Nov. 28, 2017: What to Know 

  • Bingo Barnes
click to enlarge KELSEY HAWES
  • Kelsey Hawes
  • Idaho lawmakers have unanimously backed a proposal under which those running for public office would be required to disclose the names of their employer and their spouse's employer. The new rules would also require candidates to reveal assets greater than $5,000, with the exception of those overseen by a third party, like a mutual fund. The proposals were agreed to by an interim committee of legislators, and if ratified by the Idaho Legislature and signed into law by Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter, they will go into effect summer 2019.

  • Project Veritas, a media watchdog group headed by James O'Keefe that undertakes sting operations against the media and liberal groups like ACORN and Planned Parenthood, attempted to goad The Washington Post  reporters into publishing false allegations against Alabama senatorial candidate Roy Moore, who has been accused by nine women of sexual harassment and predatory sexual behavior.
    According to The Post, reporters were contacted by a woman named Jamie Phillips, who claimed Moore had impregnated her at the age of 15 and urged her to obtain an abortion. The reporters noted Phillips' suspicious behavior, however, and in an investigation into her claims, observed her entering the New York offices of Project Veritas.

    After being confronted by Post reporters, O'Keefe wrote to his supporters, "Following months of undercover work within The Washington Post, our investigative journalist ... had their cover blown."
click to enlarge - Boise Commons studied voter turnout in the November 2017 election. -  - BOISE COMMONS
  • Boise Commons
  • Boise Commons studied voter turnout in the November 2017 election.
  • With quite a bit riding on the November 2017 election, voter turnout was abysmal: 20.9 percent of 118,434 registered voters in Boise showed up at the polls. According to Boise Commons, a nonprofit civic participation organization, the disparity between voter precincts was historically extreme. Turnout ranged from 41.9 percent in east Boise to just 8.1 percent in southwest Boise. In a report released by Boise Commons, turnout was correlated to location (proximity to the Boise Foothills was a major factor), income, political leanings (in 2016, President Donald Trump won in the 16 precincts with the lowest turnout in the 2017 election), the presence and strength of local neighborhood associations and the residency of Boise City Council candidates.

  • President Donald Trump is again at the center of controversy, this time after referring to U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) as "Pocahontas" during an event honoring Navajo code talkers, CNN reports.

    "You were here long before any of us were here," Trump said. "Although, we have a representative in Congress who has been here a long time ... longer than you—they call her 'Pocahontas!'" Trump did not mention Warren by name.

    Following Trump's remarks, Warren told MSNBC, "It is deeply unfortunate that the President of the United States cannot even make it through a ceremony honoring these heroes without having to throw out a racial slur."

    In a statement, Navajo Nation Council Delegate Amber Kanazbah Crotty wrote, "Today's careless comment from President Trump is the latest example of systemic, deep-seated ignorance of Native Americans and our intrinsic right to exist and practice our way of life."

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