people and the integrity of Idaho's government. I can promise you that we will find the "Idaho Way" forward on Medicaid.
Press release: Little announces Shared Stewardship Advisory Committee By Press release Gov. Brad Little has announced the members of a broad-based group created to advise the implementation of Shared Stewardship in Idaho, an initiative that aims to reduce wildfire risk, improve forest health, and support jobs through additional, coordinated active land management projects.
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.
Kootenai County Dem Club Happy Hour When: Tuesday, Oct 8, 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. The gatherings are intended to foster activism and fellowship. More info.
Cd'A Chamber Legislative Forum When: Wednesday, Oct 9, 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Where: Best Western Plus Coeur d'Alene Inn, 506 W Appleway Ave, Coeur d'Alene, ID Topics include medicaid expansion update, workforce development, and transportation. Cost: $20 per person, includes light breakfast, coffee and tea. More info.
Boise Metro Chamber Gala When: Thursday, Oct 10, 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Where: 850 W. Front St. Boise, ID In addition to delicious food and beverages, the Gala boasts the largest auction in the Treasure Valley with more than 500 items in the online, silent, and live auction. This year's Gala speaker will be renowned world traveler and television host Samantha Brown. For 20 years, Brown hosted more than 10 different series and specials for the Travel Channel and is currently the star of PBS's popular show, "Samantha Brown's Places to Love." More info.
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