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Kevin Satterlee (Idaho State Journal)

Eye on Boise: Idaho state board picks a nonacademic to head Idaho State University

Idaho’s state Board of Education has named five finalists to be the next president of Boise State University, and all are academics with Ph.D. degrees. That might seem like a given, but the board’s recent pick to be the new president of Idaho State University in Pocatello doesn’t fit that description – Kevin Satterlee is an attorney, a graduate of the University of Idaho College of Law, who most recently has been chief operating officer, vice president and special counsel at BSU. He previously served as deputy attorney general for the Office of the State Board of Education.
From left, Julie Ellsworth, Vicky McIntyre, and Tom Kealey debate during the "Idaho Debates" between the GOP candidates for state treasurer, on Idaho Public TV on Thursday, April 20, 2018. (Aaron Kunz / Idaho Public Television)

Idaho GOP candidates clash in state treasurer debate

UPDATED: Fri., April 20, 2018, 11:14 p.m.

Three Republican candidates vying to become Idaho’s next state treasurer traded barbs and defended their backgrounds Thursday during their first and only televised debate.

Republican Boise businessman Tommy Ahlquist, left, answers a question Dec. 2, 2017, from moderator Eric Barker,  of the Lewiston Tribune, during the Sportsman Gubernatorial Candidate Forum in Boise.  Ahlquist said at a forum months earlier that he would support legislation allowing women to be prosecuted for abortions. (Otto Kitsinger / Associated Press)

Anti-abortion politicians push efforts to prosecute women

UPDATED: Thu., April 19, 2018, 9:53 p.m.

Anti-abortion rhetoric is intensifying ahead of midterm elections as officials in Republican-dominant states push legislation that would punish both doctors and patients, even though such laws are likely unconstitutional.

Idaho GOP candidates clash in lieutenant governor debate

UPDATED: Tue., April 17, 2018, 9:16 p.m.

Republican hopefuls in Idaho’s crowded lieutenant governor race attempted to distinguish what made them uniquely qualified to run for the open position during a Thursday debate that saw some sharp exchanges.
Rebecca Arnold

Idaho lieutenant governor hopeful drops out of crowded race

UPDATED: Mon., April 16, 2018, 9:44 p.m.

When the filing period for Idaho lieutenant governor arrived last month, five Republicans already were crowded into the race, and a sixth joined them as the filing period closed – current Ada County Highway District Commissioner Rebecca Arnold..
Idaho state Capitol (Betsy Z. Russell / The Spokesman-Review)

Otter signs 45 bills into law, vetoes one

UPDATED: Mon., March 26, 2018, 10:18 p.m.

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter signed 45 bills into law on Monday, including measures encouraging gun safety classes in Idaho schools; overhauling the state’s foster care laws; expanding suicide prevention education; and requiring ignition interlock devices for first-time DUI offenders.
Idaho State Police officers order chanting protesters out of the House gallery on Wednesday, March 21, 2018, shortly before the House voted to send the governor’s health-gap coverage bill back to committee, without debating it or voting it up or down. House Speaker Scott Bedke, who banged his gavel after the protesters disrupted the House, watches from below as they leave. (Betsy Z. Russell / The Spokesman-Review)

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.”
Idaho GOP Sen. Jim Risch (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Idaho reaction to Risch: ‘An insult to the people of Idaho and the nation’

UPDATED: Fri., March 23, 2018, 7:46 p.m.

Here’s some of the reaction in Idaho on Friday to Sen. Jim Risch’s move Thursday to try to strip out the renaming of the White Clouds Wilderness in Idaho for the late Idaho Gov. Cecil Andrus – which delayed the Senate’s vote on the must-pass budget bill until after midnight, forcing some senators to be rousted from bed for the vote and throwing into disarray the travel plans of other senators who had official overseas congressional delegation trips scheduled to depart on Thursday night.