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Monday, October 21, 2019

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This Week In Idaho Politics

Risch speaks no evil of President Trump
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Sen. Jim Risch of Idaho, who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is accustomed to getting questions from the media. But there are a couple of ground rules that he is exercising these days.

Odds & Ends: Property taxes, fiber, the Kurds and Rep. Simpson
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
A few thoughts on a few, somewhat random, topics...

Two new state laws will help ballot transparency
By Stephen Hartgen
Election day, Nov. 5, is almost upon us, but it is often "out of sight, out of mind" for many citizens. Who can blame them for not being tuned into politics 24-7-365?

Guest opinion: Pass USMCA for those who feed the world
By Congressman Mike Simpson
Yet again Idaho gave the nation a lesson in what it means to 'love thy neighbor'. Facing freezing temperatures, potato farmers in eastern Idaho rushed to complete their harvest before mother nature destroyed their season's work. For some, this was the difference between going broke or putting something in the bank.

Guest opinion: Expanding research & innovation in eastern Idaho benefits entire state
By Gov. Brad Little
As our economy evolves and we position ourselves to remain competitive with 49 other states and countries across the globe, our ability to develop and attract a skilled, educated workforce becomes increasingly important.  

Selling out our Kurdish allies is not a gift to U.S. troops
By Jim Jones
It broke my heart when South Vietnam fell to Communist forces on April 30, 1975. It was sickening to see the television footage of terrified Vietnamese trying to grab onto evacuation helicopters from the top of the U.S. Embassy in Saigon. The debacle was a giant stain on the honor of this wonderful country.

Guest column: Best part of my job is hearing from Idahoans
By Sen. Mike Crapo
Often, I am asked "what is the best part of my job," and there are really wonderful parts of being a United States senator representing our great state-including being able to help make a difference on so many issues. 

Guest opinion: Why I avoid the news
By Michael Taggart
If anybody thinks about it, we live in an interesting age regarding how we get information. Thanks to the advances of the Internet, we can get the answer to nearly anything simply by typing in the right words in a search engine.

Guest opinion: Idaho politicians won't invest in education
By Luke Mayville, Co-Founder, Reclaim Idaho
Reclaim Idaho, a non-partisan organization, began two years ago when a small band of North Idahoans decided to launch the campaign to expand Medicaid.

Political news notes: Sage grouse . . . college diversity . . . travel council . . . trade mission
By Idaho Politics Weekly staff
Governor, House speaker respond to judge's sage-grouse ruling. Gov. Brad Little and House Speaker Scott Bedke have issued statements responding to federal Judge B. Lynn Winmill's ruling striking down Idaho's Sage Grouse Plan in favor of litigious environmental groups.

Idaho Democrats side with impeachment efforts
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo, who initially declined to comment on the Democrats' push for impeachment of President Trump, has broken his silence. No drum roll needed here.

Just say no to Reclaim Idaho's tax hike proposal
By Stephen Hartgen
It's the fall run-up season before the start of the annual legislative session, and the crisp air in Idaho is full of lefty tax increase proposals designed to benefit various so-called needs by taking money from your wallets.

Political Calendar Highlights

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Meridian Chamber Mayoral Candidate Panel Forum
When: Tuesday, Oct 15, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: West Ada School District, Auditorium 1303 E Central Dr Meridian, ID
Join us for our semi-annual Meridian Chamber Economic Excellence Forum. This event will feature a panel of Meridian Mayoral Candidates. A moderator will have questions for the panel involving Meridian growth and issues related to the growth. Interested in sponsorship opportunities? Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. More info.

Magic Valley Republican Women Luncheon
When: Wednesday, Oct 16, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: Location varies
Republican strong, addressing current issues. For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Magic ValleRW President.

b|voting Local Government: City Council Candidate Forum
When: Wednesday, Oct 16, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Where: Trailhead Boise, 500 S 8th St, Boise, ID
b|voting is a 3-part series that offers Boise Young Professionals, Micron Young Professionals, Chamber members, and the public the opportunity to learn how our city government operates and to hear firsthand from candidates running for City Council and Mayor. Hear from candidates running for City Council seats 1, 3,  and 5. Moderated by Scott McIntosh with the Idaho Statesman. More info.

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