Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, August 10, 2015

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This Week In Idaho Politics

  Donald Trump, Jeb Bush Lead GOP Field in Idaho
Idahoans follow the nation in early preferences in the Republican Party presidential race, a new poll for Idaho Politics Weekly shows....

  How Trustworthy are Different Government Entities? Idahoans Have No Clear Answer
Idahoans are a bit schizophrenic when it comes to their opinions on government federal, state, county and city finds a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll....

  Poll: Do Idahoans Think the GOP is Conservative Enough?
How conservative is the Republican Party today?And how conservative should the Republican Party be?...

  Judge Winmill and the Ag-Gag Law
What happens when free speech and equal protection rights clash with the interests of the Idaho dairy industry (the 4th largest in the United States)? Last week we got a partial answer....

Medicaid Debate: Is Health Insurance a Right?
Thank goodness for health insurance....

  A Few Thoughts About the GOP Debates . . .
Last Thursday's two Republican debates were a huge win for Fox News with an amazing audience total of 24 million viewers -- the largest audience for any non-sports program ever on cable. ...

Labor and Housing Markets Doing Well in Idaho
Unemployment in Idaho has been ticking upward by small percentages, helping take some pressure off Idaho's tight labor market. ...

  Idahoans Rank Education as Top Issue According to Poll
By far, education is the top issue in Idaho, a new Idaho Politics Weekly finds....

Political Calendar Highlights

See our full political calendar.

Caldwell Chamber Noonbreak Lunch

When: Tues, Aug 11, 11 am - 1 pm
Where: The College of Idaho, Simplot Dining Hall 2112 Clevland Blvd., Caldwell
Guest speaker is Mayor Garret Nancolas. Join for networking, food, and great speakers. Members $15, nonmembers $20 More info

Meridian Chamber & Lakeview Golf present: 9 Hole Golf Scramble

When: Wed, Aug 12, 6 pm - 9 pm
Where: Lakeview Golf Course 4200 W Talamore Blvd. Meridian
Beat the mid-week blahs and come out to Lakeview for a fun and relaxed 9 Hole Golf Scramble. For $70 you and a friend get your cart, green fees, drink and food, plus the chance to win some great prizes and bragging rights. More info

Boise Chamber Metro Conversations

When: Fri, Aug 14, 9 am - 10 am
Where: Hayden Homes 12200 W. Oneida St., Boise
Hosted by a different Boise Metro Chamber member each time. Participants are invited to enjoy free coffee, take advantage of the opportunity to hear briefly about a community-focused topic, and network with others from the metro area. This monthly networking event generally occurs on the 2nd Friday of each month. More info

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

Idaho Headlines

Editorial: Don't panic over SBAC scores (Press-Tribune)

Obama Signs Wilderness Bill With Simpson, Other Idahoans in Oval Office (Times-News)

Simpson: Humans Affect the Climate, but Moving too Fast Won't Work (Times-News)

Report: Crime drops in most local counties (State Journal)

Senators demand answers after Journal secretly altered (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

No surprise that federal firefighting costs are soaring (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Some Idaho legislators upset over ag-gag ruling (Post Register)

West Ada trustees take issue with superintendent's appointment to State Board of Education (Idaho Statesman)

Dept. of Justice weighs in on lawsuit against Boise's ban on sleeping in public places (Idaho Statesman)

How the Boulder-White Clouds wilderness was preserved (Idaho Statesman)

In Red Idaho, New Democratic Party Chair Says His Candidates Can Be Competitive (Boise State Public Radio)

City Weighs In On DOJ Criticism Of Boise Homeless Camping Law (Boise State Public Radio)

North Idaho vet fights for gun rights (Hagadone News Network)

Legal or not? (CDA Press)

Quitting cold turkey (CDA Press)

Coeur d'Alene School District's first-year Common Core scores low (Spokesman-Review)

Obama signs into law Sawtooth wilderness protection (Spokesman-Review)

Ybarr offers support to administrators and principals (Idaho Education News)

State, districts start sifting through SBAC numbers (Idaho Education News)

President Obama's remarks at Sawtooth National Recreation Area signing (Idaho Reports)

National Headlines

Schumer, White House at war over Iran (Politico)

Bernie Sanders shut down, then addresses big crowd (Politico)

Rand Paul: Trump a 'fake conservative' (The Hill)

Climate fight shifts to courts (The Hill)

Trump Iowa campaigner says 'Bloodgate' attack on Megyn Kelly was 'fair game' (Daily Mail)

Donald Trump Still in the Lead After Debates (NBC News)

Bernie Sanders: Criticism of Hillary Clinton is 'sexist' (CNN)

After caution, slipping polls, Clinton goes on the offense (Washington Post)

How can cities successfully enforce a higher minimum wage? (Christian Science Monitor)

Huckabee brings campaign to Perry (Macon Telegraph)

Republican debate audience on Fox News was 50% bigger than you've heard: CNN host (MarketWatch)


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