Political and legislative news out of Idaho.
Sun., April 30, 2017, 4:30 a.m.
New Idaho law on vacation rentals seeks middle ground
Idaho has a new law to govern how short-term vacation rentals, like those marketed on Airbnb and other services, are regulated and taxed, and it may bring peace in a …
UPDATED: Tue., March 7, 2017, 10:35 p.m.
Idaho lawmakers reject bill calling for gun-safety classes in the state’s schools
After much debate and lots of questions, an Idaho House panel rejected legislation Tuesday encouraging the state’s schools to offer elective gun-safety classes.
UPDATED: Mon., March 6, 2017, 9:39 p.m.
Idaho House grinds to a halt amid fears about notary bill, United Nations
The Idaho House ground to a halt Monday, as a handful of lawmakers fearful about international implications of a bill updating Idaho’s notary laws forced an hour-plus reading of the …
Sun., March 5, 2017, midnight
Eye on Boise: North Idaho lawmaker favors funding roads over mental health care
Funding for a justice reinvestment program to provide mental health treatment to newly released criminals was cut in half in the Idaho Legislature’s joint budget committee on Friday, and one …
UPDATED: Wed., March 1, 2017, 10:57 p.m.
Doctor, developer launches campaign for governor of Idaho
Tommy Ahlquist launched his Republican campaign for governor of Idaho on Wednesday, addressing close to 400 people closely crowded into the 17th-floor conference room of the Zions Bank building in …
UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 28, 2017, 10:02 p.m.
Idaho Senate panel agrees to delete climate change from new school science standards
Despite efforts by members and the chairman of the Idaho Senate Education Committee to convince their House counterparts to go along with approving new state science standards without deleting five …
UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 28, 2017, 10 p.m.
Idaho lawmakers approve modest budget increase for higher ed
A modest budget increase of 2.7 percent for Idaho’s four-year colleges and universities won unanimous approval from legislative budget writers on Tuesday.
UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 23, 2017, 10:39 p.m.
Idaho House panel narrowly rejects bill going after tribal gaming
Idaho lawmakers took aim at tribal gaming, but legislation to amend the 2002 voter initiative that legalized tribal casinos statewide failed in a House committee Thursday on an 8-7 vote, …
UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 21, 2017, 9:24 p.m.
Should folks under 21 be able to run for Idaho Legislature? Senators say yes
It wasn’t the original focus of the bill, but the Idaho Senate today voted 34-1 in favor of allowing 18-year-olds – rather than just those 21 or older – to …
UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 20, 2017, 10:17 p.m.
Idaho House Speaker Scott Bedke says stalker’s false account twisted in Redoubt News report
Idaho House Speaker Scott Bedke said Monday that a former House committee secretary stalked him in 2013, when his wife was undergoing cancer treatment, and attempted to extort money from …
Sun., Feb. 19, 2017, midnight
Eye on Boise: Senators reject bill to repeal legislative pension perk
Idaho senators shot down a bill last week to repeal a 1990 law that allows longtime state legislators who, late in their careers, are appointed to high-paying full-time state positions …
UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 17, 2017, 10:51 p.m.
Bill would raise Idaho’s smoking age from 18 to 21
An Idaho senator says the state should raise its smoking age from 18 to 21.
UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 12, 2017, 4:14 p.m.
Eye on Boise: Idaho bills would let passing cars speed up legally, ban police from profiling motorcyclists
What if you’re on a two-lane road, and you want to pass another motorist who’s going a couple of miles below the speed limit, but just to get past them …
UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 8, 2017, 3 p.m.
Idaho Sen. Risch defends move to block Coretta Scott King letter from admission in Senate
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 …
Sun., Feb. 5, 2017, 6:09 a.m.
Eye on Boise: Idaho lawmakers debate health budgets, but not coverage gap
Idaho lawmakers have just finished a full week of hearings on health and human services budgets, and while major changes and initiatives are underway in some areas, there was little …
UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 30, 2017, 10:41 p.m.
