Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, November 4, 2019

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This Week In Idaho Politics

VanderSloot v. MRS will impact Idaho politics
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
The Idaho news media have provided some coverage of the clash between Idaho billionaire Frank VanderSloot and Medical Recovery Services, but haven't focused in on the possible impact on GOP politics in Idaho.


Capitol space dustup should be pretty cut and dried
By Stephen Hartgen
There's a current dustup among state government entities which, to my way of thinking, shouldn't be happening because the issue was settled a decade ago when the Capitol was restored and reopened.  


Idaho lawmaker not nervous about Warren
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Rep. Ilana Rubel of Boise, the assistant Democratic floor leader of the Idaho House, has not taken sides in the Democratic presidential race other than to say that anyone in the field is better than President Trump. But Rubel says she would have no reservations about supporting Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts if she were to become the nominee.


Guest opinion: Impeachment process lacks transparency
By Sen. Mike Crapo
The unprecedented impeachment process House Democrats have undertaken lacks transparency and due process.  I am a strong supporter and co-sponsor of a Senate resolution highlighting the shortcomings of these proceedings and calling on the U.S. House of Representatives to provide the President of the United States basic principles of due process. 


Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is dead, thanks to our former Kurdish allies
By Jim Jones
The United States rightfully celebrated the death of the Islamic State (ISIS) leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, on Oct. 27. The killing of this despicable cutthroat was a clear setback for ISIS, but the group will continue to threaten the U.S. and its allies. Just as the death of Osama bin Laden did not eliminate al-Qaeda, Baghdadi's death will not stop ISIS.


Guest opinion: The time to cut the fat is now
By Senator Carl Crabtree and Senator Jeff Agenbroad
Idaho is flourishing. Let's keep it that way by keeping state government small and cutting the fat from our budget.


Guest opinion: Cut property taxes by reducing local spending
By Fred Birnbaum, Idaho Freedom Foundation VP
A tax property tax revolt is brewing in Idaho, and it is easy to understand why. Homeowners are seeing property taxes increase faster than their incomes and that is not sustainable. Seniors, picture a moving truck pulling up to your house; those on fixed incomes can't - won't be able to - keep up with upward spiraling tax increases.


Guest opinion: Let's all invest in Idaho
By Rebecca Schroeder, Reclaim Idaho
Idaho's Secretary of State has made it official. The "Invest in Idaho" citizen's initiative is certified and ready for signatures. The people of Idaho now have the power to start investing in education again.


News release: Medicaid expansion enrollment opens in Idaho
By Press release
Almost one year to date since Idaho's historic landslide vote to pass Medicaid expansion, open enrollment for tens of thousands of Idahoans has begun. Actual coverage is scheduled to begin Jan. 1, 2020.


Gov. Brad Little recently returned from a nine-day trade mission to Taiwan and Hong Kong. The trip was his first official trade mission as Idaho's 33rd Governor.
By Press release
Almost one year to date since Idaho's historic landslide vote to pass Medicaid expansion, open enrollment for tens of thousands of Idahoans has begun. Actual coverage is scheduled to begin Jan. 1, 2020.


Trade mission to Taiwan & Hong Kong opens doors for Idaho businesses
By Press release
Gov. Brad Little recently returned from a nine-day trade mission to Taiwan and Hong Kong. The trip was his first official trade mission as Idaho's 33rd Governor.


Political news notes: Mini vaults . . . Capitol fight . . . California fires
By Idaho Politics Weekly staff
State Treasurer Provides 'Mini Vaults' for students. On Oct. 22, Boundary County was visited by the State Treasurer Julie Ellsworth. She presented almost 200 mini-vaults to the students and explained the importance of saving for the future.


Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

Meridian Chamber of Commerce Annual Gala
When: Thursday, Nov 7, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: Galaxy Event Center at Wahooz, 1385 S Blue Marlin Ln, Meridian, ID
Join the Meridian Chamber for a night of celebration, featuring keynote speaker Jeff Sayer, including the Man and Woman of the Year awards, with a special honor to Mayor Tammy. There will be a  silent auction and fun raffle prize. A special VIP reception from 5:15 pm until 6:00 pm will be held for all Gala Sponsors and for those who would like to purchase VIP tickets. More info.

North Idaho Pachyderm Club
When: Friday, Nov 8, 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
Where: IHOP, 2301 N 4th St, Coeur d'Alene, ID
Come join us every Friday at 7 am.

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