Political and legislative news out of Idaho.
Sun., July 19, 2015
Eye on Boise: Idaho lawmakers say U.S. hostages should be part of Iran deal
At President Barack Obama’s press conference last week, he was pressed by a reporter about why the nuclear deal with Iran didn’t secure the release of four Americans in Iran, …
Sat., July 18, 2015
Idaho man remembers life before Disabilities Act
BOISE – Kelly Buckland remembers what it was like to live as a person with a disability in Idaho long before the Americans with Disabilities Act passed. A lifelong Idahoan …
Thu., July 16, 2015
Idaho’s dividend from state lottery decreases
Idaho’s take from the state lottery has declined for the first time in 11 years. But it still provided a $45 million boost to the state’s spending on schools and …
Sun., July 12, 2015
Eye on Boise: Historical murals some think offensive will get new review
Renewed debate is emerging over two historical murals inside the former Ada County Courthouse that depict the lynching of a Native American man. The building will reopen later this summer …
Sun., June 28, 2015
Eye on Boise: New Idaho law center will cover up lynching murals
When the former Ada County Courthouse, which is also the former state Capitol Annex, opens as the new Idaho Law and Justice Learning Center later this summer, two controversial 1930s …
Sun., June 21, 2015
Eye on Boise: Schools could get $3 million a year more from endowment
Idaho schools could collect nearly $3 million a year more from the state’s endowment starting a year from now. Based on how investment returns are coming into Idaho’s endowment, the …
Sun., June 14, 2015
Eye on Boise: Less sun will shine on campaign finances
Idaho Secretary of State Lawerence Denney is less than enthusiastic about a resolution passed by the Idaho Republican Party central committee at its summer meeting last weekend calling for loosening …
Sun., June 7, 2015
Eye on Boise: Two judge replacements, two very different processes
Here’s an interesting contrast: While Idaho U.S. Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch pursue a secret process to name a recommended replacement for longtime U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge, who …
Sun., May 24, 2015
Eye on Boise: Jerky quip earns an Oberto sampler
Oberto Brands in Seattle, manufacturer of beef jerky, is planning to send Idaho Rep. Heather Scott a case of beef jerky. The company noticed a post on Eye on Boise …
Thu., May 21, 2015
Corrections Corporation of America cleared in Idaho prison scandal
BOISE – Federal prosecutors on Wednesday declined to file criminal charges of fraud or public corruption in connection with Idaho’s controversial private prison contract with Corrections Corporation of America. The …
Wed., May 13, 2015
Mike Crapo to seek fourth term in U.S. Senate
BOISE – Idaho GOP Sen. Mike Crapo announced Tuesday that he’ll run for re-election in 2016, seeking a fourth six-year term. Crapo named Gov. Butch Otter, Sen. Jim Risch, and …
Sun., May 3, 2015
Eye on Boise: Bipartisan panel picked Idaho’s last federal district judge
With all the questions being raised about the secret selection process Idaho Sens. Jim Risch and Mike Crapo are using to vet candidates for the state’s next U.S. District judge, …
Tue., April 28, 2015
Women shut out of Idaho judge selection
BOISE – It seems that women need not apply to the federal district court bench in Idaho. A secretive selection process that Idaho’s two senators have launched to find a …
Sun., April 26, 2015
Eye on Boise: Gatherings give opposite sentiments on Islam
Two different views of Islam were on display on a single day last week in Idaho, more than 400 miles apart. At one, more than 100 people gathered at the …
Sun., April 19, 2015
Accomplishments, or not, of Idaho legislative session
BOISE – By the end of Idaho’s legislative session, lawmakers had reversed years of bitter dissension over school reform and passed a $125 million, five-year plan to boost teacher pay; …
Sun., April 19, 2015
Eye on Boise: Lawmakers want no credit for representative’s editorial
A brouhaha over the child support enforcement bill killed on the final day of this year’s Idaho legislative session is dividing the House GOP. First, Former Rep. Cindy Agidius, communications …
Sun., April 12, 2015
Eye on Boise: Session’s closing brings poetic inspiration
After two days of hot-and-heavy conference committee negotiations, lots of waiting around and plenty of uncertainty, Idaho’s legislative session lurched to something of a climax on Friday. Lawmakers and legislative …
Sat., April 11, 2015
Idaho roads deal reached; child-support enforcement in jeopardy
BOISE – In a tumultuous final day that ran long into the night, Idaho lawmakers on Friday brokered a transportation funding compromise that satisfied no one and killed critical child-support …
Sun., April 5, 2015
Eye on Boise: Otter prefers ‘user-pay’ funding for transportation needs
As Idaho’s legislative session pushes into its home stretch, Gov. Butch Otter has laid out “parameters” on transportation funding, one big issue on which the House and Senate are at …
Thu., March 26, 2015
Idaho bill raises gas tax, cuts grocery sales tax and credit
BOISE – Idaho House Republican leaders introduced complicated legislation Wednesday to make big changes in Idaho’s tax system – lowering the top income tax rate, removing the sales tax from …
Fri., 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 …
Fri., Jan. 27, 2017, 12:45 p.m.
Idaho’s horse racing revival efforts reveal divisions between governor, Legislature
Here’s a news story from the Associated Press: By Kimberlee Kruesi BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The fight over Idaho’s faltering horse racing industry is building into face-off between the Legislature …
Thu., Jan. 26, 2017, 4:36 p.m.
