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Monday, March 16, 2020

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This Week In Idaho Politics

These are the times that try men's souls . . .
By Stephen Hartgen
He was an obscure pamphleteer even then, a British-born immigrant to the Colonies, but an ardent American patriot. Yet, his little pamphlet, Common Sense, written in early 1776, stirred a continent to action.

Leadership amid a major crisis -- how is the Trump team performing?
By LaVarr Webb, Publisher
A major crisis is always a severe test of the leadership of the person in charge. Right now, Pres. Trump is being scrutinized and judged on his leadership during the coronavirus pandemic. It will certainly have ramifications for his re-election.

Running a winning campaign in the midst of a pandemic
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
In two months, an undetermined number of Idaho voters will troop to the polls to choose party nominees for Congress, the Idaho Legislature and a host of county positions.

Idaho Dems change course, go with Biden
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Four years ago, Idaho gave Sen. Bernie Sanders nearly 80 percent in its Democratic presidential caucus, adding fuel to his socialistic revolution.

Trump has failed to measure up in coronavirus response
By Jim Jones
When a President is confronted with a serious emergency, the public has a rare chance to see the stuff he's made of. With the coronavirus (COVID-19), Trump had his opportunity to shine. His response has been an unfolding disaster.

Guest opinion: Shutting the door on phone scammers
By Sen. Mike Crapo
We have heard about people in our communities, neighbors, friends, or even family, falling victim to robocall scams and losing significant amounts of money and security of their personal information. 

News release: Magic Valley partners host clinic for future workforce
By News Release
The College of Southern Idaho Workforce Development and Training Department, Magic Valley Builders Association, Twin Falls Economic Development, and the Twin Falls School District hosted the second annual Magic Valley Construction Expo, March 12-13, in Twin Falls. 

Political news notes: Emergency declaration . . . Home buyer saving account . . . town hall cancellation . . . property tax relief . . . and more
By Idaho Politics Weekly Staff
Little issues statement following first confirmed case of coronavirus in Idaho. Gov. Brad Little issued the following statement in response to the first confirmed case of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Idaho. Video from the news conference is available here.

Paulette Jordan launches bid to unseat Sen. Risch
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Idaho Democratic senatorial candidate Paulette Jordan has been around long enough to know a thing or two about politics in the Gem State. It's certainly no mystery to her why Democrats fail to gain traction in statewide elections.

A flock of political swallows doth a springtime make
By Stephen Hartgen
It is said that one swallow does not signal a coming spring, but a flock of swallows -- well maybe. No single sentiment out of Boise suggests a complete turnabout in Idaho conservative politics, but there are some indicators that the infectious anti-government fever of some on the Idaho alt-right is fading.

Some legislators are keeping the Capitol hot button busy
By Jim Jones
As usual for this time of year, the hot button has swung into action at the state Legislature. Among the hot button issues are the usual suspects--guns and abortion--but transgender bills have been added to the mix this time around.

May primary election is coming into focus
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Idaho's May 19 primary election for some federal and many state and local offices is around the corner and the broad themes are emerging.

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

Magic Valley Republican Women Luncheon
When: Wednesday, March 18, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where:  Locations 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 Valley RW President.

North Idaho Pachyderm Club
When: Friday, March 20, 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 a.m.

To submit events to the Idaho Politics Weekly calendar please use our contact form here.

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