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July 21, 2017: What to Know

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- Idaho Secretary of State Lawerence Denney -  - IDAHO SECRETARY OF STATE
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  • Idaho Secretary of State Lawerence Denney
  • On July 20, Idaho Secretary of State Lawerence Denney penned a response to a July 18 Associated Press article about why he isn't complying with the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. When the commission was formed, the Idaho Democratic Party sued on the grounds that submitting voter data for commercial use is a violation of the Idaho State Constitution. Denney announced July 18 he would not comply with the request of the commission, and according to the AP, he did so as part of a settlement of the lawsuit. In his letter, Denney denies that. "I made no such announcement, and the decision not to send any information was made outside the context of the Democratic Party's dismissal of the suit, not because of it," he wrote. According to a timeline provided by Denney, the request from the commission was received July 3 and suspended July 10, and the IDP lawsuit was filed July 11. Idaho is one of 18 states and the District of Columbia to refuse to comply with commission.

  • The Idaho Department of Labor reports the June unemployment rate in the Gem State has declined to 3.1 percent. However, 2,000 Idahoans have left the workforce or ceased looking for work: Employment has decreased by around 700 jobs, and unemployment fell by approximately 1,300 people.

  • White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer has resigned "following the appointment of wealthy financier Anthony Scaramucci as White House communications director,"
    according to The New York Times. Spicer told President Donald Trump he "vehemently   disagreed with the appointment." Scaramucci has had "a tense and fraught relationship with both Spicer and White House chief of staff Reince Priebus," the Times reports.


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