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  • FRIDAY, FEB. 24, 2017, 4:42 P.M.

    The week that was…

    On tonight’s “Idaho Reports” on Idaho Public Television, co-host Melissa Davlin interviews outgoing U.S. Attorney for Idaho Wendy Olson, and Senate Majority Leader Bart Davis, R-Idaho Falls. The show also …


  • TUESDAY, FEB. 21, 2017, 11:30 A.M.

    Senate votes 34-1 for twice-amended bill to let folks under 21 run for Idaho Legislature

    It wasn’t the original focus of the bill, but the Senate today voted 34-1 in favor of allowing 18-year-olds – rather than just those 21 or older – to run …


  • FRIDAY, FEB. 17, 2017, 4:09 P.M.

    The week that was…

    This week’s “Idaho Reports” on Idaho Public Television includes a roundup of the events of the week; a report on flooding in Idaho including in the Magic Valley and in …


  • WEDNESDAY, FEB. 15, 2017, 12:35 P.M.

    Clergy, faith leaders press Otter on refugee stance

    Nearly 30 Idaho clergy and faith representatives filled Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter’s office on Wednesday urging the Republican to welcome all refugees and not just give preference to persecuted Christians. …


  • TUESDAY, FEB. 14, 2017, 3:12 P.M.

    Lawmakers, racing commission divided on saving industry

    Officials with the Idaho Racing Commission say they’ll run out of money by 2018, leaving them unable to regulate the state’s horse racing industry unless lawmakers help funnel funds their …


  • TUESDAY, FEB. 14, 2017, 10:32 A.M.

    How many DeVos calls? Neither Idaho senator will say

    Idaho Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch received numerous calls, mostly negative ones, before both voted in favor of confirming Betsy DeVos’s nomination as education secretary, the Idaho Statesman reports, …


  • FRIDAY, FEB. 10, 2017, 4:45 P.M.

    The week that was…

    This week’s “Idaho Reports” on Idaho Public Television includes a roundup of the events of the week; an interview with Idaho Department of Environmental Quality Director John Tippets on the …


  • FRIDAY, FEB. 10, 2017, 10:07 A.M.

    Wash. Post: ‘Republicans in Idaho tried to design a better plan than Obamacare, and failed’

    The Washington Post today has an in-depth look at Idaho’s experience with Obamacare and health care reform, as a microcosm of what’s going on nationwide. It’s headlined, “Republicans in Idaho …


  • WEDNESDAY, FEB. 8, 2017, 1:02 P.M.

    Risch on blocking letter from Coretta Scott King in Senate: ‘Doesn’t matter who wrote it, rules are rules’

    Idaho Sen. Jim Risch is staunchly defending his role in blocking a letter from Coretta Scott King from being entered into the record in the U.S. Senate during Tuesday evening’s …


  • WEDNESDAY, FEB. 8, 2017, 8:05 A.M.

    January state tax revenues beat forecasts by nearly $23 million

    January state tax revenues came in 6.7 percent ahead of projections, $22.9 million higher, largely due to strong individual and corporate income tax collections for the month. The January figures …


  • WEDNESDAY, FEB. 8, 2017, 7:40 A.M.

    Otter sends Trump appreciation letter for executive actions

    President Donald Trump’s executive orders have spawned more than 50 lawsuits in the past few weeks, but they earned a “hearty congratulations” from Idaho’s chief executive, writes Bill Spence of …


  • SATURDAY, FEB. 4, 2017, 5:40 A.M.

    Idaho governor says Christian refugees deserve priority

    Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter says he agrees with President Donald Trump that persecuted Christians should be treated as priority in the U.S. refugee program despite acknowledging that such preference …


  • FRIDAY, FEB. 3, 2017, 4:47 P.M.

    The week that was…

    This week’s “Idaho Reports” on Idaho Public Television includes a roundup of the events of the week, and co-host Melissa Davlin’s extended interview with Gov. Butch Otter, on everything from …


  • FRIDAY, FEB. 3, 2017, 11:32 A.M.

    Repealing illegal laws in Idaho not always certain

    A federal judge has ordered the Idaho Legislature to repeal unconstitutional laws before the end of this year’s legislative session, but Idaho lawmakers aren’t jumping to take on the challenge. …


  • FRIDAY, FEB. 3, 2017, 11:11 A.M.

