Political and legislative news out of Idaho.
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THURSDAY, OCT. 16, 2014
Woodings challenges Denney to quit his state pension
BOISE – Idaho secretary of state candidate Holli Woodings is calling on her GOP opponent, former House Speaker Lawerence Denney, to give up his state pension, in light of his …
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 15, 2014
Otter won’t desert gay-marriage fight, takes on challengers during election debate
BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter announced during a political debate Tuesday night that he plans to continue fighting same-sex marriage – though he issued a statement earlier in the …
SUNDAY, OCT. 12, 2014
Risch, Mitchell vie for U.S. Senate in Idaho
BOISE – When he was Idaho’s governor for a scant seven months, Jim Risch was a whirlwind of activity, writing an unprecedented management plan for roadless areas, reforming the state …
UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, OCT. 8, 2014, 8:55 A.M.
Otter gets last-minute stay to block Idaho gay marriages
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, at the request of Idaho Gov. Butch Otter, issued an emergency stay this morning blocking same-sex marriage from starting in Idaho – just as …
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 8, 2014
Same-sex marriage begins in Idaho as 9th Circuit lifts stay
BOISE – Same-sex couples can wed in Idaho starting today – one day after a federal appellate court struck down Idaho’s ban on gay marriage. After the ruling was announced …
SUNDAY, OCT. 5, 2014
Eye on Boise: GOP’s Evans backs Balukoff, crossing over for education
Former GOP state schools Superintendent Jerry Evans has endorsed Democrat A.J. Balukoff for governor of Idaho, over two-term GOP Gov. Butch Otter. “We simply cannot afford four more years of …
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 1, 2014
Boise teachers tout Democrat Balukoff’s impact on Boise school board
BOISE – The latest TV commercial in Idaho’s governor’s race comes from Democratic candidate A.J. Balukoff and features a Boise teacher talking about his record as leader of the Boise …
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 24, 2014
Campaign ad attributes Idaho’s recovering economy to Otter
BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter’s latest campaign commercial features a real estate broker crediting the GOP governor with turning around the state’s economy and looking out for “all industries.” …
SUNDAY, SEPT. 21, 2014
Democrats have hope in Idaho schools chief race
BOISE – Conventional wisdom is that the Democrats’ best chance of capturing a statewide office in Idaho this year is the state school superintendent’s post. It’s an open seat in …
THURSDAY, SEPT. 18, 2014
Idaho state treasurer’s transactions under scrutiny
BOISE – Deborah Silver, the Twin Falls accountant who’s challenging four-term Idaho Treasurer Ron Crane, is calling on Crane to release a full review of questioned investment transactions. “What else …
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 17, 2014
Labrador introduces bill restricting military surplus program
Idaho’s 1st District U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador wants to restrict surplus military equipment from going to state and local law enforcement agencies, saying local police shouldn’t be militarized. “Our nation …
TUESDAY, SEPT. 16, 2014, 7:54 A.M.
Silver calls on Crane to release Idaho investment review info
Deborah Silver, the Twin Falls accountant who’s challenging four-term Idaho state Treasurer Ron Crane, is calling on Crane to release a full review of questioned investment transactions to state auditors. …
TUESDAY, SEPT. 16, 2014
Idaho GOP charges against Balukoff, Democratic Party fizzle
BOISE – Charges flew – then fizzled – over the weekend as the Idaho Republican Party claimed that the Idaho Democratic Party and Democratic candidate for governor A.J. Balukoff were …
SUNDAY, SEPT. 14, 2014
Eye on Boise: Idaho gay-marriage ban fight tab tops $71,000
Idaho’s legal bill for challenging a federal judge’s decision overturning the state’s ban on gay marriage: $71,477. Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden’s office reported spending $2,569 for an appellate filing …
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 10, 2014
Series of Idaho candidate debates scheduled
BOISE – A full slate of political debates stretches before Idaho voters who are mulling decisions on every statewide office in November. The “Idaho Debates,” a tradition of more than …
SUNDAY, SEPT. 7, 2014
Priest Lake cabin site sales bring in nearly $27 million
At the Aug. 28 auction of state-owned Priest Lake cabin sites at the Coeur d’Alene Resort, many in the crowd wondered if Idaho really was getting a better deal for …
FRIDAY, SEPT. 5, 2014
Idaho schools superintendent candidate Ybarra removes plagiarized content from website
BOISE – The Republican candidate for Idaho superintendent of schools removed passages from her campaign website Thursday that apparently were copied word for word from the website of her Democratic …
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 3, 2014
Idaho business group lashes Otter challenger in ad
BOISE – The harshest political ad on the air in Idaho’s governor’s race goes after Democratic candidate A.J. Balukoff, branding him a “liberal” and attempting to tie him to President …
SUNDAY, AUG. 24, 2014
Eye on Boise: Politics hinder wildfire funding bill
A year ago, Idaho GOP Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch, along with Oregon Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden, gathered at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise to push the …
SUNDAY, AUG. 24, 2014
New Idaho GOP chairman seeks to heal party
BOISE – New Idaho GOP Chairman Steve Yates says his party has work to do to recover from its big split midway through an election campaign. After the party’s state …
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 3, 2016, 11:54 A.M.
Labrador blames ‘establishment in Washington’ for ally Huelskamp’s loss in Kansas GOP primary
Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador today blamed the “establishment in Washington” for the defeat of his ally and fellow Freedom Caucus member Tim Huelskamp, who lost his re-election bid in a …
TUESDAY, AUG. 2, 2016, 3:05 P.M.