Proposed law in Idaho would discourage sanctuary cities and direct law enforcement to question people’s immigration status
BOISE – An Idaho legislative committee took action directed at sanctuary cities on Monday even though the state doesn’t have any.
Sun., Jan. 29, 2017, 2 a.m.
Eye on Boise: Idaho’s Medicaid transport contractor draws complaints from around state; Idaho House speaker tells Rep. Heather Scott they should talk honestly
When the Idaho House and Senate Health and Welfare committees held an open public hearing on health and welfare issues on Friday, people flocked from all parts of the state …
Sun., Jan. 22, 2017, midnight
Eye on Boise: State Rep. Heather Scott forces full reading of Idaho House’s first bill for ‘transparency’ sake
State Rep. Heather Scott says her apology for making a disparaging remark about other female legislators may never be enough for the speaker of the House.
UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 16, 2017, 10:01 p.m.
Idaho Senate panel rejects challenge to eastern Idaho election results
An Idaho Senate panel turned itself into the equivalent of a court on Monday, hearing arguments, weighing evidence, and ultimately rejecting a challenge to the November election results in one …
UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 16, 2017, 8:58 p.m.
Five Idaho legislators stand with Rep. Heather Scott and asked to have their committee assignments stripped
Five House members stood on the floor of the Idaho House on Monday morning and asked to be removed from their committee assignments until Rep. Heather Scott, R-Blanchard, gets hers …
Fri., May 26, 2017, 3:23 p.m.
The week that was…
On tonight’s “Idaho Reports” on Idaho Public Television, co-host Melissa Davlin interviews BSU professors Justin Vaughn and John Freemuth about federal issues from Craters of the Moon to the federal …
Thu., May 25, 2017, 10:25 a.m.
Labrador’s immigration crackdown bill clears U.S. House committee
Idaho 1st District GOP Rep. Raul Labrador’s immigration enforcement crackdown bill cleared the House Judiciary Committee Wednesday on a party-line vote, with 19 Republicans supporting it and 13 Democrats opposing …
Wed., May 24, 2017, 4:03 p.m.
And in campaign news…
Raul Labrador announced today that he’ll go on a three-day tour of the state to formally announce his candidacy for governor in 2018, with stops Tuesday May 30 in Boise, …
Wed., May 24, 2017, 2:29 p.m.
Rep. Labrador’s immigration enforcement crackdown bill clears House panel on party-line vote
Idaho 1st District GOP Rep. Raul Labrador’s immigration enforcement crackdown bill cleared the House Judiciary Committee today on a party-line vote, with 19 Republicans supporting it and 13 Democrats opposing …
Wed., May 24, 2017, 10:28 a.m.
Lawmakers’ travel expenses for 2017 session came to $107,000
Idaho lawmakers have billed state taxpayers roughly $107,000 so far this year for travel expenses accrued during the 2017 legislative session. The Associated Press obtained the information through a public …
Tue., May 23, 2017, 4:57 p.m.
Analysis: Idaho state budget could take big hits under Trump proposal
In Idaho, the Trump budget proposal unveiled today, if enacted, would mean big hits to the state budget, from health care to education, according to an analysis by the Idaho …
Tue., May 23, 2017, 2:53 p.m.
Idaho schools Supt. Sherri Ybarra rips Trump’s education budget proposal
Idaho state schools Superintendent Sherri Ybarra, a Republican and longtime Trump backer, ripped President Trump’s education budget proposal today, Idaho Education News reports, and invited Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to …
Tue., May 23, 2017, 2:39 p.m.
Trump budget raises concerns for Crapo, Risch, Simpson…
Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo said while there’s “significant agreement” that the nation needs to bring the federal budget into balance, the budget proposal released today by President Trump calls for …
Mon., May 22, 2017, 6 a.m.
GOP still posting strong numbers in Idaho; full Sunday column
With all the roiling national hubbub surrounding President Trump, there’s been speculation on the national scene that voters may turn away from the GOP, but there’s certainly no sign of …
Fri., May 19, 2017, 4:20 p.m.