    Senate votes unanimously for IRS conformity bill; unlike House, no debate or dissent

    Unlike the Idaho House, the Idaho Senate today had no debate and a unanimous vote as it approved the annual IRS conformity bill, to conform Idaho’s state income tax code …


  • FRIDAY, FEB. 3, 2017, 10:18 A.M.

    Labrador proposes constitutional amendment to impose congressional term limits

    Reflecting a top priority of President Donald Trump, Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador hopes to impose term limits on members of Congress, the Lewiston Tribune reports. Labrador introduced a joint resolution …


  • FRIDAY, FEB. 3, 2017, 8:45 A.M.

    Ybarra adds Westfall to her communications staff

    State schools Superintendent Sherri Ybarra announced today that Allison Westfall will join her staff, starting a week from Monday, as director of communications. Westfall, who served as public information officer …


  • MONDAY, JAN. 30, 2017, 2:17 P.M.

    Court record system rollout delayed in 10 counties

    The Idaho Supreme Court has delayed implementation of a new court records system in Idaho after hearing concerns from counties across the state, Idaho Public Television reports. The delay comes …


  • SUNDAY, JAN. 29, 2017, 8:27 P.M.

    Labrador praises Trump’s executive order on refugees, immigration

    Idaho GOP Rep. Raúl Labrador, R-Idaho, in a statement issued Sunday, praised President Trump’s new executive order suspending refugee arrivals and barring entry to the U.S. from seven Muslim-majority countries, …


  • FRIDAY, JAN. 27, 2017, 4:46 P.M.

    The week that was…

    This week’s night’s “Idaho Reports” on Idaho Public Television includes co-host Melissa Davlin’s interview with Rep. Maxine Bell and Sen. Shawn Keough, the two co-chairs of the Legislature’s powerful joint …


  • Idaho revenue forecast errors, last 30 years

    Idaho revenue forecast errors, last 30 years


  • Primary decision 3-2-11

    Federal court decision declaring Idaho’s open primary unconstitutional


  • Minnick-Labrador-issues

    How Idaho Congressman Walt Minnick and GOP challenger Raul Labrador differ on some key issues in the race


  • Evans-Allred

    Former GOP state schools superintendent Jerry Evans statement on why he’s endorsing Democrat Keith Allred for governor


  • Labrador-Fundraising-Announcement

    Labrador campaign announces fundraising results


  • Labrador poll memo

    GOP congressional candidate Raul Labrador released this poll memo


  • Day 4 results - Idaho Newspapers Poll

    Day 4 results, Idaho Newspapers Poll


  • Minnick-IMA-endorsement

    Idaho Medical Association and American Medical Association endorse Congressman Walt Minnick for re-election


  • Realtors-endorsements

    Idaho Association of Realtors endorses Idaho congressional incumbents for re-election


  • Minnick-AGC

    Associated General Contractors endorse Idaho Rep. Walt Minnick’s re-election bid


  • Labrador-AGC

    Raul Labrador reacts to Rep. Walt Minnick’s endorsement by Associated General Contractors


  • Allred_GasTax

    Proposal from Idaho gubernatorial candidate Keith Allred to lower Idaho’s gas tax


  • Labrador-Bachman-release

    News release from Raul Labrador, GOP candidate for Congress in Idaho’s 1st District


  • Executive economic council

    Proposal from Gov. Butch Otter’s budget chief on gathering economic input


  • IACI Op-ed

    IACI President Alex LaBeau’s guest editorial warning against politicals who promote “small business”


  • Semanko-statement-7-19-10

    Statement from Idaho Republican Party Chairman Norm Semanko


  • Tea Party Express letter from Minnick

    Idaho Rep. Walt Minnick’s letter to Tea Party Express


  • Labrador-July-quarterly

    Idaho congressional candidate Raul Labrador’s July quarterly campaign finance report


  • Minnick-July-quarterly

    Idaho Congressman Walt Minnick’s July quarterly campaign finance report


  • Labrador-poll

    Raul Labrador released his campaign’s internal poll showing him trailing Congressman Walt Minnick, 37 percent to 27 percent