Advocates for improving Idaho’s behavioral health system say the time is right.
The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, on which U.S. Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho, serves, held a hearing last week on the upcoming wildfire season, but Risch didn’t show up.
A federal lawsuit filed Thursday by four Idaho women charges that Idaho’s law on living wills and advance health care directives discriminates against pregnant women, preventing them from deciding on their own end-of-life medical care.
To make up for the state’s lack of a governor’s mansion, Idaho pays its governor a $4,500 a month housing allowance, which in current Gov. Butch Otter’s case is $54,000 a year just to live at his own ranch in Star.
Idaho’s top state elected officials have approved a $75,000 payout to the attorneys who successfully represented two transgender women born in Idaho who sued to overturn the state’s law forbidding any changes to the gender listed on a person’s birth certificate.
Bonner County residents rejected a 13,000 acre proposed wilderness area, Tuesday. And although the vote may have sent a message to lawmakers, while also serving as a rallying cry for state rights champions, it won’t actually change how the forest is managed.
Tuesday’s primary election results mark a historic first for Idaho: With women winning both parties’ primaries for lieutenant governor, and no other candidates running, Idaho is guaranteed to elect its first female lieutenant governor in November.
Two former state legislators making comeback bids were halted by voters in Tuesday’s Republican primary
Paulette Jordan, a two-term state representative and former Coeur d’Alene Tribal Council member, pulled off an upset win in Idaho’s Democratic gubernatorial primary Tuesday over the party’s 2014 nominee, Boise businessman and longtime school board member A.J. Balukoff.
With 669 of 951 precincts reporting.GOVERNORDemocrats A J Balukoff41.1% Peter Dill1.4% Paulette Jordan57.5%Republicans Tommy Ahlquist28.2% Harley Delano Brown0.4% Dalton Ben Cannady0.3% Raul Labrador30.9% Brad Little37.3% Lisa Marie1.6% Steve Pankey1.3%LT. GOVERNORDemocrats Kristin Collum88.3% Jim Fabe11.7%Republicans Marv Hagedorn15.3% Janice McGeachin28.2% Bob Nonini13.6% Kelley Packer15.0% Steve Yates28.0%SECRETARY OF STATEDemocrats Joseph J.P. Chastain25.0% Jill Humble75.0%STATE TREASURERRepublicans Julie A. Ellsworth37.4% Tom Kealey34.3% Vicky J McIntyre28.3%SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTIONDemocrats Allen Humble15.8% Cindy Wilson84.2%Republicans Jeff Dillon40.3% Sherri Ybarra59.7%
Two Kootenai County commissioners lost in Tuesday’s Republican primary.
Controversial Idaho State Rep. Heather Scott, R-Blanchard, was trailing in early Bonner County results from Tuesday’s Primary election, but she began to pull ahead as the votes began to be counted and voters gave her the victory.
With an open seat in Congress at stake, former state Sen. Russ Fulcher easily captured the Republican nomination for the position held by Raul Labrador. Real estate agent Cristina McNeil won a three-way race among Democrats and will face Fulcher in November.
BOISE, Idaho – Former state Rep. Paulette Jordan has won the Democratic primary for Idaho governor. She is the first woman to become the Democratic gubernatorial nominee in Idaho.
With only absentee votes counted, an advisory vote for the supporting Scotchman Peaks Wilderness designation held an early lead.
A campaign flier that landed in Idaho voters’ mailboxes late last week attacks GOP lieutenant governor hopeful Steve Yates, claiming that the former Idaho Republican Party chairman is “a highly paid registered foreign agent.”
Phil Hart, the four-term North Idaho legislator defeated in a primary six years ago, is back before voters. The tax-protesting politician – who lost his house after a protracted fight with the IRS, which included allegations of seven years of unpaid federal taxes – will pay off his tax debt in nine years, he said.
A retired sheriff’s deputy and two construction company owners are trying to convince Bonner and Boundary county voters that they have the credentials to replace the longest serving Idaho State Senator in state history.
Kathy Sims and Tony Wisniewski sat in the Coeur d’Alene Courthouse last Friday, awaiting a decision capable of ending the race between the two candidates almost two weeks early. But after a judge declared that Sims could restore her ballot spot – effectively ending a court battle over her residency in Idaho’s District 3 – Wisniewski, her challenger on the ballot, said he agreed with the decision.
Voters in North Idaho’s most northern district get a chance next week to either endorse the ultraconservative, headline-grabbing political maneuvers of Rep. Heather Scott, or select longtime Sandpoint resident Mike Boeck in the Republican primary election.