Idaho Civility Summit wraps up with hopes of elevating Idaho’s public discourse
The Idaho Civility Summit wrapped up on a positive note today, with participants including elected officials, civic leaders and members of the press backing several moves to enhance civil discourse …
SUNDAY, JULY 31, 2016, 8:11 P.M.
Labrador’s finances, luring tourists, longitudinal data on Idaho college grads…
My Sunday column examines Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador’s ranking as the sixth-poorest member of Congress, based on his federal financial disclosures; the latest lure Idaho’s trying to entice tourists - …
THURSDAY, JULY 28, 2016, 2:02 P.M.
Idaho Rep. Labrador is 6th-poorest member of Congress
Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador is the sixth-poorest member of Congress, according to a comparison by InsideGov.com, with an average net worth, based on his federal financial disclosures, of minus $216,000. …
WEDNESDAY, JULY 27, 2016, 8:36 A.M.
Labrador, Crapo set meetings around state
1st District Congressman Raul Labrador has launched a “Conversations with the Congressman” tour that he says will hit all 19 counties in Idaho’s 1st Congressional District; he’s in Wallace at …
WEDNESDAY, JULY 27, 2016, 7:47 A.M.
Dems take turn in national spotlight; Balukoff chairs Idaho delegation
This week, it’s the Democratic Party’s turn in the national spotlight, as the party holds its national convention in Philadelphia and nominates Hillary Clinton, the first ever female major-party presidential …
TUESDAY, JULY 19, 2016, 4:05 P.M.
Crane: ‘We’re so Republican that…’
As the national GOP convention runs through its formal roll call of states to nominate Donald Trump, state Treasurer Ron Crane, who’s chairing Idaho’s delegation, made the announcement for Idaho. …
TUESDAY, JULY 19, 2016, 2:46 P.M.
Idaho delegation not participating in Cruz petition, won’t take part in any walkouts
Idaho’s delegation to the Republican National Convention isn’t participating in a petition to get Ted Cruz nominated instead of Donald Trump, though Cruz won Idaho’s GOP presidential primary, and the …
TUESDAY, JULY 19, 2016, 2:29 P.M.
Yates: Idaho delegation at GOP national confab ‘really charging our batteries’
Steve Yates, Idaho GOP chairman and a delegate at the Republican national convention in Cleveland, says he’s been impressed with the convention thus far. “This is so much better organized …
TUESDAY, JULY 19, 2016, 2:17 P.M.
Idaho GOP Chair Yates calls Melania Trump-Michelle Obama plagiarism flap a mere ‘blip’
Idaho GOP Chairman Steve Yates, who’s a Cruz delegate at the GOP national convention in Cleveland, told Eye on Boise today that he views the plagiarism charges about Melania Trump’s …
TUESDAY, JULY 19, 2016, 12:43 P.M.
Semanko offers an insider’s view of yesterday’s GOP convention ‘pandemonium’
Norm Semanko, a Cruz delegate and a rules committee member in Cleveland and former Idaho Republican Party chairman, says the media is unfairly focusing on “the ‘Dump Trump’ sideshow,” when …
MONDAY, JULY 18, 2016, 9:40 A.M.
Idaho revamps state occupational boards, after high court decision
A little-noticed bill that passed the Legislature this year and took effect July 1 is giving the governor more control over the myriad boards that regulate various occupations in Idaho, …
MONDAY, JULY 18, 2016, 8:50 A.M.
Idaho’s delegation to Cleveland…
BSU Prof. Corey Cook, who’s at the GOP national convention in Cleveland, reports, “From what I’ve gathered so far, the Idaho delegation is uniquely congenial between the Cruz and Trump …
MONDAY, JULY 18, 2016, 8:29 A.M.
Labrador praises Trump’s selection of Pence as running mate
Idaho Rep. Raúl Labrador posted this statement on Facebook over the weekend, reacting to Donald Trump’s decision to name Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, who also served in the U.S. House …
MONDAY, JULY 18, 2016, 8:04 A.M.
BSU prof: Convention, party politics could have ripple impact on down-ticket Idaho races
Boise State University political science Professor Corey Cook, dean of BSU’s School of Public Service, is at the GOP national convention in Cleveland today, the sixth national convention of either …
FRIDAY, JULY 15, 2016, 12:01 P.M.
Idaho GOP Chair Yates: Pence ‘respected and well-liked among many Republicans’
Idaho Republican Party Chairman Steve Yates issued this statement on GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump’s selection of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate, which Trump announced in a …
THURSDAY, JULY 14, 2016, 2:59 P.M.
June state tax revenues come in $20.1M over projections, state ends year with surplus that goes to roads, savings
Idaho’s state tax revenues for June came in $20.1 million higher than projections – 6.5 percent higher – a revenue bump that means Idaho closed out its fiscal year June …
WEDNESDAY, JULY 13, 2016, 10:49 A.M.
Numbers show Idaho growing extravagantly compared to other states? Experts say no
Let’s say, as a recent op-ed piece in the Idaho Statesman by Idaho Freedom Foundation Vice President Fred Birnbaum claimed, that comparing percentage increases in state general fund spending in …
TUESDAY, JULY 12, 2016, 10:36 A.M.
Piotrowski slams Labrador’s FADA bill as ‘dangerous and extreme’
Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador’s Democratic challenger, James Piotrowski, issued a statement today highly critical of Labrador’s “First Amendment Defense Act,” saying the measure would “open the door to unprecedented discrimination …
TUESDAY, JULY 12, 2016, 10:23 A.M.
House holds lively hearing on Labrador’s ‘First Amendment Defense Act’ re same-sex marriage
A House committee is holding a hearing today on Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador’s “First Amendment Defense Act,” which seeks to protect people who act because of their religious views about …