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This Week In Idaho Politics
Fulcher learns that nice guys don't win in D.C. By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor Of all the things that went through Congressman Russ Fulcher's mind when he took office in January, he didn't imagine himself storming into a committee meeting as part of a highly publicized protest.
Feds now want cows - cows, mind you! - on public lands By Stephen Hartgen To twist a phrase, the wheels of government grind exceeding slow but, just once in a while, we see definite improvement in how our federal land managers actually listen to and adapt to local concerns.
Clinton impeachment compared to Trump inquiry By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor A little more than 20 years ago I had a ringside seat as House Republicans moved to impeach Pres. Bill Clinton for his lying and coverup in connection with his involvement with Monica Lewinsky.
Will Romney strengthen fellow senators' backbones? By Jim Jones I have to admit that I was not particularly impressed with Mitt Romney when he was running for president in 2012. He'd done a great job on the Salt Lake Winter Olympics in 2002 and run a credible campaign for president in 2008, but his core values seemed elusive. Many of the positions he took in the 2012 election were substantially at odds with his track record as governor of Massachusetts. It was hard to look beyond the attractive exterior and get a glimpse into his soul.
Guest opinion: Idaho students need diversity & inclusion programs By Ivy Smith, Young Democrats president, Boise State University Over the summer, Rep. Barabra Edhardt and 27 House Republicans wrote a letter to Idaho's universities asking them to eliminate diversity and inclusion programs. The letter states, "This drive to create a diversified and inclusive culture becomes divisive and exclusionary because it separates and segregates students." Speaking as a current Boise State student who grew up in Idaho, this letter couldn't be more misinformed and troubling.
Guest opinion: Rural teachers need debt relief By Sen. Janie Ward-Engelking (D-Boise) & Rep. Toone (D-Gooding) The average teacher graduating with her or his bachelor's degree is taking on over $26,000 in student loan debt. If a teacher decides that they want to go on to pursue a master's degree, there is significantly more debt.
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.
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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