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Monday, October 28, 2019

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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.

Guest opinion: Getting fire equipment where it is needed
By Sen. Mike Crapo
Ranchers are well positioned and have the understanding of the land necessary to provide quick and effective initial responses to wildfire outbreaks. 

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.

Press release: Nicholson wins 2019 Governor's Lifetime Achievement Award in Recreation & Tourism
By Press release
Tom Nicholson, majority owner of Roaring Springs Waterpark and Wahooz Family Fun Zone, received the 2019 Governor's Lifetime Achievement Award in Recreation and Tourism at the Idaho Conference on Recreation and Tourism in Sun Valley this week.

Press release: 'Invest in Idaho' ballot initiative certified by secretary of state
By Press release
Reclaim Idaho's latest citizen ballot initiative has been certified by Idaho's secretary of state, paving the way for the grass-roots organization to start collecting signatures for the measure.

Political news notes: Bedke is NCSL VP . . . salmon working group . . . Dems defend inclusion & diversity . . . global entrepreneurial mission
By Idaho Politics Weekly staff
Bedke elected VP of National Conference of State Legislatures. House Speaker Scott Bedke (R-Idaho) has been elected vice president of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), a bipartisan organization serving the nation's 7,383 state lawmakers and legislative staff.

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...

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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