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Lawmakers question Ybarra’s engagement, absences during legislative session

Key education lawmakers say they rarely met with state superintendent Sherri Ybarra during the 2018 legislative session, and that Ybarra’s lack of engagement hinders her effectiveness, Idaho EdNews reports. The House co-chair of the joint budget committee said she met with Ybarra just once during the…


CdA Tribe denies voter intimidation; racing initiative group says its signature gatherers followed, harassed

Officials with the Coeur d’Alene Tribe say they have hired employees to counter claims surrounding a proposed ballot initiative, but deny accusations their operatives are intimidating voters, the AP reports. Tyrel Stevenson with the North Idaho Voter Project…


GOP candidate Virginia Graham files for House seat in 6th District

The northwest Spokane resident said she was inspired to run after working with Reps. John Ahern and Jeff Holy on state legislation that extended the statute of limitations for victims of child sexual abuse to report their trauma.


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…


Labrador equates Otter’s failed Idaho Health Care Plan with ‘Medicaid expansion’

Oddly, GOP gubernatorial candidate Raul Labrador sent out a statement last week headlined, “Labrador praises conservatives in the Idaho Legislature for rejecting Medicaid expansion,” saying of the Idaho Health Care Plan bill that was sent back to committee from the House rather than debated and voted up or down on Wednesday, “There’s no question this proposal would have expanded Medicaid and made thousands of Idahoans dependent on the government for their healthcare.”