Two tax cut bills introduced, transportation ‘surplus eliminator’ bill in the works…
Here’s the full AP story on the two tax cut bills introduced this morning in House Rev & Tax: By Kimberlee Kruesi BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho lawmakers ushered in …
Thu., Jan. 26, 2017, 10:14 a.m.
Idaho U.S. Attorney Wendy Olson announces she’ll step down on Feb. 25
U.S. Attorney Wendy Olson will step down on Feb. 25, according to Idaho Reports. She’s served as Idaho’s U.S. attorney for the past six years, and has worked for almost …
Wed., Jan. 25, 2017, 10:58 a.m.
Senators wrap up District 29 election contest, award costs, fees to Nye from challenger
The Senate engaged in fairly lengthy and detailed debate and questions and answers today before voting unanimously to accept back from its State Affairs Committee the contents of a sealed …
Mon., Jan. 23, 2017, 6:55 p.m.
New NIC President MacLennan makes first budget pitch to lawmakers
North Idaho College President Richard MacLennan made his first budget pitch to state lawmakers on Monday, telling them NIC “stands proudly as the oldest community college in Idaho” and touting …
Mon., Jan. 23, 2017, 8:14 a.m.
Senate panel awards $19K+ in fees, costs to Nye from failed election challenger
The Senate State Affairs Committee voted unanimously this morning to award $18,060 in attorney fees and $1,711.84 in costs to Sen. Mark Nye, D-Pocatello, at the expense of his unsuccessful …
Sun., Jan. 22, 2017, 10:05 a.m.
The week that was…
This week’s “Idaho Reports” on Idaho Public Television includes a rundown of the events of the week; co-host Melissa Davlin’s one-on-one interview with House Speaker Scott Bedke about the recent …
Fri., Jan. 20, 2017, 12:32 p.m.
Risch: ‘A privilege to be a part of today’s ceremonies’
Idaho Sen. Jim Risch had this statement in response to President Donald Trump’s inauguration today: “Congratulations to President Donald J. Trump on becoming our 45th President of the United States. …
Fri., Jan. 20, 2017, 10:05 a.m.
Labrador: ‘I’m excited. Let’s get to work’
Idaho 1st District Congressman Raul Labrador’s statement in response to Trump’s inaugural address is just six words. Here it is, in full: “I’m excited. Let’s get to work.”
Fri., Jan. 20, 2017, 9:51 a.m.
Crapo: ‘A policy agenda that delivers opportunities for our nation’
Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo issued this statement in response to Donald Trump’s inaugural address today: “Today, we witnessed the peaceful transfer of power that has been the hallmark of our …
Tue., Jan. 17, 2017, 11:02 a.m.
Senate unanimously rejects contest of District 29 election results
The Idaho Senate has voted unanimously to reject a contest of the November election results from Tom Katsilometes, a Pocatello Republican who lost in November to new Sen. Mark Nye, …
Tue., Jan. 17, 2017, 8:51 a.m.
Arts Commission thanks lawmakers for donations to its small budget
After last year’s Idaho Commission on the Arts budget was unexpectedly defeated on the floor of the House in an unrelated squabble between House Democrats and Republicans, lawmakers drafted a …
Mon., Jan. 16, 2017, 4:21 p.m.
Senate panel rejects election challenge; link to full story
Here’s a link to my full story at spokesman.com on how an Idaho Senate panel turned itself into the equivalent of a court on Monday, hearing arguments, weighing evidence, and …
Mon., Jan. 16, 2017, 4:14 p.m.
AP review confirms that Otter has overseen $1B in tax cuts since he’s been in office
Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter said he has lowered the tax burden for Idaho residents by roughly $1 billion during his 11-year tenure, and an Associated Press review shows the numbers …
Mon., Jan. 16, 2017, 3:37 p.m.
Five GOP House members want committee assignments stripped to back Scott, but are unlikely to get wish…
Here’s a link to my full story at spokesman.com on how five GOP state representatives members stood on the floor of the Idaho House this morning and asked to be …
Mon., Jan. 16, 2017, 10:15 a.m.
Five GOP reps say they want to give up their committees, too, if Scott doesn’t get hers back
Five House members stood on the House floor this morning and asked to be removed from their committee assignments until Rep. Heather Scott, R-Blanchard, gets hers back. “I’m deeply concerned …
Mon., Jan. 16, 2017, 9:50 a.m.
Senate panel unanimously rejects contest of election, declares Nye duly elected
The Senate State Affairs Committee has voted unanimously to uphold the results of the November election in District 29, and declare Sen. Mark Nye, D-Pocatello, the duly elected senator, rejecting …
Mon., Jan. 16, 2017, 9:27 a.m.
Confusion during District 29 recount was cleared up when resolution ballots included; result matched election outcome
Under questioning from Sen. Bart Davis, R-Idaho Falls, Chief Deputy Secretary of State Tim Hurst, who was present at the recount of ballots in District 29, said, “There was some …
Mon., Jan. 16, 2017, 9:09 a.m.
Ruchti: ‘Sen. Nye did not do what he is accused of doing’
“The basic allegations against my client are wrong,” James Ruchti, attorney for Sen. Mark Nye, D-Pocatello, told the Senate State Affairs Committee as it considered Nye’s election opponent’s contest of …