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Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, October 7, 2019

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This Week In Idaho Politics

Is Idaho ready for the next recession?
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
One truism is that the economy expands - and then eventually shrinks.

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.

Guest opinion: Urgent action needed for vaping epidemic
By Rep. Brooke Green (D-Boise)
In the last few weeks, it has become increasingly clear that we need to take immediate action on vaping in Idaho.

Guest opinion: Rural Idaho is helped by Idaho Department of Labor
By Sen. David Nelson (D-Moscow)
In rural Idaho, government services are few and far between, and often we think that's a good thing.

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.  

Political news notes: Court appointment . . . economic council . . . opioid advisory group
By Idaho Politics Weekly staff
Little appoints James Cawthon to Fourth Judicial District. Governor Brad Little announced the appointment of James S. Cawthon, Jr., as District Judge to the Fourth Judicial District Court.

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.

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

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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