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MONDAY, MARCH 26, 2018

SUNDAY, MARCH 25, 2018


Sunday column: From the odd to the bizarre...

In my Sunday column this week, there’s the odd – GOP gubernatorial candidate Raul Labrador claiming that the health care bill the Idaho House refused to debate last year was “Medicaid expansion” and would have added thousands of "able-bodied adults" to the Medicaid rolls, when...

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Limerick: Holding up the budget vote

Context: He actually did this, in an unsuccessful attempt to prevent the naming of the White Clouds Wilderness after the late longtime Idaho Gov. Cecil Andrus, who died last year just short of his 85th birthday: Watch out for Sen. Jim Risch When dissing ol’...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 23, 2018

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The week that was...

On tonight’s “Idaho Reports” on Idaho Public Television, host Melissa Davlin interviews state Insurance Director Dean Cameron and Rep. Ilana Rubel, D-Boise; there’s a report on health care and the debate over it in Idaho; and footage from this week’s emotional House debate over returning...

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Idaho House Speaker Scott Bedke presides over a brief House session on Friday morning, after which the House adjourned until Tuesday. (The Spokesman-Review / Betsy Z. Russell)

House convenes; adjourns until Tuesday at 9 am

The House convened at 9 this morning, and handled some formalities before adjourning until Tuesday at 9 a.m. Speaker Scott Bedke advised all representatives who are interim committee co-chairs that both the House and Senate leadership's desire is that they hold meetings of interim committees...

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Risch's objections to renaming White Clouds for Andrus push Senate budget approval past midnight

The $1.3 trillion spending bill Congress approved early Friday was shaped by battles over major issues like immigration, health care and defense. But one of the last disputes involved a Republican Idaho senator's effort to prevent a wilderness area from being renamed for his state's deceased Democratic governor. In the end, Sen. James Risch lost...

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THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 2018





Idaho moves ahead with possible grizzly bear hunting season

Idaho officials have started the process of opening a grizzly bear hunting season this fall that would allow the killing of one male grizzly. The Fish and Game Commission in a 7-0 vote Thursday directed the Department of Fish and Game to gather public comments on the possible hunt. The department will use those comments to draft...

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Otter signs internet sales tax bill

After six years of tries, an internet sales tax bill finally has passed the Legislature and been signed into law by Gov. Butch Otter; Otter signed the bill, HB 578 from Rep. Lance Clow, R-Twin Falls, on Wednesday. Idaho retailers have long supported some move...

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Budget deal includes wildfire disaster fund to end 'fire borrowing'

A spending bill slated for a vote in Congress includes a bipartisan plan to create a wildfire disaster fund to help combat increasingly severe wildfires that have devastated the West in recent years. The bill sets aside more than $20 billion over 10 years to allow the Forest Service and other federal agencies end a practice of raiding non-fire...

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