The week that was…
Tonight’s “Idaho Reports” on Idaho Public Television includes a rundown of the developments of the week, and also explores immigration in Idaho, through the eyes of three naturalized citizens in …
Fri., May 19, 2017, 4:02 p.m.
State panel releases 5 revised school science standards, after lawmakers balked at original version
A state committee of scientists, educators and education officials has released its revised version of five science standards that mention climate change that Idaho lawmakers rejected this year. The five …
Fri., May 19, 2017, 11:11 a.m.
Little issues executive order to review all of Idaho’s occupational licensing laws, rules
Idaho Lt. Gov. Brad Little, serving as acting governor today, signed an executive order to launch a review of Idaho’s occupational licensing requirements, after a big legislative fight this year …
Thu., May 18, 2017, 4:49 p.m.
Labrador presses immigration crackdown bill in Congress
Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador pressed a sweeping immigration enforcement bill Thursday that would add 12,500 additional armed federal immigration officers, penalize sanctuary cities, enlist state and local police in federal …
Thu., May 18, 2017, 9:11 a.m.
Crapo, new Senate banking chair, wants bipartisan approach to financial reform
InvestmentNews, a national publication for financial advisers, reports today that Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo, the new chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, is pledging to seek “bipartisan support for legislation” …
Tue., May 16, 2017, 10:33 a.m.
Otter endorses Little in Idaho governor’s race
Gov. Butch Otter says he’s endorsing Republican Lt. Gov. Brad Little in Idaho’s 2018 governor race. Otter said Monday that while the gubernatorial race currently has a several capable candidates, …
Mon., May 15, 2017, 2:26 p.m.
Idaho Rep. Simpson speaks out on health care bill, as do protesters…
While vigorously defending the GOP House-passed health care bill, Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson told the Idaho Healthcare Summit that he wouldn’t have voted for it if that was what would …
Fri., May 12, 2017, 3:31 p.m.
The week that was…
Tonight’s “Idaho Reports” on Idaho Public Television includes new U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s first visit to the Idaho National Laboratory in eastern Idaho; flooding problems around the state, and …
Thu., May 11, 2017, 10:31 a.m.
Candidates, candidates: Yates files, Luna issues statement…
Steve Yates, who recently stepped down as executive director of the Idaho Republican Party, has filed paperwork with the Idaho Secretary of State’s office to run for lieutenant governor, joining …
Thu., May 11, 2017, 9:10 a.m.
David Leroy announces candidacy for 1st District congressional seat
Former Idaho lieutenant governor and attorney general David Leroy announced today that he’ll run for the open 1st District congressional seat Rep. Raul Labrador will vacate in 2018 as Labrador …
Wed., May 10, 2017, 9:19 a.m.
Little needles Labrador with tweet, web page
Now that we’ve got a four-way race for the GOP nomination for governor in 2018, Lt. Gov. Brad Little kicked things off this morning with a website and tweet needling …
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
How Idaho Congressman Walt Minnick and GOP challenger Raul Labrador differ on some key issues in the race
Former GOP state schools superintendent Jerry Evans statement on why he’s endorsing Democrat Keith Allred for governor
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
Idaho Medical Association and American Medical Association endorse Congressman Walt Minnick for re-election
Idaho Association of Realtors endorses Idaho congressional incumbents for re-election
Associated General Contractors endorse Idaho Rep. Walt Minnick’s re-election bid
Raul Labrador reacts to Rep. Walt Minnick’s endorsement by Associated General Contractors
Proposal from Idaho gubernatorial candidate Keith Allred to lower Idaho’s gas tax
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 President Alex LaBeau’s guest editorial warning against politicals who promote “small business”
Statement from Idaho Republican Party Chairman Norm Semanko
Tea Party Express letter from Minnick
Idaho Rep. Walt Minnick’s letter to Tea Party Express
Idaho congressional candidate Raul Labrador’s July quarterly campaign finance report
Idaho Congressman Walt Minnick’s July quarterly campaign finance report
Raul Labrador released his campaign’s internal poll showing him trailing Congressman Walt Minnick, 37 percent to 27 percent